English Language Studies

English language proficiency certificates

The ELS department offers four English language proficiency certificates.

How to qualify

Students must achieve a grade of C- or better in each of the required courses listed below. Students must also have a GPA of 2.0 or higher in all courses for the certificate.

ELS Intermediate certificate (Level 50)

EAP 054 Writing for Academic Success: High Intermediate Level (formerly ESL WG54)

EAP 056 Academic Interactive Communications: High Intermediate Level (formerly ESL S56)

   or ESL P45 ESL Pronunciation I

EAP 058 Reading for Academic Success: High Intermediate Level (formerly ESL RV58)

ELS Advanced I certificate (Level 60)

EAP 064 Writing for Success: Advanced Level (formerly ESL WG64)

EAP 066 Academic Interactive Communications: Advanced Level (formerly ESL S66)

EAP 068 Reading for Academic Success: Advanced Level (formerly ESL RV68)

ELS Advanced II certificate (Level 70)

EAP 070 Reading for Academic Success: University Foundation Level (formerly ESL R70)

EAP 074 Writing for Academic Success: University Foundation Level (formerly ESL WG74)

EAP 076 Academic Interactive Communications: University Foundation Level (formerly ESL S76)

Plus: One other 070 or 080 level EAP or ESL course

ELS Academic certificate (Level 80)

ESL R80 ESL Reading - Bridge I

EAP 084 Writing for Academic Success: University Bridge Level (formerly ESL WG84) 

Plus: Two additional 080 level EAP or ESL courses

How to apply


Confirm your qualifications

Check to be sure that you meet the qualifications listed above. Did you complete the required courses? Do you have a GPA of 2.0 or higher in all courses for the certificate? Do you have a C- or higher in the required courses?

If you are not sure, contact the ELS department.


Apply to graduate

Apply for the certificates you wish to receive by filling out a Graduation Request form.


Submit your form and pay $25

Submit your completed Graduation Request form along with $25 to any Office of the Registrar. You may apply for more than one certificate for the $25 fee.

Make your request anytime during the semester in which you will complete your certificate requirements.

All applications are due by April 1.

My ESL class was the first time for me to make friends in a new country. I got the chance to practice my English and learn new skills. UFV will be an unforgettable part of my life.

  • – Lin (Shirley) Jiang
  •    China

I moved to Abbotsford without any English at all. I became an ESL student at UFV and learned English from the basic level to the academic level. Academic courses gave me the opportunity to work toward my goals.

  • – Anatilde Cascavita
  •    Columbia

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