English as a Second Language (ESL)

The English as a Second Language (ESL) department offers full-time and part-time classes in English language studies for both domestic and international students. Through our programs, students learn English as well as the academic skills to successfully transition from ESL courses into university-level academic study. We provide a multi-media computer lab to support your learning.

Domestic students

If you need to upgrade your English to get ahead in your profession or pursue university studies, UFV’s English as a Second Language program options are designed for you. Click here to apply to take ESL courses at UFV. Click here for the Adult Upgrading Grant to seek funding for your studies.

International students

If you are a full-time international student, you make take English upgrading courses ranging from beginner to pre-university levels. The intense training options teach students the language as well as the necessary cultural and academic skills needed to succeed at a university-level of study. Contact UFV International for information on how to apply.


Canadian Language Benchmark Placement  (CLBP) Test available here



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University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) is an accredited public Canadian university, and UFV’s ESL programs are approved by Languages Canada.

The University of the Fraser Valley is situated on the unceded traditional territory of the Stó:lō peoples. The Stó:lō have an intrinsic relationship with what they refer to as S’olh Temexw (Our Sacred Land); therefore, we express our gratitude and respect for the honour of living and working in this territory.

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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