English Language Studies

English Language Studies

International students

Take English upgrading courses and gain cultural and study skills for successful Canadian studies.

Fees and costs

Get the details on your tuition, fee breakdown, and available financial aid opportunities.

The English as a Second Language Department has a new name.

Effective September 2017, we will be known as the English Language Studies Department.Find our courses in the timetable under English for Academic Purposes (EAP).

Upgrading courses now tuition-free at UFV

As of September 1, 2017, all English Language Studies (ELS) and Adult Basic Education (ABE) courses for domestic students are tuition-free. Ancillary fees still apply.

Upgrade your English

Learn English and gain the necessary academic skills to successfully transition from ELS courses into university-level academic or vocational studies. The English Language Studies (ELS) department offers full-time and part-time studies in Academic Preparation for both domestic and international students. A multi-media computer lab and a faculty staffed ELS Help Centre are here to support your learning. Assistance is also provided by trained ELS peer tutors through UFV's Academic Success Centre.

If you need to upgrade your English to get ahead in your profession or pursue university studies, UFV’s English Language Studies program options are designed for you.


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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