English Language Studies

English Language Studies (ELS) certificate program

The ELS program includes English upgrading core courses to improve basic reading, writing, and speaking skills at the intermediate and advanced levels.

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Other programs and UFV’s English language proficiency requirement  

Several courses that form part of the ELS program provide support for other programs at UFV, including: 

In addition, several courses at the Advanced II and Academic levels of the program satisfy UFV’s English language proficiency requirement.


Admission requirements and study options

Students who apply to the program may need to take a placement test to be admitted to specific proficiency levels and courses. 

Classes are held at UFV’s Abbotsford campus during the fall, winter, and summer semesters. Most classes are held on weekday mornings and afternoons, and some evening classes are offered at different times throughout the year.

*Due to COVID-19, all ELS courses will be delivered in a fully online format for fall 2020.


When to apply

Applications are accepted on a continuous basis throughout the year. Please note, however, that application and registration procedures are different for domestic and international students.


Need help?

Each student's situation is unique, and we are here to help you choose ELS program options and courses that are right for you. Domestic students can contact the ELS Department directly and international students can contact UFV International.


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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