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.

Study English for academic and professional success

English Language Studies offers a range of courses and program options designed to give people the skills and confidence they need to succeed in professional and academic environments where English is the main language of communication.

Our intermediate-level courses develop and integrate English language skills in the areas of speaking, listening, writing, and reading while improving grammar, vocabulary, and pronunciation.

Our advanced-level courses are designed to prepare students for university-level studies, and students gain valuable academic study and computer skills through an English for Academic Preparation curriculum and technology-enhanced course delivery.         

Our teaching faculty provide excellent instruction informed by best practices in Teaching English as a Second or Additional Language and have many years of experience working with domestic and international students from around the world.

Our department maintains a state-of-the-art multimedia ELS Computer Lab and faculty-staffed Help Centre to further support our students.

If you want to improve your English to get ahead in your profession or to pursue university studies, UFV’s English Language Studies courses and 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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