English Language Studies

English Language Studies

Study English for academic and professional success

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

We have classes from intermediate to pre-university levels, and you can study full-time or part-time in the fall, winter, and summer semesters. The ELS Program is organized around four levels of English language ability, with proficiency certificates and courses in the areas of interactive communications, reading, and writing. Elective courses are offered across proficiency levels in the areas of pronunciation, vocabulary, and Business English.

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

ELS online for fall 2020

Due to the current health situation, all ELS courses will be offered online for the Fall 2020 semester. UFV and ELS are committed to providing quality online courses and to supporting our students as they pursue their educational goals during this challenging time.


View our upcoming ELS courses

ELS at UFV: Celebrating 30 years 

The 2020-21 academic year marks the 30th anniversary of English Language Studies at UFV. During the past three decades, we have welcomed students from a variety of linguistic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds, and we remain committed to supporting our students in all their diversity as they strive to reach their personal, professional, and academic goals.

Domestic students

Improve your English language skills at UFV and get the details on financial assistance available to you.

International students

Gain the academic English and university-level study skills you need to succeed in your program of studies at UFV.

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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