Founded in 1973, the English Language School (formerly known as English Language Program) is recognized internationally for providing a high standard of instruction to students whose first language is other than English. This excellent standard of teaching is maintained by a team of qualified and experienced instructional staff who use modern teaching approaches, resources, and state-of-the-art technology.
All VSCP students are required to take one or two ESL courses to better prepare them for academic studies in English. These are taught through the English Language School at the University of Alberta, while students receive support and advising from VSCP staff.
Students do not need to present an English Language Proficiency test score to be eligible for admission to the VSCP.
At the start of the program VSCP students presenting an official score of 70 internet-based TOEFL (iBT) with a minimum of 17 in each section or 5.5 IELTS with a minimum of 5.0 in each section will have direct entry into the English for Academic Purposes course, EAP 140. Students presenting an official score of 65 internet-based TOEFL (iBT) with a minimum of 16 in each section or 5.0 IELTS with a minimum of 4.5 in each section will have direct entry into the English for Academic Purposes course, EAP 135.
Students with less than 65 internet-based TOEFL (iBT) or 5.0 IELTS will take a placement test and will start in an English level based on their test result.
Each ESL course is 7-weeks long and students study for 4 hours each day and 20 hours each week.