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The University Access Program (UAP) at University Canada West is accredited by Languages Canada. The program covers everything you need for higher level education in an English-speaking institution. It focuses on Academic English, ensuring that you will be able to study, and complete assignments and examinations with confidence.

UAP will also cover specific academic skills, such as essay writing, research methods, note taking, critical thinking and presentations

What you will learn: 

  • Structuring of paragraphs, introductions and conclusions
  • Writing using a variety of extended essay genres
  • Paraphrasing and summarizing while avoiding plagiarism
  • Coherently synthesizing the ideas of other academics with your own
  • Referencing style and rules (such as APA and Harvard)
  • Sourcing, scanning and selecting materials
  • Critically evaluating sources
  • Effective notetaking from lectures, and utilizing information
  • Expressing yourself clearly and confidently in writing and presentations
  • Giving clear, well delivered oral presentations


Fall (October), Winter (January), Spring (April), Summer (July)


3 months (for students with IELTS 6.0 or its equivalency) – UAC 030
6 months (for students with IELTS 5.5 or its equivalency) – UAC 020, then UAC 030
9 months (for students with IELTS 5.0 or its equivalency) – UAC 010, UAC 020 and UAC 030

UCW campuses are located in the heart of downtown Vancouver and are easily accessible by public transit.

University Canada West - University Access Program

1461 Granville Street, Vancouver BC V6Z 0E5




Academic English/University Preparatory English

If you lack some professional or academic qualifications to directly enter a degree program at UCW or another post secondary institution in BC, these preparatory courses are designed to help you acquire the skills needed to move forward with your education.

University Access Program

Accredited by Languages Canada, the University Access Program (UAP) focuses on Academic English. It will improve your English skills and qualify you for your degree at University Canada West.

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