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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, complete assignments and write examinations with confidence.

The UAP also covers specific academic skills, such as essay writing, research methods, note taking, critical thinking and seminar or tutorial discussion.

What you will learn: 

  • Structuring of paragraphs, introductions and conclusions
  • Writing using a variety of extended essay genres
  • Paraphrasing and summarizing, whilst avoiding plagiarism
  • Coherently synthesizing the ideas of other academics with your own
  • Referencing styles and rules (such as Harvard and APA)
  • Sourcing, scanning, and selecting materials         
  • Critically evaluating sources        
  • Effective note-taking from lectures, and utilizing information
  • Expressing yourself clearly and confidently in tutorials and seminars 
  • 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

Prospective students without an official English language proficiency score, can get testing done at UCW free of charge.

The UCW campus is located in the heart of downtown Vancouver and is easily accessible by public transit.

University Canada West - University Access Program

626 West Pender Street, Suite 100 Vancouver, BC, V6B 1V9 Canada




Anglais académique / cours d’anglais de la filière préuniversitaire

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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