English Language Centre (ESL)



General Advanced Level (GAP)



The General Advanced Level of the 12-week intensive program, or "GAP", is for advanced students who want to strengthen their proficiency in English for international communication, as an alternative or complement to advanced academic English preparation for future university studies. The course focuses on career, cultural and global issues. Students are encouraged to broaden their English proficiency in the context of individual interests and apply their advanced English skills through weekly volunteer work in the community and symposium presentations based on community activities

Program Features

Entrance Requirements

GAP is for students:

All English Language Centre students must:


Formal examinations are held each session and a report card is issued at the end of the session. The final mark is the total of all assignments and tests. After completing each level, students receive a Certificate of Participation. The Certificate of Participation will be awarded to students who attend at least 80% of the scheduled classes.  Students who miss 20% or more classes (including late arrival and/or early departure) will not receive the Certificate of Participation.  All students will receive a Record of Grade (report card) at the end of the program.

This is not a credit course and does not guarantee admission to the University of Victoria.



GAP is the highest general English level of the 12-wek program, offered 3 times a year in January, April and September.

Program Schedule

Completion Requirements

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Start Dates:


  • January 6 - April 2
  • April 7 - July 2
  • September 8 - December 3

See a complete list of program dates.


  • Fees Due Upon Application
  • CAD $150: Application Fee
  • CAD $350: Program Deposit
  • CAD $250: Homestay Application Fee (if applicable)

Tuition Fees

  • CAD $3700

Homestay Accommodation and Meals ($800 per month paid to the host family)

  • CAD $2400                                                              

See a complete list of program fees.