Improve your English

While you make new friends, experience Canadian culture and qualify for university admission.

 

Two options to meet your goals:

University Pathway

This option includes both Foundation English and Academic English. Choose it if you intend to enter a university degree program after completing the English program.

  • You will begin at a suitable level and study full-time for 10 weeks at each level.
  • You pass levels by meeting all the attendance and skill requirements.
  • When you pass either U-Prep 2 or U-Bridge 2, you will meet the English Proficiency Requirement for entry into most University of Saskatchewan degree programs.

English Only

Choose this option if you want to improve your English skills but DO NOT want to enter a university degree program.

  • You will be placed in a suitable level in the same classes as University Pathway students.
  • You can study full time for 4 to 9 weeks starting from the beginning of each term.
  • You will receive a certificate rather than a final grade, will not proceed to a higher level and will not qualify for university admission.
  • If you want to study longer, you can extend your study to the full 10-week term and can switch to the University Pathway option if you meet the requirements for passing your level.

Program Options

The full-time English program has three types of courses.

  1. U-Prep: Two ten-week courses (U-Prep 1, U-Prep 2) prepare you for university-level English. At the end of the program, you will be ready and eligible to start university classes.

  2. U-Bridge: Like U-Prep, this program will prepare you for university study. While you are in U-Bridge, you will take a university class at the same time and get extra support from your ESL instructor and Language Centre staff. It is an opportunity for you to start your university degree and get credit for university classes while you complete your English studies.

  3. English Foundation: If your English test score is too low to enter U-Prep or U-Bridge, you can begin your study in Foundation English. After passing Level 40, you can continue into either U-Prep or U-Bridge.

U-Prep channel

  • There are 2 levels in the U-Prep channel.
  • Each level is 10 weeks long with 20 hours of instruction each week.
  • When you finish U-Prep 2, you will meet the English requirement for most University of Saskatchewan degree programs.
Costs
FeeAmount (CDN)
Application fee $150
Tuition deposit
Due by application deadline
$400
Tuition balance
Due by payment deadline
$3,600
Total $4,150
Canada Day celebrations

Admission for U-Prep

You can qualify for U-Prep by passing the preceding level. As a new student, you will be placed in an appropriate level either by a placement test or by your score on an accepted external test.

Requirements for U-Prep 1

One of the following:

  • IELTS 5.5 (all areas 5.5 or higher); or,
  • TOEFL, iBT 74® (all areas 16 or higher); or,
  • Appropriate score on a placement test; or,
  • Passing Level 40
Requirements for U-Prep 2

One of the following

  • IELTS 6.0 (only one area at 5.5); or,
  • TOEFL, iBT® 78 (all areas 18 or higher); or,
  • Appropriate score on a placement test; or,
  • Passing U-Prep 1 or Bridging 1

Dates and applying

TermApplication DeadlinePayment Deadline
Winter 2018
January 3 - March 16
September 15, 2017 November 22, 2017
Spring 2018
March 28 - June 8
November 15, 2017 February 21, 2018
Summer 2018
June 20 - August 31
March 1, 2018 May 15, 2018
Fall 2018
September 26 - December 7
June 1, 2018 August 22, 2018

U-Bridge channel

  • There are 2 levels in the U-Bridge channel.
  • Terms beginning in September and January are 4 months long, and the term beginning in May is 3 months.
  • When you pass U-Bridge 2, you will meet the English requirement for most University of Saskatchewan degree programs.

The U-Bridge channel is similar to U-Prep except that each level includes a university academic class. You will earn university credits for each academic class and for the U-Bridge 2 English (ESL) class. You can use these credits for your university degree.

Costs
FeeAmount (CDN)
Application fee $150
Tuition deposit
Due by application deadline
$400
Tuition balance
For one term of Bridging
$8,020
Total $8,570
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Admission for U-Bridge

You can either progress from Foundation English or the U-Prep channel. You can also be placed by your score on an accepted external test.

Requirements for U-Bridge 1

One of the following:

  • IELTS 5.5 (all areas 5.5 or higher); or,
  • TOEFL, iBT® 74 (all areas 16 or higher); or,
  • Passing Level 40 of Foundation English
Requirements for U-Bridge 2

One of the following:

  • IELTS 6.0 (only one area at 5.5); or,
  • TOEFL, iBT® 78 (all areas 18 or higher); or,
  • Passing U-Prep 1 or U-Bridge 1

Dates and applying

TermApplication DeadlinePayment Deadline
Winter Term
Early January to mid-April
September 15 November 27
Spring Term
Early May to late July
November 15 February 22
Fall Term
Early September to mid-December
May 20 July 29

Foundation English

Foundation English will prepare you to enter either the U-Prep or U-Bridge channels. There are three levels:

  • Level 20: Basic 
  • Level 30: Low-intermediate
  • Level 40: High-intermediate

Each level is 10 weeks long and includes 20 hours of instruction each week. You will take a placement test at the beginning of the term to determine your starting level.

Admission requirements
  • You must be 17.5 years of age
  • You must have some basic English skills
Costs
FeeAmount (CDN)
Application fee $150
Tuition deposit
Due by application deadline
$400
Tuition balance
For a 10 week program.
$3,600
Total $4,150

Dates

TermApplication DeadlinePayment Deadline
Winter 2018
January 3 - March 16
September 15, 2017 November 22, 2017
Spring 2018
March 28 - June 8 
November 15, 2017 February 21, 2018
Summer 2018
June 20 - August 31
March 1, 2018 May 15, 2018
Fall 2018
September 26 - December 7
June 1, 2018 August 22, 2018

Joint admission

If you do not meet the university's English language requirement, you can still be admitted. All of the six colleges shown below accept academically qualified applicants who apply to study in the Language Centre.

Joint Admission has four intakes per year using Language Centre deadlines.

TermApplication DeadlinePayment Deadline
Winter 2018
January 3 - March 16
September 15, 2017 November 22, 2017
Spring 2018
March 28 - June 8
November 15, 2017 February 21, 2018
Summer 2018
June 20 - August 31
March 1, 2018 May 15, 2018
Fall 2018
September 26 - December 7
June 1, 2018 August 22, 2018

Housing

Homestay

We recommend that all new students live with a Canadian family arranged by the Language Centre. Statistics show that students who live in Homestay get higher marks in their English classes. 

Benefits of Homestay include:

  • English-speaking practice and easier adaption to life in Canada
  • A private bedroom within a friendly family setting
  • Transportation provided from the airport when you arrive
  • All meals provided by your family

All families are located within a 30-60 minute bus ride from the University of Saskatchewan.

We can also assist you with staying in residence on campus. We recommend that you live in a Homestay for your first term and only move into residence after you are familiar with Canada. You will apply for Homestay when you complete your ESL program application.

Costs
FeeAmount (CDN)
Housing placement fee $275
Homestay
for 73 day period
$2,123
Homestay damage deposit
refundable if no damage occurs
$675

 

Cultural activities

We organize fun activities and field trips including going to sporting events, lakes, festivals, community events and more!