You can begin your ESL studies from your current location. Our program is offered completely online in the 2020 Summer Term and 2020 Fall Term.

U-Prep can help you improve your English and prepare for university study.

You will receive instruction in:

  • speaking
  • listening
  • reading
  • writing

You will be able to practice these skills with your classmates and instructors through group work, presentations, and writing assignments. This practice will help you prepare for your degree program. Once you finish U-Prep, you can start your university degree.

Online classes

In the 2020 Summer Term and 2020 Fall Term, online classes are offered at specific times each day, between 9:30 am to 4:30 pm Saskatchewan time. In class, you will join your instructor and classmates at the same time so you can learn and practice together. You will also be able to access additional online learning material outside of class at any time.


There are four terms each year:
  • Summer term
    June 17 to August 28, 2020
    Apply by March 1, 2020

  • Fall term
    September 23 to December 4, 2020
    Apply by August 3, 2020

  • Winter term
    January to April, 2021
    Apply by November 20, 2020

  • Spring term
    May to July, 2021
    Apply by TBD

Admission requirements

There are five levels of U-Prep. Each level can be completed in 10 weeks.

  • Level 20 - Introductory
  • Level 30 - Intermediate
  • Level 40 - High
  • U-Prep 1
  • U-Prep 2

You will take a placement test at the beginning of the term to find out which level you will start in, or you can qualify to enter U-Prep 1 or U-Prep 2 by meeting one of these requirements:

U-Prep 1 U-Prep 2
IELTS 5.5 (minimum 5.0 in all areas) 6.0 (minimum 5.5 in all areas)
Includes the TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition
70 (minimum 15 in all areas) 75 (minimum 17 in all areas)
Duolingo English Test*
*Accepted only for the 2020-2021 academic year
100 105
USask ESL program Level 40 U-Prep 1 or U-Bridge 1

If you don't meet the entrance requirements for U-Prep 1, you can start in the Foundation English levels (Levels 20-40).

Foundation English requirements (Levels 20-40)

  • You must be 17.5 years of age
  • You must have some basic English skills
  • You will take a placement test at the beginning of the term to determine your starting level.


Tuition: $4,300 CAD per term

Application fee (includes one ESL term deposit): $640 CAD

This does not include housing, books, and other supplies.


Step 1 Register

Create an account

Start your application by creating an account or logging into the University of Saskatchewan's application portal at

Step 2 Application

Start an application

Choose the application for joint admission to an undergraduate program and English studies (ESL). Be prepared to fill out all of the required information, including:

  • Your name, contact information, and other biographical information
  • Your previous education history
  • Your preferred channel of English study (U-Bridge or U-Prep) and planned academic program of study (degree program)
Apply for joint admission
Step 3 Submit application

Submit your application and application fee

Submit your application as soon as possible. Be mindful of application deadlines.

To submit your application, you will be required to pay a combined application fee ($240 CAD) and first-term tuition deposit ($400 CAD).

Step 4 Upload documents

Upload your documents

Once you have submitted your application for joint admission, log in to review your application status regularly.

You will see that a second application was created automatically for you. There will be one application for your degree program and another for your program of English study. 

Open each application to review your supplemental items lists. Upload required items as soon as possible, such as your transcript(s) or statements of marks and IELTS or TOEFL scores (if applicable).

Step 5 Confirmation email

Watch for your offer of admission

We will notify you by email as soon as possible when we make decisions on your applications. You will be able to log in to your account to download your letter and any important information about your admission.

We look forward to welcoming you to the University of Saskatchewan!

Phone: (306) 966-4351

University of Saskatchewan Language Centre
232 R.J.D. Williams Building
Saskatoon, SK S7N 1M3 Canada

Refund policy

The Application for Admission Fee is non-refundable. The Tuition Deposit for each term is refundable if the application is cancelled or transferred to another term by the payment deadline.

The Housing Placement Fee is non-refundable. However, Occupancy Fees for homestay or residence will be partly refunded as determined by our Accommodations Office if students change their accommodation after arrival.

The University of Saskatchewan Language Centre reserves the right to change fees and term dates. The University of Saskatchewan Language Centre reserves the right to cancel a course and refund all money paid by the applicant.