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English Language Certificate Program

About the English Language Program

The English Language Certificate Program (ELCP) is an intensive academic English program designed to prepare you for academic success. You will learn the skills you need to succeed in university studies at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The 7-week terms include 20 hours of class per week.

Certificate of Proficiency

When you successfully complete the advanced level of the ELCP, you earn the University of Guelph Certificate of English Proficiency. This certificate meets the English proficiency requirements for admission to the University of Guelph and University of Guelph-Humber.

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Program Entry Requirements

You must meet the following requirements for entry into the ELCP:

  • 18 years of age or older*
  • Completion of secondary school* with strong marks
  • Minimum high beginner level of English proficiency
  • Academic goal to study at university, either at the undergraduate or graduate level, or to improve academic English

*If you are 17 and/or still completing secondary school, please contact the English Language Programs office, as these requirements can be waived in some exceptional cases.

Language Levels

The duration of each level is seven weeks.  The levels are divided as follows:

  • Levels 1 and 2 - High beginner level
  • Levels 3 and 4 - Low intermediate level
  • Levels 5 and 6 - Intermediate level - most students who have studied English in secondary school enter the program at this level or higher
  • Levels 7 and 8 - High intermediate level
  • Levels 9 and 10 - Advanced level. Completion of both Level 9 and Level 10 meets the English proficiency requirement for entry into undergraduate and graduate degree programs

Placement Testing

A few days prior to the start of the program, you will be tested for placement into the appropriate English class level.


Translated Information Sheets and Forms

Information Sheets 

Forms

Dates
March 8, 2021
Winter Term B (7 weeks)
  • February 12, 2021: Application Deadline 
  • March 1-2, 2021: New Student Check-in 
  • March 3, 2021: Orientation 
  • March 4, 2021: Placement Testing 
  • March 8 - April 22, 2021: Class Dates 
  • April 23, 2021: Closing Ceremony 
May 10, 2021
Summer Term A (7 weeks) 
  • April 9, 2021: Application Deadline 
  • May 3-4, 2021: New Student Check-in 
  • May 5, 2021: Orientation
  • May 6, 2021: Placement Testing 
  • May 10 - June 25, 2021: Class Dates  
July 5, 2021
Summer Term B (7 weeks) 
  • June 11, 2021: Application Deadline 
  • June 28-29, 2021: New Student Check-in 
  • June 30, 2021: Orientation 
  • June 30, 2021: Placement Testing 
  • July 5 - August 19, 2021: Class Dates 
  • August 20, 2021: Closing Ceremony 
September 9, 2021
Fall Term A (7 weeks) 
  • August 6, 2021: Application Deadline 
  • August 30-31, 2021: New Student Check-in 
  • September 1, 2021: Orientation 
  • September 2, 2021: Placement Testing 
  • September 9 - October 22, 2021: Class Dates
November 1, 2021
Fall Term B (7 weeks) 
  • October 8, 2021: Application Deadline 
  • October 25-26, 2021: New Student Check-in 
  • October 27, 2021: Orientation 
  • October 28, 2021: Placement Testing 
  • November 1 - December 16, 2021: Class Dates 
  • December 17, 2021: Closing Ceremony 
January 10, 2022
Winter Term A (7 weeks)  
  • December 10, 2021: Application Deadline 
  • January 3-4, 2022: New Student Check-in 
  • January 5, 2022: Orientation 
  • January 6, 2022: Placement Testing 
  • January 10 - February 25, 2022: Class Dates 
March 7, 2022
Winter Term B (7 weeks)  
  • February 11, 2022: Application Deadline 
  • February 28 - March 1, 2022: New Student Check-in 
  • March 2, 2022: Orientation 
  • March 3, 2022: Placement Testing 
  • March 7 - April 21, 2022: Class Dates 
  • April 22, 2022: Closing Ceremony 
May 9, 2022
Summer Term A (7 weeks)  
  • April 8, 2022: Application Deadline 
  • May 2-3, 2022: New Student Check-in 
  • May 4, 2022: Orientation 
  • May 5, 2022: Placement Testing 
  • May 9 - June 24, 2022: Class Dates 
July 4, 2022
Summer Term B (7 weeks)  
  • June 10, 2022: Application Deadline 
  • June 27-28, 2022: New Student Check-in 
  • June 29, 2022: Orientation 
  • June 30, 2022: Placement Testing 
  • July 4 - August 18, 2022: Class Dates 
  • August 19, 2022: Closing Ceremony 
September 8, 2022
Fall Term A (7 weeks)  
  • August 5, 2022: Application Deadline 
  • August 29-30, 2022: New Student Check-in 
  • August 31, 2022: Orientation 
  • September 1-2, 2022: Placement Testing 
  • September 8 - October 21, 2022: Class Dates 
October 31, 2022
Fall Term B (7 weeks)
  • October 7, 2022: Application Deadline 
  • October 24-25, 2022: New Student Check-in 
  • October 26, 2022: Orientation 
  • October 27, 2022: Placement Testing 
  • October 31 - December 15, 2022: Class Dates 
  • December 16, 2022: Closing Ceremony 
Fees
Fees

Required Expenses

7 Weeks

14 Weeks

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Application Fee

$150

$150

Application fees are non-refundable.

Tuition Fee

$2,768.64 (2021)
$2,852 (2022) 

$5,304.50 (2021)
$5,464 (2022)  

Tuition fee includes cost of placement testing as well as some study materials.

Student Services Fees

$575
$287.50 (online term)

$760
$380 (online term)

Fee includes use of library facilities, Athletic Centre, language laboratory, email account, Internet services, bus pass and social events.

Medical Insurance

$110

$220

 

Textbooks

$250

$250-500

Textbooks are sold at the University Bookstore.

Refund Policy

The refund policy applies only to fees paid to the University of Guelph English Language Programs. Any additional fees paid to third parties are not subject to this policy.

Application Fee: The $150 application fee is non-refundable. All housing application fees $375/$525 are non-refundable.

New Applicants - ELCP Refund Policy
Refund Request Deadline

With an Original Visa
Refusal Document

Without an Original Visa
Refusal Document

Up to 2 calendar months prior to the first day of class 100% tuition deposit + 100% any additional fees 50% tuition deposit + 100% any additional fees
Less than 2 calendar months prior to the first day of class 100% tuition deposit + 100% any additional fees 0% tuition deposit + 100% any additional fees
Current Students - ELCP Refund Policy
Refund Request DeadlineRefund Amount
Up to 10 business days before the first day of class 70% of current 7 week course fees* + 100% any additional fees**
Up to the 5th day of class 50% of current 7 week course fees* + 100% any additional fees**
After 5th day of class 0% of current 7 week course fees* + 100% any additional fees**

* Course fees = Tuition + Student Services

** Medical Insurance fees are non-refundable

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