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Graduate Preparation Program

About the Graduate Preparation Program

The Graduate Preparation Program (GPP) is an intensive 8-month program that specifically targets the language and academic skills that students need in order to be successful graduate students in Canada.

The General Pathway Option

This option is for students interested in applying for any graduate program in Canada. Students who complete this program will receive a GPP Diploma (General Pathway).

Completion of the GPP General Pathway does not guarantee admission to the University of Guelph or other degree programs. For information on admission to graduate programs please contact the Office of Graduate Studies.

For more information on GPP Pathway Programs, please contact the University of Guelph China Application Centre.

Courses

  • Advanced Speaking
  • Advanced Reading
  • Advanced Writing
  • Advanced Listening
  • Writing at the Graduate Level
  • IELTS Preparation
  • Critical Listening and Speaking
  • Critical analysis

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Program Entry Requirements

To meet the requirements for entry into the GPP, you must have the following:

  • Four-year bachelor's degree from a recognized university with a B average or higher
  • Serious commitment to enrol in graduate studies
  • Minimum of IELTS 5.5 or TOEFL iBT 46*

*This is equivalent to an intermediate level of English. If you are entering with an intermediate level of English, you will need to complete the ELCP advanced level before moving on to the GPP courses. This may take more than 14 weeks, depending on your level of proficiency.

For additional inquiries, please contact the University of Guelph China Application Centre.


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 Expenses8 Months of Study
Application Fee $150
Tuition Fee* $10,609 (2021)
$10,928 (2022)
Student Services Fee

$1,520

Medical Insurance $440

*Tuition includes 20 hours of instruction a week for ELCP Levels and 16 hours per week for GPP modules.

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.

New Applicants - GPP Refund Policy
Refund Request DeadlineWith an Original Visa Refusal documentWithout an Original Visa Refusal Document
Up to 2 calendar months prior to the first day of class 100% tuition + 100% any additional fees 70% tuition + 100% any additional fees
Less than 2 calendar months prior to the first day of class 100% tuition + 100% any additional fees 0 % tuition + 100% any additional fees

Current Students - GPP Refund Policy

There is no refund available for current GPP students.
Eligible students will receive a 100% refund on course fees* for any GPP modules that ELP is not able to deliver. Alternatively students may transfer fees to the next available offering.

* Course fees = Tuition + Student Services
** Medical Insurance fees are non-refundable

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