ESL level 5 - Accelerated University Preparation


Accelerated classes are not being held at this time. 
For details on our online classes, visit Online: ESL. Or email

Length: 8 weeks
Location Offered: Nanaimo Campus

Do you want to attend a certificate, degree or diploma program at our university but your IELTS score is just under the requirement? We offer an accelerated 8-week learning format for University Preparation level 5*.  The program has a skills-based curriculum that prepares students for academic success. When you successfully complete Accelerated University Preparation 5 can begin a certificate, diploma or degree at our university in September of that year.

Enter the accelerated University Preparation 5 program in two ways: meet the IELTS or TOEFL direct entry score for University Preparation 5, or successfully complete University Preparation level 4.

As an ESL student at our university, you will also have access to our learning centre and be able to participate in sociocultural activities organised by the International Education faculty.

*Please note: This accelerated option is only available in June 2020 for students entering University Preparation 5.

Program Details

  • 34 hours per week of instruction
  • Available in June 2020
  • Small classes, highly qualified, friendly, approachable teachers, and a wide range of learning materials.
  • Graduates from University Preparation 5 can enter Vancouver Island University degree, diploma and certificate programs directly (as long as academic pre-requisites met).

Application Deadline

Students are encouraged to apply three months before the start of the program to allow enough time for visa processing.

This accelerated format is only available in June 2020. 

The semester is 8-weeks in length. The schedule is outlined here.


Students must have successfully completed University Preparation 4 or have a direct entry score as follows:

  • IELTS 6.0 (no band lower than 5.5)


  • TOEFL 80 (no subtest below 19)


Students will be given an English language level assessment test when they arrive at Vancouver Island University to confirm their English knowledge. If a student does not pass the level assessment test, the student may not be accepted into the program.


Vancouver Island University accepts international students under one of the following conditions:

  • direct applications (online or paper applications);
  • applications through authorized representatives;
  • institution-to-institution exchange programs;
  • sponsorship through inter-governmental agreements;
  • winner of academic competitions or international scholarships.


All students must:

  • be a international visitor or hold student authorization;
  • complete a Vancouver Island University ESL language assessment test (or equivalent)

Please keep in mind that students applying for conditional admission to an undergraduate (or diploma, certificate or trades) program at VIU, or thinking of applying upon completion of ESL programing, will still be required to provide proof of high school graduation and their secondary school transcripts.