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University Pathway Programme


Your Pathway to Canadian University Success

This course is for students at EC Toronto who dream of studying at university in Canada but do not have the English level they need.

The University Pathway Programme in Toronto improves your English ability to the required level to enter enter a Canadian university.

Choose one of our many partner universities and you will be admitted without a TOEFL or IELTS exam.

Jon Chodarcewicz

Centre Director
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Dedicated Team

Our team is committed to helping you get into the university of your choice. You will receive personal guidance and support in choosing a university or college, completing the application process, determining your current level of English, and in helping you reach the  required level of English to join your chosen university. 


When applying to one of our university partners, you will not have to worry about taking the TOEFL or IELTS exam. Instead, you will receive a conditional letter of acceptance to your chosen university, and you will be admitted once you reach the university’s required level of English.

Experience University Life

While you study English at your EC school, you will have a chance to attend classes at a university. This is a perfect opportunity for you to see what student life and the classroom experience is like in Canada, helping you beome a better student.

English LevelMain ClassSpecial Focus ClassLength of TimeIELTS Equivalent
Beginner General English + 2 Special Focus Class 10 weeks  
Elementary General English + 2 Special Focus Class 10 weeks 3 - 4
Pre-Intermediate General English + 2 Special Focus Class 10 weeks 4 - 4.5
Intermediate General English Academic English + 1 Special Focus Class 10 weeks 4 - 4.5
Upper Intermediate Uni Pathway 1 English for Academic Purposes 10 weeks 5.5 - 6
Pre-Advanced Uni Pathway 2 English for Academic Purposes 10 weeks 6.5 – 7.5
Advanced Uni Pathway 3 English for Academic Purposes 10 weeks 7.5 – 9

Available: all year

Minimum duration: 10 weeks

Lessons per week: 30 (22.5 hours)

Lesson length: 45 minutes

Minimum age: 16

Starts: every Monday

Class size: 15 maximum

Minimum level: Upper Intermediate

Classes focus on academic English and improving your language skills. 

Develop a wider vocabulary and focus on the language used in the academic world. Learn how to express yourself with the accuracy and the fluency in university. 

You will also learn how to read academic texts and practise listening to university style lectures. These are important skills for university success.

Other skills covered will include:

Critical Thinking
Being able to evaluate your work and that of others, making judgments about the value of information and drawing conclusions from data.

Research Skills
Understanding how to do research, managing your time and your resources, and presenting your results

Presentation Skills
Putting information together in a logical order, creating clear visual aids, speaking clearly and with confidence, knowing your audience, and pitching your presentation at the appropriate level.

Study Skills
A variety of skills which tackle the process of organising and taking in new information, retaining information, working on assignments or dealing with assessments. Including:

Methods to aid the retention of information
Effective reading
Time management
Planning assignments
Concentration techniques
Efficient notetaking

Academic Writing
This course will look at all aspects of academic writing, practising the techniques and skills learnt during the course in real-life assignments. The course includes:

Understanding the scope of the assignment
Planning the assignment
Researching and assessing sources
Creating an outline
Writing the assignment
Proofing and assessing your work
Referencing your assignment
Using feedback to improve your work

Regular lectures
These will include:

What to expect from life at college 
Canadian Culture
Guest speakers

All lectures will include practice in note-taking and summarising.

Korean 24%
Brazilian 19%
Japanese 18%
Turkish 9%
Colombian 6%
Mexico 5%
Taiwanese 3%
Swiss 3%
Other 13%

View our partner universities and colleges in Canada

  • Alexander College Brock College Cape Breton University Centennial College Conestoga Confederation College Fairleigh Dickinson George Brown
  • Georgian College Herzing College Lakehead University Lambton College College LaSalle Mount Saint University Niagara College Canada Royal Roads
  • Seneca Sheridan Sprott Shaw Thompson Rivers University Toronto Film School University West Canada University of Guelph UNBC
  • University of Regina Vancouver Film School Vanarts Vancouver Laurier Canada

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