English Language

English Language

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Okanagan College has two EL Certificates.


EL Certificate
  • High Beginner levels
  • 20 hours/week of class instruction
  • Programs begin in January, May, July and September
EAP Certificate
  • Intermediate to advanced levels (Reading, Writing, Speaking, Listening)
  • Average of 20 hours/week of class instruction
  • Programs begin in January, May, July, and September
  • In addition to their EAP courses, students at EAP level 3 may take one academic course and at EAP level 4 up to two academic courses provided students meet course prerequisites. If a student has mixed levels, the dominant level will determine the student's level. The addition of academic courses must be approved by the academic course instructor and appropriate academic Dean.
  • Successful program completion meets the English requirement for all academic programs at Okanagan College and the English Language Admission (ELA) requirement for UBC Okanagan
English Language Assessment

New EL and EAP students are assessed through the Okanagan College English Language Assessment (OCELA) to determine their placement in listening, speaking, reading, and writing.

Age Requirement

Applicants must be:

  • at least 18 years of age OR
  • turn 18 during their first semester at Okanagan College OR
  • have completed the equivalent of British Columbia grade 12.

Applicants who are 17 years of age may be admitted to the Spring and Summer sessions of the English for Academic Purposes program and to any of the Intensive English Communication program sessions.

Further details may be found on the EL Program page, and in the Okanagan College Calendar.