ESL Programs

ESL Programs

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ESL (English as a Second Language) Program


Required Courses
1 English Essentials, Reading, Writing
2 English Essentials, Reading, Writing

EAP (English for Academic Purposes) Program


Required Courses Academic Options that can be taken during EAP Program
1 Discussion, Reading, Writing None
2 Discussion, Reading, Writing None
3 Discussion, Reading, Writing 1 Academic course provided students meet course prerequisites
4 Discussion, Reading, Writing Up to 2 Academic courses provided students meet course prerequisites
At EAP Level 3 and 4 students may enroll in Degree and Diploma (Academic) courses. 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.


  • All students are required to take three core courses, which include Reading, Writing and Essentials, or Discussion
  • Entrance scores for the English for Academic Purposes courses: Click here to view.
  • Successful completion of level 4 Discussion, Reading and Writing with a minimum of 70% in each meets the English language admission requirement to all Okanagan College programs and to UBC Okanagan
  • Students who require English as a Second Language will be allowed to register in a limited number of arts and science, business, applied science, or Grade 11 and 12 courses (subject to English as a Second Language placement level), meeting individual course prerequisites and availability of course space.
  • Students must be registered in Discussion, Reading and Writing at Level 3 or 4 above if they wish to take academic classes
  • May/July Sessions: Academic courses are normally not available for new students
Provincial Policy Update - August 8, 2017 - ESL for Canadian students

A provincial policy announced August 8, 2017 has eliminated tuition for domestic students for Adult Basic Education and English as a Second Language programs beginning Sept. 1, 2017. While there is no tuition charged for Adult Basic Education courses for domestic students, there may be financial help available through the provincial government's Adult Upgrading Grant (AUG). Learn more here.

Click the following link for full course descriptions of

English as a Second Language and English for Academic Purposes