Learn English Online for University

University Pathway Programme and Pre-Pathway Programme

Online University and College Preparation

Want to take a University Pathways Programme in Canada but can't travel?
Our new Canada Pathway Programme is 100% online. On completion of this course you can move onto your university programme and new life in Canada.

The online pathway programme next start date is on 12th October, please contact us for more information about start dates as they can change at any time.

Don't have the required English level for a Pathway Programme?
Take our online Pre-Pathway Programme to improve your English to the level required.

EC English are world-renowned providers of Full-Immersion English and French courses:

✓ 29 years of experience
✓ Over half a million students successfully taught since 1991
✓ 30 physical schools across 24 cities in 8 countries
✓ Most awarded English language school

What is EC's Online University Pathway Programme?

Our Pathway Programme is an online preparation course that is designed to help international students build the English skills and knowledge that they will need to study at university or college in Canada.

  • Who should take this course?

    This is the ideal course for anyone who wants to study and live in Canada. Our online course gives you all the language and academic skills you need to enter university or college in Canada. Our Canadian University Pathway programme provides you with access to a wide range of universities and colleges to choose from across Canada, including some of the country's most highly ranked institutions.

    Once you finish your studies at university or college, the doors will be open to settle in Canada and live your dream.

    Post-graduation work permit (PGWP)
    Depending on the length of the university programme you may be eligible to apply for a work permit of 1 to 3 years after your graduation.

  • What's included in EC's Online University Pathway Programme?

    ✓ 24 lessons, each one of 45 minutes for a total of 18 hours per week of online synchronous learning.
    ✓ Core class will be delivered Mon to Fri at 11 AM EDT
    ✓ EAP elective class will be delivered Tues & Thu at 2:30 PM EDT (times subject to change)
    ✓ Up to 9 students per class
    ✓ Recognized by partner institutions
    ✓ Free application assistance for their chosen university
    ✓ Monthly one-to-one university counselling sessions with an expert
    ✓ Free access to EC Online with over 1,500 self-study resources including IELTS exam preparation
    ✓ Ability to upgrade and add private one-to-one lessons

  • Sample Pathway class schedule

    EC Virtual Sample Pathway Class Schedule

    EDT = Eastern Daylight Time (e.g.Toronto time)

  • How much does it cost?

    Our Online Pathway Programme costs 199 CAD per week (minimum of 10 weeks) when you study in 2020. This online program is available until December 31, 2020. Students must study at an EC Canada school after that date to complete the programme.

  • What happens at the end of my course?

    When you reach the university’s required English level with EC, you will be admitted to the university without a TOEFL/IELTS exam. Whether university is a stepping stone to immigration or simply to further your education before returning home, your new skills and qualification will open the doors to a new future!

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

Online Pathway Outcomes

Our focus is on better learning outcomes for your online university pathway course through our experienced teachers who are all qualified native English speakers as well as through a combination of:

i) virtual learning
ii) online collaboration with other students and
iii) self-study

Research has proven that this combination increases overall student learning in online learning environments, allowing more time for student reflection, collaboration and student-to-student interactions.

Powered by National Geographic Learning

While studying with EC Virtual, students also have access to EC Online, where they find over 1,500 resources for self-study. Thanks to our key partnership with National Geographic Learning students will have access to engaging learning materials that develop global competencies alongside English language skills.

Pathways Timeline

Sample EC Pathways Timeline

The minimum English level required for our Online University Pathway Programme is Upper Intermediate.

At EC our progress guarantee - based empirically on our understanding of learner language acquisition ability - shows that students who study 20 or more hours a week, attend all their classes, and engage and commit to their learning will progress one EC level every 10 weeks.

We also recognise that each student is individual. This means we also operate a dynamic progression system - integrating ongoing live assessment combined with formal testing - every 5 weeks. This allows flexibility for those students who are making good progress to move up at a faster rate, to continue to be pushed and challenged.

What is EC Virtual’s Pre-Pathway Programme?

This is a pre-sessional course designed to give students the foundation needed to progress to our full-immersion University Preparation Programme.

  • Who should take this course?

    Take this course if your English level is not high enough for a Pathway Programme. EC Virtual’s Pre-Pathway Programme is the course to take BEFORE taking your Pathway programme.

    This course is designed for students of all levels up to Upper Intermediate.

    You begin learning at home with our EC Virtual programme and get additional support in the form of webinars on various topics including:

    ✓ how to get the most from EC Virtual
    ✓ an explanation of the Canadian University Pathway Programme
    ✓ meetings with our partner universities and colleges, and more.

    You will also have monthly individual counselling sessions to help you choose a partner programme as well as help with your university applications.

    Once your EC Virtual course is finished – and Upper Intermediate level achieved – you will then need to progress, and enrol onto our University Pathway course in any of our EC English schools in Canada for their final English levels. Pass this part of our programme and enjoy full TOEFL and IELTS waivers with our university partners.

  • What's included in the Pre-Pathway Programme?

    Your EC Virtual Pre-Pathway Programme Includes:

    ✓ Free application assistance for their chosen university
    ✓ Course eBooks powered by National Geographic Learning
    ✓ Access to our qualified native English-speaking teachers
    ✓ Lesson time: 12:00, 16:00, 18:00, 20:00, 00:00 London time
    ✓ Weekly one-to-one tutorial with their teacher
    ✓ 90 minutes a day of face-to-face virtual English teaching
    (2 x 45-minute sessions with a 10-minute break in-between)
    ✓ 60 minutes a day of structured collaboration with their classmates
    ✓ Monthly one-to-one university counselling sessions with an expert
    ✓ University pathway-related webinars every 3 weeks
    ✓ Full access to EC Online with over 1,500 self-study resources
    ✓ FREE access to Microsoft Office for 12 months including Word, PowerPoint, and much more!
    ✓ Ability to upgrade and add private one-to-one lessons

  • How much does it cost?

    This programme is available for only CAD $99 per week*! Based on a minimum of 10 weeks. *this will be charged at €65.50 per week and please note that exchange rates are subject to fluctuation

  • What happens at the end of my course?

    Upon completion of your EC Virtual course, you will be able to take our University Pathway course at any of our schools in Canada or take your Online Pathway Programme before December 31, 2020.

Book EC Virtual Pre-Pathways Now

Want to customise your number of weeks or add One-to-One individual lessons? No problem, contact us and one of our Pathway Advisors will get back to you asap.

If you are an EC agent partner please do not use this online payment method. Please contact the EC Admissions Team or book via the EC Agent Portal.

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Our Canadian University Pathway programme provides you with access to a wide range of universities and colleges to choose from across Canada.

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