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If you have an admission offer with a language condition, the English Language Improvement Program (ELIP) is a pathway to meet UWindsor’s English language proficiency requirements for undergraduate and graduate
Note: You must obtain a study permit for both academic and ELIP programs. Please visit the Government of Canada website for details.
ELIP was a smart decision as it helped me gain both the required knowledge and skill set for my research work, which I had been looking for a long time.
Syed Ali Nasir Zaidi
Syed has completed his Master of Education (curriculum studies). His dream is to be a part of any Canadian policy-making institution.
ELIP helped me lay the foundation of foreign language communication and present as the first beacon which lights up the road ahead of my academic career.
Yue attained a Master’s degree in Medical Biotechnology and is a student of the Master of Science program.
ELIP provides me with a wealth of opportunities to communicate with students from different countries. In addition, ELIP greatly eliminates my fear about the unknown future study and life in Windsor.
Jin is a student of the Master of Engineering program.
The English Language Improvement Program (ELIP) includes social activities with the aim to provide you with an opportunity to develop friendships, practice English communication skills, and visit Windsor and surrounding areas.
Demonstrate fluent and accurate language, and strategic use of enabling academic skills.
Communicate on a range of academic and professional topics, skillfully evaluating and expanding on other' ideas and conveying precise meaning.
Understand extended spoken information on diverse academic topics, and can critically evaluate points to use argumentation.
Evaluate significant issues to persuasively write on a variety of professional and academic topics.
Analyze a variety of texts on a range of academic topics.
ELIP focuses on developing English language and academic skills to meet the University of Windsor English proficiency requirements.
Upon completing ELIP level 3, you will have developed English language skills to:
ELIP is offered throughout an academic year. There are 3 intakes: Winter (January – April), Intersession (May – August) and Fall (September – December).
Each ELIP term is 12 weeks. In-class instruction is 4 hours per day; totalling, 20 hours per week.
The length of time to complete ELIP depends on the ELIP level at which you start.
Both options are available to all students in and outside of Canada. ELIP online is a good option if students are unable to travel to Canada for the registered term. Students residing in Canada can choose between ELIP online and in-class options.
You will receive an ELIP acceptance letter by completing the online application form and paying the $150 registration fee. Once your application is received, you will receive a confirmation email.
If you have already applied to your academic program, it will typically take 2-3 business days to receive your ELIP acceptance letter.
Yes. ELIP meets the English requirement for admission to your undergraduate or graduate academic program at the University of Windsor. When you successfully complete ELIP level 3, you will have met the English requirement.
You must apply for your academic program and meet all other admission requirements to gain admission. When you successfully complete ELIP level 3, you will have met the English requirement for your academic program.
Enrolling in ELIP alone does not guarantee that you will be admitted to an academic program.
Most students apply for their academic program first. If you have questions about conditional offers, please visit ask.UWindsor to request information regarding the academic program you are interested in.
If your ELIP program is going to take longer than 6 months to complete, you are required to have a valid Study Permit while in Canada.
We may be able to determine your ELIP level based on a valid English language test score, such as a CAEL, IELTS, PTE, or TOEFL test. However, you may be required to write our placement test at the beginning of the term to determine your ELIP level.
The ELIP placement test takes precedence over any other test score.
Test scores attained 12 months prior to the date of application is considered valid. If the submitted test score has passed the 12-month limit, you will be required to take an online placement test.
No. There are different levels in ELIP. After applying, you will be placed in a level that is appropriate for your English language profile. Your ELIP level will be confirmed after your application is processed.
ELIP fees per term include:
Total - $4,850.00
*Health Insurance fee is applicable to international students studying within Canada.
Please review your ELIP Invoice for the due date of fees.
Yes. The funds in your student account can be used to pay ELIP fees. Please notify firstname.lastname@example.org that you would like to do so.
Yes. ELIP fees are separate from academic fees.
Currently, ELIP is not covered by scholarships offered at UWindsor. Students are free to explore external scholarship opportunities.
ELIP 3 is a condensed, 8-week program of the ELIP 3 level. It is more fast-paced and intense than ELIP 3.
ELIP 3 Fast Track is offered in every Summer (July – August) and Fall (October – December) terms.
Total - $5,300.00
Please contact email@example.com to confirm your eligibility before applying for this program.
ELIP is offered on BlackBoard Learn Virtual Classroom.
Once ELIP fees have been paid, you will receive instructions for activating the necessary accounts that will allow you access to BlackBoard.
The University of Windsor offers the VPN called Global Protect and it is available to students. The link below will guide you to installing the tool. Using this will allow your computer to act as though it is physically on campus. We recommend all ELIP students do this.https://www.uwindsor.ca/itservices/talks/installing-globalprotect-vpn
You do not need a Study Permit to take ELIP online class from outside of Canada.A valid Study Permit is required for international students taking ELIP online class in Canada.
To prepare your trip to Canada, please visit International Arrivals New & ReturningInternational Student Centre is offering the Soft Landing Program to help incoming International Students prepare for their move to Canada, get settled in Windsor and begin their new life at the University of Windsor. For more information and details please visit: https://www.uwindsor.ca/international-student-centre/229/softlanding
Yes, you need a valid Study Permit to take ELIP online class in Canada.
No, you are not required but encouraged to join in-class learning. It's a great opportunity to learn face-to-face with instructors and peers.
ELIP students are only eligible to work on campus.
You may work on the UWindsor campus without a work permit if:
The maximum number of hours a student can work on campus is set by the University and is up to 24 hours per week.
Once your ELIP program is complete and you are enrolled into your academic program you may be eligible to work off campus, should you meet these requirements.For questions related to working please contact an International Student Advisor at firstname.lastname@example.org
ELIP 3 helped me develop the skills to critically analyze information to make conclusions
93% (agreed/strongly agreed)
ELIP 3 helped me develop the skills to use a large range of complex vocabulary
96% (agreed/strongly agreed)
ELIP 3 helped me develop the skills to understand lectures and discussions
100% (agreed/strongly agreed)
ELIP 3 helped me develop the skills to manage discussions
ELIP 3 helped me develop the skills to understand APA citation requirements
95% (agreed/ strongly agreed)
My ELIP class has challenged me to learn more than I expected
100% (agreed/ strongly agreed)
The Social Activities provided me with opportunities to make new friends
78% (agreed/ strongly agreed)