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UWindsor's pathway
program for english
language proficiency

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 programs.

  • This Pathway Program + conditional admission to an academic program is a great study plan
  • There are five (5) levels, each level is 12 weeks; intensive, full-time programs
  • Classes are offered each semester, and all year
  • Programs are available to graduate and undergraduate students
  • Successful completion of ELIP 3 meets University of Windsor English proficiency requirements for undergraduate and graduate admissions
  • Web-enhanced learning and innovative use of technology used in class instruction
  • Facilities include modern classrooms with technology, computer lab, and student lounge
  • Social activities, student support, access to campus facilities and resources included

Note: You must obtain a study permit for both academic and ELIP programs. Please visit the Government of Canada website for details.

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Syed Ali Nasir Zaidi

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.

Yue Gou

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 Gou

Yue attained a Master’s degree in Medical Biotechnology and is a student of the Master of Science program.

Jin Liang

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 Liang

Jin is a student of the Master of Engineering program.

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Key outcomes for ELIP Students

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Social Activities

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.

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Enabling Academic Skills

Demonstrate fluent and accurate language, and strategic use of enabling academic skills.

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Communicate on a range of academic and professional topics, skillfully evaluating and expanding on other' ideas and conveying precise meaning.

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Understand extended spoken information on diverse academic topics, and can critically evaluate points to use argumentation.

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Evaluate significant issues to persuasively write on a variety of professional and academic topics.

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Analyze a variety of texts on a range of academic topics.

Frequently Asked Questions about ELIP

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:

  • Understand and analyze a variety of texts
  • Evaluate significant issues to persuasively write on academic topics
  • Understand extended spoken information and critically evaluate points to use in argumentation
  • Convey precise meaning in oral and written communication
  • Strategically use a range of academic skills

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.

If you have an overall IELTS and writing band score of - 5.0 5.0 5.5 6.0 + Begin your academic program
You will begin in level Pre-Academic English → ELIP 1 → ELIP 2 → ELIP 3 →
# of Elip terms you will need to complete before academic start Five / Four Three Two One

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:

  • Registration fee - $150.00
  • Program tuition fee - $4,450.00
  • *Health insurance fee - $250.00

Total - $4,850.00

*International students must have adequate health insurance while studying in Canada.

Please review your ELIP Invoice for the due date of fees.

  1. Pay by credit card by logging into your online application.
  2. Make a payment to your student account using the CIBC International Student Pay. You will need your 9-digit Student ID. After making a payment, please notify
  3. Pay in person at either CELD campus by credit card, debit card, or bank draft made payable to the University of Windsor.

Yes. The funds in your student account can be used to pay ELIP fees. Please notify 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.

ELIP fees per term include:

  • Registration fee - $150.00
  • Program tuition fee - $5,000.00
  • *Health insurance fee - $150.00

Total - $5,300.00

*International students must have adequate health insurance while studying in Canada.

Please contact 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.

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 & Returning

International 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:

Yes, you need a valid Study Permit to take ELIP online class in Canada.

What ELIP Students are saying

  • Reading

    ELIP 3 helped me develop the skills to critically analyze information to make conclusions

    93% (agreed/strongly agreed)

  • Writing

    ELIP 3 helped me develop the skills to use a large range of complex vocabulary

    96% (agreed/strongly agreed)

  • Listening

    ELIP 3 helped me develop the skills to understand lectures and discussions

    100% (agreed/strongly agreed)

  • Speaking

    ELIP 3 helped me develop the skills to manage discussions

    100% (agreed/strongly agreed)

  • Academic Skills

    ELIP 3 helped me develop the skills to understand APA citation requirements

    95% (agreed/ strongly agreed)

  • Learning environment

    My ELIP class has challenged me to learn more than I expected

    100% (agreed/ strongly agreed)

  • Social Activities

    The Social Activities provided me with opportunities to make new friends

    78% (agreed/ strongly agreed)