Pathway Program

This stream of the Full Time Program prepares students for academic studies at English language institutions by developing the skills required to be successful in an academic environment.

Pathway chart

The Pathway Program is for students who do not currently meet the English language requirement for study at UWinnipeg or for those who are interested in sharpening their English and post-secondary study skills before continuing at UWinnipeg. 

Pathway chart

Benefits of The Pathway Program

  • Meet UWinnipeg English language requirement without taking an English proficiency test like IELTS or TOEFL.
  • Develop English language skills (listening / reading / writing / speaking) in order to apply them in an academic setting.
  • Improve ability to take notes, read academic material, write essays and give presentations.
  • Learn vocabulary commonly used in University and College courses.
  • Access to UWinnipeg facilities like the library and gym.
  • Participate in The Language Partner Program and socio-cultural activities, providing the opportunity to adapt to Canadian culture before starting a program at UWinnipeg.
  • At the highest level of the program, students will have the opportunity to begin their University studies by taking a first year business course: " Introduction to Business I" with the support of an adjunct course specifically developed to help ELP students successfully complete their University course.

With the successful completion of the highest level of the Academic English Program students have:

  • Met the English language proficiency requirement for UWinnipeg including degree credit programs in Arts, Science, Education and Business.
  • Earned 6 university credit hours that can be applied to further study at UWinnipeg, 3 credit hours toward an undergraduate degree in the Faculty of Business Administration and 3 credit hours that are unallocated and be applied to any course of study.
  • Met the English language requirement for UWinnipeg’s post degree diploma programs (PACE.)
  • Earned credit hours that can be applied to PACE’s Business Fundamentals.

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Pathway Program Entrance Requirements

Students can start the program at their current level and progress until completion. With proof of the following minimum test scores, students may be eligible to enter the highest level (Academic 5 ) directly.

  • TOEFL iBT 61 with minimum scores of: Reading 15, Listening 15, Writing 14
  • IELTS 5.5 overall on Academic Module

Students must submit test scores by the documentation deadline for the term in which they would like to study.

Students who want to make a study plan in advance and who are unsure of their starting level should contact infoelp@uwinnipeg.ca for assistance. ELP has a quick process to determine student start level and number of successful terms needed to complete The Pathway Program.

What to expect from the Pathway Program

Meet Ross Macdonald, ELP Academic Level 5 instructor. Ross has more than twenty years of experience teaching ESL and helping international students reach their educational goals.

Feedback from my former students has been overwhelmingly positive regarding the usefulness of this course in preparing them for their tasks in university and PACE. Personally, I have found that the course I teach has outstanding material resources and academically robust, yet accessible content for my learners; the strategies and materials for study in reading, listening speaking and writing are excellent, nuanced and comprehensive.

A course like this one is hard to find anywhere.

Have not seen any advanced preparation course as detailed and as directly suited to teaching higher level academic English. The students here learn detailed organizational and reading skills regarding the creation of academic texts in several writing genres, and complete a cumulative research paper that allows them to utilize their instruction in its creation. The reading materials are current and relevant, and in addition to the course, the students in this program receive close support from the ELP in counsel and social activities. I can enthusiastically endorse this program as definitely meeting the needs of ESL students in Canada and Winnipeg."

Ross Macdonald, ELP Instructor

Program Dates

Fall 2022

September 6  - December 16, 2022

Length: 14 weeks

Cost: $4400 

Winter 2023

January 9 - April 21, 2023

Length: 14 weeks

Cost: $4400

Spring-Summer 2023

May 8 - August 18, 2023

Length: 14 weeks

Cost: $4400

NOTE: The application deadline is two weeks before the start date.

Fall Term 2022

Midterm break: October 24 - 28

Statutory holidays: October 10 - Thanksgiving Day, September 30 - National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, November 11 - Remembrance Day

Winter Term 2023

Midterm break: February 27 - March 3

Statutory holidays: February 20 - Louis Riel Day, April 7 - Good Friday

Spring/Summer Term 2023

Midterm break: June 26 – 30

Statutory holidays: May 22 – Victoria Day, July 1 – Canada Day


Additional Information

Application fees and a tuition deposit ( if applicable ) are due with the program application form. More information can be found in the Fees section in the navigation menu on the left.

Accommodation information can be found here