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Need English Language Proficiency?

English Language
Improvement Program

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
  • Each level builds upon the previous by developing and expanding on reading and listening comprehension, as well as, oral and written communication for academic success.
  • 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 for a long time.

Syed Ali Nasir Zaidi

Seyed is currently completing his Master of Education (curriculum studies). His dream is to be a part of any Canadian policy-making institution.

Paula Becker Soll

I felt ready to face the challenges of being a foreign student at a Canadian university.

Paula Becker Soll

Paula graduated in 2014 in Communication Studies and is currently working in Brazil. She is also a University of Windsor Ambassador and helps promote programs in Brazil.

Jia Xu (Christy)

My listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills improved.

Jia Xu (Christy)

Jia is studying in post-graduate accounting at the University of Windsor. She successfully completed ELIP 3 in Winter 2016.

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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.

Students looking at a laptop


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

Student working outside


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

Student working in classroom


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

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