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EAP Program

English for Academic Purposes (EAP)

The English for Academic Purposes (EAP) program at VIC is designed to give a strong English language foundation to our students in order to prepare them for their future credit courses and to enable them to succeed in their future university careers. This rigorous program is set up in such a way that students get to develop their English skills in Listening and Speaking, Reading and Writing, and Grammar, with an increased focus on Academic Writing skills.



VIC offers 3 levels of English for Academic Purposes.

ESL Level 3 – Intermediate
ESL Level 4 – High Intermediate
ESL Level 5 – Advanced

Students who complete the Advanced level are ready to move on to the PU Program or the UBC/UT Program.

Program Length

Each level is a 5-week full-time program for 6 days per week (Monday-Saturday). EAP courses run from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. with a lunch break between 1:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m.

The EAP Program is typically offered during summer and fall, in order to prepare students to enter the PU or UBC/UT Programs after completion of EAP Level 5.

Curriculum Components

EAP Levels 3-5 consist of four components – Listening and Speaking, Reading and Writing, Grammar, and Academic Writing.


VIC’s EAP curriculum is based on the Pearson Northstar, Focus on Grammar, and Reason to Write series. EAP Students are required to purchase four workbooks for each level. Each Northstar workbooks contains 10 units and each Focus on Grammar workbook contains 25-50 grammar lessons that complement the Northstar units.

Students will use the workbooks for both in- class work and homework and can keep them for future reference during higher levels or BCCG courses.


EAP is geared towards students who already have a solid base in English language learning and who are aiming to attend a top university in an English-speaking country.

To determine which EAP level they are at, students must take the VIC English Placement Test. Alternatively, students can provide an IELTS score or evidence that they successfully completed an English course at a certified B.C. secondary school. Each student’s documents or test results will be assessed to determine what level is a good fit for them. The table below is an example of how English Placement Test results and IELTS scores may be assessed in order to determine placement.


In order to advance to the next level of EAP, students must achieve a minmum 70% average across all four curriculum strands, with no strand below 60%. Students are assessed throughout the 5-week program through in-classes assignments, homework, and weekly tests. Students who do not meet the minimum grade for advancement are required to repeat the level to ensure that they only move up when they have mastered the necessary skills. For more information about our Scoring Policy, see the Student Handbook.

English Placement Test Score IELTS Score VIC ESL Placement
 90%+ 6.5 or above BCCG Program
 80-90% 6.0 ESL Level 5
60-80% 5.5 ESL Level 4
 40-60% 5.0 ESL Level 3
 20-40% 4.5 ESL Level 2
0-20% 4.0 or below ESL Level 1