Academic English Accelerated Course


Academic English Accelerated (ESL0140) is an integrated four-skill course designed for students who must complete ESL0140 to be admitted to undergraduate programs at the University of Ottawa. If this applies to you, you can complete this course in eight weeks (from July to August) and start your undergraduate program in September.  It will improve your overall skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing for academic purposes, so you’ll be well on your way to succeed in the fall. 

By the end of the course you will be able to: 

  • Take detailed notes while making logical inferences, organizing information, connecting ideas and identifying main ideas and supporting details from academic conversations, lectures and authentic academic texts about abstract and complex subjects
  • Give eight to ten-minute oral presentations on research topics and take part in academic discussions on complex topics
  • Apply advanced conversation skills to complex matters, such as proposing ideas, comparing information, giving instructions, checking comprehension and handling disagreements
  • Write well-organized, cohesive research reports, essays and summaries while paraphrasing and referencing to avoid plagiarism
  • Master academic grammar and a wide range of academic vocabulary
  • Use autonomous learning strategies, understand academic expectations and meet academic integrity standards


You must have minimum grade of 70% and a minimum attendance of 85% to pass this course and bridge into your program. Depending on your performance, you might have to complete ESL2121 and/or ESL2361 in the first year of your program.

Course dates/length


July 6 - August 28, 2020
Application deadline : May 25, 2020


8 weeks (25.5 hours per week)

Orientation day

A mandatory full-day orientation will take place Friday, July 3, 2020.  It will introduce you to campus and community life, provide you with strategies for adapting to Canadian and campus culture, and offer you tools and strategies for academic success.








10 a.m. to
1 p.m.

Academic Reading to Write

Academic Listening to Speak

Academic Reading to Write

Academic Listening to Speak

Academic Reading to Write

1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.


2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Campus Integration Workshops*

Writing for Discipline Specific Purposes

Writing for Discipline Specific Purposes

Writing for Discipline Specific Purposes

Independent Study

*Campus integration workshops will take place from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. 


Tuition is $6,016. It covers classes, photocopies and handouts, university and community integration workshops, and socio-cultural outings.  It does not cover textbooks and UHIP fees. You do not have to pay incidental and U-Pass fees.

How to enrol

Planning to join us? Super! Here’s what you need to do:

Step 1: Complete the online application form.  We will then contact you with more information. 

Step 2: Pay your full tuition or a $500 non-refundable deposit.  Learn more about paying for this course.

Step 3: Once we receive your payment, we will send you a letter of acceptance that you can use for your visa application. 

Step 4: Get your visa and book your trip to Ottawa! 

Step 5: Pay your full tuition and UHIP fees by the deadline. 

We will follow up with you throughout this process to help when necessary!

This course is for you if:

EIP Accelerated Course
  • You must complete ESL0140 to be admitted into an undergraduate program at the University of Ottawa for the fall 2019 term.  


Where can I live?

Would you like to stay in a uOttawa residence while taking this course?  If so, great!  We’ve asked our Housing Service to hold a room for you. Complete the application form in the “Register Now” section.  We will then contact you to help with the next steps.  

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