uoPAL - Prepare, Act, and Learn

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Is this course for me?

Are you looking to improve your English skills? Do you want to spend the summer meeting new friends from around the world? Do you want to live in Canada`s capital city? The uoPAL is for you! 

The uoPAL program is designed to help international students take the next step in their second language learning journey. In addition to studying in Canada's bilingual capital, the program's instructors will help you improve your English language skills in the best possible environment. 

This program's location and highly-qualified instructors will help you improve your English language skills in the best possible environment.

Our goal is to help you: 

  • Communicate effectively with both native and non-native English speakers;
  • Notice and appreciate similarities and differences between cultures;
  • Learn with classmates from around the world;
  • Enjoy life in Canada.

Course Content

uOpal will enable you to experience English in the real world!  You will be using English to:

  • Learn about Canadians and their culture;
  • Learn to effectively manage conversations with native speakers and classmates;
  • Complete tasks connected to your everyday life in the community;
  • Express your ideas and discuss your experiences;
  • Learn to use vocabulary and grammar to communicate clearly;

Course Tasks:

In this course you will complete a selection of the following tasks:

  • Create, conduct, and report on a survey to explore Canadian culture;
  • Make a video to compare cultural aspects of different countries;
  • Set up and conduct an interview with a University of Ottawa employee to understand university culture;
  • Produce a play incorporating different language styles to understand different cultural dimensions;
  • Create a travel blog to share your Canadian experience;
  • Complete our everyday challenge task to communicate with members of the community.


The schedule for this program is the perfect balance of class work to improve language skills, day trips to discover the Canadian culture, and free time to enjoy the campus and the city. 








Integrated Language and Task-based Skills

Integrated Language and Task-based Skills

Integrated Language and Task-based Skills

Day Trip

Integrated Language and Task-based Skills


Lunch Break


Language Enrichment

Language Enrichment

Language Enrichment

Day Trip

Independent Study

*Please note statutory holidays.

Course Placement:

There are four levels in the uOpal program:

  •         uOpal100: Beginner
  •         uOpal200: Low Intermediate
  •         uOpal300: High Intermediate
  •         uOpal400: Advanced

You will take a placement test to determine which level is best for you. Please note that depending on the number of students who register for uOpal, multiple levels might be offered within the same class.

When is this program offered? How much does it cost?

Program Dates

July 29 to August 23, 2019

Tuition Fees*

$2420** (tuition fees must be paid in full by July 23, 2019)

*Tuition fees include course tuition, course materials, mandatory health insurance and socio-cultural outings.  Airport pick-up and send off can be arranged with groups of 10 or more at a separate cost. 

**Fees subject to change without notice. A non-refundable deposit of $325 is required in order to receive a letter of admission for visa purposes and to take the program online placement test.

Day Tips

Day Tips

Language practice does not only happen in the classroom! An important and fun part of our program is the activities that you will do outside of class. The University of Ottawa campus is perfectly situated for a fun-filled summer. Exciting cultural, outdoor, and social activities are right at our doorstep!

Outings planned for the summer 2019 program include:

Where can I live while I study in this program?

Where can I live?

We are here to help you find the best place to live while you are studying with us. If you are looking the convenience of living on campus, the benefits of living with a homestay family, or the independence of living in the city, we can help you. Let us know!


Payment Options

To pay for tuition, students can use the following:

a. Certified cheque or money order: Students can bring certified cheques or money orders to the Office of Second Language Intensive Programs. Or they can mail them to the following address:
Room 101 70 Laurier Avenue East
Ottawa Ontario

b. Online by credit card follow this link to use this payment option.

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