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EC Virtual University Pathways

This online programme provides students with all the language and academic learning they need to attend a Canadian college or university. With these tools, and the assistance of our Pathway counsellors, students can then apply to a range of institutions across Canada, including some of the most highly ranked colleges and universities in the country. Studying in Canada is the first step to staying in Canada.

Included with every course:

  • Lessons delivered by qualified, experienced English-speaking teachers 
  • Unlimited self-study with access to materials on EC Online 
  • Learner Oriented Assessment 
  • FREE access to Microsoft Office for the duration of the course including Word, PowerPoint, and much more! 
  • Ability to upgrade and add one-to-one lessons 
  • Monthly one-to-one university counselling sessions with a Pathways expert 
  • FREE application assistance for the chosen college/university 
  • Recognised by partner institutions 

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This course is suitable for students who

  • who want to attend college/university in Canada
  • who want to build or improve their academic English ability
  • who want a guaranteed pathway to an EC partner college/university in Canada
  • who cannot travel but are committed to learning

What can you expect on this course?

Why Choose EC Virtual?

  • Smaller Classrooms (average class size of 9 students) 
  • Allows for more intensive learning 
  • Increased time for teacher-to-student interaction 
  • Closer monitoring of speaking and listening 
  • More personalised feedback from the teacher 
Classroom Dynamics 
  • Whole-class activities with online participation from all students 
  • Collaborating in a multi-cultural environment 
  • Virtual University Pathways classes will follow the same in-school University Pathway curriculum 
  • Learning is supplemented by our learning platform, EC Online 
  • Option to boost their English further by adding private classes 

What can you expect on this programme?

Programme Structure  
  • Each level is 8 weeks long 
  • The University Pathway core classes is split into two 4-week terms 
  • There are three levels – Upper Intermediate, Pre-Advanced, Advanced 

Check your chosen college to see which level they require 

  • All levels use Oxford University Press: English for Academic Purposes  
Course Structure 
  • 20 lessons a week of core English 
  • 1 project to be completed each week 
  • Progress assessments conducted every 4 weeks 
  • 4 lessons per week Special Focus classes, focused on Study Skills and Workshops  
  • Projects designed to consolidate students’ skills over their 8-week course 
  • Exam-style timed writing 
  • Peer Review designed to help students practice working collaboratively with others, take responsibility for their own learning, and deepen their understanding of the course content 
  • EC Progress Assessments 
  • When you reach the university’s required English level with EC, you will be admitted to the university without a TOEFL/IELTS exam.  

Whether university is a stepping stone to immigration or simply to further your education before returning home, your new skills and qualification will open the doors to a new future!

Class Time Zones
Classes will be delivered either from Toronto or Vancouver time .

Please note that the clock changes in the UK and Canada in the last week of October and last week of March. This will impact the local time of lessons.
*Times subject to change.

Sample Timetable Toronto

Sample Timetable Vancouver