EC Partners

Canadian University Pathways

Your Pathway to Success

EC will guide you every step of the way towards your Higher Education journey in Canada! Our University pathway programme will get you ready to enter University without a TOEFL or IELTS exam

Choose to study English at EC Toronto, EC Vancouver or EC Montreal* and start your journey towards higher education and your future in Canada! Our Canadian University Pathway programme provides you with access to a wide range of universities and colleges to choose from across Canada, including some of the country’s most highly ranked institutions. Studying at a Canadian university or college is one of the first steps to staying in Canada if you wish to do so. Once you graduate, you can be eligible for a work permit for up to three years, depending on the chosen programme and institution, which may help you if you’re interested in pursuing permanent residency.

This program may be delivered in various ways. Face-to-face, online or blended, provided on approval from our partner institutions.

* University Pathway academic programme is not available at EC Montreal. Most partners accept the General English programme certificate as entry requirement.

Learn English Online for University

Start your journey to Canada from home! Our online university preparation course is for students who dream of studying at university in Canada but do not have the English level they need. 

How it Works

Choose an EC School

Choose your EC school in Vancouver, Toronto or Montreal and start your programme, the first step into getting language qualification to Higher Education.

Reach your English goal

In addition to studying English, you will take courses in study skills, note-taking, academic writing, presentation skills, listening to lectures and other aspects of university life to help prepare you for success at a Canadian university.

Enter university

When you reach the university’s required English level with EC, you will be admitted to the university without a TOEFL/IELTS exam. *Please note some partners may request additional testing and eligibility conditions. Please contact our pathway specialists for more information.

Enjoy your new future

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! You can have a Post-Graduate Work Permit (PGWP) for up to 3 years depending on the length of your study. For more information, please visit Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).

Start Dates

Jul 17 Aug 14 Sep 11 Oct 10 Dec 4 Jan 15, Feb 12, Mar 11, Apr 8, May 6, Jun 3, Jul 2, Jul 2, Aug 26, Sep 23, Oct 21, Nov 18

FREE counselling and University placement

Our team of specialists is committed to helping you every step of the way. You will receive personal guidance and support in understanding the various programmes offered by Higher Education institutions, such as Certificate, Diploma, Advanced Diploma, Bachelor´s, MBA, etc, choosing a university or college that best suits your goals, completing the application process, determining your current level of English, and in helping you reach the required level of English to join your chosen university.


When applying to one of our college/university partners, you will not have to worry about taking the TOEFL or IELTS exam. Instead, you will receive a conditional letter of acceptance to your chosen university, and you will be admitted once you reach the university’s required level of English.
*Some partners may request additional testing and eligibility conditions. Please contact our pathway specialists for more information.
In meantime you can take this short test to find out your current level of English.

Academic Support

While studying University Pathways with EC, you will be granted: 
• Personalized study plan 
• Progress tracking 
• College/University Campus tours, information sessions and open houses 
• Auditing courses at highly ranked Universities in Canada 
• One-to-one tutorials with experienced teachers and Upath specialists 
• Full and unlimited access to MyEC, including 1500+ items such as tests, lessons, homework, study plans, texts and videos; academic follow up and tasks based on feedback and progress tests; a student dashboard with information on entry level, attendance, classes, tutorials, progress scores and weekly assessments.

Experience University Life

While you study English at your EC school, you will have a chance to attend/audit classes at a university. This is a perfect opportunity for you to see what student life and the classroom experience is like in Canada, helping you become a better student. You will also have access to information sessions and tours to partner institutions. With this experience you will enter college with an added boost of confidence in your ability to succeed, and in knowing what to expect, so that you can make the most of it from your very first day.

This course is available at

EC Toronto

EC Vancouver

EC Montreal


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