About the program

The ELC will deliver the Intensive Academic English Program (IAEP) remotely for the  Fall 2021 term. Covid-19 (Coronavirus) - Information and updates can be found at http://umanitoba.ca/coronavirus

The IAEP has six levels of study, each consisting of 24 hours of classes per week for 14 weeks. The program begins in January, May and September of each year. On average, there are fewer than 12 students in each class.

Over 80 per cent of students who enter the IAEP successfully complete the program and begin their degree at the University of Manitoba. Research shows that students who complete the IAEP: 

  • have higher marks in their degree program than other international students,
  • have higher first year GPAs than Canadian Students and
  • are more likely to complete their degree than other international or Canadian students.

Foundations Level

This course focuses on foundational English skills in oral communication, vocabulary acquisition and grammar development. This course emphasizes basic English language skills necessary for daily life settings

Levels 1 to 4 

Levels 1-4 of the IAEP are designed to prepare intermediate and advanced level students for academic study. The program emphasizes the English language skills necessary for university success.

Level 5

Also known as the Academic English Program for University and College Entrance (AEPUCE), Level 5 is designed to prepare students for admission to the University of Manitoba. Students who successfully pass Level 5 meet the English Language Proficiency requirements of most programs at the University of Manitoba, the University of Winnipeg and Red River College.

Please check the specific English Language Proficiency requirements for your program of interest. 

Admission requirements

In order to be eligible for the IAEP, students must:

  • be 17 or older before the start of the term,
  • meet Canadian Study Permit (Visa) requirements,
  • read, understand and abide by all program guidelines including the refund policy 

Level 5 entrance requirements

If you have already achieved one of these minimum test scores, you may be eligible to enter Level 5 of the IAEP directly:

  • 5.5 (Academic) or higher in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). 
  • 5.5 (Academic) or higher in the International English Language Testing System Indicator (IELTS Indicator) for Spring/Summer and Fall 2021 applications
  • Minimum 16 in each component and 70 overall on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
  • 3.5 Listening, 3.5 Reading and 3.5 Writing in the Canadian Test of English for Scholars and Trainees (CanTEST)*
  • 50 or higher in the Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL)
  • Duolingo English Test (95 and above) for  Fall 2021 and Winter 2022 applications

*CanTEST scores will be accepted until August 15th 2022

To be admitted directly into Level 5, you must submit test scores by the documentation deadline for the term in which you would like to study. TOEFL test scores must be made verifiable online by electronically releasing the result to our institution (code 0973). For other tests, you must submit an original copy or a scanned version of your test score report by email to elc@umanitoba.ca or by mail to 520 University Centre, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2, Canada. 

Placement Test (foundations level and levels 1-4)

At the start of each term, all students who have not been admitted directly into Level 5 will take a placement test.

There will not be an in-person placement test held for the Fall 2021 term. Students will be required to take the Duolingo English Test (DET). This test will determine which level students are placed in.

This placement test is required for all new students, except for those who have already met the Level 5 entrance requirement. New students who do not take the DET will not be allowed to attend classes online and their application may be deferred to the next term or cancelled.

The ELC reserves the right to place students in a level the Centre believes is appropriate for maximum learning, regardless of any standardized English proficiency test result.

Undergraduate program academic requirements

Students who wish to attend the University of Manitoba undergraduate program must ensure that they are familiar with the academic eligibility requirements. Please refer to the UM international entrance requirements, or contact an admissions representative at admissions@umanitoba.ca.

Some faculties, such as the Faculty of Law, may require higher language proficiency scores and therefore will not accept the IAEP as sufficient to meet language requirements. Please check with your program of interest to ensure IAEP level five is acceptable for admission.

We reserve the right to deny admission and to refuse readmission to students who do not fulfill admission requirements.

Important dates and deadlines

  • Application and documentation deadline for Fall 2021 program
  • Tuition deadline for Fall 2021 program
  • First day of Fall term classes
  • Last day of Fall term classes
  • Application and documentation deadline for Winter 2022 program (Extended)
  • Tuition deadline for Winter 2022 program
  • First day of Winter classes
  • Last day of Winter term classes

Options for application

There are four different entrance options for the Intensive Academic English Program, based on whether you have already applied for other programs at the University of Manitoba.

We look forward to welcoming you to Winnipeg and Canada. If you have any questions or concerns during the application process, please contact us.

Conditional admission to degree programs

Some applicants to the University of Manitoba are accepted to an undergraduate program (regardless of the level they place in the IAEP) on the condition that they complete Level 5 of the English Language Centre's Intensive Academic English Program/AEPUCE first. In most cases, this means that the applicant has met all other academic requirements but not the University’s English Language Proficiency requirements.

With conditional admission, applicants are able to move directly into an undergraduate program after completing the ELC’s level five program.

Direct entry is available for students who have only finished high school or have less than 24 credit hours of post-secondary education:

Advanced entry is available for students who have completed more than 24 credit hours of post-secondary education:

Students who wish to apply to other faculties or programs such as business or engineering must submit a separate application after they have completed their studies at the English Language Centre.

To learn more about the application process for Undergraduate Programs, please visit the international admissions page.

Conditional admission to one-year certificate programs

Applicants to UM Extended Education may be accepted into the Applied Business Management, Applied Human Resources Management, and Applied Business Analysis programs on the condition that they complete Level 5 of the English Language Centre's Intensive Academic English Program/AEPUCE first.

Students can gain conditional admission to the intensive programs provided they meet the following criteria:

  1. Meet the IAEP Level 5 entrance requirements.
  2. Meet the intensive programs education and work experience admission requirements

Regular admission to English Language Centre only

Regular Admission is an option where you are only accepted to the English Language Centre and not to any undergraduate program. This option is best suited for students who are wishing to increase their academic English ability, or for those who wish to go on to graduate level studies. Students need to apply directly to the Faculty of Graduate Studies for graduate admission.

Please note that in order to apply for regular admission, no official documents such as transcripts or proof of graduation are necessary. If you have an English Proficiency Score (such as IELTS, TOEFL, CanTest, etc.) please submit it when applying or by email to elc@umanitoba.ca.

Already applied to UM – need ELC

If you have already submitted an initial application to an undergraduate program, but you do not meet the University of Manitoba English Language Proficiency Requirement, you can request to have your application changed to conditional admission.

To do this please send an email to elcapps@umanitoba.ca to confirm that conditional admission is possible—we currently offer conditional admission to University 1, Faculty of Arts, Faculty of Sciences.

You will then be asked to submit an application to the English Language Centre Only. Once this application is submitted and the application fee is paid, your applications will be combined and you will be assessed for conditional admission.


Application and program fees

Fee type Fee amount
ELC Application fee $175.00
UM Undergraduate application fee (conditional admission only) $120.00
Course fees (all applicants) $4,500.00

Fees are subject to change without notice and are listed in Canadian funds (CAD). 

We cannot send a letter of acceptance before these payments have been received. The balance of fees is due one month before the program start date.

Students will also be required to pay the Manitoba International Student Health Plan fee. 

Student experience

In the Intensive Academic English Program, you'll learn both in the classroom and in the community. The Student Life Coordinator and Student Life Leaders coordinate social events and field trips for ELC students to learn more about Canadian culture and university life.

Contact us

English Language Centre
520 University Centre
65 Chancellor's Circle
University of Manitoba (Fort Garry campus)
Winnipeg, MB. R3T 2N2

Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.