University students

Your Path to Higher Education in Canada

DEA’s University Pathway Program leads to bachelor’s and master’s degree programs as well as undergraduate and postgraduate diplomas and certificates. University Pathway Program graduates are expected to achieve an IELTS score of 6.5 or higher.


STUDY AREA University Pathway
LOCATION  Vancouver
LENGTH 8 weeks minimum
SCHEDULE Full-Time Intensive
START DATES Every Monday except the last week of a session*


You can begin the program at any level, but you may need to upgrade your English before beginning the required University Pathway Program courses. You must begin your University Pathway Program required courses on the first day of a session and must complete the full session of your required courses to get credit.



Course duration varies based on your starting English Level and each student’s unique progress through the levels.

English Testing

Students write a practice IELTS test every second week to measure their progress. This allows teachers and students to see their success and track their improvement.

What You Will Learn

  • Written & Oral English Skills
  • Critical Thinking
  • Research Skills
  • Essay Writing

Estimated Length of Program

If your level is: The estimated length of your program will be:
High-advanced (Level 11-12) 8-12 weeks
Advanced (Level 9-10) 12-20 weeks
High-intermediate (Level 7-8) 20-28 weeks
Intermediate (Level 5-6) 28-32 weeks
Pre-intermediate (Level 3-4) 32-40 weeks
Beginner (Level 1-2) 40-48 weeks


Students take a placement test on their first day to determine their English level.
Students who test at level 9 or above may directly enter the University Pathway Program.
Students who test at level 8 or below, will begin in the General English program.

University Placement Services

Our team of Pathway Specialists will work with you to find the perfect program to reveal your full potential.
Our services include:

  • Helping you choose the best program for your goals and interests from our Partner Colleges and Universities in Canada
  • Guiding you through the admissions application process
  • Obtaining your conditional Letter of Acceptance (LOA)