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ELIP FAQs

ELIP focuses on developing English language and academic skills to meet the University of Windsor English proficiency requirements.

Upon completing ELIP level 3, you will have developed English language skills to:

  • Understand and analyze a variety of texts
  • Evaluate significant issues to persuasively write on academic topics
  • Understand extended spoken information and critically evaluate points to use in argumentation
  • Convey precise meaning in oral and written communication
  • Strategically use a range of academic skills

ELIP is offered throughout an academic year. There are 3 intakes: Winter (January – April), Intersession (May – August) and Fall (September – December).

Each ELIP term is 12 weeks. In-class instruction is 4 hours per day; totalling, 20 hours per week.

The length of time to complete ELIP depends on the ELIP level at which you start.

If you have an overall IELTS and writing band score of - 5.0 5.0 5.5 6.0 + Begin your academic program
You will begin in level Pre-Academic English → ELIP 1 → ELIP 2 → ELIP 3 →
# of Elip terms you will need to complete before academic start Five / Four Three Two One

Both options are available to all students in and outside of Canada. ELIP online is a good option if students are unable to travel to Canada for the registered term. Students residing in Canada can choose between ELIP online and in-class options.

You will receive an ELIP acceptance letter by completing the online application form and paying the $150 registration fee. Once your application is received, you will receive a confirmation email.

If you have already applied to your academic program, it will typically take 2-3 business days to receive your ELIP acceptance letter.

Yes. ELIP meets the English requirement for admission to your undergraduate or graduate academic program at the University of Windsor. When you successfully complete ELIP level 3, you will have met the English requirement.

You must apply for your academic program and meet all other admission requirements to gain admission. When you successfully complete ELIP level 3, you will have met the English requirement for your academic program.

Enrolling in ELIP alone does not guarantee that you will be admitted to an academic program.

Most students apply for their academic program first. If you have questions about conditional offers, please visit ask.UWindsor to request information regarding the academic program you are interested in.

If your ELIP program is going to take longer than 6 months to complete, you are required to have a valid Study Permit while in Canada.

We may be able to determine your ELIP level based on a valid English language test score, such as a CAEL, IELTS, PTE, or TOEFL test. However, you may be required to write our placement test at the beginning of the term to determine your ELIP level.

The ELIP placement test takes precedence over any other test score.

Test scores attained 12 months prior to the date of application is considered valid. If the submitted test score has passed the 12-month limit, you will be required to take an online placement test.

No. There are different levels in ELIP. After applying, you will be placed in a level that is appropriate for your English language profile. Your ELIP level will be confirmed after your application is processed.

ELIP fees per term include:

  • Registration fee - $150.00
  • Program tuition fee - $4,450.00
  • *Health insurance fee - $250.00

Total - $4,850.00

*Health Insurance fee is applicable to international students studying within Canada.

Please review your ELIP Invoice for the due date of fees.

  1. Pay by credit card by logging into your online application.
  2. Make a payment to your student account using the CIBC International Student Pay. You will need your 9-digit Student ID. After making a payment, please notify applyesl@uwindsor.ca.
  3. Pay in person at either CELD campus by credit card, debit card, or bank draft made payable to the University of Windsor.

Yes. The funds in your student account can be used to pay ELIP fees. Please notify applyesl@uwindsor.ca that you would like to do so.

Yes. ELIP fees are separate from academic fees.

Currently, ELIP is not covered by scholarships offered at UWindsor. Students are free to explore external scholarship opportunities.

ELIP 3 is a condensed, 8-week program of the ELIP 3 level. It is more fast-paced and intense than ELIP 3.

ELIP 3 Fast Track is offered in every Summer (July – August) and Fall (October – December) terms.

ELIP fees per term include:

  • Registration fee - $150.00
  • Program tuition fee - $5,000.00
  • *Health insurance fee - $150.00

Total - $5,300.00

*Health Insurance fee is applicable to international students studying within Canada.

Please contact applyesl@uwindsor.ca to confirm your eligibility before applying for this program.

ELIP is offered on BlackBoard Learn Virtual Classroom.

Once ELIP fees have been paid, you will receive instructions for activating the necessary accounts that will allow you access to BlackBoard.

The University of Windsor offers the VPN called Global Protect and it is available to students. The link below will guide you to installing the tool. Using this will allow your computer to act as though it is physically on campus. We recommend all ELIP students do this.

https://www.uwindsor.ca/itservices/talks/installing-globalprotect-vpn

You do not need a Study Permit to take ELIP online class from outside of Canada.

A valid Study Permit is required for international students taking ELIP online class in Canada.

To prepare your trip to Canada, please visit International Arrivals New & Returning

International Student Centre is offering the Soft Landing Program to help incoming International Students prepare for their move to Canada, get settled in Windsor and begin their new life at the University of Windsor. For more information and details please visit:

https://www.uwindsor.ca/international-student-centre/229/softlanding

Yes, you need a valid Study Permit to take ELIP online class in Canada.

 

  • Comfort of learning from home
  • Improving virtual communication and collaboration
  • Reduced costs for travel and accommodation
  • Developing technical and time management skill
  • Save on commuting time

 

No, you are not required but encouraged to join in-class learning. It's a great opportunity to learn face-to-face with instructors and peers.

 

  • Face-to-face communication with instructors and peers
  • Distraction-free learning environment and a sense of routine
  • In-person access to services and facilities on campus
  • Exploring the campus community and local culture
  • English-speaking environment beyond classroom

 

ELIP students are only eligible to work on campus.

You may work on the UWindsor campus without a work permit if:

  • Face-to-face communication with instructors and peers
  • Distraction-free learning environment and a sense of routine
  • In-person access to services and facilities on campus
  • Exploring the campus community and local culture
  • English-speaking environment beyond classroom

 

The maximum number of hours a student can work on campus is set by the University and is up to 24 hours per week.

Once your ELIP program is complete and you are enrolled into your academic program you may be eligible to work off campus, should you meet these requirements.

For questions related to working please contact an International Student Advisor at intladvisors@uwindsor.ca