Program structure

The English Foundation Program is offered in September and January. There are two section for EFP: English for Academic Purposes (EAP) 103 and English for Academic Purposes (EAP) 104, both offered by the Okanagan School of Education.

EAP 103 (3 credits)

Accepted EAP 103 applicants commit to 20 hours per week for one 12-week session. During this session, students are permitted to enrol in one academic course. Students progress to EAP 104 after successful completion of EAP 103 (68%).

EAP 104 (3 credits)

There are two ways an applicant can enrol in EAP 104: successful completion of EAP 103 or meeting the required English scores. EAP 104 applicants commit to 20 hours per week for one 12-week session and may enrol in up to two academic courses. Successful completion of EAP 104 (68%) guarantees students eligibility for full academic programming.


In the classroom, students engage in activities designed to increase their skills in English and support academic study, intercultural communication, and integration to university life. Within the context of themes and units relevant to their programs of study, students focus on building their vocabulary and grammar skills while increasing their proficiency in academic reading, writing, listening, and speaking.

Unit topics include sustainability, innovation, design, media, technology, diversity, language, global trends, and many others. Students have the opportunity to research and discuss questions with instructors, professors, research librarians, and peers. Through the development of language, critical thinking and collaboration skills, students are encouraged to find their unique voices in this new environment so that they can engage with the community in meaningful ways.

Cultural immersion activities

Students have many opportunities to get involved on campus and become comfortable in a Canadian university setting. These could include sports, art and culture exhibits, guest speakers, student clubs, and volunteering. Additionally, students are invited to take part in social outings and cultural celebrations. All events are geared towards improving language skills, making new friends, and feeling connected to the campus and local community.

Language labs

Students work one-on-one as well as in groups with EFP academic assistants in order to maximize their understanding of the concepts covered in class. They will have extra time to ask questions or get clarification on class material. They also have access to extra support to improve English language proficiency. During weekly labs, students work at their own pace to develop speaking, writing, reading, and listening competency.

Academic courses

EFP students are fully integrated into the campus community and may enrol in academic courses with other first-year students while upgrading their English levels. With the assistance of an EFP Advisor, students enrol in academic courses related to their degree programs: Bachelor of Science, Applied Science, Arts, Management, Human Kinetics, Bachelor of Media Studies, or Fine Arts. By studying academic courses simultaneously, EFP students are able to be a part of their faculty cohort, earn credit toward their degree programs, and improve English proficiency levels based on their area of study.

Course options

In addition to an EFP students enrolment in the Okanagan School of Education’s EAP 103 or EAP 104, EFP students can take up to a maximum of 6 credits (two courses). Students must consult with the EFP Advisor prior to registering in any academic course. Academic courses cannot interfere with the EAP schedule.

  • Applied Science: APSCI 172, 180 (recommended)
  • Other Applied Science courses: APSCI 110, 169, 171, 173, 176, 177, 178, 179, 181, 182, 183
  • Recommended courses from other faculties: CHEM 121, 123; COSC 111; ECON 101, 102; MATH 100, 101

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  • Astronomy: ASTR 111, 112, 120, 121, 122
  • Biology: BIOL 116, 117, 122, 125
  • Chemistry: CHEM 111, 113, 121, 123
  • Computer Science: COSC 111, 121, 122, 123
  • Economics: ECON 101, 102*
  • Earth & Environmental Science: EESC 101, 111, 121
  • Geography: GEOG 108, 129
  • Mathematics: MATH 100, 111, 116, 125**, 126
  • Physics: PHYS 111, 112, 121, 122
  • Statistics: STAT 121, 124

*EAP 104 students only

**Math 125 cannot be taken as credit toward B.A. or B.Sc degree

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  • French: FREN 102, 103, 104, 115, 122
  • German: GERM 100, 200
  • Japanese: JPST 100, 101
  • Spanish: SPAN 101, 201, 251
  • Theatre: THTR 101, 102, 103, 111
  • Visual Arts: VISA 102, 104, 106, 137

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  • Management: MGMT 100*

* EAP 104 students only

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  • Visual Arts: VISA 106
  • Computer Science: COSC 122, 150

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