The express pathway program offers you the opportunity to participate in an innovative admissions program through the combination of customized testing and highly effective english language training to support your admission into undergraduate programs at the University of Ottawa.

Why choose the Express Pathway Program?

  • Gain admission to the University of Ottawa without having to take a standardized language test (i.e. IELTS, TOEFL iBT, etc.)! When you apply for an undergraduate program at the University of Ottawa, you won’t need to submit the results form a language test. Instead, if you have the academic credentials to be admitted into a program, we will test you for admission into our accelerated academic bridging in english course. Once you complete this course, you’ll be ready to start your academic journey at the University of Ottawa.
  • Develop the language and academic skills you need to succeed in your undergraduate programs. Delivered by experienced and qualified instructors, the accelerated academic bridging in english course will help you acquire the necessary academic language skills and gain confidence to succeed in your studies at the University of Ottawa. Using various resources and tools, we will help you successfully transition from high school to university studies in Canada.

*Please note that access to the Express Pathway Program is limited to students from high schools with active partnerships with the Official Languages and Bilingualism Institute

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Did you know?

Based on the time it generally takes international students to complete their undergraduate programs at the University of Ottawa, students who complete this course (ESL 0140: Academic Bridging in English) are 12% more likely to graduate than are international students who do not complete this course. Also, they are 3.5% more likely to graduate than are domestic students who enter the University of Ottawa through Canadian high schools.

The uOttawa experience

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Meet the team of express pathway program specialists

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Zhi Zheng

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Lan Mi

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Wei Zhu


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Student Testimonial

“The English language program is helpful for me to transfer from high school to university. The professors share useful tools which made me more confident in academic writing, listening, and reading.”

Yijing (Kimberly) Wang

Contact us

Centre for Language Learning

70 Laurier Avenue East, Room 101
Ottawa, ON K1N 6N5 Canada

Tel. : +1-877-868-8292

[email protected]

DLI O19397188593

Office Hours 

Monday to Friday

September to May
8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

June to August
8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.