Graduate Preparation Program

Graduate Preparation Program

About the Graduate Preparation Program

The Graduate Preparation Program (GPP) is an intensive 8-month program that specifically targets the language and academic skills that students need in order to be successful graduate students in Canada.

The General Pathway Option

This option is for students interested in applying for any graduate program in Canada. Students who complete this program will receive a GPP Diploma (General Pathway).

Completion of the GPP General Pathway does not guarantee admission to the University of Guelph or other degree programs. For information on admission to graduate programs please contact the Office of Graduate Studies.

For more information on GPP Pathway Programs, please contact the English Language Programs.

Courses

  • Advanced Speaking
  • Advanced Reading
  • Advanced Writing
  • Advanced Listening
  • Writing at the Graduate Level
  • IELTS Preparation
  • Critical Listening and Speaking
  • Critical analysis

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Program Entry Requirements

To meet the requirements for entry into the GPP, you must have the following:

  • Four-year bachelor’s degree from a recognized university with a B average or higher
  • Serious commitment to enrol in graduate studies
  • Minimum of IELTS 5.5 or TOEFL iBT 46*

*This is equivalent to an intermediate level of English. If you are entering with an intermediate level of English, you will need to complete the ELCP advanced level before moving on to the GPP courses. This may take more than 14 weeks, depending on your level of proficiency.

For additional inquiries, please contact the English Language Programs.

Translated Information Sheets and Forms

Information Sheets

  • English
  • Mandarin
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • Turkish
  • Vietnamese

Forms

  • GPP General Pathway Payment Form

Dates January 9, 2023Winter A (7 weeks)

  • December 2, 2022: Application Deadline
  • January 5, 2023: Orientation
  • January 9 – February 24, 2023: Class Dates

March 6, 2023Winter B (7 weeks)

  • February 10, 2023: Application Deadline
  • March 2, 2023: Orientation
  • March 6 – April 20, 2023: Class Dates
  • April 21, 2023: Closing Ceremony

May 8, 2023Summer A (7 weeks)

  • April 10, 2023: Application Deadline
  • May 4, 2023: Orientation
  • May 8 – June 23, 2023: Class Dates

July 3, 2023Summer B (7 weeks)

  • June 9, 2023: Application Deadline
  • June 29, 2023: Orientation
  • July 3 – August 17, 2023: Class Dates
  • August 18, 2023: Closing Ceremony

September 7, 2023Fall A (7 weeks)

  • August 4, 2023: Application Deadline
  • August 31, 2023: Orientation
  • September 7 – October 20, 2023: Class Dates

October 30, 2023Fall B (7 weeks)

  • October 6, 2023: Application Deadline
  • October 26, 2023: Orientation
  • October 30 – December 14, 2023: Class Dates
  • December 15, 2023: Closing Ceremony

January 8, 2024Winter A (7 weeks)

  • November 28, 2023: Application Deadline
  • January 4, 2024: Orientation
  • January 8 – February 23, 2024: Class Dates

March 4, 2024Winter B (7 weeks)

  • February 9, 2024: Application Deadline
  • February 29, 2024: Orientation
  • March 4 – April 18, 2024: Class Dates
  • April 19, 2024: Closing Ceremony

May 6, 2024Summer A (7 weeks)

  • April 5, 2024: Application Deadline
  • May 2, 2024: Orientation
  • May 6 – June 21, 2024: Class Dates

July 2, 2024Summer B (7 weeks)

  • June 7, 2024: Application Deadline
  • June 27, 2024: Orientation
  • July 2 – August 15, 2024: Class Dates
  • August 16, 2024: Closing Ceremony

September 5, 2024Fall A (7 weeks)

  • August 2, 2024: Application Deadline
  • August 29, 2024: Orientation
  • September 5 – October 18, 2024: Class Dates

October 28, 2024Fall B (7 weeks)

  • October 4, 2024: Application Deadline
  • October 24, 2024: Orientation
  • October 28 – December 12, 2024: Class Dates
  • December 13, 2024: Closing Ceremony

Fees Fees Required Expenses8 Months of Study Application Fee $150 Tuition Fee* $11,256 (2023)$11,594 (2024) Student Services Fee

$1,520 (2023)$1,586 (2024)

Medical Insurance $440

*Tuition includes 20 hours of instruction a week for ELCP Levels and 16 hours per week for GPP modules.

Refund Policy

The refund policy applies only to fees paid to the University of Guelph English Language Programs. Any additional fees paid to third parties are not subject to this policy.

Application Fee: The $150 application fee is non-refundable.

New Applicants – GPP Refund Policy Refund Request DeadlineWith an Original Visa Refusal documentWithout an Original Visa Refusal Document Up to 2 calendar months prior to the first day of class 100% tuition + 100% any additional fees 50% tuition + 100% any additional fees Less than 2 calendar months prior to the first day of class 100% tuition + 100% any additional fees 0 % tuition + 100% any additional fees

Current Students – GPP Refund Policy

There is no refund available for current GPP students.Eligible students will receive a 100% refund on course fees* for any GPP modules that ELP is not able to deliver. Alternatively students may transfer fees to the next available offering.

* Course fees = Tuition + Student Services** Medical Insurance fees are non-refundable

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