Academic English Program

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The Academic English Program is offered at three different levels and designed for students with conditional admission to Western University, King's or Huron University Colleges and those pursuing ESL studies. We cultivate student success by developing communicative skills – reading, writing, listening and speaking – in conjunction with the cultural knowledge required to thrive in Western’s demanding academic environment.

Depending on your skill level with the English language when you apply, you will study anywhere from one to three terms, for up to 20 hours per week. Each term is 16 weeks in length. We can accommodate any level of English proficiency. Our Levels Chart will help you determine how much time will be required for you to successfully complete the program.





WELC Academic English Program

IELTS Academic (Overall)

IELTS Academic (Writing)

IELTS Academic (Reading)

TOEFL iBT (Overall)

TOEFL iBT (Writing)

TOEFL iBT (Reading)

Duolingo (Overall)

Duolingo (Literacy)
High Intermediate 4.5 4.5 4.5 34 12 3 65 75
Advanced 5.0 5.0 5.0 35-45 14 10 85 85
High Advanced 5.5 5.0 5.5 46-59 17 12 95 95

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How do I apply to the Academic Program?

To apply, click on the "Apply Now" link for the Academic Program, fill out the form and submit it.

Who is the program designed for?

It is designed for everyone. WELC provides English language training for students who have conditional admission to programs offered at Western University and King's, Brescia, and Huron University Colleges and those pursuing ESL studies. The Academic Program is also open to any students who would like to improve their English language skills, either for the purpose of attending other colleges or universities in the English-speaking world, or for personal or professional purposes.

What documents do I need to include in my application?

If you are applying for an English language program only, we will need the application form for the Western English Language Centre. If you are applying for admission to a degree program at Western or an affiliate, we will need your high school or University transcripts. A WELC team member will contact you following submission of your application with more details. For details about admission requirements for degree study, please visit Western’s Admissions website:

When is the application deadline?

There is no deadline for applying to King's or Huron University Colleges. However, spaces are limited, and it is recommended that students apply at least three months in advance of their program start date.

The deadline for conditional admission applications to Western Main Campus for the September intake is December 31.

For those pursuing ESL studies, we will process applications up to one month before the program start date.


Tuition for the Academic English Program is $6,512* (Canadian dollars) per semester, plus ancillary fees.

Space is limited, and to secure a place in the program, a deposit of $6,512 is required. Payment instruction will be sent by a member of the WELC team after an offer is extended.

*Please note: fees are subject to change without notice.


Students can choose to stay in one of our on-campus residences, or make their own housing arrangements off campus. Students often choose to stay in residence during their first year and then live off-campus during subsequent years of study. The WELC office can help with arrangements for on-campus housing. For off-campus housing, please visit the off-campus housing website.

Where can I learn more about my housing options at Western?

Please visit Western’s Housing website.

How do I apply for my residence of choice and when will I be notified of my placement?

Details of how to apply are on the Housing website.

Need Help?

We are happy to help students select the program that is right for them, and to guide them through the application process. Our staff members speak a number of languages, including Mandarin, Arabic, Tagalog, Spanish, Portuguese, Albanian, Russian, Turkish and Slovenian. Please contact us with any questions.

Phone: (519) 661-2111, extension 85252.