English proficiency programs

If you don't meet the English language requirements for our undergraduate or graduate degree programs, you have some options for improving your English language proficiency.

You may choose one of the following options at Royal Roads University:

  • international pathway programs through our Global Learning and Language Centre
  • four-year undergraduate degrees with academic and language support
  • business and summer language intensives

International pathway programs

Our Global Learning and Language Centre offers programs beginning at an IELTS 4.5 level. They're designed to help you improve your English language, academic and critical thinking skills.

You may be conditionally admitted to your degree program at Royal Roads and then need to successfully complete an English language proficiency program before you can begin your degree.

The international pathway programs may be one to four semesters long depending on your English language proficiency score. After you complete your pathway program, you'll have the confidence and skills to succeed in a Canadian undergraduate or graduate degree program.

Four-year undergraduate degrees with academic and language support

You can apply for first-year entry into a four-year undergraduate program with academic and language support. These programs are designed for high school graduates.

You'll take English language, foundational and academic courses during your first two years. After this, you will join years three and four of your program.

Choose from three programs with academic and language support:

Short-term English language programs

You can choose from the following short-term programs offered through our Global Learning and Language Centre:

  1. Business Essentials for Emerging Global Leaders — Designed for aspiring leaders seeking an immersive international education experience, this one-semester program aims to strengthen students' English language skills through the exploration of leadership and global business concepts, team-based projects and field trips, and exposure to our Learning, Teaching and Research Model.
  2. Foundations of Effective Business Communication — This intensive one-semester program will allow you to focus on developing essential business communication skills, along with English language skills. You can take this alone or continue with Business Essentials for Emerging Global Leaders.
  3. Summer Leadership Academy — Designed for students who want to gain leadership skills, while improving their English and intercultural competencies. You'll receive blended experiential and challenge-based learning through this four-week summer program. This program is open to students (ages 17+) with moderate English language ability.
  4. English for Academic Purposes — Designed for students looking to develop their English language skills to help meet their personal, professional or academic goals.