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English for Academic Purposes Certificate

Okanagan College offers students an opportunity to improve their English for college and university. The English for Academic Purposes Program (EAP) is a four-level program whose goal is to prepare students for academic studies.

Full-time students attend classes for 20 hours per week in Levels 1, 2, and 3. In Level 4, full-time students attend EAP classes 15 hours of per week. The program has two courses: English for Academic Purposes Scholarship (EAPS) and English for Academic Purposes Discussion (EAPD).

In addition to their EAP Certificate courses, students at EAPD level 3 and EAPS level 3 may take one academic course and at EAP level 4 up to two academic courses provided students meet course prerequisites. The addition of academic courses must be approved by the academic course instructor and appropriate academic dean.

Successful completion of EAPD level 4 and EAPS meets the English 12 requirement.

Admission Requirements

New students register in the EAP Certificate courses after taking an English assessment, the OCELA (Okanagan College English Language Assessment). Students will be placed in the program according to their OCELA score.

Students are not normally permitted to take the OCELA more than once during a 12-month period.

Placement at Level 4 OCELA, or completion of the EL Certificate with a minimum grade of 65% in ELLS 030 and ELRW 030.

Program Outline

Semester 1
EAPD 010 Academic Discussion Skills 1
EAPR 010 Academic Reading Skills 1
Semester 2
EAPD 020 Academic Discussion Skills 2
EAPS 020 English for Academic Purposes Scholarship 2
Semester 3
EAPD 030 Academic Discussion Skills 3
EAPS 030 English for Academic Purposes Scholarship 3
Semester 4
EAPD 040 Academic Discussion Skills 4
EAPS 040 English for Academic Purposes Scholarship 4

Graduation Requirements

Successful completion of EAPD 040 and EAPS 040 with a minimum grade of 65 per cent in each course.

Program Area:

English Language

Campus (Intake):

  • Kelowna (Jan, May, Jul, Sep)




  • Part-Time
  • Full-Time


International Students, please see International Student Fees.


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Okanagan College Calendar: Printed 05/09/2021