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English Language Support

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1. Western English Language Centre (WELC)

For students who do not yet meet Western's English Language Proficiency requirements.

If you need to improve your English skills before studying at Western but can otherwise meet Western's academic requirements, Western English Language Centre (WELC) can help. Western English Language Centre's Academic English Program will prepare you for university by helping you develop communicative skills – reading, writing, listening and speaking – in conjunction with the cultural knowledge required to thrive in Western’s demanding academic environment. Successful completion of the High Advanced Level of the English Language program is considered acceptable proof of English proficiency. Interested students may apply directly to Western English Language Centre (click on the "Apply Now" next to the Academic English Program). 

After applying to Western English Language Centre, some applicants may receive a conditional offer from Western. A conditional offer allows the student to begin studying at Western after he or she has completed the assigned English studies with Western English Language Centre. 


The English Boost Program at Western English Language Centre is designed for students who have been offered conditional admission to Western based on their academic background but who fall just below Western’s English language proficiency requirements. The English Boost program begins in early July and provides nine weeks of training prior to the start of undergraduate degree programs in September to give students the ‘boost’ they need to meet Western’s English proficiency requirements and succeed in their degree. Applicants to Western’s Main Campus are automatically considered for Boost if they are deemed academically admissible and are just below the English language proficiency requirements. No additional application is required.

In the English Boost program student success is cultivated by developing communicative skills – reading, writing, listening and speaking – in conjunction with the cultural knowledge required to thrive in Western’s demanding academic environment. As part of the Boost program, students become familiar with Western’s campus, facilities, processes and university life, and participate in experiences beyond the classroom to locations off campus and throughout Ontario.


www.welc.ca  | welc@uwo.ca  | 519.661.2111, ext. 85252

To learn about similar English language programs offered in London, please visit the English Language Proficiency page.

2. English Support for Western Students

Western has a variety of additional services to help you succeed in an English-speaking academic environment.

English Conversation Program 
The English Conversation Program provides an opportunity for non-native English speakers to practice and improve their conversational English in an informal atmosphere. Friendly English conversation leaders volunteer their time to facilitate regular group discussions and answer your questions about English. (more)

Summer Academic Writing Clinic
The annual Summer Academic Writing Clinic is a three-day program which prepares students to write at the University level. (more)

Writing Support Centre
The Writing Support Centre provides a wide range of free services to help you realize your potential as a writer including appointments, drop-in services, workshops, seminars, an online writing lab and the Summer Academic Writing Clinic. (more)