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  • All ENGQ and ELST courses are tuition-free.*

  • Free assessment testing ensures you're placed in the course that's right for you.

  • Small class sizes and a student-focused environment ensure you get the 1-on-1 support you need.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION - Fall 2021 Academic Term

KPU is planning for a return to more on-campus teaching, learning and research in Fall 2021. Our fall course offerings will include a variety of in-person and online classes, as well as classes being offered in a blended or partially online format.

Check this webpage for further information about Fall 2021 classes.

Faculty of Academic and Career Preparation (ACP)

The Faculty of Academic and Career Preparation (ACP) knows that upgrading your education creates opportunities. Whether you are learning English as an additional language or your first language is English, we offer upgrading courses that will help you meet your educational and career goals. We also offer access programs for students with diverse learning needs and other community-based education programs such as Third Age Learning at Kwantlen.

ACP courses can be taken full- or part-time to give you flexibility with your schedule. And with courses offered at KPU Richmond, KPU Surrey, KPU Langley and online you've got lots of options for learning at a location that's convenient for you.


*We offer tuition-free courses to eligible students, typically charged the domestic rate of tuition:

  • Canadian citizens
  • Permanent residents
  • Convention refugees
  • Diplomats

You will still need to pay for required fees and textbooks. You may qualify for a grant to help cover these costs.

Visit tuition-free ABE/ESL courses for more information or contact the Future Students' Office: or 604-599-3030.

Adult Upgrading

Do you need to upgrade your math or science for a program at KPU or to complete your BC Adult Graduation Diploma (Adult Dogwood)? KPU offers adult basic education courses in mathematics and science through the Faculty of Science and Horticulture.

English Upgrading

English Upgrading offers English courses for students looking to complete their BC Adult Graduation Diploma (Adult Dogwood), improve their employment opportunities, or satisfy KPU's English proficiency requirements for undergraduate university programs.

If you are a BC Adult Graduation Diploma student and you want to take a university-level course, please book an appointment with an Upgrading Advisor through Advisor Connect.

English Language Studies

English Language Studies (ELS) programs are meant for those learning English as an additional language. Our program teaches you to read, write, listen, and speak in English. So, if you want to improve your English for your career or university studies we're here to help you achieve your goals.

If you are an ELS Diploma student and want to take a university-level course, please fill out the Request to Register in a University Course.

"Thanks to all my ELST teachers for their professionalism and support."

- Diana Orejuela, English Language Studies

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Access Programs

Access Programs are undergoing some exciting changes. To complete these changes, we've suspended the programs for one academic year.

We'll soon be accepting applications for Fall 2022. If you are interested in the Access Programs, we want to hear from you. To learn more, please visit Access Programs.

Community Programs

KPU creates pathways to success in our communities by delivering a range of educational community programs for adult learners.

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Interested in a program, but still not sure? Learn more about programs, courses, fees and how to apply by attending an Information Session.

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Academic Advising, Upgrading

ACP has dedicated academic advising to help you with the following topics:

  • Course planning & selection
  • Program choices
  • Course prerequisites
  • Program & graduation requirements
  • Academic regulations & policies
  • Educational planning for career goals

Our Upgrading Advisor is available for phone and online appointments.

To book a phone appointment:

  • Visit Advisor Connect
  • Select "Advising - Upgrading/ELST course"
  • Select "Phone" for location
  • Provide the phone number you may be reached at time of appointment
  • At your appointment time, please be on on your laptop/computer.

To book an online appointment:

  • Visit Advisor Connect
  • Select "Advising - Upgrading/ELST course"
  • Select "Online" for location
  • Include your KPU email address in the "Notes" section; you will receive a separate email before your appointment with instructions and a link to join the appointment.

You can also reach the Academic Advisor for Upgrading by telephone at 604.599.2063 or email.

Note: If you are an international student requiring further information please visit International Student Support.

Student Resources

Check out our Student Resources page for even more information.

ACP Faculty Council

The Faculty Council is our academic governing body, as required under the University Act. The council's responsibilities include the approval of credentials, advising on Faculty priorities and the Faculty budget. For agenda items, committee members, meeting times or minutes regarding the council and its Standing Committees, please contact