Excellence Program

Why choose the Excellence Program at ALI? 

  • International students looking to study in Canada and getting a post-graduation work-permit need to be on par with their local colleagues, both in the classroom and, after graduation, on the job market. Preparing for college/university is the best way to make sure students graduate their programs fast and with the best grades.
  • Excellence program graduates can access all the programs offered by ALI’s partner schools, both colleges and universities, without having to take a language proficiency exam (IELTS/TOEFL, TFI/DELF).
  • Statistically, students who take UCP get a higher score on their language tests such as IELTS, TOEFL, TFI or DELF. For example, a 6.5 score in IELTS becomes 7.5 after UCP. Higher test scores means students can apply to any program in the university or college of their choice. Higher test scores also benefit students interested in applying for the Express entry visa.
  • Students who take the full Excellence program (16 weeks) reach native-like proficiency and have no difficulty in integrating into their new lives in Canada, as students and professionals.
  • Students who register from the beginning of their studies in the Excellence Program (30 hours/week) can reach native-like proficiency 30% faster than the students in the general program and have no difficulty in integrating into their new lives in Canada, as students and professionals.
All students registered for 16 weeks or more in the Excellence Program have access to a wide range of free specialized services: Academic Counseling, Testing Counseling, Visa/Immigration counseling.
Study Plan
Students take the online placement test for an estimate of their course of study. Once at the school, they will take an oral placement test and will be placed in their corresponding level. Levels 1-4 take Skills, Grammar, Conversation, and an EAP consolidation class. Once in level 5, students take TOEIC preparation instead of Skills and have an extra hour of TOEIC practice in the afternoon. When they reach level 6, students embark on their full-day academic preparation with IELTS/TOEFL/DELF preparation, Grammar & Stylistics, Introduction to College Studies and one extra hour of IELTS/TOEFL/DEL practice.
Successfully finishing the Introduction to College Studies level (intermediate to high intermediate) continue in the University and College Preparation program (high intermediate to native-like proficiency). Each of these academic levels consists of 2 sessions, and each session is 4 weeks long.

ALI’s core program has 8 levels. Levels 1-5 cover Beginner to Intermediate. Levels 6-8 cover High Intermediate to Advanced, up to level B2. The Excellence Program runs parallel to the core program and takes students to a C1-C2 level.
Students who reach/are tested level 6, first take Introduction to College Studies (ICS), combined with IELTS or TOEFL preparation, and Grammar. Upon finishing the level, they can continue into the University and College Preparation program (UCP), which is a full-day program, or can opt for studying in a vocational college. New students, who are tested at levels 7 or 8, can register into ICS or UCP directly, depending on their choice of studies, vocational or pre-university/university.

General Course Description

The Excellence Program prepares international and local students who want to study in colleges and universities in English or in French, in Canada and abroad. International students who choose to study in Canadian colleges or universities can work part-time and, after graduating, they can apply for post-graduation permit, which will allow them to temporarily live and work in Canada.

The Excellence Program is an English/ French for Academic Purposes program, with a linguistic component and a cultural component. Students enrich their academic English or French and practice their skills in specialized courses of undergraduate level. They become familiar with North American culture through readings and research projects, and learn to navigate the intricate system of higher education.

With the help of the Excellence Program Coordinator and of the pathway counselors, students build their course of studies at ALI and beyond. They learn about their options and decide where and in which program they want to enroll after graduating from the Excellence Program. They can choose to study in a vocational college, in a pre-university college (Cegep), or in graduate and undergraduate university programs. 

Students can choose to study at one of ALI’s partner schools, where they can register without taking IELTS or TOEFL.
Students interested in studying in Montreal at Concordia University, McGill, UQAM, or Universite de Montreal, will be ready to apply to the university and program of their choice once they finish the 8-week University and College Preparation program. They will be well prepared to take a language test and do well, and they will put together a strong application package: Academic CV, Statement of Interest; Sample Research paper, etc. They will be guided in this process by experienced academic counselors.

Introduction to College Studies (ICS)

In this 8-week course, along with test preparation and grammar, students are introduced to the first level of post-secondary education in Quebec and Canada. In ICS, students learn general techniques and rules of academic reading, writing, presenting, and interacting in the classroom. The two 4-week sessions have different aims: the first one focuses on reading and writing; the second one on speaking and listening. Students are graded on reading and writing tests (2 of each) as well as on listening and presentations (2 of each).

University and College Preparation (UCP)

In this 8-week program, students become familiar with terms such as grading, credits, majors, minors, seminars, junior, sophomore, fraternities, sororities, etc. They also learn about a wide range of subjects in various fields of study, ranging from social studies and business to history and literature, and the most common concepts used in academia, among them social class, gender, race, identity markers, consumer behavior, colonialism/postcolonialism, close reading, critical discourse analysis. Students learn how to do research, how to reference sources, and how to write a full-length academic paper. They develop their critical thinking skills and become familiar with interactive strategies and communicational situations in the college and university classroom.