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Graduate Preparation Program (GPP) Diploma:

Program Description:

The Graduate Preparation Program (GPP) is an intensive 8 month program that specifically targets the language and academic skills that students need to be successful graduate students in Canada.

The General Pathway Option:
This option is for students interested in applying for any graduate program in Canada.  Students who complete this program will receive a GPP Diploma (General Pathway).

Completion of the GPP General Pathway does not guarantee admission to the University of Guelph or other degree programs.  Admission to graduate programs is determined by The Office of Graduate Studies. For more information visit:

For more information on GPP Pathways Programs please contact:

University of Guelph China Application Centre:



GPP Courses
Advanced Grammar Writing at the Graduate Level
Advanced Listening Critical Analysis
Advanced Reading Critical Listening and Speaking
Advanced Speaking IELTS Preparation
Advanced Writing  

Entry Requirements:

  • General Pathway Entry Requirements

    • A four-year bachelor degree from a recognized university with a B average or higher and a serious commitment to enrol in graduate studies
    • A minimum of IELTS 5.5 or TOEFL iBT 46.  This is equivalent to an Intermediate level of English.  Students who enter with an Intermediate level of English will need to complete the English Language Certificate Program Advanced level before moving on to the GPP courses. This may take more than 14 weeks depending on the individual student’s level of proficiency.

    Contact information:

    University of Guelph China Application Centre: