International Education

Take your teaching to the next level. 

International Education in the Division of Continuing Studies at UVic has offered non-credit professional development workshops, courses and programs for international pre-service and in-service educators for over a decade. Working in collaboration with international partners, we offer a Professional Specialization Certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language, as well as customized programs for educators who work in early childhood education, kindergarten to high school and post-secondary education.

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International Education programs

PROGRAM Teaching English as a Foreign Language Professional Specialization Certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language Customized International Education Programs
BEST SUITED FOR Domestic students interested in teaching abroad International students and teachers (ECE, K-12, Post-Secondary) International students and teachers (ECE, K-12, Post-Secondary)
CREDENTIAL Non-credit Certificate of Completion Non-credit Professional Specialization Certificate, alumni of the University of Victoria Non-credit Certificate of Completion
LENGTH 3 months 3 months Customized (2 weeks to 1 year)
Jan. 2019
Aug. 2019 Customized programs for groups can be arranged anytime throughout the year
ADMISSION NOTES Must be 19 years of age.  
Recommended that participants have previously completed a program of undergraduate study.
Programs are initiated through partnership agreements with international education universities.  
Individual students wishing to join this program should contact
These programs are open for groups of 15 students or more.  
Please contact us directly so that we can learn more about your group to best suit your needs and interests.
TOEIC score: 850
IELTS score 7.0
TOEFL (iBT) score: 65
TOEIC score: 615
IELTS score: 5.5
Customized programs can be developed for groups at any language proficiency.
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Customized International Education Programs

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Marie Marlo-Barski, Program Assistant
Tel 250-472-4507