Updated: April 22, 2021

I hope everyone is staying safe and well. In Canada, over 25% of the population has now had their first dose of the vaccine (Pfizer, Moderna or AstraZeneca). While our ability to obtain vaccines has had a slow start, the program is speeding up and we hope to have “the jab” available to everyone in our province before July. As in countries that are further ahead in the process, we expect our COVID-19 rates to drop markedly as more people are inoculated.

Based on this, the ELC is planning to offer the 12-week intensive program on campus in September, and to be offering the full suite of on-campus programs by January 2022. As we are initially expecting a much smaller cohort of students, there will be the following changes to the program for September only:

  1. Program dates will remain as scheduled: Sept. 4 or 5 arrival and Dec. 3 departure.
  2. Currently international visitors are required to self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival in Canada. If this requirement is still in place in September, the first two weeks of the program will be online. If the requirement is lifted, classes will be held as usual on campus.
  3. As part of the requirement to self-isolate upon arrival, international visitors need to stay in a government hotel for the first three nights. Hotel fees are non-refundable, so we encourage students to wait until June before booking government hotels in case this requirement is lifted.
  4. For a limited number of students, we are able to provide the balance of the isolation period with your host family for an additional fee of $350 (paid to the family). We can also recommend approved hotel accommodation within Victoria. Please note for students in homestay: you will stay with your host family if you or your host should contract COVID. We do not move students, as this will increase the spread. 
  5. As we are expecting a total of about 60 to 75 students, we will only be offering the general stream of classes at the 200 (A1+), 330 (A2), 410 (A2+) and 490 (B1) levels. Academic-focused students are encouraged to take ELPI-Online as these programs are well-suited to students with academic goals. 
  6. Students will take an initial placement test before leaving their home country so that we can ensure we are offering the right class for each student’s ability. There will be additional testing once the students are in Canada to fine-tune the placement process, but we will be able to confirm compatibility soon after students register.
  7. Our “core classes” will be offered four days per week as usual, and on the fifth day, students will take electives focused on writing and discussion skills. The number of hours remains the same. 
  8. We will be offering modified socio-cultural activities and Learning Centre support as per social distancing rules and student numbers. 

For now, we are planning as if all COVID restrictions will still be in place, but we are hopeful many will be lifted by summer. We are working hard to ensure that everyone has a safe, happy and edifying experience in Victoria. The smaller number of students will ensure we can socially distance properly while delivering our usual high quality, engaging program. 

Please contact the ELC for more information or to register at your convenience.

Take good care of yourselves and stay safe and well. 

 

– Dr. Jackie Prowse, Director, and your friends at ELC


Updated: March 17, 2021

This week we had some exciting news in British Columbia. The government announced that universities are expected to offer the majority of courses on campus starting from September. This means we will not be returning to in-person learning this summer, but will have students back on campus in the fall. While this is excellent news for fall, we have not yet heard how international students will be affected and if any changes are planned for Canada’s in-bound international travel restrictions. 

We are excited to welcome international students back on campus in September. In light of the government’s decision and pending further information, the ELC has decided to take the following steps: 

  1. We will cancel all 2021 on-campus programs this year except for ELPI September. Students registered in cancelled programs may transfer their fees or receive a 100% refund. 
  2. Our current plans for September need to be based on current conditions, which will hopefully improve over the next few months. These restrictions include students needing to undergo a 14-day self-isolation period upon arrival. To ensure the safety of all and the quality of our program, we will limit enrolment in September ELPI so that we can hold classes in larger rooms and have smaller class sizes if distancing requirements are still in place. Monthly English will not be offered until January 2022.
  3. We will be limiting registration in September ELPI and keeping a wait list so that as we are able to accept more students, they can be enrolled in order of application. We are taking this measure to minimize inconvenience to students, in the case that we are not able to increase numbers. 
  4. We will give a further update in May and will be able to give a clearer picture regarding program safety requirements once we have more information on the COVID restrictions in place at that time. This way, students have the most up-to-date information for their study status and can plan accordingly.

Please note that we expect on-campus studies in January 2022 to be completely back to normal for international students, so we strongly advise students to register for courses in 2022. Both Monthly English and ELPI will be offered from January 2022. We will continue to offer all our online programs so students who are concerned about safety and don’t want to travel yet still have an excellent option to study English with us. 

I am very sorry for the students who have had their programs cancelled and have not been able to travel in the past year. As things return to normal, I hope you will have the opportunity to travel again and we would be delighted to welcome you to our programs in Victoria in 2022.

Please take good care of yourselves and stay safe and well. The long dark tunnel of COVID is coming to an end!

 

– Dr. Jackie Prowse, Director, and your friends at ELC

Read the University of Victoria’s update for international students


Updated: Feb. 10, 2021

Dear students and partners,

I hope you are all keeping well. With the new lunar year at hand, I’d like to wish you all a healthy, happy and prosperous Year of the Ox.

At the ELC, our winter online programs are all underway. We are happy to see more students joining the programs. It is wonderful to hear their positive feedback and see how much their English is improving.

As we wait for international travel to resume, we encourage all students to continue to pursue their studies virtually. By studying online, you will continue to build your English skills and work towards your goals. Once we are back to on-campus classes, we will continue to offer online programs. Students will then have the opportunity to come to Victoria, study online or take both types of programs. There are so many ways to learn and it is great to give students the flexibility to choose whether to study in Victoria or online. 

We hope to resume on-campus programs later this year. Currently, COVID numbers in Canada are starting to go down. To decrease the spread of COVID—especially the new more dangerous strains—Canada has implemented further travel restrictions. With vaccination clinics starting on a wider scale in March, the government is trying to keep everyone as healthy as possible until we can all be vaccinated. It has been projected that everyone in Canada will have access to the COVID vaccine by September. As more of the population is inoculated and as summer approaches, we expect travel restrictions to be eased and international students to be able to study with us on-campus once again. 

Due to safety concerns, the ELC will not offer on-campus classes through June 18, 2021. In April, once we have direction from the local health authorities and university, we will be making the decision about on-campus programs for the summer term. 

Happy Year of the Ox, everyone! I hope it brings us lots of good things, a return to safer communities, and a return to on-campus classes again.

Stay safe and healthy.

 

– Dr. Jackie Prowse, Director, and your friends at ELC


Updated: Jan. 13, 2021

Dear students and partners,

I hope 2021 will bring us all good things and in particular, good health and a return to on-campus classes at the English Language Centre. While it is very positive that COVID-19 vaccination plans have begun in many countries—including Canada—it is sad to see the number of COVID cases increasing in the world. Out of an abundance of caution, the English Language Centre has suspended on-campus classes until June 18, 2021. We want to be sure that our programs are safe and that when students return to Victoria, they can have the full experience of interacting with the local people and enjoying our beautiful city. We will assess the situation again in mid-April to decide if we can offer on-campus courses this summer. We are missing having students in Victoria so much, but as always, safety is the most important thing!

For students who have registered for on-campus classes that have been cancelled, please be assured that you will get a full refund of fees, be transferred to a future session, or be moved online (with the balance of fees settled). The choice is yours. Please see our website for a list of upcoming courses offered both on-campus and online.

I am looking forward to the day—I hope soon—when we no longer have to worry about COVID. It will be wonderful to welcome students back to Victoria but until then, ELC is here to help you meet your learning goals and to work with you to improve your English.

Stay safe and healthy.

 

– Dr. Jackie Prowse, Director, and your friends at ELC


Updated: Dec. 11, 2020

Dear students and partners,

As 2020 closes, we see some positive signs that on-campus instruction will resume in 2021. Canada has just started its vaccination program to stop the spread of COVID-19. It will be a huge undertaking to get everyone inoculated throughout the world. We are anxiously awaiting the results of the vaccine and how it will impact the return to face-to-face instruction at UVic and any safety processes that will need to remain in place. For now, the ELC is not offering on-campus classes in the January session and a decision will be made about April early in the new year. We are all hopeful regular international travel and studies in Canada will resume soon.

The university is approved as a Designated Learning Institution (DLI) and currently students with student visas can enter Canada, but must self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival. We will update you if there are changes to this policy, and we have created an online resource with details about travel to Canada and self-isolation. As always, safety is our biggest priority.

For January, ELC classes will be offered online and all our programs will start Jan. 18 (with a registration deadline of Jan. 4). Please check our fees and dates page for more information. ELC online classes have proven to be very effective in helping students reach their learning goals, so we plan to continue to offer them even when on-campus classes resume. Many partners have discussed with us how online classes can help improve students’ English levels before they come to Victoria, so they can get the most out of their study abroad experience.

On behalf of all the ELC staff and teachers, I would like to wish all of our partners, students and friends a wonderful holiday season and I hope that 2021 will bring us health, safety and all good things. I look forward to welcoming students back to Victoria soon.

 

– Dr. Jackie Prowse, Director, and your friends at ELC


Updated: Nov. 5, 2020

Dear students and partners,

We are now seven months into the pandemic and the "second wave" seems to be striking many countries—I hope you are all staying healthy and safe. We are praying for all countries struck by COVID and for those affected by the recent earthquake in Turkey and Greece. On a positive note, there are still only a few COVID cases on Vancouver Island and we are all well at the English Language Centre. At the university, our new president, Kevin Hall, started this week. Everyone at the ELC looks forward to working with him to increase international education opportunities.

We still miss our on-campus students and are hoping for signs that travel will open up again in 2021. One encouraging sign is that the University of Victoria has been approved as a Designated Learning Institution (DLI) to receive international students with new study permits. This approval is based on UVic’s detailed Self-Isolation Program and processes. At this time, a 14-day self-isolation period remains in place and the majority of courses at UVic will be online through the January–April term. 

At the ELC, we have begun discussing how best to ensure the well-being of our students, teachers, staff, homestay families, cultural assistants and UVic colleagues once we are able to return to on-campus programming. Safety is our primary concern and we will not return to in-person classes until we can safely do so. We will continue to share updates with our institutional partners and agents as these on-campus program plans unfold.

For the January term, ELC programs will continue online—please check our fees and dates page for more information.  

Stay safe and healthy!

 

– Dr. Jackie Prowse, Director, and your friends at ELC


Updated: Oct. 1, 2020

Dear students and partners,

Six months into the pandemic, we're finding that more and more students are deciding to study English online so that they can continue to pursue their academic and career goals. We continue to be very busy developing and delivering our online programs. They are going well and we have had excellent feedback from our students. Here is one student's comment from our August English for Global Communication(EGC) online course:

"It was really good experience to participate in EGC course providing by ELC. For any students who are thinking of studying abroad for the future and who are a little hesitant about studying abroad, this online program is a great program because people can easily participate in. The things they need is only PC and an internet connection, and also they could take classes suitable for their level because they take an English proficiency test before the program. I could learn English from interesting and various topics such as the problems of my country, introduction of recommended spots and problems of International marriage. I keep in touch with the other students after the program ends. I really recommend this program to students who wish to make overseas friends, to improve English skills and to live a fulfilling life."

– Mami, English for Global Communication, August 2020 

This feedback is so encouraging for us, but of course, we still miss our in-class students! 

The University of Victoria will be welcoming a new president in early November, and we expect that an announcement about returning to face-to-face classes will come from his office early in the New Year.

Stay safe and healthy!

 

– Dr. Jackie Prowse, Director, and your friends at ELC


Updated: Sept. 4, 2020

Dear students and partners,

It is with great regret (but not much surprise) that I must announce the ELC will continue its suspension of on-campus programming through to April 1, 2021. We will make decisions early in 2021 about the possibility of resuming face-to-face classes from April. Please know how much we miss having students in Victoria and we can’t wait to welcome you back as soon as it is safe to do so.

Until on-campus classes resume, the ELC is still here with online courses to assist students in reaching their goals by helping them to improve their English skills. We will be adding more program dates to the website soon, so please check back to see what courses are available in 2021. We are still offering the same great courses being taught by our wonderful teachers.

I hope everyone is staying safe and healthy and that we will have a vaccine to end this terrible pandemic soon.

Stay safe and well in these difficult times!

 

– Dr. Jackie Prowse, Director, and your friends at ELC


Updated: Aug. 27, 2020

Dear students and partners,

I hope you are doing well and keeping safe. I was delighted to meet many of our English for Global Communication (EGC) students in our August program. Being online, we are now seeing students from both our traditional markets and quite a few from new markets. It is exciting to see students from different countries, getting a chance to meet and share their cultures. I was also pleased to hear from the EGC instructors how much the students' speaking skills improved over the four-week program.

The University will decide in late September whether we can hold face-to-face classes again in spring 2021. We will announce the decision as soon as it is confirmed, and in the meantime, we are encouraging students and partners to plan for online studies. Our wonderful teachers and staff are always ready to offer a warm welcome, whether you are studying online or on campus.

This is such a difficult time for so many of us, and I hope you are staying safe and well. I know many of you are having difficulties due to the pandemic, and my heart goes out to you. I hope there is a cure for COVID soon and that we can all travel again sometime in 2021.

Stay safe and well in these difficult times!

 

– Dr. Jackie Prowse, Director, and your friends at ELC


Updated: July 23, 2020

Dear students and partners,

We are missing the sound of our students’ voices at the English Language Centre and look forward to the time when it is safe for us to welcome international students back to Victoria. The university and BC Health Authorities will make a decision early in the fall about a return to face-to-face classes for the first term of 2021—this is in order to allow time for planning. 

We are still here to meet the English language education needs of our students and our online programs are going well. We are happy to announce that the promotional tuition of $695 for English for Global Communication (EGC) will be extended until the end of 2020. We will honour the promotional tuition cost for any EGC courses booked before the end of the year. The next course start dates are Aug. 4, Aug. 31, Jan. 4 and Feb. 8. Please note that the ELPI-O (10-week intensive academic program) promotional tuition of $2,645 ends July 31, so if you are interested, please book soon to get this special price. 

Through our online courses, you’ll see your English language skills improve. The courses are well laid out and easy to follow. Of course our teachers will be there to help guide you and give you feedback every step of the way. You’ll also meet other students from all over the world and have a chance to interact in the synchronous classes and during Café Social events.

I hope you and your families are staying safe and well in these difficult times.

 

– Dr. Jackie Prowse, Director, and your friends at ELC


Updated: June 25, 2020

Dear students and partners,

I hope you and your families are staying safe and well. To ensure the health and safety of our students, staff and the community, the ELC will not be holding face-to-face classes in the fall. We are hopeful we will be able to hold face-to-face classes in 2021. We expect to have confirmation from the university and Health Authorities early in the fall about our plans for 2021.

Students – we miss you!!!!

To help you reach your English language learning goals, our teachers have developed an amazing suite of online courses so you won’t fall behind in your studies. You will be able to improve your English and be a part of our learning community. Please see our website and videos for our four-week (40 hours) course English for Global Communication.

And our 10-week Academic program ELPI-O.

While the experience will be different, the exceptional quality of our programs remains. You will have the opportunity to meet with other international students and make friends. Our teachers and staff are here to help and guide you in your studies. 

Please stay safe and take care in these difficult times.

 

– Dr. Jackie Prowse, Director, and your friends at ELC


Updated: May 14, 2020

Dear students and partners,

To ensure the health and safety of our students, staff, and the community, ELC will not be holding face-to-face classes in the fall. We are deeply saddened that we cannot welcome you to Victoria in 2020 but look forward having students back on campus in 2021.

We don’t want you to fall behind in your English studies so would like to invite you to consider taking some of our online courses. While the experience will be different, the exceptional quality of our programs remains. You will still develop and improve your English and be part of a learning community. You will have the opportunity to meet with other international students and make friends. Our teachers and staff are here to help you meet your learning goals. Please see our website for more information on our online courses. Please stay safe and take care in these difficult times.

 

– Dr. Jackie Prowse, Director, and your friends at ELC


Updated: April 21, 2020

Dear friends and partners,

We hope you are all staying healthy and safe during the COVID-19 crisis. At UVic, face-to-face instruction has been suspended until the fall which means all our summer face-to-face programs have been cancelled. We are sorry to disappoint students who planned to come to Victoria, but student safety is our highest priority. We are monitoring the COVID-19 situation closely and will be updating our website as things develop. For the latest COVID-19 UVic information, visit uvic.ca/covid-19

New – We are excited to launch ELC Connect, a new suite of online English language programs:

English for Global Communication

Aug. 4–28 (4 weeks / 40 hours)
Aug. 31–Sept. 25 (4 weeks / 40 hours)

5 levels offered

Tuition $695

Learn more

University Admissions Preparation Online

July 13–Aug. 21 (6 weeks / 100 hours)

Successful completion of this program meets the University of Victoria English language proficiency requirement. 

Tuition $3,200

Learn more

 

– Dr. Jackie Prowse, Director, and your friends at ELC

 

  • Posted April 6, 2020