To apply to an ELC English program, please complete the ELC program application form and submit an application fee and deposit.

Admission requirements

You must:

  • be 18 or older by the program start date
  • meet Canadian Visa requirements
  • buy medical insurance for the duration of the program
  • read, understand and follow all program guidelines
  • understand the refund policy
  • have a basic knowledge of English and complete the ELC's online test

Application steps


Complete an application form

Complete the program application for 2016 or 2017 and Homestay (if applicable) application form for 2016 or 2017.

If you wish you apply to the University Pathways Program, please visit the Pathways Program page to download an application.


Email, fax or mail the completed application forms


Fax: 1-250-721-8774

Mailing address

Courier address

English Language Centre
Division of Continuing Studies
University of Victoria
PO Box 1700 STN CSC
Victoria, BC  V8W 2Y2

English Language Centre
University of Victoria
3800 Finnerty Road (Ring Road)
Victoria, BC  V8P 5C2


Pay application fees and deposit(s)

Pay the following non-refundable fees:

a) CAD $150 application fee

  • If you apply for more than one program at the same time, you only pay the CAD$150 application fee once.

b) CAD $350 deposit per program

  • This deposit is part of the tuition fee, not an additional cost.  
  • The deposit is required per program. For example: if you apply to two programs, you will need to pay CAD $700.  If you apply to three programs, your deposit will be CAD $1050.

c) CAD $250 UVic Homestay fee (if applicable)

  • Check the accommodation options on the application form to see if Homestay is available for your program.
  • Include a completed Homestay Application Form

Important: application does not guarantee admission. Apply for programs early to make sure you get a spot.

Once we receive the application form and fees, you will be sent a Letter of Acceptance.  Please wait for your Letter of Acceptance before organizing travel.


Apply for the appropriate visa (if applicable)

Contact the Canadian Embassy or Consulate in your country to see if you need a Study Permit or Temporary Resident Visa. To find a visa office, visit the Citizenship and Immigration Canada website.


Pay the remaining tuition fees five weeks before the start of your program

You will be sent a reminder by email from our registration department. You cannot start class until all tuition has been paid.



Buy Medical Insurance

It is your responsibility to buy adequate medical coverage while you are in Canada.

If you are studying for 3 months or less, the University of Victoria offers a Health Insurance plan designed for international students, which can be purchased online.

If you are studying for more than 6 months you must apply for British Columbia Medical Services Plan (BCMSP) upon arrival. There is a 3-month waiting period for this plan, so for the first 3 months of your studies, you should buy private insurance through UVic or from another provider.