To apply to an ELC English program, please complete the ELC program application form and submit an application fee and deposit.
- 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
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 (from Step 1 above).
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.