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 an application form (for fillable PDF forms, please use Adobe Acrobat Reader):


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 $300 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 Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada website.


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

Pay the remaining program fees and student services 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 these fees have been paid.