This full-time program includes:
•    30 study hours per week in general or academic English classes
•    Free activities and optional weekend trips
•    Homestay accommodation

Program description

Over 1,000 students from 30 countries attend ELPI each year. It’s a program full of options and opportunities, including:

  • 6 class levels
  • general and academic classes
  • pathways to UVic degree programs

Each day in class, you will enjoy the support of two teachers who work together to help develop your English skills through challenging projects, activities and discussions. Outside of class, you’ll have access to valuable resources like:

  • ELC Study Centre
  • Computer-Assisted Language Laboratory (CALL)
  • UVic library and computer labs

As an ELPI student you’ll learn and explore with new friends, enjoying new experiences and simple beauties on Canada’s West Coast. A full calendar of activities and safe accommodation in our UVic Homestay program will allow you to live life to the fullest and feel at home in Victoria.

Program features

  • 30 study hours per week: 18 hours of core classes + 4 hours of elective classes + 8 hours at the ELC Study Centre / Pronunication Centre / Writing Centre
  • 6 class levels, from High Beginner to University Admission Preparation
  • your choice of General or Academic classes (for intermediate to advanced students)
  • elective classes to focus on language skills according to your needs and interests
  • the ELC Study Centre, to practise real English with Canadian volunteers
  • the Pronunciation Centre, to work with a teacher in small groups
  • the Writing Centre, to receive one-on-one help with academic writing assignments
  • access to the Computer Assisted Language Laboratory (CALL)
  • free weekly activities (coffee socials, sports, workshops and tours) and optional weekend trips with our Cultural Assistants
  • Homestay accommodation and meals with a carefully selected local family
  • Certificate of Participation and a Record of Grade upon completion

Program schedule

Monday to Friday (30 study hours per week)

  • Core classes: 18 hours (morning or afternoon, 4 days per week)
  • Elective classes: 4 hours (morning or afternoon, 2  days per week)
  • Study Centre and Pronunciation Clinic: 8 hours (open Monday to Thursday)
  • Coffee Social (Friday) and other free activities that change every week


Optional activities led by our Cultural Assistants: trips to Vancouver, whale watching, kayaking, theatre, hockey games, ice skating and visiting Butchart Gardens (depending on the season).

Registration requirements

To study in this program, you must:

  • be 18 years old by the program start date
  • have a basic knowledge of English

To find out if your level of English meets our minimum requirement for this program, take a free test.



Cultural Assistants

Estimated fees per program

Fees due upon application Fee Notes
Application fee $150.00 Due at time of registration. Application fees are paid only once.
Program deposit $350.00
Homestay application fee $250.00
Tuition fees Fee Notes
Balance of Tuition (3950-$350 deposit) $3,600.00 Due five weeks before program begins
Accommodation and meals Fee Notes
Homestay ($850 per month; $28 per additional night) $2,456.00 Paid directly to Host family This fee is NOT paid to the ELC.
Total: $6,806.00

How to apply

  1. Complete a program application form
  2. Send the completed application form to
  3. Pay the application fees and deposit(s)

Once we have processed the application, you well be sent a Letter of Acceptance.

Visit our How to apply page for more details.

Program dates

Starting in
September 2017
Program dates
Sept. 11 – Dec. 6, 2017
Program status
Open for registration; Full for Japanese applications. Please contact us for details.
Homestay: Closed for registration. Contact Us for Details.
Dorms: n/a
Starting in
January 2018
Program dates
Jan. 8 – April 4, 2018
Program status
Courses open for registration
Homestay: Open for registration
Dorms: n/a
Starting in
April 2018
Program dates
April 9 – July 4, 2018
Program status
Courses open for registration
Homestay: Open for registration
Dorms: n/a