This full-time program includes:

  • 30 study hours per week in general or academic English classes
  • ELC Learning Centre resources and workshops
  • Free activities and optional weekend trips
  • Homestay accommodation


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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 Learning 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 Learning 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 Learning Centre, a specialized resource that offers access to pronunciation workshops, writing tutorials and conversation with Canadian volunteers
  • 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 Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday


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

Optional activities led by our Cultural Assistants. For example:

  • whale watching
  • Butchart Gardens
  • trips to Vancouver 
  • hockey games
  • kayaking (depending on the season)

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 ($950 per month; $32 per additional night) $2,850.00 Paid directly to Host family This fee is NOT paid to the ELC.
Total: $7,200.00

Program dates

Starting in
September 2018
Program dates
Sept. 10 – Dec. 5, 2018
Program status
Courses open for registration. Full for Japan; contact us for details
Homestay: Open for registration
Dorms: n/a
Starting in
January 2019
Program dates
Jan. 7 – April 3, 2019
Program status
Courses open for registration
Homestay: Open for registration
Dorms: n/a
Starting in
April 2019
Program dates
April 8 – July 3, 2019
Program status
Courses open for registration
Homestay: Open for registration
Dorms: n/a
Starting in
September 2019
Program dates
Sept. 9 – Dec. 4, 2019
Program status
Courses open for registration
Homestay: Open for registration
Dorms: n/a

Application information

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.

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.