Program description

This series of elective classes will add something "extra" to your summer: business English training that you will be proud to bring back to university or work after your program is complete. During these afternoon electives you will develop writing, presentation and discussion skills, as well as awareness of international communication. From effective email composition to communicating and negotiating in cross-cultural business situations, this program will prepare you to approach the business world with confidence, in English!

Please note: Business Boost electives are taken with Summer Language and Culture programs in July and August: we do not offer them as a part-time course. Outside of your English and Business classes, you will enjoy an amazing variety of activities on campus and around town with our Cultural Assistants as your guides.

Program features

  • 20 hours of Business English classes (July 4-week option)
  • 12 hours of Business English classes (August 3-week option)
  • a guided tour of a local business to see some of the business concepts you’ve studied in action within the Canadian context
  • 2 Certificates of Participation and a Record of Grade with separate reports for your general English and Business Boost classes
  • access to our Computer-Assisted Language Laboratory (CALL)
  • free activities and optional weekend trips with our Cultural Assistants
  • UVic Dormitory accommodation and meals on campus

Program schedule

This is a part-time series of afternoon classes taken in addition to the morning classes in our full-time Summer Language and Culture program

Monday to Friday (24 class hours per week)

  • English classes: 8:30 am – 12:30 pm
  • Business English classes: 2 – 4 pm (10 classes total for July option; 6 classes total for August option)
  • Daytime activities: 2 – 4 pm
  • Evening activities: 7 – 9 pm (dormitory programs)


Optional activities led by our Cultural Assistants:

  • whale watching
  • trips to Butchart Gardens and Vancouver
  • kayaking
  • dances
  • culture nights
  • hiking
  • ...and more!

Registration requirements

To study in this program, you must:

  • have an intermediate level of English, equivalent to 4.5 IELTS or 53 ibT
  • be registered in a Summer Language and Culture program (4-week July, 4-week August or 3-week August)  



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
Tuition fees Fee Notes
Business Boost electives $550.00 Due five weeks before program begins
Balance of Tuition Summer Language and Culture program ($1600-350) $1,250.00
Accommodation and meals Fee Notes
Dormitory $1,647.00 Paid to the ELC
Total: $3,947.00

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
July 2017
Program dates
July 4 – 28, 2017
Program status
Courses open for registration
Homestay: n/a
Dorms: Open for registration
Starting in
August 2017
Program dates
Aug. 8 – 25, 2017
Program status
Courses open for registration
Homestay: n/a
Dorms: Open for registration