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Maximize your summer: practice and grow your English language skills

Learn, laugh and make lifelong memories in our immersive ELPI - Summer program. If you want to gain confidence and improve your English skills, this full summer program has a balanced schedule with structured learning and culturally enriching activities. Meet new friends, improve your English and enjoy your summer with a fun, educational experience to remember.

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Program description

For 10 intensive weeks, you can participate in a unique mix of general English classes and specialized skills classes. All our classes are designed to increase your language proficiency abilities. Whether you're seeking a full summer program or want to build on your skills in the ELPI curriculum between April and September, this program is an ideal option for learning and exploring over the summer. Led by our dedicated TESOL-trained instructors, you'll work towards English fluency, so you can effectively communicate with colleagues, classmates and native speakers. In this program, you will attend afternoon classes on most days, with your mornings free to study and enjoy on your own. You can also access resources and language support at the ELC Learning Centre, and participate in social activities like coffee gatherings, games, sports and more. 

This program involves classes, activities and resources including:

  • five levels of general English classes for upper beginner to upper advanced levels
  • access to the ELC Learning Centre which provides writing and pronunciation support, and opportunities to practice English with others
  • weekly specialized skills classes including academic writing
  • workshops on international culture and conversation
  • free and optional social activities guided by our Cultural Assistants
  • optional homestay accommodation and meals
  • access to supportive services like the ELC academic mentor, academic coaching and personal counselling
  • 22 class hours per week (207 total program hours) 

Program highlights 

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Global Recognition
The University of Victoria is one of Canada's leading universities, recognized for preparing students for careers in a wide range of disciplines. Upon successful completion of this program you will receive a Certificate of Completion.

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Teaching Talent
Our instructors are industry professionals with years of experience. They’re dedicated to helping you develop your English skills and prepare you for further studies or a career in an international market.

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Welcoming Environment
Our academic programs are complemented by social activities where you can meet new friends and share the unique aspects of your country or culture in a safe, respectful environment.

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Support Services
Get access to a range of services and resources before, during and after your time in the program. This includes:


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The English Language Centre is accredited by Languages Canada.

Who is this program for?

The ELPI – Summer program is for high beginner to advanced-level learners. This program is also for those looking for a longer-term, general English program to improve their social, professional and international communication.


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Courses and fees

This is a full-time program with morning and afternoon classes (22 study hours per week).

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday


General English Classes

  • Afternoons: 1 – 5:30 pm


Academic classes

  • 8:30 am – 1:00 pm

Optional activities led by our Cultural Assistants. For example:

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

Estimated fees per program

Fees due upon application Fee Notes
Application fee $150 Due at time of registration. Application fees are paid only once. Due five weeks before program begins.
Program deposit $350
Homestay application fee $300
Tuition fees Fee Notes
Balance of Tuition ($3,750-$350 deposit) $3,400 Due five weeks before program begins
Student Services Fee (health insurance/bus pass/gym pass) $388
Accommodation and meals Fee Notes
Homestay $2,970 Paid directly to Host family. This fee is NOT paid to the ELC.

Application information

Admission 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 our free ELC Basic English Test.

How to apply

To view full application information, please click the Apply Now button. Programs currently open for registration will be available.

Program dates

Starting in
July 2024
Program dates
July 2 - Sept. 5, 2024
Program status
  Courses open for registration
Homestay: Open for registration
Dorms: n/a

RELATED TOPICS: ELC on-campus programs