English for Global Communication is part of Global Connect, the ELC Connect series of online programs, designed to offer an interactive learning experience to students who want to improve their English for academic, travel or professional purposes. 


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Program description

English for Global Communication is ideal for anyone who wants to improve their English language proficiency. Whether you are an upper beginner (level 1) or more advanced (level 5) student, you’ll improve your English in just four weeks.

This online program combines real-time lessons with our expert instructors, discussion forums, interactive group activities and online assignments. Small class sizes, experienced teachers and an engaging theme-based curriculum are what define this program.


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Program features


  • Four weeks of instruction with experienced EAL teachers
  • Small class sizes
  • Upper Beginner to Advanced class levels: CEFR A1+ to B2 entry; CEFR A2 to B2+ exit
  • 10 instructional hours/week (40 hours total) 
  • Engaging curriculum to help you develop English and essential professional skills
  • Access to the UVic library’s digital resources (journals, ebooks, etc.)
  • Social Connect activities
  • Certificate of Completion (for students who receive at least 80% participation grade)
  • Record of Grade from one of Canada's top comprehensive universities


  • Option to extend studies to six weeks with a two-week "Cultural Discovery" course, focused Global Issues and with more virtual (live) class hours
  • "Lighter" study schedule (10 hours/week) allows students to fit online studies into their other professional / academic activities
  • General English and multiple class levels for a wide variety of learners

Program schedule

Students can expect to study 10 hours a week for a total of 40 hours of instruction.

In this course, UVic instructors guide students through "synchronous" (in real time) and "asynchronous" (according to one's own schedule) learning activities. Students will benefit from real-time lessons and interactive discussion forums, short lectures and language assignments. Class time is 10 hours per week of synchronous, asynchronous and homework learning activities.

Synchronous times

These real-time learning activities will take place three times per week from 5:00 to 6:00 pm Victoria time*.

Sessions:  Session 1 Session 2 Session 3 
Day/time: Tuesday 5:00 – 6:00 pm Victoria time Wednesday 5:00 – 6:00 pm Victoria time Thursday 5:00 – 6:00pm Victoria time

* If you are not located in the same time zone, use the Time Zone Converter to get the time of the session in your region.

* Victoria observes Daylight Saving Time and this may change the synchronous class times in your region depending on the time of the year.

Social Connect activities

In addition to learning activities, students will be invited to Social Connect activities, including:

Mix and Mingle – Begin your course with an online event to meet your new classmates.
Experience Victoria videos – Watch weekly videos to learn more about Canadian students and living in Canada
Café Social – Participate in a weekly event where you will meet other students and UVic staff in small groups for discussion
Oh Canada – Watch weekly videos with interesting stories and events from Canada, for discussion at Café Social

Check the EGC Calendar for more information about when these events will occur.

Estimated fees per program

Fees due upon application Fee Notes
Program deposit $25.00 Due at time of registration, and is non-refundable.
Tuition fees Fee Notes
Balance of Tuition ($895 – $25) $870.00 Tuition: $895
Accommodation and meals Fee Notes
n/a $0.00 Online programs do not include accommodation or meals.
Total: $895.00

Program dates

Starting in
January 2022
Program dates
Jan. 17 – Feb. 11, 2022
Program status
Courses open for registration
Homestay: n/a
Dorms: n/a
Starting in
February 2022
Program dates
Feb. 28 – March 25, 2022
Program status
Courses open for registration
Homestay: n/a
Dorms: n/a

Application information

Registration requirements

Minimum age requirement: 18 years old

View the System Requirements for online courses.

English Proficiency Test

Your registration fee includes our online ELC English Proficiency Test (EPT), required for participation in the English for Global Communication program. It will assist us in determining the appropriate program level for you. You will receive information from us to complete the test prior to the start of your program. 

How to apply

For application information, please click the Apply Now button.