This full-time program combines English language classes and public speaking workshops to strengthen public speaking and communication confidence. 

  • 20 hours of general English classes per week
  • 16 additional hours of public speaking workshops
  • UVic Homestay or dormitory accommodation and meals

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Program description

Through an intensive combination of English language classes and public speaking workshops, this program will strengthen your public speaking, fluency and communication confidence.

In addition to the challenging English classes you will attend as a participant in our “Summer Language and Culture” program, you will:

  • Improve accuracy, pronunciation and fluency through an interactive portfolio-based approach
  • Develop and practice public speaking skills through a Toastmaster-like format
  • Give a variety of oral presentations, based on specific themes and other topics tailored to your specific interests and professions

Participants receive a 16-hour "Professional Development Certificate" in addition to a "Certificate of Participation" for their general English classes


Program features

  • 20 general English class hours per week
  • 16 additional hours of public speaking workshops
  • ELC Learning Centre before/after classes
  • Homestay accommodation and meals
  • Free and optional activities
  • Professional Development Certificate (16 hours)
  • Certificate of Participation (100 hours)


Program schedule

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday

8:30am – 12:30pm

  • General English Classes

2-4pm (approx. 2 days/week)

  • Professional Communication workshops

2-4pm (approx. 3 days/week)

  • Free social / cultural activities

Optional activities ($) led by our Cultural Assistants (depending on season):

  • whale watching
  • Butchart Gardens
  • trips to  Vancouver 
  • kayaking
  • theater
  • hockey games
  • ...and more!

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
Homestay Application Fee $300.00
Program deposit $350.00
Tuition fees Fee Notes
Balance of Tuition Summer Language and Culture program ($2750-$350 deposit) $2,400.00 Due five weeks before program begins
Student Services Fee (health insurance/bus pass/gym pass) $239.00
Accommodation and meals Fee Notes
Homestay ($950 per month; $32 per additional night) $1,046.00 Paid to the Host family. This fee is NOT paid to the ELC.
Total: $4,485.00

Program dates

Starting in
Spring 2020
Program dates
May 25 – June 26, 2020
Program status
Courses open for registration
Homestay: Application Deadline - Apr. 15, 2020
Dorms: n/a

Application information

Registration requirements

To study in this program, you must:

  • have an intermediate level of English, equivalent to 4.5 IELTS or 53 ibT

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.