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 and meals


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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, where students can focus on general or academic English classes and pursue a pathway to UVic degree programs through the "University Admission Preparation" level.

In 2019 we are launching "ELPI Summer" - a 9-week version of this program in July + August, so that students can enjoy ELPI all year round!


Program features

  • 30 study hours per week
  • 6 class levels, from Upper Beginner to University Admission Preparation
  • general and academic English options 
  • weekly elective classes to focus on specialized skills/interests 
  • IELTS and TOEIC Preparation elective classes
  • access to the ELC Learning Centre before/after classes
  • "International Culture and Conversation" workshops
  • free and optional activities
  • 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 $300.00
Tuition fees Fee Notes
Balance of Tuition ($3950-$350 deposit) $3,600.00 Due five weeks before program begins
Student Services Fee (health insurance/bus pass/gym pass) $504.75
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: $7,754.75

Program dates

Starting in
September 2019
Program dates
Sept. 9 – Dec. 4, 2019
Program status
Limited availability – Please contact
Homestay: Application Deadline - Jul. 1, 2019
Dorms: n/a
Starting in
January 2020
Program dates
Jan. 6 – April 1, 2020
Program status
Courses open for registration
Homestay: Application Deadline - Nov. 1, 2019
Dorms: n/a
Starting in
April 2020
Program dates
April 6 – June 30, 2020
Program status
Courses open for registration
Homestay: Application Deadline - Mar. 1, 2020
Dorms: n/a
Starting in
September 2020
Program dates
Sept. 8 – Dec. 2, 2020
Program status
Courses open for registration
Homestay: Application Deadline - Jul. 1, 2020
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.