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The Intensive English Online program is part of ELC Connect, a new suite of online English language programs. It will be the same quality experience in a new delivery format.

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Program description

Our most popular program - ELPI - is now available online! This intensive program focuses on academic English at three class levels. UVic teachers will guide students through specialized Reading/Listening and Writing/ Speaking sections of the program to ensure that they build strong skills in these crucial language areas. A passing grade on both sections of the program and exams during the final week of the program will allow students to advance to the next level of ELPI, in either online or face-to-face delivery.

Students will achieve this program's challenging objectives by actively engaging in "synchronous" (in real time) and "asynchronous" (according to one's own schedule) learning activities. During the synchronous classes, students will practice the skills they have learned, participate in discussion groups and give formal presentations. Asynchronous work will include participation in online forums, instruction of concepts and content through recorded lectures, completion of assignments and research. 

The course is delivered over 11 weeks and includes 10 instructional weeks with a week-long Reading Break at week 7.


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Program features

  • 11-week program (200 study hours total), including a reading break at week 7.
  • 20 study hours / instructional week
  • Intermediate - Advanced class levels: CEFR A2+ to B2 entry; CEFR B1 to B2+ exit
  • Focus on Academic English
  • Access to the UVic library’s digital resources (journals, ebooks, etc.)
  • Offers seamless transition to face-to-face ELPI
  • Social Connect activities offered
  • Certificate of Completion (for students who receive at least 80% participation grade)
  • Record of Grade from one of Canada's top comprehensive universities

Who is this program for?

Level: Intermediate to Advanced

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Courses and fees

Students can expect to study 20 hours a week for a total of 200 hours of instruction.

UVic instructors guide students through "synchronous" (in real time) and "asynchronous" (according to one's own schedule) learning activities.

Class time: "synchronous" learning

Students will meet online with their classmates and UVic instructors for weekly, 1.25 hour "synchronous" sessions for each section (Reading/Listening + Writing/ Speaking). Students will participate in activities specifically designed to support and reinforce the independent lessons they have learned. During class time, they will have the opportunity to interact in real time with other students in the course doing activities such as debate and discussion, group and pair work, and other academic speaking assignments. 

75 minute synchronous sessions will take place at 5:00 pm Victoria time on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Sessions:  Session 1 Session 2 
Day/time: Tuesday 5:00– 6:15 pm Victoria Time Thursday 5:00 – 6:15 pm 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.

Independent work: "asynchronous" learning

Under the careful guidance of their instructors, students are expected to do class work independently for about 20 hours per week. Instructors will assign tasks and provide "flipped classroom" learning for the students to complete at a time their schedules allow. Learning activities will include watching lectures, taking notes and completing assignments, viewing PowerPoint presentations as the teacher explains the content, contributing to online discussions; working on peer review assignments, and grammar / vocabulary practice activities. 

The synchronous and asynchronous parts of the program are clearly presented so that students understand how they work together to support their language and academic skills development. 

Your instructors will be available during office hours to help you with your questions about the course content, assignments and activities.

Social Connect activities

In addition to class time, students will be invited to join 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

Estimated fees per program

Fees due upon application Fee Notes
Application fee $150 Application and deposit fees are due at time of registration, and are non-refundable.
Program deposit $350
Tuition fees Fee Notes
Balance of Tuition ($3,295-$350 total application fee and deposit) $2,945 Due five weeks before program start date. The required textbooks are not included in tuition and cost between $100-$150 CAD, depending on class level.
Accommodation and meals Fee Notes
n/a $0 Online programs do not include accommodation or meals.
Total: $3,445

Application information

Admission requirements

To register for this program, students must be 18 years or older by the course start date.

ELPI-O class levels are benchmarked to the Common European Framework for Reference for Languages (CEFR) a global standard which identifies levels from basic (A1) to proficient (C2).

Students will take the ELC’s English Proficiency Test (EPT) after registering for the course, and must attain a score ranging CEFR A2+ to B2+ for entry to the program.*

EPT results provide students with an early indication of their level, from "Intermediate" (~A2+) to "Advanced" (~B2). Class placement is confirmed closer to the program start date based on the results of additional writing and speaking tests.

*Students who do not meet the A2+ level requirement will be refunded completely. Students who score higher than B2+ on the EPT will be invited to attend our University Admission Preparation - Online program.

View the System Requirements for online courses.

How to apply

To view full application information, please click the Apply Now button.

Program dates

Starting in
September 2024
Program dates
Sept. 16 - Nov. 29, 2024
Program status
  Courses open for registration
Homestay: n/a
Dorms: n/a

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