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Learn English in a fun and supportive environment

The Monthly English program is like your home away from home. Between learning and exploring, our program offers both intensive English classes and time outside of class to have fun and connect with new friends. Come join us in Victoria, one of Canada's most beautiful cities on the West Coast, for an unforgettable experience of language, culture and friendship.

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Program description

 

Welcome to our Monthly English program at the English Learning Centre (ELC), where intensive learning meets cultural activities. Learn English in class from Monday to Thursday and spend Fridays exploring new places in Victoria, BC. Fun cultural immersion activities are guided by our Cultural Assistants so you can connect with new friends from diverse cultures, practice your English language skills and make long-lasting memories. In the classroom, our TESOL-trained instructors with teaching experience from around the world, are here to help you every step of the way. With the homestay accommodation option, you will experience a special opportunity to live in Canada and speak "real English" outside of class in a safe, comfortable setting.

This program involves classes, activities and resources including:

  • six levels of general English classes with an intensive class schedule of five study hours per day
  • practicing and building confidence in presentation skills and written assignments through a range of topics related to society and culture, Canada and global issues (an "English through Themes" curriculum)
  • workshops on international culture and conversation
  • access to the ELC Learning Centre during certain months, which provides writing and pronunciation support, and opportunities to practice English with others
  • free and optional social activities guided by our Cultural Assistants
  • optional homestay accommodation and meals
  • 20 class hours per week (80 total program hours)

Program highlights

Global Recognition

The University of Victoria is one of Canada's leading universities with one of the largest English schools on campus, the award-winning English Language Centre. Upon successful completion of this program, you will receive a Certificate of Completion.

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.

Short-term

This program is designed to provide you with the resources and knowledge necessary to improve your English language skills in just four weeks.

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.

Supportive Services

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

Accreditation

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The English Language Centre is accredited by Languages Canada.

Who is this program for?

The Monthly English program is for learners looking for a short-term opportunity to continue developing English skills for work, business or travel. Homestay accommodation is available and this program is best suited for upper beginning to advanced-level learners.

Instructors

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Courses and fees

This is a full-time program with morning and afternoon classes.

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday

 

English classes (20 hours per week)

  • Mornings: 9 – 11:30 am
  • Afternoons: 12:30 – 3 pm

 

Field trips and socio-cultural activities:

  • 9 am – 4 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.
Program deposit $350
Homestay application fee (if applicable) $300
Tuition fees Fee Notes
Balance of Tuition ($1,850-$350) $1,500 Based on a 4-week program. Due five weeks before program begins.
Student Services Fee (health insurance/bus pass/gym pass) $223
Accommodation and meals Fee Notes
$1,350 per month; $45 per additional night. $1,350 Paid directly to Host family. This fee is NOT paid to the ELC.
Total: $3,873

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.

Program dates

Starting in
September 2024
 
Program dates
Sept. 3 - 27, 2024
Program status
  Courses open for registration
Accommodation
Homestay: Open for registration
Dorms: n/a
Starting in
October 2024
 
Program dates
Oct. 1 - 25, 2024
Program status
  Courses open for registration
Accommodation
Homestay: Open for registration
Dorms: n/a
Starting in
November 2024
 
Program dates
Oct. 28 - Nov. 22, 2024
Program status
  Courses open for registration
Accommodation
Homestay: Open for registration
Dorms: n/a
Starting in
December 2024
 
Program dates
Dec. 2 - 20, 2024
Program status
  Courses open for registration
Accommodation
Homestay: Open for registration
Dorms: n/a
Starting in
January 2025
 
Program dates
Jan. 6 – Jan. 31, 2025
Program status
  Courses open for registration
Accommodation
Homestay: Open for registration
Dorms: n/a
Starting in
February 2025
 
Program dates
Feb. 3 – Feb. 28, 2025
Program status
  Courses open for registration
Accommodation
Homestay: Open for registration
Dorms: n/a
Starting in
March 2025
 
Program dates
March 3 – March 28, 2025
Program status
  Courses open for registration
Accommodation
Homestay: Open for registration
Dorms: n/a

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