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Improve your English each day: your summer of language and adventure starts here

Experience a fulfilling summer with our immersive Summer Language and Culture programs. Take part in language study each morning, then join exciting activities outside of classes. From tours and workshops to sports and culture nights, our diverse experiences will keep you engaged and entertained as you continue to improve your English language skills.

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Program description

In the Summer Language and Culture programs at the English Learning Centre (ELC), you’ll be amazed by how much you can do and learn. With multiple entry dates and programs ranging from three to six weeks, our classes and activities are fun and well-planned. Led by our TESOL-trained instructors, you'll not only improve your English language proficiency but also gain the confidence to listen, read, speak or write in many different settings. Enhance your summer experience by combining our program with optional professional workshops, such as Fundamentals in Business English (in July and August) or English for Professional Communication (in June). Whether it's improving presentation skills or English proficiency for business, we have something for everyone.

This program involves classes, activities and resources including:

  • three to six levels of general English classes for upper beginner to upper advanced levels
  • 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
  • full calendar of social activities and overnight trips guided by our Cultural Assistants
  • optional homestay accommodation and meals or living on campus in the UVic dormitories
  • 20 class hours per week (60 to 120 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 three to six 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 Summer Language and Culture program is for high beginner to advanced-level learners looking for a short-term general English program during their university break while enjoying the summer in Victoria, BC.

Instructors

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Courses and fees

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

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday

 

Monday to Friday (20 class hours per week)

  • English classes: 8:30 am – 12:30 pm
  • Daytime activities: 2 – 4 pm
  • Evening activities: 7 – 9 pm (dormitory programs only)

Optional activities led by our Cultural Assistants. Depending on the season, activities might include:

  • whale watching
  • Butchart Gardens
  • trips to Vancouver 
  • culture nights
  • dances
  • kayaking
  • hiking
  • ...and more!

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
Tuition fees Fee Notes
Balance of tuition for 4-week program ($1,950 – $350) $1,600 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
UVic dormitory $2,220 Based on a 4-week program. This fee is paid to the ELC.
Total: $4,543

 

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
July 2024
 
Program dates
July 2 – 26, 2024
Program status
  Courses open for registration
Accommodation
Homestay: n/a
Dorms: Open for registration
Starting in
July 2024
 
Program dates
July 8 – Aug. 16, 2024
Program status
  Courses open for registration
Accommodation
Homestay: n/a
Dorms: Open for registration
Starting in
July 2024
 
Program dates
July 29 – Aug. 23, 2024
Program status
  Courses open for registration
Accommodation
Homestay: n/a
Dorms: Limited availability
Starting in
August 2024
 
Program dates
Aug. 6 – 23, 2024
Program status
  Courses open for registration
Accommodation
Homestay: n/a
Dorms: Limited availability
Starting in
May 2025
 
Program dates
May 20 – June 20, 2025
Program status
  Courses open for registration
Accommodation
Homestay: Open for registration
Dorms: n/a

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