Summer Language and Culture FAQ

This program offers morning classes and afternoon activities:

Morning: General English classes 8:30am - 12:30pm
Afternoon: Activities and workshops, approximately 2-4pm

We accept applications until the program is full, up to 1 month before the program start date.  However, since our programs can fill up quickly, we recommend applying 4-5 months in advance, so that you have enough time to apply for appropriate visas and make travel arrangements.

Homestay accommodation is only available for the June 5-week program.

Dormitory accommodation is provided in the July and August programs.

No, you do not have to live in the UVic dormitories. However, the majority of our summer students do live in UVic dormitories and enjoy optional evening activities, which are included in the dormitory accommodation fee.

Students living in the dormitories during the program will receive a declining balance meal plan on their UVic ONECard (student card). This meal plan is based on a monthly limit that enables students to have three meals per day. It is important to keep within that amount, otherwise you may be required to pay an additional amount towards your meals. Further explanation will be provided at the start of your program. Cooking is not allowed in the dormitories. Adding money to your ONECard can be done at the ONECard Office located inside Jamie Cassels Centre or at any Food Services location. Visit the University Food Services website for additional information. 

No, textbooks and materials are included in the tuition fee.

The main differences between our 'Summer Language and Culture' and 'Monthly English' are 1) their dates 2) class schedule and 3) activity calendars. 

Summer Language and Culture programs are offered between June and August. Students attend 4 hours of classes per day, from Monday - Friday, in the morning.  Almost every weekday afternoon, students participate in a variety of socio-cultural activities.

Monthly English programs are offered between September and May.  Students attend 5 hours of classes per day, from Monday - Thursday, in the morning and afternoon.  On Fridays, students participate in a variety of socio-cultural activities.   

Yes, activities are part of the program and you must join. Part of your final grade will be based on your participation in the afternoon activities and workshops.

Student level changes are rare and are instructor driven.  Instructors complete various diagnostic tests early on in a program to confirm student placement and only if the instructor(s) determine that a student has been placed incorrectly will they make a request for a level change.  This is followed by a review by an independent set of instructors to approve.


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