This full-time program includes:

  • 30 study hours per week in advanced academic English classes
  • Free activities and optional weekend trips
  • Homestay and Dormitory accommodation



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Program description

This program will polish your English skills and help you feel more at home as a university student in Canada. Over four busy weeks, you will complete two very practical courses: Advanced English Language Skills and an Introduction to Canadian Culture (CS 101). Advanced English classes will improve your research, writing and seminar skills so that your UVic degree program gets off to a strong start. Introduction to Canadian Culture will give you an understanding of key aspects of Canadian culture including literature, media, communications and fine arts.

This program is ideal for international students who want to make a successful cultural and academic transition into UVic degree programs in September. It is also a convenient short-term option for students who need to meet UVic’s English language requirement: a passing grade satisfies the language requirement for entrance to UVic degree programs.

Program features

  • 20 academic class hours per week
  • focus on Academic English and university study skills
  • Introduction to Canadian Culture course (CS101)
  • you may receive 1.5 UVic credits for passing CS 101 which can be applied toward your degree, for an additional fee
  • Academic Skills workshops (Study Skills, Note-taking, Plagiarism)
  • weekly writing clinics
  • Teaching Assistants who provide one-to-one help with both courses
  • access to the Computer Assisted Language Laboratory (CALL)
  • UVic Dormitory or Homestay available
  • free evening activities and optional weekend trips with our Cultural Assistants
  • Certificate of Participation and a Record of Grade


Program schedule

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

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday


Monday to Friday (24 hours per week)

  • advanced English classes: 8:30 am – 10:30 am
  • Introduction to Canadian Culture course: 10:45 am – 12:45 pm
  • afternoon academic skills workshops: 2:00 – 4:00 pm (once per week)
  • writing clinic: 1.5 hours per week

Optional activities led by our Cultural Assistants (depending on season):

  • whale watching
  • Butchart Gardens
  • trips to  Vancouver 
  • kayaking
  • theater
  • hockey games
  • ...and more!

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
Tuition fees Fee Notes
Balance of Tuition ($3200-$350) $2,850.00 Due five weeks before program begins
Accommodation and meals Fee Notes
Dormitory $1,647.00 Paid to the ELC. Homestay option is also available.
Total: $4,997.00

Program dates

Starting in
July 2018
Program dates
July 30 – Aug. 24, 2018
Program status
Courses open for registration
Homestay: Open for registration
Dorms: Open for registration
Starting in
July 2019
Program dates
July 29 – Aug. 23, 2019
Program status
Courses open for registration
Homestay: Open for registration
Dorms: Open for registration

Application information

Registration requirements

To study in this program, you must:

  • successfully complete an entrance exam, written test and personal interview
  • have a minimum of one of the following exam scores:
    • IELTS overall score of 6 or higher with a minimum score of 5.5 in each skill area (R/L/S/W)
    • iBT TOEFL score of 79 or higher with no section less than 17 (R/L/S/W)
    • CAEL 60 with no subscore less than 50
    • Passing Grade (80%) for level 570 Academic in the 12-Week Intensive Program
    • Passing Grade (80%) for level 570 General in the 12-Week Intensive Program, with a passing grade on the UAP writing test

Special Note:  To pass this program, students must pass both the Advanced English (80%) and Canadian Studies (60%) portions of the program.

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.