COVID-19 Notice

Due to the ongoing pandemic, the English Language Centre at UVic has cancelled all on-campus programs until June 2021. Please continue to check our website for updates. For those registered in cancelled programs, students have the choice of a: full refund, transfer to a future program, or transfer to an online program (with the balance of fees settled).

The ELC continues to offer the following online programs:

This full-time program includes:

  • 20 class hours per week (260 total program hours)
  • Offers Study Skills and Academic Integrity workshops
  • Homestay accommodation and meals


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Program description

This advanced program offers academic English preparation if you want to pursue a UVic degree program.  Successful "UAP" completion satisfies the English requirement for admission to many UVic undergraduate degree programs.

UAP develops skills in:

  • Oral presentations 
  • Note-taking and report-writing
  • Reading academic texts 
  • Research

Please note, we also offer a 4-week UAP + Canadian Studies program in August. Contact us for details.  

Program features


  • January, April, and September start dates
  • 20 class hours per week (260 total program hours)
  • Includes a specialized "University Skills for Success" elective class
  • Offers Study Skills and Academic Integrity workshops
  • Homestay accommodation and meals


  • 3 start dates per year: January, April, September
  • ELC Learning Centre access before classes (Mon.-Thurs.)
  • Access to the ELC academic mentor

Program schedule

12-Week UAP

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday


1:00–5:15pm Academic English Classes

8:20am–12:35pm "University Skills for Success" Class

Optional activities ($)

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
Homestay application fee $300.00
Tuition fees Fee Notes
Balance of Tuition ($4250 - $350) $3,900.00 Based on a 12 week program. Due five weeks before program begins
Student Services Fee (health insurance/bus pass/gym pass) $505.00
Accommodation and meals Fee Notes
Homestay ($950 per month; $32 per additional night) $2,850.00 Based on a 12 week program. Paid directly to Host family. This fee is NOT paid to the ELC.
Total: $8,055.00

Program dates

Starting in
August 2021
Program dates
Aug. 3 – 27, 2021
Program status
Courses open for registration
Homestay: Application Deadline - Jul. 1, 2021
Dorms: n/a

Application information

Registration requirements

To study in this program, you must:

  • 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 Intensive English (ELPI) Program
    • Passing Grade (80%) for level 570 General in the Intensive English (ELPI) Program, with a passing grade on the UAP writing test

How to apply

For application information, please click the Apply Now button.