International Programming

Why choose Continuing Studies at UVic

As a University of Victoria (UVic) student, you’ll be studying at one of the best universities in Canada. UVic is consistently ranked as one of Canada’s top-ranked comprehensive universities and THE’s 2019 Global University Employability Ranking identifies UVic as the best Canadian comprehensive university, and one of only nine Canadian universities overall, in preparing its students for the workplace, based on feedback from top international companies. 

And since UVic’s inception in 1963, the Division of Continuing Studies (DCS) has been an integral part of campus, providing adult and continuing education programming to domestic and international students. We partner with all UVic faculties to provide stimulating, high-quality education opportunities to local as well as international learners.

Studying at Continuing Studies at UVic, you’ll benefit from:

learning from a team of experienced instructors and presenters who are real-world experts, delivering relevant and practical content in your field of study
a world-class education from one of Canada’s most respected universities
an award-winning team of English language specialists (in the ELC programs) who will help those looking to further develop their English skills prepare for further study or a career in an international market
innovative, student-centred online learning opportunities that allow you to benefit from Continuing Studies at UVic from your home country
dedicated support for on-campus students from day one, to help you transition into life in Canada
networking with and learning alongside Canadian and international classmates and instructors, who bring a truly global perspective to your studies
 

We have international experience

Continuing Studies at UVic has a long history of offering customized and scheduled programming to individual students and groups from around the world. As an international student at UVic, you can expect a quality Canadian education with a global perspective, preparing you for wherever your studies or career take you from here.

For international students for whom English is not their first language, we offer a variety of academic and professional English language programs, online or on-campus, through our English Language Centre (ELC). The ELC has been delivering high-quality intensive English language programs at UVic since 1970, and is now one of the largest English schools in Canada.

We foster a welcoming, culturally diverse learning environment

At Continuing Studies at UVic, we aspire to create an intercultural community that promotes harmony and understanding between all people. Our academic programs are complemented by social activities that encourage students to share the unique culture of their country, region, religion, or linguistic group, in a safe, respectful environment. Through these and other such activities, we aspire to create an intercultural community that celebrates diversity and encourages friendship between all people.

We also have a dedicated Student Support team to assist our international students with a smooth transition into their housing, classes and the other logistics that come with settling into a new country and culture.

What we offer

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  • Advanced English + Business Diploma

    This unique combination of English language and Business programs is the perfect option for recent high school graduates who want to learn practical English and earn an internationally-recognized business credential in just 12 months.

    Offered as: Program
    Credential: Certificate of Participation
    Delivery: Face to face
    Available for: Groups, Individuals
  • Business Administration

    Learn the integrated nature of business functions within a global environment. You will develop your decision-making and problem-solving abilities and learn to apply new skills in a variety of professional contexts.

    Offered as: Program
    Credential: Varies
    Delivery: Face to face, Online
    Available for: Groups, Individuals
  • Business Diagnostics

    Develop tools for assessing and managing issues and opportunities that impact organizations today. Ideal for executives and managers in all types and sizes of organizations, training in business diagnostics helps learners identify critical needs for their personal and organizational success through highly practical, real-world strategies.

    Offered as: Custom learning solution
    Credential: Varies
    Delivery: Face to face
    Available for: Groups
  • Certificate in Business Administration

    Business Intelligence and Data Analytics

    Understanding and harnessing the power of your organization's data has never been more important. Training in this area will focus on how to create, interpret, and use data to solve problems, make business decisions, and predict and model the future.

    Offered as: Custom learning solution
    Credential: Varies
    Delivery: Face to face
    Available for: Groups, individuals
  • Caring for the Elderly

    Care for the elderly encompasses the management of illness and injury as well as health promotion for healthy ageing. Offering in this topic can cover research and initiatives in areas such as mental health and ageing, dementia care, non-communicable disease, fall prevention, sexual health in seniors, and assistive technologies to improve monitoring and quality of life.
    Note: only offered on UVic campus

    Offered as: Custom learning solution
    Credential: Varies
    Delivery: Face to face
    Available for: Groups
  • Cloud Computing

    Organizations value people who can understand and evaluate the design, construction and structures of cloud systems. This course will develop an understanding of different service models and key job skills, such as setting up a cloud environment and constructing and employing a solution in the cloud.

    Offered as: Custom learning solution
    Credential: Varies
    Delivery: Face to face
    Available for: Groups
  • Competitive Sustainable Advantage Strategies

    Being able to stay ahead of the competition is critical in today's fast-paced and ever-changing global marketplace. Build upon your management team's ability to plan and execute competitive market-driven strategies successfully.
    Note: only offered on UVic campus

    Offered as: Custom learning solution
    Credential: Varies
    Delivery: Face to face
    Available for: Groups
  • Computer Programming

    Enhance the abilities of your team with coding concepts and languages. Customized programs are available to meet any skill and proficiency level.

    Offered as: Custom learning solution
    Credential: Varies
    Delivery: Face to face
    Available for: Groups
  • Cross-cultural Management

    In a global environment, organizations need to be able to work—both face to face and virtually—with people of different nationalities, cultures, and backgrounds. Help your management team understand the nuances of working with cross-cultural teams or international clientele to foster cohesiveness and improve performance.

    Offered as: Custom learning solution
    Credential: Varies
    Delivery: Face to face
    Available for: Groups
  • Custom Training English for Industry groups

    This customised training will help your employees improve their English language skills for use in the workplace. We have offered English for specific purposes to international groups of teachers, police, accountants, border guards, and other groups.

    Offered as: Custom learning solution
    Credential: Certificate of participation
    Delivery: Face to face
    Available for: Groups
  • Early Childhood Education (ECE)

    Enhance your team’s ability to provide effective instruction to early learners with this introduction to foundational knowledge of ECE in Canada. Programming includes experiential learning opportunities such as visits to early childhood education centres, kindergarten visits, and interactive workshops.

    Offered as: Custom learning solution
    Credential: Varies
    Delivery: Face to face
    Available for: Groups
  • Ecological Restoration

    Customized training in the area of ecological restoration uses a holistic approach for professionals working in the field of landscape architecture, design, management, agrology, biology, forestry, mining, etc., who are needing advanced training in restoring disturbed and degraded ecosystems.

    Offered as: Custom learning solution
    Credential: Varies
    Delivery: Face to face
    Available for: Groups
  • Educational Leadership

    Through interactive courses, observations, and discussions, participating education professionals and/or administrators will develop leadership skills needed to build supportive and collaborative learning environments and respond to changing global needs in education.

    Offered as: Custom learning solution
    Credential: Varies
    Delivery: Face to face
    Available for: Groups
  • English+ Content (e.g. Engineering, Health, Data Analytics, etc.)

    The English Language Centre is able to partner with various faculties and departments within the university to offer content classes in conjunction with English language courses to improve learners’ English proficiency.

    Offered as: Custom learning solution
    Credential: Certificate of participation
    Delivery: Face to face
    Available for: Groups, Individuals
  • English+ Communications for Professionals

    Improve your employees’ public speaking and presentation skills. This program is designed for professionals for whom English is not their first language, but who need to give presentations in English.

    Offered as: Custom learning solution
    Credential: Certificate of participation
    Delivery: Face to face
    Available for: Groups, Individuals
  • English+ Project-based Presentations

    Enhance your team’s English skills while learning about the community through project-based learning. Projects will be selected according to the learners’ or organization’s area of interest.

    Offered as: Custom learning solution
    Credential: Professional development certificate
    Delivery: Face to face
    Available for: Groups, Individuals
  • English as a Medium of Instruction (EMI)

    English as a Medium of Instruction (EMI) programs are designed for professors and researchers hoping to teach their subject matter in English. These programs offer a stimulating, interactive teaching and learning environment in which education professionals will receive teacher training and professional development in various skill areas and pedagogies.

    Offered as: Custom learning solution
    Credential: Varies
    Delivery: Face to face
    Available for: Groups
  • English and Leadership / English and Innovation

    This course is designed to develop participants’ overall English language proficiency with a special focus on innovation and leadership. Using a project-based approach, the program provides opportunities to practice English through a variety of stimulating team-based activities. Participants will also visit local innovative businesses to experience entrepreneurial companies in Victoria.

    Offered as: Custom learning solution
    Credential: Certificate of participation
    Delivery: Face to face
    Available for: Groups
  • English for Academic Preparation

    The English Language Centre is able to provide customized academic preparation training for undergraduate and graduate student success, academic writing, presentations, dissertation writing, research, IELTS, TOEFL, TOEIC, and other academic skills.

    Offered as: Custom learning solution
    Credential: Certificate of participation
    Delivery: Face to face
    Available for: Groups
  • English for Global Communication

    Designed to offer an interactive learning experience to students who want to improve their English for academic, travel or professional purposes.

    Offered as: Program
    Credential: Certificate of participation
    Delivery: Online
    Available for: Groups, individuals
  • English for the Workplace

    Improve your employees' English language skills while they refine their presentation skills, research skills, English for specific purposes, report writing, and more. Please contact us to discuss the English language needs of your organization.

    Offered as: Custom learning solution
    Credential: Certificate of participation
    Delivery: Face to face
    Available for: Groups
  • Environmental and Occupational Health

    For professionals who identify health risks, prevent accidents, and maintain safety regulations in the workplace, we can design a customized program to develop skills in areas such as health and safety program management, emergency management, environmental protection, ergonomics, hazardous waste management, and occupational hygiene.
    Note: only offered on UVic campus

    Offered as: Custom learning solution
    Credential: Varies
    Delivery: Online
    Available for: Groups
  • Foundations of Business English

    In these Business workshops, you will build confidence in using your English skills in a professional setting. The program can be tailored to various levels of English proficiency and business focused interests. Observations and opportunities to engage with professionals in the field. can also be arranged. Company visits can also be arranged.

    Offered as: Custom learning solution
    Credential: Varies
    Delivery: Face to face
    Available for: Groups, Individuals
  • Comprehensive French

    Offering comprehensive French language courses for every skill level. Designed to meet the needs of a wide audience of working professionals, these courses focus on reading, writing, listening and offer detailed knowledge of the Francophone culture in Canada and of Francophone cultures around the world.

    Offered as: Custom learning solution
    Credential: Varies
    Delivery: Face to face
    Available for: Groups
  • Intensive English (ELPI)

    This 12-week immersive program combines fun socio-cultural activities with general or academic English language learning.

    Offered as: Program
    Credential: Certificate of Participation
    Delivery: Face to face
    Available for: Groups, Individuals
  • Intensive English - Summer (ELPI-Summer)

    This modified ELPI program offers an intensive combination of general English classes and academic electives during 9 weeks in the summer. It is the perfect option for those looking for a full-summer program or for those enrolled in the April and September ELPI who want to keep building their skills through the summer.

    Offered as: Program
    Credential: Certificate of Participation
    Delivery: Face to face
    Available for: Groups, Individuals
  • Intensive English - Online (ELPI-O)

    Our most popular program - ELPI – is now available online! This intensive program focuses on academic English at four class levels.

    Offered as: Program
    Credential: Certificate of Participation
    Delivery: Face to face
    Available for: Groups, Individuals
  • Competitive sustainable advantage strategies

    Intercultural Communications

    To be a global citizen (or organization), an understanding of cultural differences and the ability to work in diverse cultures is a critical skill. This is true of working in either local or international settings, or in building socially just communities. Find out how power imbalances can impact interactions, and discover practical tools to strengthen inclusivity and build cultural competencies.

    Offered as: Custom learning solution
    Credential: Varies
    Delivery: Face to face
    Available for: Groups, Individuals
  • Leadership Skills

    Empower your team with tangible leadership skills that will prepare them for career growth within your organization and strengthen your overall team cohesion. Our approach features effective, real-world strategies that will leverage your team's strengths and improve upon areas of weakness through techniques such as mentoring and coaching or, when necessary, corrective or disciplinary actions.

    Offered as: Custom learning solution
    Credential: Varies
    Delivery: Face to face
    Available for: Groups
  • Monthly English

    This short-term intensive program offers 80 hours of English language instruction in just 3 to 6 weeks. Enjoy a variety of opportunities to connect with Canadians and explore Victoria through free and optional activities.

    Offered as: Program
    Credential: Certificate of Participation
    Delivery: Face to face
    Available for: Groups, Individuals
  • Mindfulness and Health Care

    Mindfulness practice can help improve a patient's experience of receiving health care, complementing conventional medical tests and treatments. Mindfulness practice can also assist health professionals in increasing their personal well-being, avoid burnout, and support their capacity to engage with patients and colleagues.
    Note: only offered on UVic campus

    Offered as: Custom learning solution
    Credential: Varies
    Delivery: Face to face
    Available for: Groups
  • Neonatal Care

    Care of vulnerable ill or pre-term neonates demands highly specialized skills and technologies integrated into a continuum of care after discharge. Customized offerings can cover clinical topics such as neonatal intensive care technologies, kangaroo care, early breastfeeding support, and neonatal abstinence, as well as management issues including quality assurance, data collection and benchmarking, and outcomes monitoring.
    Note: only offered on UVic campus

    Offered as: Custom learning solution
    Credential: Varies
    Delivery: Face to face
    Available for: Groups
  • Nursing Leadership

    The nursing profession plays an important leadership role in health care, bringing its unique professional lens to patient care and the management of health services. Training will be tailored for your specific needs and can cover areas such as advanced nursing education, nursing career development, clinical governance in nursing, nursing care policy, and interprofessional training and practice.
    Note: only offered on UVic campus

    Offered as: Custom learning solution
    Credential: Varies
    Delivery: Face to face
    Available for: Groups
  • Palliative Care Nursing

    Expand on the principles of palliative care with skills and tools to optimize the use of medications for symptom management and pain relief for palliative patients. With this expertise, pharmacists are able to guide other members of the interprofessional team in palliative care planning.
    Note: only offered on UVic campus

    Offered as: Custom learning solution
    Credential: Varies
    Delivery: Online
    Available for: Groups
  • Visitor and Community Engagement

    Palliative Care Pharmacy

    Expand on the principles of palliative care with skills and tools to optimize the use of medications for symptom management and pain relief for palliative patients. With this expertise, pharmacists are able to guide other members of the interprofessional team in palliative care planning.
    Note: only offered on UVic campus

    Offered as: Custom learning solution
    Credential: Varies
    Delivery: Online
    Available for: Groups
  • Professional English + International Management

    This program allows you to perfect your English while advancing your career with a prestigious business credential from one of Canada’s top universities. In as little as eight months, you can enhance your university education and/or professional experience with English language and business administration training that will set you apart in today’s competitive job market.

    Offered as: Custom learning solution
    Credential: Varies
    Delivery: Face to face
    Available for: Groups, Individuals
  • Project Management

    Build upon your team's capacity for effective project management with the guided leadership of a seasoned PMP (Project Management Professional) designated expert. Explore the components of a project management cycle—initiating, planning, executing, monitoring, controlling and closing—and how each contributes to the success of a project.

    Offered as: Custom learning solution
    Credential: Varies
    Delivery: Face to face, Online
    Available for: Groups, Individuals
  • Summer Language and Culture

    This month-long summer program features English study each morning complemented with immersive cultural experiences each afternoon. Our Cultural Assistants organize an amazing variety of activities outside of classes, including workshops, games, sports and culture nights. You’ll be so busy with new friends and adventures that you might not even notice that you’ve been practicing English the whole time!

    Offered as: Program
    Credential: Certificate of Participation
    Delivery: Face to face
    Available for: Groups, Individuals
  • Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL)

    TEFL programs offers a stimulating, interactive teaching and learning environment in which international teachers and/or graduate students can build a professional network and develop their ability to communicate and teach more effectively in English in their home country.

    Offered as: Custom learning solution
    Credential: Varies
    Delivery: Face to face
    Available for: Groups, Individuals
  • Teacher Professional Development (K-12)

    Our education experts offer the latest in pedagogical research and instructional tools and strategies to further empower K-12 educators in meeting the needs of their students. Topics are highly customizable and relevant to what they are dealing with in their classrooms every day.

    Offered as: Custom learning solution
    Credential: Varies
    Delivery: Face to face
    Available for: Groups
  • Technical and computer training

    Able to provide customized solutions for all technical skill needs.

    Offered as: Custom learning solution
    Credential: Varies
    Delivery: Face to face
    Available for: Groups
  • University Admission Preparation (UAP)

    This advanced program offers academic English preparation if you want to pursue a UVic degree program. Develop skills in oral presentations, note-taking, report-writing, reading academic texts, research and more.

    Offered as: Program
    Credential: Certificate of Participation
    Delivery: Face to face
    Available for: Groups, Individuals
  • University Admission Preparation (UAP) and Canadian Studies

    This intensive summer program will help prepare you for success as a UVic degree student by polishing your academic English skills and providing an introduction to Canadian Culture. This program features courses in Advanced English and Introduction to Canadian Studies.

    Offered as: Program
    Credential: Certificate of Participation
    Delivery: Face to face
    Available for: Groups, Individuals
  • University Admission Preparation Online (UAP-O)

    Designed for students who want to pursue a UVic degree program or have already been admitted and need some additional language and study skills to get prepared for university.

    Offered as: Program
    Credential: Certificate of Participation
    Delivery: Online
    Available for: Groups, Individuals
  • University Pathway Program

    This specialized first year program allows you to meet UVic’s English language requirement while completing first year degree courses in the Faculties of Social Sciences, Science or Engineering. You can look forward to a challenging, supported first year of university that will put you on the path to success in your UVic degree program.

    Offered as: Program
    Credential: Certificate of Participation
    Delivery: Face to face
    Available for: Groups, Individuals
  • Wound Management for Health Professionals

    The impact of wounds on the health care system in terms of human suffering and economic burden is enormous and grows as populations age. This customizable option for health professionals will cover the principles of wound management and develop the skills to deliver evidence-based wound assessment and care, including strategies for prevention, education, and wound product selection.
    Note: only offered on UVic campus

    Offered as: Custom learning solution
    Credential: Varies
    Delivery: Online
    Available for: Groups
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