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The English Language Centre has offered intensive English programs at UVic (University of Victoria) since 1970 and is now one of the largest on-campus English schools in Canada. Each year we welcome students from more than 30 countries to programs from one to three months in length. Many students study English with us for much longer, depending on their needs and goals.

The ELC is located in the Continuing Studies Building, a modern facility where our students attend classes and access a variety of services, support and resources!

As experts in the field of English language training, we are focused on student success and student support. When you register for an ELC (English Language Centre) program, you can be confident that we have every detail of your program covered: classes, activities, accommodation and meals. Our classes will build your English skills and our activities will help you feel at home in a new city and culture.

The UVic English Language Centre is home to a multicultural community of students living, exploring and pursuing their goals in Victoria, Canada. As an ELC student you can look forward to:

  • speaking English in many situations each day

  • meeting friends from all over the world

  • learning about Canadian culture

  • exploring the city of Victoria

  • making memories that will last a lifetime!

Our exceptional staff is ready to help you improve your English, develop your confidence in a new culture and prepare you for future success as a global citizen. We can’t wait to welcome YOU.


  • Ÿ A leader in international education: Teaching English at UVic for 50 years!

  • Ÿ TESOL-trained instructors with international teaching experience

  • Ÿ Welcomes 2,500 students from +35 countries each year

  • Ÿ Offers Pathways to University of Victoria degree programs

  • Ÿ In-house Homestay staff and Activity coordinators

  • Ÿ Academic mentoring for students in all programs

  • Ÿ Over 100 university partnerships in 10 countries

  • Ÿ Central location on UVic’s beautiful campus

  • Ÿ Monthly program start dates

  • Ÿ 24/7 student support


  • 18-22 intensive class hours per week

  • Minimum age of 18 (no maximum!)

  • An average of 15 students per class

  • Free and optional activity calendars

  • Medical insurance, bus pass and UVic gym pass included in fees

  • Homestay or dormitory accommodation, depending on the program

  • A Certificate of Participation and Record of Grade upon program completion


  • UVic Dormitories

In our July and August summer programs, you'll have the unique opportunity of living on a Canadian university campus.

Living in UVic's dormitories is a great experience because everything that you need—classrooms, cafeterias, pubs, a movie theatre, a travel agency and many more facilities—are just a short walk from your room. You’ll be living with your classmates as well as Canadian Cultural Assistants, giving you an opportunity to practice English while learning about many other cultures.

The UVic campus is a 15 minute bus ride to downtown Victoria, making it easy for you to enjoy our beautiful city.

  • UVic Homestay

Welcome to the University of Victoria's award-winning Homestay Program! We bring international students and Canadian families together to share their cultures with each other. Our staff is dedicated to creating opportunities for Homestay students and Canadian families to develop long-lasting friendships. Homestay is a wonderful experience that you will never forget.

(COVID-19 Notice: Due to COVID-19, the UVic Homestay Program is closed until further notice. We look forward to receiving your application when our Homestay program reopens.)


Outside of your English classes, there’s another side of our programs—the activities! Each program offers a unique activity calendar so you can explore our beautiful city, learn more about Canadian culture and have fun!

ELC activities are coordinated by our caring Cultural Assistants. Our “CAs” are a friendly team of UVic students who want to help you live life to the fullest during your program. They organize events and guide activities, but that’s not all... they bring fun and energy to everything they do to keep our students smiling, safe and loving life! In addition to the fun you’re sure to have with our CAs, talking to them during your activities is a great way to practice “real English” and make Canadian friends!


  • Whale watching

  • Vancouver trips

  • Butchart Gardens

  • Kayaking

  • Hockey games

  • Opera/theatre


  • Friday coffee social

  • Skating

  • Volunteering

  • Culture night

  • Nature hikes

  • Arts and craft workshops

  • Conversation clubs

  • Sports/outdoor games

  • Yoga/dance


QUICK FACTS about Victoria, BC

  • 367,000: population of Greater Victoria

  • 50% less rainfall than Vancouver

  • Visited by +1 million tourists each year

  • Mildest climate in Canada

  • Capital city of British Columbia

  • 20-minute flight to Vancouver or Seattle

  • + 200 downtown restaurants and pubs

  • Great cafes, beaches and music scene

  • World-famous gardens and outdoor activities

  • Training centre for Olympic athletes because of mild weather

#1 Island Destination in Canada (Vancouver Island) Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards
#1 Most Romantic City in Canada
2nd Sunniest City in British Columbia
3rd Friendliest City in the World Condé Nast Traveler’s Readers’ Choice Awards
7th Best City in the World Condé Nast Traveler’s Readers’ Choice Awards


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