University of Victoria August Updates for International Students

English for Global Communication (EGC): Aug. 30 – Sept. 24, 2021; Jan. 17 – Feb. 11; Feb. 28 – March 25, 2022
Intensive English On-campus (ELPI): Sept. 7 – Dec. 1, 2021; Jan. 4 – March 30; April 4 – June 29; June 27 – Sept. 1; Sept. 6 – Nov. 30, 2022
Intensive English Online (ELPI-O): Sept. 13 – Nov. 26, 2021; Jan. 17 – April 1; April 18 – July 1, 2022
University Admission Preparation Online (UAP-O): Sept. 20 – Oct. 29, 2021; April 11 – May 20, 2022 
EGC + Cultural Discovery: Jan. 17 – Feb. 25; Feb. 14 – March 25, 2022 
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Diploma + Certificate in Business Administration (DBA + CBA): September 2021; January, May, September 2022
CBA Fast Track: September 2021; January, May, September 2022

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 Local news Nathan Hirayama holding flag. Credit: Kevin Light, Canadian Olympic CommitteeUVic grad chosen as Olympic flagbearer University of Victoria graduate and Canadian men’s rugby team player, Nathan Hirayama, was chosen as one of Canada’s flagbearers for the opening ceremony of the 2021 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. Nathan is among 18 UVic athletes competing in the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics.View UVic list Paula Ceroni and Lindsey SchultzThank you Paula and Lindsey After an amazingly productive year on the recruitment team, Paula Ceroni and Lindsey Schultz have returned to their roles with UVic Homestay to support homestay students and families as we return to on-campus learning in September! Next month’s newsletter will feature an introduction to Richard Rush, director of international recruitment at Continuing Studies, offering insights about his vision for our team and strategic partnerships going forward. Suitcase with protective gearTravelling to Canada webpage UVic is now one month away from welcoming back students for on-campus classes! Continuing Studies will also be welcoming students to on-campus ELC and business programs. To help prepare your students for travel, please review the information about travelling to Canada and self-isolation that is available on our website.View travel info Victoria Inner Harbour. Credit: androver, ShutterstockVictoria one of Canada’s “most charming university towns” This list recognizes the unique university experience that Victoria, along with several other smaller Canadian towns, offers including naturally beautiful, spacious campuses and access to a variety of activities which enhance students’ academic pursuits.View list Did you know… The province of British Columbia is experiencing one of its hottest summers on record. With temperatures well above average and very little rainfall, even the local wildlife is finding creative ways to keep cool.Watch video 
 Spotlight on: English Proficiency Test (EPT) for Business Programs In the early days of the pandemic, as the ELC was pivoting online, one of the new processes introduced to support application to online ELC programs was the “English Proficiency Test” (EPT). Originally intended to demonstrate English proficiency for the University Admission Preparation Online (UAP-O) program, the Business, Science and Technology department at Continuing Studies now accepts an EPT B2+ score as satisfying the English entry requirement for the following programs: Diploma in Business Administration (DBA)Certificate in Business Administration (CBA)Certificate in Business Administration – Fast Track (CBA – Fast Track)Diploma in Business Administration – Fast Track (DBA – Fast Track)                 To ensure that our partners understand and follow the best practices for using the EPT as part of the program application process for business programs, we’d like to review it step by step:Step 1: Sign in to your profile on the Continuing Studies website, and begin a new student application for the CBA or DBA program. (If you have not yet created a profile, please contact us to set it up.)Step 2: In the “Current Level of English” section – select “EPT”.Step 3: When asked “has the applicant already taken the EPT?” – select “no”.Step 4: Complete the rest of the application, uploading the required supporting documents and submit it. Once the application is submitted, the registration team will affiliate it to your agency and follow up with you directly when they begin processing the application.Step 5: Our registration team will send you a secure payment link for the EPT ($25 CAD), which can be paid by the agent or forwarded to the student for payment.Step 6: Once payment is confirmed, the link to the EPT is sent to the student directly. This link is typically valid for seven days and can only be used once. The student will receive their EPT results immediately upon completing the test.Step 7: Once the EPT results are received by our registration team, they will follow up with you regarding the results. If their EPT score meets the entry requirement, the registration team would then proceed to process the application—confirming admissibility to the program and processing the $600 CAD registration fees. If their EPT score does not meet the English requirement, the registration team would then discuss English language program options for the student.New applications are processed in the order that they are received, within an average of five business days. As with any organization, processing times can fluctuate depending on the volume of applications our registration team is receiving. One of the many benefits of our online application system is that it enables you to “see” directly if/when our registration team has begun processing your student’s application. We encourage you to sign in to your Continuing Studies profile regularly to check for application status updates. Thanks as always for your close attention to our registration policies! We are so pleased that the EPT has proven to be such a useful tool in supporting our program application process so that our agents, in turn, are best able to support their students’ study plans.

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