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Seize the Summer with UVic’s Summer Programs for Beginner-to-Advanced English Learners
seize the summer with uvic’s summer programs for beginner to advanced english learners

Seize the Summer with UVic’s Summer Programs for Beginner-to-Advanced English Learners

Spring is just around the corner, which means that summer is on the horizon! For many international students in Canada, summer is a season of opportunity and exploration, offering a chance to delve into new academic pursuits, immerse themselves in Canadian culture, and forge connections with peers at school. 

With the University of Victoria’s (UVic) summer programs, students can look forward to improving their English language skills and academic preparedness in just a few months. Whether it’s through intensive language programs, academic workshops or cultural immersion experiences, students can not only expect to learn about academic standards in Canada but also create lasting memories in one of Canada’s most liveable and welcoming cities.  

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2024 UVic Summer Programs

ELPI

Program information

  • Credential: Certificate of Completion (CoC)
  • Length: 10 weeks
  • Estimated tuition: $7,558 CAD for tuition, fees, meals and accommodation
  • Delivery: In-person; on campus

About the program

This Intensive English Language Program (ELPI) offers High Beginner- to Advanced-level students an immersive blend of foundational English courses and academic electives spanning a ten-week period in the summer. For students who are looking to improve their English language skills or simply keep busy during the summers, the ELPI program is an excellent opportunity to engage in structured learning while enjoying the afternoons on campus. Enrolled students will be able to access the ELC Learning Centre, take part in Friday coffee socials, participate in sports and weekend activities, and more. 

Quick facts

  • Start date in July, with 22 class hours scheduled per week (207 hours in total)
  • Five General English class levels
  • “International Culture and Conversation” workshops available
  • “Academic Writing” classes available

See here for a full description of the program.

Summer Language and Culture

Program information

  • Credential: Certificate of Completion (CoC)
  • Length: 3 to 6 weeks
  • Estimated tuition: $4,543 CAD for tuition, fees, meals and accommodation
  • Delivery: In-person; on campus

About the program

Students in the Summer Language and Culture program will discover a wealth of opportunities to learn about Canada and English—both within just one month! English classes will be scheduled each morning, while the remainder of the day presents ample time for students to partake in leisurely pursuits and exploration, guided by UVic’s very own Cultural Assistants (CAs). The CA team is in charge of organizing extracurricular activities for the program, including workshops, games, sports and culture nights. With so many things to do alongside newfound friends, students will undoubtedly find themselves fully immersed in experiences that integrate English practice into their daily adventures. 

Quick facts

  • Start dates in May, July and August, with 20 class hours scheduled per week (60-120 hours in total)
  • Three to six General English class levels
  • “English through Themes curriculum (Canada, Global Issues, Society and Culture)
  • “International Culture and Conversation” workshops available

See here for a full description of the program. 

English for Global Communication (EGC)

Program information

  • Credential: Certificate of Completion (CoC)
  • Length: 4 weeks
  • Estimated tuition: $895 CAD
  • Delivery: Online

About the program

Mastering English with confidence can be very difficult, particularly for those in the process of learning the language. English for Global Communication (EGC) is designed to accommodate your timetable through a mix of asynchronous and synchronous delivery methods. Asynchronous components involve online activities that students complete independently, allowing flexibility within schedules. Synchronous sessions, on the other hand, require students to attend real-time online classes conducted via Zoom, offering interactive engagement with classmates and UVic instructors. During synchronous sessions, instructors will lead theme-based learning activities, supplemented by self-guided tasks. 

Students will also take part in cultural activities, including: 

  • Café Social: Practicing English with classmates and native speakers
  • Experience Victoria videos: Learning about life in Canada
  • Oh Canada: Learning about Canadian stories and events during Café Social

This program is recommended for students with High Beginner to University-Level English language skills. 

The EGC entry levels are as follows: 

See here for a full description of the program. 

University Admission Preparation Online (UAP-O)

Program information

  • Credential: Certificate of Completion (CoC)
  • Length: 6 weeks
  • Estimated tuition: $3,550 CAD
  • Delivery: Online

About the program

The University Admission Preparation Online (UAP-O) program is an integral part of Academic Connect, a subset of the ELC Connect series of online programs tailored for students aspiring to enroll in a UVic degree program. UAP-O caters to individuals who are either aiming to gain admission to UVic or have already secured admission and seek additional language and study support to ensure their readiness for university-level courses. 

As part of the program, students will take two courses that span six weeks each: 

  1. Academic English (AE)
  2. Canadian Studies (CS) 101

In AE, students will work on becoming proficient in academic English, focusing on: 

  • Oral presentations
  • Academic listening and note-taking
  • Reading academic texts 
  • Essay writing
  • Evaluating and using outside sources

CS 101 is an introductory course to learning about Canadian culture. The course aims to help students: 

  • Enhance their English comprehension skills
  • Enhance their English composition skills for essay and report writing, as well as presentations required in academic courses
  • Familiarize themselves with Canadian academic standards, conventions and expectations
  • Enrich their cultural understanding associated with life in Canada
  • Enhance their academic preparedness by offering individual and small group academic tutorial assistance

See here for a full description of the program. 

Sources: UVic – ELPI, UVic – Summer Language and Culture, UVic – English for Global Communication, UVic – University Admission Preparation Online 

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