All About ELI

The English Language Institute (ELI) has over 50 years’ experience offering programs for people all over the world who want to study English as an additional language.

Our Programs

Our programs include:

Why ELI?

Our Instructors

Our instructors have extensive experience teaching English as an additional language as well as international experience in language education, curriculum design, assessment and research.

Our Location

Our building is right in the centre of the UBC campus so you have easy access to UBC’s libraries, art galleries, museums, sports arenas, hospitals, and gardens. We have bright and comfortable classrooms and a Student Study Centre where you can study alone or in groups after your classes.

Cultural Assistants

Our Cultural Assistants are friendly UBC students who share and teach Canadian life and customs. They can help you adjust to being away from home.

Events & Activities

We host a variety of fun activities during lunch, after class and on the weekends (in person and online!) so you can get to know your fellow classmates as well as explore the campus and the city of Vancouver!


Homestay gives you the opportunity to live with a Vancouver family, improve your English, and learn more about Canadian life and culture. You may choose Homestay for your entire stay or for a one-month period. Short-term Homestay is also available if you need a place to live while you look for other housing.