The information on this page outlines the policies and application procedures of the English Language Institute (ELI). Please read this information before you proceed to the online application form.
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To be a student at the English Language Institute (ELI), you must have completed high school (or at least 18 years old) and have a basic understanding of English. Our programs are not suitable for students who are complete beginners. The ELI reserves the right to deny entrance to students who do not fulfill these requirements.
All program and service fees are quoted in Canadian dollars.
Tuition and fees may be paid in the following ways:
- by international money order or bank draft, in Canadian (CAD) funds, payable to The University of British Columbia
- by credit card (Visa or MasterCard only)
- by wire transfer.
A non-refundable $150 application fee and non-refundable tuition deposits are required for each application.
For the English for Academic Purposes (EAP) program and the Intensive English Program (IEP), the tuition deposit for one full session (16 weeks) or one term (8 weeks) is $600. The tuition deposit for all other programs is $300.
The tuition deposit guarantees you a place in the program until one month before the program start date; only tuition paid in full guarantees you a place after this date. We will continue to accept payments and applications until programs are full.
Medical insurance, accommodation services and textbook costs are not included in the tuition. Please budget for these additional expenses accordingly.
The English Language Institute (ELI) reserves the right to cancel any program because of insufficient registration. You will be refunded any fees you have paid for the cancelled program.
It is your responsibility to notify the English Language Institute (ELI) of any changes in your plans before your program starts. Please be aware that if you change your registration dates, the English Language Institute is obliged to report such changes to Citizenship and Immigration Canada under the Immigration Act. Requests to withdraw from a program must be made in writing to the ELI, and must be accompanied by a brief explanation for the withdrawal.
Requests to withdraw from a program must be made in writing to the ELI, and must be accompanied by a brief explanation for the withdrawal. The following charts list the schedules for refunds:
English for Academic Purposes (EAP) / Intensive English Program (IEP)
|One week before the first day of the program in which a student is registered.||100% of balance of fees*.|
|Up to and including Friday of week 2 of the program.||70% of balance of fees.|
|Final Refund Deadline: After week 2 of the program.||No refund.|
Please remember that if you are registered in the 16-week session the above withdrawal policies apply to your 16-week registration, and not to each term separately.
English for the Global Citizen (EGC) / Business English (BE) / Explore for Non-bursary students**
|1 week before the first day of the program (testing day).||100% of balance of fees*.|
|Up to and including the 3rd day of classes.||70% of balance of fees.|
|Final Refund Deadline: After the 3rd day of classes.||No refund.|
*The balance of the fees is the tuition minus the deposit for cancellation of a full session or a term.
**Explore for Canadian Bursary students follow these refund policies.
Visa or Study Permit Refusal
If you must cancel your registration because Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has denied your application for a study permit or visitor visa, ELI will refund your deposit provided you meet the following conditions:
- You notify us immediately in writing about your visa denial or delay, at least seven days before the program starts.
- ELI receives the original letter of visa denial within 30 days from the date shown on the letter.
Transfer a Deposit
If you do not receive your study permit or visa in time for the program for which you have registered, you may select a new start date from any of the dates published under on the Dates and Fees page. The new start date must be within 1 year of the original start date. Your deposit or full tuition will be transferred to the new session. We require a minimum of one week’s written notice that you wish to postpone your start date, or the cancellation schedule will apply (see above). You do not need to move your deposit if you are postponing your start to term 2 of the same session. However the one-week minimum notice is still required to avoid cancellation penalties.
Note: You may transfer your deposit to another session once only.
All students are required to enrol in a mandatory medical insurance program. For more information, please visit Medical Insurance.
It is your responsibility to register for English Language Institute (ELI) programs in sufficient time to apply for and receive your Canadian visa or study permit. If you want to study for less than six months, you may need a temporary resident’s visa. If you want to study for longer than six months, you must obtain a study permit. Ask at the nearest Canadian visa office to make sure you have enough time to get the proper documents you may require.
Although your local Canadian visa office may publish shorter study permit/visa processing times on their website, we recommend that you allow at least three months before the start of your program for your study permit or visa application to be processed.
View the Citizenship and Immigration Canada website for more information. If you plan to visit the United States, check with the US embassy or consulate in your country. You must get your US visa before you come to Canada.
All students are expected to be present for the first day of their program. If you are unable to arrive on time, you must obtain permission from the English Language Institute (ELI) prior to the program start date.
If you arrive late without permission, you may lose your place in the program.
To respect the privacy of English Language Institute (ELI) host families, ONLY students in the UBC ELI Homestay program may visit or contact their host families. No other persons are permitted to visit the UBC ELI host families.
Accommodation Placement Fees
If you are applying for homestay, you are required to pay a $200 non-refundable placement fee. If you are applying for campus stay, you are required to pay a $100 non-refundable placement fee.
All accommodation services are subject to availability.
Cancellation of Homestay or Moving
Students must give 30 days' notice before moving or leaving homestay.
The ELI will not under any circumstances make changes to your homestay arrangements based on a host family's ethnic or national origins.
At the English Language Institute (ELI) you are always encouraged and supported to speak English in order to benefit from being in an English immersion environment. The English-only policy, initiated and supported by the ELI students and staff, requires that you speak only English when you are in the main ELI building, in all campus classrooms used for ELI programs, and during socio-cultural programs and events.
There is a 3-step warning system.
ELI computer resources are for English-language use only, with the exception of designated computers for sending and receiving email in other languages.