Please note that our usual program schedule for 2021 and for programs up to May 2021 have been changed due to precautions against COVID-19.

The English Language Institute (ELI) has 50 years' experience in offering programs and activities for students from all over the world who are studying English as an additional language.

We have English programs from elementary to advanced levels to help you achieve your language and learning goals. Learn English quickly and well from our experienced instructors who specialize in teaching English to foreign language speakers.

Outside of class, meet new friends and enjoy a wide range of special social activities that give you a chance to explore UBC and Vancouver—and create memories to last a lifetime. Our enthusiastic Cultural Assistants, all UBC undergraduate students, set up the activities, help you get to where you want to go, answer your questions, and more. 

Program Overview

English Program Level   Duration
English for Academic Purposes ONLINE Elementary to Advanced, 6 Levels Online, Full-time 8 weeks
English for Academic Purposes Intermediate to Advanced, 4 Levels Full-time 8 weeks
Vancouver English Experience Program - Cancelled for 2020 due to Covid-19 All Levels Full-time 8 weeks
Short Programs
Global Citizenship through English ONLINE Elementary to Advanced Full-time 3 or 4 weeks
Global Citizenship through English On Campus Elementary to Advanced Full-time 3 or 4 weeks
Business English- Cancelled for 2020 due to Covid-19 Intermediate to Advanced Full-time 3 weeks
Explore English Program (for Canadian and International students) - Cancelled for 2020 due to Covid-19 Elementary to Advanced Full-time 5 weeks

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  ELI Levels and English Proficiency Exams Comparison Chart