The English Language Institute (ELI) has more than 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 Lower Intermediate to Advanced Online, Full-time 8 weeks
English for Academic Purposes Intermediate to Advanced Full-time 8 weeks
Vancouver English Experience Program  Upper Elementary to Advanced Full-time 8 weeks
Short Programs
Global Citizenship through English ONLINE Upper Elementary to Advanced Full-time 3 or 4 weeks
Global Citizenship through English On Campus Upper Elementary to Advanced Full-time 3 or 4 weeks
Business English Intermediate to Advanced Full-time 3 weeks
Explore English Program  Elementary to Advanced Full-time 5 weeks

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