The English Language Institute (ELI) has more than 45 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 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
Long Programs
English Fundamentals Program (NEW for Jan 2018) Elementary to Intermediate, 4 Levels Full-time 16 weeks or 8 weeks
English for Academic Purposes Intermediate to Advanced, 3 Levels Full-time 16 weeks or 8 weeks
UBC Vancouver English Experience Program (New for Jan 2018) High-Intermediate to Advanced, 3 Levels Full-time 16 weeks or 8 weeks
Short Programs
English for the Global Citizen Elementary to Advanced Full-time 3 or 4 weeks
Business English Intermediate to Advanced Full-time 3 weeks
UBC Explore Program (for Canadian and International students) Elementary to Advanced Full-time 5 weeks

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