UBC Explore Program for Canadian Bursary Students
The UBC Explore program is an integrated skills program offered to Canadian students who have received a bursary from Council of Ministers of Education, Canada (CMEC).
UBC Explore program at a glance:
- Offered May 22–June 21, 2018
- Full-time, 5-week program
- Approximately 25 hours of instruction per week
- Morning classes are dedicated to reading, writing, speaking and listening
- Afternoon workshops provide practice in speaking fluency and language production
- Theme-based classes focus on topics such as global citizenship, civil society and sustainability
You must be a full-time student for at least one semester in the academic year prior to the start of the program and at least 18 years old.
For students who want to join this program without the bursary, please read the information on how to enrol as a non-bursary student.
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Through the UBC Explore program, you can:
- improve speaking and listening skills
- enhance fluency, accuracy and pronunciation
- increase vocabulary
- develop academic writing skills and grammar
- build critical reading skills
- gain confidence in communicating in English.
Who It's For
- The UBC Explore program is open to:
- Canadian students who have received a Council of Ministers of Education, Canada (CMEC) bursary. To participate in the UBC Explore program, Canadian bursary students must be at least 18 years old prior to the start of the program. Find out more information about how to apply for a bursary.
- International students and non-bursary Canadian students.
Keep in mind that the CMEC awards bursaries by lottery and that you may not get your first choice of institution. Do not make any travel arrangements until you have received an official confirmation from the institution for which you have been selected.
The UBC Explore program is a full-time, 5-week integrated skills program (reading, writing, speaking and listening), with morning classes running from Monday to Friday, and afternoon classes Monday to Thursday.
Learn from experienced language instructors, who guide your practice and provide opportunities for you to explore global topics through group projects, student presentations, debates, guest speakers and educational field trips.
Program Levels and Assessment
The program can accommodate students with elementary level English to Advanced level. Assessment for class palcement is on the first day of the program.
Final assessment is based on attendance, participation, and achievement.
What takes place in the classroom is just the beginning of the learning experience at the UBC Explore program). Our sociocultural activities program is just one of the special features that make the program an exceptional place to learn English.
You will meet UBC students, also known as cultural assistants (CAs), who will help you adjust to campus life and introduce you to Vancouver through fun and interesting activities and events. To find out what's going on or to read up on your CAs, visit our Student Life site.
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Our instructors are highly skilled professionals who have extensive experience in English language teaching, curriculum design and assessment. They are specialists in second language instruction and have expertise in a wide range of subject areas.
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Cancellation and RefundsThe registration fee and deposit are non-refundable should you cancel your registration. The UBC Explore program may exercise discretion in some extenuating circumstances.
To be eligible for a bursary, participants must be full-time students for at least one semester in the academic year prior to the start of the program, and at least 18 years old.
How to Apply
- You must first apply for a bursary with the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada (CMEC).
- Once approved for a bursary, you will receive an email from the UBC Explore program to offer you a space. You must confirm that you meet the program requirements by the deadline indicated in your offer.
- Information on how to register and pay the deposit will be sent to you in an email from the UBC Explore program. You will also receive a document detailing Frequently Asked Questions. Later, when you have accepted your offer, you will receive further information about the first day of the program.
The UBC Explore program will arrange your accommodation for the duration of the program. Please be aware that students are not permitted to move from residence to homestay, or from homestay to residence, once they have been placed.
- The majority of students in the UBC Explore program will stay in campus residence.
- There are a limited number of spaces in homestay. The placement of students in homestay will depend on the availability of families. If homestay is not available, students will be placed in residence.
- Students are required to stay in accommodation arranged by UBC for the duration of the program.
- Students who are 18 years of age may be asked to stay in a homestay even if their preference is to be in a residence accommodation.
Students who wish to arrive a few days before the program and/or stay a few days after the program ends, can make arrangements to stay in campus residence. More information about this option will be available in your pre-departure handbook. Homestay is available for the program dates only.
Homestay gives you the opportunity to live with a local family, improve your English and learn more about West Coast life and culture. You participate in an orientation on the first day of the program, and meet your family after the orientation.
What's Included in Homestay?
You have a furnished room (including a bed, bed linen and towels) and three (3) meals a day. This includes a packed lunch on school days. You may have your own bedroom with a place for studying or you may be in a shared room with another Explore or ELI student. You are able to ride the public bus to the UBC campus within 60 minutes.
Transportation to and from UBC is NOT included. You will need to purchase bus fare.
Please be aware that most sociocultural events organized by the UBC Explore program depart from and return to the UBC campus. Students who want to participate in these activities might prefer to live in residence. Homestay students will have to organize transit to and from sociocultural events, which could add quite a bit of extra travel time.
Host families are interested in Canadian and international students and are happy to include them in their daily family life. The program’s homestay placement staff visit each host family and take special care to match students with families who have similar interests. Host families are selected carefully with your safety and comfort in mind.
Our host families come from many different cultures. They may be from Canada, Europe, the Philippines, China, India, South America, or any other part of the world. A host family may be a family with or without children, an older couple, a single parent or even a single person. Host families may live in apartments, small houses or large houses. Bedrooms may be on the first floor, second floor or in the basement. Families may or may not have a car. Many families keep dogs or cats as pets in their homes.
Homestay Placement Day
Homestay placement day is on the first day of your program. On homestay placement day, host families come to UBC to meet their students and take them to their new homes. You will receive more information about this after we have confirmed your placement.
For campus stay, all students live in the Place Vanier Residence.
Style of Accommodation
UBC residences offer single-size beds in shared bedrooms. Please be aware that you will probably have a roommate if you stay in campus residence. Bed linens are provided, but you need to bring your own towels. There is a shared TV lounge, bathrooms and a kitchenette with a fridge, microwave and sink. Please note that eating and cooking utensils are not provided.
The residences are on the UBC campus, a few blocks from the buildings where classes are held. The residences are a 10-minute hike from the beach and a 20-minute walk from the nearest grocery store. The Student Union Building (known as the Nest), has a number of food outlets and is about a 10-minute walk from the residences.
Cooking FacilitiesThere are no cooking facilities in residence and the residence cafeteria is closed during the UBC Explore program. There is one small kitchenette with a fridge, microwave and sink on each floor of the residence. It is possible to heat leftovers or keep food in the fridge, but the fridge gets very full quickly. Rooms don’t have hotplates, stoves or ovens, and for safety reasons, you are not allowed to bring your own appliances. You may wish to bring your own kettle to keep in your room. You can also bring one set of silverware and a couple of microwave-safe dishes.
There are grocery stores, restaurants and cafes on and near the UBC campus.
Overnight visitors are not permitted, and having a guest stay overnight may be cause for dismissal from the program. Visitors are not allowed to stay in the program's residences on their own (i.e., when students are in class or participating in activities), and they must leave the residence by 1am. However, visitors are welcome to stay on campus in their own rooms.
Phone and Internet Connection
There is a free public phone in the Commons Block that you can use to make local calls, but it does not receive incoming calls. If you bring your cell phone, consider making arrangements with your service provider before coming to BC to avoid long-distance charges.
Internet access is available for a $10 (plus tax) activation fee in all guest rooms at the residence, provided you supply your own laptop, networking card and Ethernet patch cable. The front desk will activate the port in your bedroom upon your arrival. You may also use desktop computers that are freely available at several locations on campus. Wireless service is available in most UBC buildings and in the Commons Block at the residence, but not in your room.
If you wish to arrive before the program starts, you can book directly with UBC Accommodations. More information about this option will be available in your pre-departure handbook.
Extended Stay After Completion of UBC Explore Program
You have the opportunity to make arrangements for an extended stay while attending the program. You may have to move to another residence if you decide to stay more than a couple of days. You can book directly with the Pacific Spirit Hostel.
There is a special rate per night offered to UBC Explore program students a few days before their program and a few days immediately following it.
1. What does the CMEC Bursary Cover?
- Accommodation from the first night of the program, May 22, to the last night of the program, June 21, inclusive
- Meal allocation of $13 per day*
- Class materials and activities
- Some sociocultural activities
The bursary does not cover:
- transportation to Vancouver
- transportation within Vancouver (including to and from homestay)
- some sociocultural activities.
2. I am a bursary student and I just received your email. Can I buy my airline ticket now?
No. First you have to register and pay the non-refundable registration fee and the refundable deposit. You should only buy your ticket after receiving a confirmation of your registration from UBC.
3. Can I leave the program early?
If you leave before the end of classes at 15:30 on Thursday, June 21, you will not receive a certificate or a refund of your deposit.
4. Can I arrive late?
No. You must be present on the first day of the program (Tuesday).
5. Is there any reason UBC would not accept a student in the program?
You may be denied participation if UBC has reached its quota or if you are not 18 years old on the date the program starts. You may also be denied participation if you cannot arrive at UBC for the program start date or if you cannot stay to the program's end date. If you have already participated in the Explore program at UBC, you are not allowed to repeat it.
6. How many students will be in the program? In my class?
There are approximately 200 bursary students in the program, plus some international and non-bursary students. Each class has approximately 18 students.
7. Can I attend other classes while I am attending the UBC Explore program?
No. The UBC Explore program is a full-time immersion program and students are not allowed to attend other courses while they are enrolled in the program. Online or distant education courses can be an option, but you should be aware that there is little time between classes and activities to do anything else.
8. How do I get credit for the course?
UBC does not give credit for the course but students may be able to get credit from their institution. At the end of the program, students receive a certificate that includes the dates of the program and the hours attended. Transcripts are mailed a few weeks after the program end date. Please contact the UBC Explore program directly if you require any additional documentation.
9. Can I work in the evening or on weekends during the program?
No. Salaried work during the program is not allowed. You will be in a full-time immersion program and there are scheduled activities in the evenings and on the weekends. Volunteer work in English that does not conflict with classes is acceptable and can be a great addition to classroom work.
10. Will someone help me find a job after the program?
Please note the UBC Explore program will not find work for you. However, you may be able to find work through the Languages at Work Program.
Languages at Work is designed for UBC Explore bursary recipients, and it offers unique opportunities to continue learning English in a workplace setting. Following the completion of the UBC Explore program, you could have the opportunity to stay in BC for job placements ranging from 3 to 8 weeks.