Improve Your English Fluency & Accuracy

EXPLORE is a full-time 5-week program that focuses on speaking fluency and accuracy. Classes provide you with language instruction and practice along with opportunities to explore global topics through collaborative group work, facilitated discussion, and interaction with guest speakers.

Who it’s For

Canadian students who have received a bursary from the Council of Ministers of Education Canada (CMEC).

International and Canadian students who have not received a bursary are welcome to apply for the On Campus version of this program.

Program Details

Through EXPLORE, 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

EXPLORE Online is a full-time, 5-week integrated skills program (reading, writing, speaking and listening). with classes, workshops and socio-cultural activities.

This is an integrated skills program (reading, writing, speaking, and listening), with a dominant component dedicated to speaking fluency and accuracy. Students learn and practice language (vocabulary, pronunciation, grammar, etc.) as they communicate about current issues relevant to people around the globe.

The program can accommodate students with elementary level English to advanced level (CEFR A1 – C1). Students take the ELI Placement Test online before the start of the program.

Course assessment is based on achievement and proficiency.

The deposit is non-refundable should you cancel your registration. The ELI may exercise discretion in some extenuating circumstances.


Monday-Thursday 4:00pm – 7:45pm Pacific Standard Time (Vancouver Time)

Dates & Fees

See Program Dates & Fees.

Student Life

What takes place in the online classroom is just the beginning of the learning experience at EXPLORE. Our socio-cultural activities program is one of the special features that make the ELI an exceptional place to learn English.

The program offers virtual socio-cultural and drop-in activities, led by UBC students (Cultural Assistants) to give you an opportunity to practise English outside of the classroom, and to get to know West Coast Canadian culture. Some examples include:

  • virtual tours of UBC and Vancouver
  • workshops on popular topics
  • one-to-one zoom chats for extra speaking practice
  • social activities and virtual cultural tours

To find out what's going on or to read up on your CAs, visit our Student Life page.

EXPLORE Program Frequently Asked Questions

The CMEC bursary covers all program fees and classroom materials. The bursary does not cover your refundable deposit.

There are approximately 150 bursary students in the program plus some international and non-bursary students. Each class has approximately 18 students.

This program is offered online OR on campus. Dates and fees for the online and on campus versions are the same.

UBC does not give credit for the program, but you may be able to get credit from your institution. At the end of the program you will 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 reach out if you require additional documentation.

How to Apply

  • 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.
  • 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 ELI to offer you a place in the program. 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. You will also receive a document with Frequently Asked Questions. Later, when you have accepted your offer, you will receive further information about the program.