Global Citizenship through English (GCE) Online Program

Global Citizenship through English (GCE) Online

Study English Plus Current Global Issues

The UBC English Language Institute’s new Global Citizenship through English (GCE) Online program advances your understanding of current global issues while improving your spoken English fluency and accuracy.

Example study topics include:



  • Sustainability
  • Climate Action
  • Ecosystems
  • Green Business


  • Women in Sports
  • Commercialization
  • Sports Culture


  • Families
  • Gender
  • Inter-Generational Relationships
  • Civil Society


4-Week Programs | Flexible Learning

Program Cost: $1,875 

Improve your English fluency and accuracy in live interactive classrooms using UBC’s easy­ to ­use online learning systems. Focus on English communication skills with our highly experienced instructors.

  • 21 hours per week: 15 direct instruction (synchronous teaching) and 6 independent learning (asynchronous teaching). Asynchronous study is facilitated and monitored by the instructor.
  • Practise English in real time with live video and instant messaging
  • Work in pairs and teams with your classmates from different countries and cultures
  • Take part in projects, facilitated discussions and short talks by guest speakers
  • Join virtual tours of UBC’s campus and downtown Vancouver, and take part in virtual socio­cultural events
  • Receive a certificate of participation
GCE Global

As part of a top research university you’ll cover content from UBC Faculties on topics such as climate change, and safe, sustainable cities.

GCE Virtual Classroom

In GCE Online, you’ll use the UBC virtual classroom platform. This allows collaborative learning in real­time through videoconferencing, file sharing, and instant messaging taught by ELI experts in language teaching.

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The GCE program includes lots of English language practice with UBC undergraduates from Canada and many other countries around the world. Make more international friends while you enjoy daily socio­cultural events such as Chat with CAs, Wellness Wednesday, UBC and downtown tours, Yoga and Dance classes.

Program Schedule

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



2022 Winter Session

Jan 24 – Feb 17

Feb 22 – Mar 17


2022 Summer Session

May 16 – Jun 9 - Full

Jul 11 – Aug 4

Aug 8 – Sep 1

2022 Fall Session

Sep 6 – 29

Oct 3 – 27



GCE Online runs every month for 4 weeks except in January which is 3 weeks.

Looking for more information on the Global Citizenship through English Online program? Find out more. 

Do you have questions about this program? Contact our student services team today!

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