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English Language Institute

The UBC Continuing Studies English Language Institute offers courses in English as an additional language (EAL) for adult learners. It welcomes thousands of international students through its doors every year, and classes are taught by experienced instructors with specialized training in teaching ESL.

  • A single term (16-week) English for Academic Purposes (EAP) Program and Intensive English Program (IEP) are available year-round at levels ranging from elementary to advanced.
  • Successful completion of the EAP Level 600 UBC Certificate in English Language is accepted as proof of English language proficiency for UBC undergraduate admission.
  • The EAP is part of UBC's Conditional Admission program for academically outstanding students at the undergraduate and graduate level.
  • Short programs of three or four weeks are also available in the winter and summer months.

The UBC Continuing Studies English Language Institute also offers programs funded by Heritage Canada and administered by the French Programs Unit of the BC Ministry of Education.

Explore English

Explore English is a five-week program offered in May and June. This unique program offers French speaking Canadians the opportunity to study and speak English with students from around the world. This program is part of the Canadian government-sponsored Explore Program.

UBC Continuing Studies, English Language Institute
2121 West Mall
Vancouver, BC, V6T 1Z4
Tel: 604.822.1695
Fax: 604.822.1579

Academic English Support (AES)

AES offers free, one-on-one support to improve your academic English for success at UBC. Do you need help improving your academic reading, writing or note-taking in class? Do you want to participate more actively in class discussions? If you are a UBC undergraduate or graduate student who speaks English as an additional language, we can help. The UBC Academic English Support (AES) program offers free resources to improve your performance in class by advancing your academic English skills. This program is free for all undergraduate and graduate students at UBC for whom English is an additional language. Sign up as soon as possible as space is limited and resources will be directed to students with the greatest need. Find out more at

UBC Continuing Studies, Academic English Support Program
2121 West Mall
Vancouver, BC Canada V6T 1Z4
Tel: 604.822.1695

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