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English Language Institute

The UBC Extended Learning English Language Institute (ELI) offers courses in English as an additional language (EAL) for adult learners, and welcomes thousands of international students through its doors every year. Classes are taught by experienced instructors with specialized training in teaching EAL, and programs include socio-cultural activities led by UBC students hired as cultural assistants.

Eight-week programs are available year-round at levels ranging from elementary to advanced. Programs include English for Academic Purposes (EAP) - also available online - and the Vancouver English Experience program (UBC-VEEP). 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 three- and four-week course, Global Citizenship through English, is available year-round, online or on-campus.

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

Scholarly Communications is a post ELAS program addressing academic writing and pronunciation.

For more information, call 604.822.1555, email or visit

Page last updated: May 28, 2021

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