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Vancouver Island University, English Language Centre (ELC)

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Program Overview

The English Language Centre (ELC) at Vancouver Island University (VIU) is fully accredited and offers flexible programs to develop communication skills (7 or 14 weeks) and academic preparation skills (14 weeks). The English Language Centre staff and faculty look forward to working with students and helping them achieve their goals.


  • Small classes taught by experienced and highly-qualified instructors
  • Academic advising, personal counseling, and support services for international students
  • Social, recreational and sports activities; homestay, and on-campus student residences
  • Co-operative Education programs that allow for study and full-time work anywhere in Canada
  • Close to Vancouver and Victoria, so students attending VIU can have the best of all worlds: caring and comfortable community; low cost of living; spectacular natural environment; unequalled recreational opportunities; one of the mildest climates in all of Canada
  • Courses Offered & Fees

    Program Start Date
    (Per Year)
    University Preparation Program (UPP)
    September, January, May
    5 Levels
    English Communication Program (ECP)
    Beginner to Advanced
    7 and 14
    2,400/7wks: 4,700/14wks

    Specialized Accreditation

    • Languages Canada

    Program Options

    • Conversational English Programs
    • Custom English Programs for Groups
    • English for Specific Purposes
    • English for the Workplace
    • Integrated English Programs (Read, Write, Listen, Speak)
    • Other ESL Areas of Study
    • Tailored Programs for Individuals
    • University/College Preparation

    Program Levels

    • Beginner
    • Intermediate
    • Advanced

    Program Schedule

    • Camps (e.g., Easter, Spring Break)
    • Semester Programs (Fall/Winter/Spring)
    • Summer Programs

    Facilities and Location

    Nanaimo is a city of 85,000 residents, located on beautiful Vancouver Island - a tourist destination blessed with the natural beauty of mountains, forests and seashore, a mild climate, and many opportunities for year-round outdoor sports and recreation. Nanaimo is close to the major metropolitan areas of Vancouver and Victoria.

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