University of Northern British Columbia - English Language Studies

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The English Language Studies (ELS) program offers high quality English language programming to international students from around the world who wish to improve their academic English language proficiency and fluency. Graduates from the ELS program will have met the English language proficiency requirements for entry into UNBC undergraduate and graduate programs as well as other post-secondary institutions in British Columbia, Canada.

UNBC is unique in recognizing the value of ELS students’ achievements and is proud to award students, who successfully complete the ELS program, up to 15 university transfer credits once they begin their undergraduate or graduate studies at UNBC.

On Campus Housing

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Co-ed:536 bedsLowest: $4,326Highest: $4,946

Apartment style suites are located steps from the main campus. Housing is a first come, first served basis. Housing services also provides an academic intensive floor, which emphasizes quiet study. Housing fees include a landline (please bring your own phone!), and wireless high speed internet. Students are responsible for providing their own cooking and eating utensils, food, dishes, and glassware. Students must also provide their own bedding. Students new to residence and students whom have completed less than 30 UNBC credit hours will also be placed on the meal plan. UNBC's Residence 7-Day Meal Plan provides patrons with unlimited access to the Dining Hall and all of its Food Service Options. To enhance your experience, the dining hall will feature extended operating hours from 6am to 11pm, new food stations, improved seating, and weekly events. This plan is a value-loaded meal option that allows students, staff and faculty unlimited access to a variety of healthy and nutritious food options as they need it. The meal plan is an additional fee at $2166 per semester

Off Campus Housing

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Homestay:60 bedsLowest: $650Highest: $650

If you enjoy the freedom of living on your own, or with the company of others, there are numerous ways to find a place to live here in beautiful Prince George. Please visit the NUGSS website for assistance with finding housing

Incoming Students

UNBC offers extensive student services and programs to ease the transition for incoming students including orientation programs (social and academic), quality of life events, personal, educational, career, and special needs counselling, and learning skills centre (learning strategies, writing skills, and tutoring).

Career Planning

University life can present challenges, but we're here to help! We have a Student Career Centre that can help you find employment, and opportunities. Some of our services include offering workshops to assist students in preparing for employment, arranging employer recruiting and information sessions fo students, participating in annual career fairs hosted on campus, posting career opportunities for Alumni, posting part-time and full-time jobs for students and organizing co-operative education work term placements. We also have peer helpers who are available in the Career Centre during various times during the week to help you find what you need.


UNBC is home to the Timber-wolves men’s and ladies varsity basketball teams that play in the CIS and Canada West. Several International students have joined our teams and benefit from tuition waivers intended to help them with the cost of their studies. Junior varsity teams include co-ed Nordic skiing, men's ice hockey, and men's and ladies indoor soccer. Check out


Too many to list! Check out We have all sorts of great events and activities from the yearly kick off concert "Back Yard BBQ" to the outdoor bounty that surrounds our campus. Get involved in a club, spend some time outside, and take advantage all that is UNBC!


There are currently more than 40 clubs governed by the Northern Undergraduate Student Society (NUGSS). Over 80% of students at UNBC participate in clubs or in club activities. It is the perfect opportunity to get involved and have fun. If we don't have the club you’re looking for, start it! Check out

Information Technology

The University is now wireless allowing student connection to the Internet from anywhere on campus. All residence rooms are wired for computer connections and have access to the Internet. The cost of high speed Internet is included in the housing fees.


The International Centre at UNBC plans and promotes cultural awareness on campus through a variety of activities at The UNBC First Nations Centre offers a peaceful, culturally sensitive, environment where students can learn, study, socialize, and relax. Check out

Special Services

Academic Success Centre to assist students to succeed in their studies; Access Resource Centre to help support students with physical and learning disabilities; technological, classroom supports; counselling and career support; women's centre, office of international education, childcare centre, and health and wellness centre. There are also housing rooms available for students with special needs. These should be requested early.

International Involvement

Formal exchange agreements with universities in Japan, Russia, Finland, Australia, New Zealand, Sweden, Germany, South Africa, Norway, Scotland, Taiwan, Mexico, China, France, Italy, and the United States. The agreements reflect UNBC's regional commitment to the Circumpolar North and the Pacific Rim. Check out

Campus Tour

We welcome you to come visit our beautiful campus. If you would like to arrange for a campus tour with one of our campus guides, please contact us and we will arrange for a tour

Modified on April 27, 2021