The University of British Columbia - English Language Institute

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Located close to downtown Vancouver, The University of British Columbia is one of the largest and most highly rated universities in Canada. The UBC English Language Institute has welcomed thousands of students to its ESL programs since it first opened in 1969. Study English with experienced ESL teachers with graduate degrees and specialized training in teaching English to speakers of other languages.

Areas of Expertise

ESL training for academic purposes Conditional Admission Internship ESL for business ESL teacher training

On Campus Housing

 # BedsLowestHighest
Female only:1 bedsLowest: $27Highest: $28
Male only:1 bedsLowest: $27Highest: $28
Co-ed:1 bedsLowest: $27Highest: $28

Campus stay is only available from mid May to mid August

Off Campus Housing

 # BedsLowestHighest
Homestay:1 bedsLowest: $30Highest: $30

Incoming Students

Airport Welcome Service When you arrive in Vancouver, an UBC ELI representative will meet you at the Vancouver International Airport (YVR), and will help you get to where you are going. Airport Welcome Service operates from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm Vancouver time on the two days before the start day of each program. This service is available to all students enrolled in UBC ELI programs. Airport Welcome Service fee: $50 CDN/person (includes transportation to your destination). All flight information must be given to the ELI a minimum of two weeks before arrival. To arrange for Airport Welcome Service, please check the appropriate box when you fill out the Accommodation Placement Form or Program Application Form.


What takes place in the ESL classroom is just the beginning of the learning experience at the UBC ELI. From the time we welcome a student to the UBC ELI to the time we say farewell, we offer a wide range of organized activities for students to enjoy between classes, after school and on weekends. Special activities are perfect opportunities to: * make friends with other students from around the world * learn more about Vancouver and Canadian culture * practise speaking English in social situations * explore Vancouver and other places such as Whistler and Victoria on guided trips and excursions Students are accompanied on all outings by friendly, knowledgeable UBC ELI staff (CAs). Our social activities program is just one of the special features that makes the UBC ELI an exceptional place to learn English.


The Cultural Assistants (CAs/UBC students) offer various clubs such as Sports club, Activity Central (student newsletter), Culture Club, Volunteer Club, Cooking Club and the Memory Book Club. These clubs encourage high student involvement and are driven by student interests and skills.

Campus Tour

All students will have a campus tour at the beginning of their program lead by UBC students.

Modified on April 24, 2009