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Applying for ELC Programs

We look forward to welcoming you to Victoria and Canada. If you have any questions or concerns during the application process, please contact us.

Admission Requirements

Students Must:

Program Guidelines

Students Must:

We reserve the right to deny admission and to refuse re-admission to students who do not fulfill the above conditions.

How to Apply

Step One

Complete the application form and one Homestay application form (if applicable). Print the forms, enclose fees, and send to us at:

Mail Address

English Language Centre
Division of Continuing Studies
University of Victoria
PO Box 1700 STN CSC
Victoria, BC  V8W 2Y2

Courier Address

English Language Centre
University of Victoria
3800 Finnerty Road (Ring Road)
Victoria, BC  V8P 5C2

Step Two

Submit a copy of your passport photo page and the following non-refundable fees with your application form(s).

Please note, we cannot send a Letter of Acceptance before receiving these fees:

CAD$150 Application Fee

  • If you apply for more than one program at the same time, you pay the CAD$150 application fee only once
  • Returning students applying for future programs pay a reduced application fee of CAD$100

CAD$350 Deposit per program

  • This deposit is part of the tuition fee, not an additional cost

CAD$250 UVic Homestay Fee (if applicable)

  • Check the application form or Accomodation Options to determine if Homestay is available for your program
  • Include a completed Homestay application form (2 pages, with student signature)

Step Three

Application does not guarantee admission. Apply for programs early, as space is limited. You will receive a Letter of Acceptance once your application form and the fees listed above have been received. Please wait for your Letter of Acceptance before making travel arrangements.

Step Four

The balance owing (program cost minus $350 deposit) must be paid in full at least 5 weeks before the program start date. If full payment is not received 5 weeks before that date, your registration may be cancelled. There is a late payment charge of $100 if fees are received after the payment deadline date. Full payment can also be made at the time of registration.

Step Five

Contact the Canadian Embassy or Consulate in your country to determine if you require a Study Permit or Temporary Resident Visa. It is the student’s responsibility to obtain the correct visa or permit.

To find a visa office, visit

NOTE: If you have applied for UVic Homestay, you will receive a letter confirming your request and three weeks before the program begins, you will receive the contact details about your host. You will be expected to contact your host with your arrival details. You will attend a Homestay Orientation during the first week of your program. Before you arrive, we will send you a confirmation letter by email, a schedule of the first week, and a map of the campus.

Payment Information

Applications must include the non-refundable deposit of CAD$350 for each program, and non-refundable application fee of CAD$150. Students applying for Homestay must also include a non-refundable fee of CAD$250 with their application. We cannot send a Letter of Acceptance before these payments have been received. The balance of fees is due 5 weeks before the program start date.

Payment Options

Payments should be made to the University of Victoria. Payments can be made by international money order, bank wire, bank draft, or cheque in Canadian dollars drawn on a Canadian bank.

Credit Card Payment

We accept Visa, MasterCard, and American Express. Note that credit cards often have limits on international transactions. Be aware that your payment may be delayed or unsuccessful because of this limit. Check with your bank first.

Bank Wire Payments
When sending a bank wire, please:

Send bank wire to:

Royal Bank of Canada
1079 Douglas Street Victoria, BC
V8W 2C5
Transit #08000
Account #000-009-1

Convert the fees into your currency.

Refund & Transfer Policies

Late Payment

There is an additional late payment charge of CAD$100 if fees are not received at least one month prior to the program start date.

Program Change / Cancellation Policy

Freedom of Information/Protection of Privacy Act

The relevant law for all matters concerning programs shall be the law of the Province of British Columbia, Canada. The English Language Centre collects personal information on its form pursuant to the University act, RSBC 1996, c.468 and section 26 of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. The information you provide is used for the purposes of admission, registration, and other decisions relating to your program. For details on how the information is used, contact the English Language Centre or read UVic Policy 4400, Access to Student Records.

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