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How Do I Apply?

We look forward to welcoming you to Victoria. 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 including the Homestay application form (if applicable). Indicate your payment method on the Payment Information page of the application form.

Send the application forms by email or fax:




Or, send the application forms by mail or courier:

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.

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 Accommodation 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

How Do I Pay?

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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