Language Courses and Programs

Why Learn a New Language?

There are many reasons to learn a new language. Maybe you plan to travel abroad and want a deeper, more authentic travel experience. Maybe you have family or friends who speak another language and you want to learn about their culture. Maybe you want to improve your career prospects and get an edge on your competitors. Maybe you just want to see the looks of surprise, respect and admiration when you respond to someone in their native language.

Study Languages at UVic Continuing Studies

Our language courses are taught by experienced instructors, many of whom are native speakers of the languages they teach. The courses are entertaining and interactive, with lots of opportunity for verbal language practice.

Click here to see a list of all current language courses, or sign up for our mailing list and we’ll notify you when new language courses are open for registration.

French Language Courses and Programs

French is one of the two official languages of Canada, and is spoken by close to 200 million people worldwide. It’s also an official language of the United Nations, the European Union, UNESCO, NATO and the International Olympic Committee.

Whether you are a student, professional, retired or stay-at-home parent, you can learn French in a friendly, supportive learning atmosphere. Our French language programs offer:

You can take a single course, work through the full diploma program or simply enjoy a French conversation class. We have a variety of French language programs to suit most people’s schedules and goals:

Previous knowledge of the French language is not necessary to enter our courses for adults. However, if you do have French language experience, we will assess you before you start and make sure you enter at the right level.

World Language Courses

Are you planning a trip—or a move—to a new country? Do you want to learn the language before you go? UVic Continuing Studies offers a wide variety of world language courses, including:

Click here to see all our current world language courses. Our world language courses are each 10 weeks in length. Classes normally take place once a week for two hours, with an experienced instructor (many are native speakers). All our courses are non-credit and are open to any adult.

English Language Courses and Programs

If English is not your first language—or if you have recently made Canada your home and want to improve your English skills—our English Language Centre (ELC) can help you. Students from all over the world learn English at the ELC. Visit the English Language Centre website for more information.

Indigenous Language and Culture

British Columbia is home to 60 percent of Canada’s indigenous languages, so it’s natural that we should have an interest in learning more about them and helping to keep them alive. The Certificate in Aboriginal Language Revitalization is an award-winning and accessible program designed to strengthen your understanding of language loss, maintenance and recovery, and develop strategies for language revitalization within communities.

Visit the Aboriginal Language Revitalization page for more information.


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