English Language and Culture

Length: 3 or 4 weeks

Location Offered: Nanaimo Campus

Choose VIU for your short-term visit to Canada and get ready for a life-changing experience!

All classes in the English Language and Culture Program (ELCP) combine high-quality English language instruction with a focus on developing listening and speaking skills. To complement the language learning in the classroom, students also gain understanding of the culture in Canada and on Vancouver Island through the recreational activities and day trips, which are part of the Summer and Winter programming.

Program Features

  • 4 start dates – July, August, January or February
  • 3 levels of English instruction – developing, intermediate, or advanced
  • 20 hours of English language instruction per week
  • Integrated skills development in reading, writing, listening, and speaking
  • Small classes with highly qualified, friendly, and approachable teachers
  • Includes language labs and a wide variety of learning materials
  • Includes social and cultural activities and group day trips
  • Optional regional tours to explore Canada’s west coast
  • Farewell social and certificate of completion

This program is designed for students to practice and extend their ability to communicate in English effectively.


3-Week Program

4-Week Program

July 2023 (Apply by April 5, 2023)

Not Applicable

July 4 - 28, 2023

August 2023 (Apply by May 5, 2023)

 August 8 - 25, 2023

Not Applicable

January 2024 (Apply by October 13, 2023)

 Not Applicable

January 9 - February 2, 2024

February 2024 (Apply by November 10, 2022)

February 12 - March 1, 2024

Not Applicable

Language and Culture Program

Program Length

Cost ($CAD)

Application Deadline

July Program

4-week program


Early April

August Program

3-week program


Early May

January Program

4-week program



February Program

3-week program



All fees subject to change without notice.

Additional fees apply for accommodation, food, and personal expenses.

Schedules vary by season.  Programs are subject to enrolment and students must begin on program start dates.

At a minimum, students must have basic English skills before entering the English Language and Culture Programs (ELCP).  Absolute beginners will not be accepted.

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For questions regarding admission to the English Language and Culture Program (ELCP), email WorldVIU@viu.ca.

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