Bowen Park students

English Language & Culture

Length: 3 or 4 week

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 & 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 & Winter programming.

Program Features:

  • 4 start dates – July, August, mid-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 and fluently.


Program Dates


3 Week Program

4 Week Program

January 2022 (Apply by mid-November)

Not Applicable

January 14 - February 7, 2020

February 2022 (Apply by mid-November)

 February 18 - March 6, 2020

Not Applicable

July 2022 (Apply by mid-May)

 Not Applicable

July 7 - 31, 2020

August 2022 (Apply by mid-June)

August 11 - 28,2020

Not Applicable

Language and Culture Program

Program Length


Application Deadline

July Program

4-week program

$2,075 Cdn


August Program

3-week program

$1,725 Cdn


Mid-January Program

4-week program

$2,075 Cdn



3 week program

$1,725 Cdn


All fees subject to change without notice.

Additional fees apply for accommodation, food, and personal expenses. To estimate your total student fees and costs, please visit our international student Cost Calculator.

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

Students must have basic English skills before entering the English Language Centre (ELC) programs.

The ELC cannot accept students who are at the very beginning level of using English.

Please complete the following test to see if you are at the correct level for our courses. If you score less than 17 / 20 (85%) on this test, you may not be accepted into the ELC programs.

Students will be given an English language level assessment test when they arrive at Vancouver Island University to confirm their basic English knowledge. If a student does not pass the level assessment test, the student may not be accepted into the program.

Test Instructions

When you are ready, click on the link below to begin the test. The timer starts when you see the test. After 10 minutes, the test ends.

Begin the test