Online: ESL

Length:

  • 8 weeks or 16 weeks (levels 1-5)
  • 13 weeks (Grad Prep)

Location Offered: Live Online Delivery

Do you want to study in English at a Canadian university but need to improve your English before leaving home? Our  ESL program will prepare you for academic success by taking you from an intermediate to an advanced speaker of the English language in 6 levels.

Program Details

  • Livestreamed ESL classes with a native English speaking teacher based in Canada
  • Interactive, engaging classes that give you lots of chances to practice your skills
  • Focus on Academic English. Topics include listening, speaking, pronunciation, reading, writing, vocabulary, grammar, and phonetics
  • 1 on 1 weekly consultations with the teacher (levels 1-5)
  • Small class sizes
  • Levels 1-5: 2 courses per level -
    • Course 1: Reading & Writing
    • Course 2: Listening & Speaking

 Successful completion of University Preparation level 5 allows you to enter Vancouver Island University degree, diploma and certificate programs directly (as long as academic pre-requisites met).

Successful completion of Grad Prep allows you to enter Vancouver Island University's graduate programs (as long as academic pre-requisites met).

Course Structure

  • 6 levels: high beginner to advanced
  • 4 hours of classes per day
  • Live virtual delivery of courses using the Zoom platform

How long does it take to pass a level?

  • Levels 1-5:

If you take 1 course at a time (4 hours of classes per day), it takes 16 weeks to complete a level. 
If you take 2 courses at the same time (8 hours of classes per day), it takes 8 weeks to complete a level. 

  • Grad Prep:

It takes 13-weeks to pass a level.

Sample timetable for levels 1-5 (8-weeks)

Monday - Thursday

Friday

Saturday - Sunday

4 hours/day - Listening & Speaking

and/or

4 hours/day - Reading & Writing 

Individual meetings with the instructor

No classes

* It is possible to complete 2 courses in 8 weeks, subject to class availability. Contact study@viu.ca if you would like more information.

Sample timetable for Grad Prep (13-weeks)

Monday - Friday

Saturday - Sunday

4 hours/day - Classes 

 No classes

 

 

This program accepts applications throughout the calendar year.

 

Program DatesLevelDuration
May 4 - June 26, 2020

Language Foundations 1

Language Foundations 2

Language Foundations 3

University Preparation 4

University Preparation 5

8 weeks
June 1 - August 28, 2020Grad Prep
13 weeks
July 6 - August 28, 2020

Language Foundations 1

Language Foundations 2

Language Foundations 3

University Preparation 4

University Preparation 5
8 weeks 

Students must be at least 15 years of age.

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.

To register for an online course, it is not necessary to be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident, or even to live in Canada. The program is open to everyone.

Vancouver Island University accepts international students under one of the following conditions:

  • direct applications (online or paper applications);
  • applications through authorized representatives;
  • institution-to-institution exchange programs;
  • sponsorship through inter-governmental agreements;
  • winner of academic competitions or international scholarships.

Please keep in mind that students applying for conditional admission to an undergraduate (or diploma, certificate or trades) program at VIU, or thinking of applying upon completion of ESL programming, will still be required to provide proof of high school graduation and their secondary school transcripts.

  • Application fee (Online ESL only): $75
  • Application fee (Online ESL plus Academic program): $150
  • Course Fees: 
    8-week (2 courses) session: $5,100 + Student Union fees + ancillary fees
    13-week Grad Prep session: $5,100 + Student Union fees + ancillary fees

*Prices are in Canadian dollars and are subject to change without notice.

1. Fill the online application form at https://students.viu.ca/Inted/pub_main.asp

2. Under ELC Program, select Online: ESL.

3. Upload a copy of your international passport (photo page) or National Identification Card in PDF format.

4. Under “Application Processing Fee”, tick Cheque/ Money Order, and click Submit Application.
We will email you a payment form to process your non-refundable application fee of $75 by Visa, MC, AMEX or wire transfer. Applications will NOT be processed until this fee is paid.

5. We will send you an offer letter and ask you to pay the tuition fee.

6. After you have paid the tuition fee, you will receive your letter of acceptance, instructions on how to take the online computerized placement test, and a class schedule.

Program DatePayment Due
May 4 - June 26, 2020April 20, 2020
June 1 - August 28, 2020May 15, 2020
July 6 - August 28, 2020June 22, 2020
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