University of Victoria Summer English Language Standalone Program

Summer Language Standalone
Globally Recognized

About the Program

Safe, friendly, and beautiful, University of Victoria is Canada’s most charming school, and for good reason. As a younger university with a progressive reputation, UVic is recognized for its civic engagement, diverse student body, and lush natural beauty, close to mountains and the Pacific Ocean. It’s ranked among the country’s top research institutions, attracting an international pool of researchers, educators, and students to its picturesque campus on Vancouver Island.

Earn recognition from from one of Canada's top comprehensive universities

Instructors assign tasks and use flipped classroom learning

Learn about Canadian culture and Victoria in the virtual student forum

Interact through debate and discussion, group and pair work

Program Advisor

Saffy Winter
Your Student Counselor is your study abroad ambassador and supporter. They join your application journey when you’ve confirmed you’re interested in studying abroad. At this point, they guide you through each stage of the application, notify you of the documents you need, let you know when your admission results are in, and walk you through the next steps, including class enrollment and organizing pre-arrival tests.
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At a Glance

Language of Instruction:
Language Prerequisite Level:
Academic Level:
Undergraduate, Graduate
Academic Strengths:
Language, Linguistics & Cultural Studies
Visa Required:

Stay Healthy & Safe While You Study Abroad


Kyoko Hama

Through practical assignments such as speeches and online lessons twice a week, I have been able to actually deepen my relationship with my classmates, and I feel that this is a great format to study abroad.

University of Victoria SAF Alumni


About the University

University of Victoria

This is a young university committed to economic wellbeing, technological advances, and social justice. Given degree-granting status in 1963, University of Victoria (UVic) accelerated to become one of Canada’s top research institutions, and it is widely recognized for its civic engagement. It is little surprise that UVic alumni include notable politicians, jurists, and founders of leading tech firms Hootsuite, Flickr, and Slack. 

The charmingly supportive community reaches out virtually in this English language learning experience.

Learn more at University of Victoria's official website


The University of Victoria's Academic Approach

The University of Victoria’s English Language Program (ELC) immerses you in English, from dynamic classroom settings to organized social events and activities that encourage a natural progression of English. Find even more support at teaching labs in The Writing Center and Computer Assisted Language Lab, which further help to develop your language skills without the pressure of a formal setting.


Registration occurs before you arrive on campus.

Classroom Hours

SAF program fee tuition rate is based upon enrollment in 30 hours of language instruction per week in fall and 20 hours per week in winter and 22.5 hours per week in Summer.

Get To Know Our Application Process

From academics to visa requirements, our structured process helps you choose the right program and university for your goals. Complete a strong application, and prepare for success abroad.

Personalize Your Study Abroad Plan With Your SAF Counselor

Each student has unique academic goals for a study abroad experience. As you think about studying abroad, your SAF Counselor will help you plan for success and support you every step of the way.

Application Requirements

When applying to study abroad, you must meet the entry requirements set by the host university - and SAF is here to set you up for success.

The requirements outlined in this section include the language proficiency scores you may need to demonstrate your language skills, a guide to the GPA range and other academic prerequisites required by your host university, and a list of documentation and other application materials you will need to finalize your application. You may need to supply additional information throughout the process, and you will be alerted through your emails and SAF Student Portal if this is the case for you.
  • Language Proficiency
  • Academics & GPA
  • Application Documents & Materials

There are no requirements to join this program. A language test when you arrive determines your skill level. No prior test is necessary to participate.

Learn More About Language Requirements

Program Dates

When studying abroad, you will want to consider the time of year and how long you are away. Most programs follow the host university's academic calendar.

The dates shown below are general estimates, and as you get closer to the start of the term, you will get more detailed information from SAF. If you have any questions, your Student Counsellor and Program Specialist are always here to support you and point you to the correct information.


The SAF program fee includes a comfortable and friendly homestay with a local family. 

*Housing is subject to availability. For specific questions regarding housing please contact SAF.

About Victoria

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Why Victoria

Where the founders of leading tech firms Hootsuite, Flickr, and Slack made their mark, Victoria is on the southern end of beautiful Vancouver Island. The people of Victoria are as proud of their penchant for discovery, innovation, and creativity as for their passion for the planet, which is fueled by the Pacific and their indigenous Lekwungen neighbors.

Learn more about Victoria

Student Health & Safety

We champion health, safety, and security. As part of IES Abroad, the largest study abroad organization in the United States, we have set the standard for health and safety in study abroad for decades. We plan for the ‘what if’, so you can get on with the experience of a lifetime.
International Health Insurance

International health insurance included in the cost of your program

24/7 Emergency Phone Support

Total coverage to support you while traveling and in your new city

Location-Specific Information

Health and safety information prepared based on your destination

Health In Your Language

Highly trained multilingual staff to connect you to healthcare providers

Secure Housing

Quality, safe, secure housing within close proximity to your classes

Dedicated Expertise

Protection by a Dean of Students Office advocating for your interests


On Arrival

Your SAF pre-departure process will arm you with all the information you need for a smooth arrival to your new campus, city, and country.

To Housing

Your SAF program will include a safe transfer from your arrival airport to your new study abroad housing. We'll even provide you with top tips to make the most of your new city!

Home Sweet Home

Your SAF Program Specialist will coordinate with you to ensure you have arrived safely and settled into your new secure housing.

Keeping You Safe

As you settle in, you will learn about the SAF emergency alert system, our 24/7 phone support, and any safety concerns relevant to you.

Get Social

Your new university and SAF will arrange social and cultural events so that you can meet other study abroad and local students. Make the most of your adventure!

Advising and Support

The process of studying abroad could quickly feel overwhelming, but we have been doing this for decades and do everything we can to support you through it. 

Many SAF staff are alumni and have walked this path. They have real-life experience to draw on as they advise and support you through every step of our comprehensive services. They’re in your corner, taking care of all the details and explaining what you need to do next.

Take the first step in your study abroad journey by scheduling a consultation with your closest Student Counselor. You can discuss your for-credit academic courses and language programs and explore internships, research programs, and study tours. When you know what you want to do, we guide you through the pre-program steps, help you arrange your visa and transport, and finalize your accommodation or digital experience.

Get To Know Our Application Process

From academics to visa requirements, our structured process helps you choose the right program and university for your goals. Complete a strong application, and prepare for success abroad.

Personalize Your Study Abroad Plan With Your SAF Counselor

Each student has unique academic goals for a study abroad experience. As you think about studying abroad, your SAF Counselor will help you plan for success and support you every step of the way.

Commonly Asked Questions About Studying Abroad

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