English as an Additional Language

"Improving my English communication skills has given me more confidence at my workplace, and is essential to my success."

Maria Paz Alfaro Del Prado
Student, Business English for International Professionals

Speaking and writing effectively in English are invaluable skills in today's global market, and will set you up for success whether you're studying or working in North America or doing business around the world.

If you're looking to strengthen your English language skills, our offerings for Vancouver-based learners, international students and Canadian Francophones offer a variety of options to increase your confidence in your speaking, reading and writing skills. Immerse yourself in a language program or take a part-time course in downtown Vancouver at UBC Robson Square. For Francophones who want to spend the summer learning English at UBC, our Explore Programs offer a fun and enriching cultural learning experience.

Courses and Programs

Courses

Programs

Business English for International Professionals

UBC Award of Achievement Program
The UBC Award of Achievement in Business English for International Professionals helps non-native English speakers and new immigrants to Canada learn how to communicate appropriately in a Canadian English-speaking business environment. This part-time program offers you the flexibility to learn and improve communication skills around your schedule. Courses take place at UBC Robson Square in downtown Vancouver. LEARN MORE

English Language Institute (ELI)

Adult English Language Programs
With 50 years experience in English language education, ELI offers a range of immersive programs to help you achieve your language and learning goals. Learn English quickly and well from our experienced and qualified instructors who specialize in teaching English as an additional language to adults 18 and up. LEARN MORE

Summer English Language Courses for Teens

Future Global Leaders
High school students can experience a top-tier university with UBC Future Global Leaders. Designed for teens ages 15-18, this pre-university program helps you explore your passions and interests, make friends from different cultures and develop the skills you need for your future. LEARN MORE

UBC Explore Program for Canadian Bursary Students

Program
The UBC Explore program is a 5-week immersion experience in English offered to Canadian citizens or permanent residents. You must be a full-time student for at least one semester in the academic year prior to the start of the program and at least 18 years old. LEARN MORE

UBC Explore Program for International and Canadian Non-Bursary Students

Program
The UBC Explore program is a full-time, 5-week program with approximately 120 hours of English instruction in an integrated skills format. LEARN MORE