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



Business English (BE)

This full-time 3 week program is designed to build your confidence in speaking, listening, reading and writing English in business contexts. It is offered by the English Language Institute on the UBC Point Grey campus. LEARN MORE

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 for Academic Purposes (EAP)

The English for Academic Purposes (EAP) Program is a full-time 16 week integrated skills program for high intermediate students. Reading & Writing are taught in 2 blocks and Speaking & Listening in 1 block. LEARN MORE

English for the Global Citizen (EGC)

English for the Global Citizen (EGC) encompasses the ideal of "a place of mind" while giving you the opportunity to improve your English conversation skills through a self-reflective approach of learning. EGC is a 3 or 4 week program offered as full- or part-time. LEARN MORE

English Language Intensive

UBC Certificate Program
The English Language Institute's Intensive English Program is a full-time English language training program offered in 16 week sessions beginning in January, May and the end of August. You can come for just one session, or stay for longer. LEARN MORE

Explore English for Canadian Bursary Students

The Explore English program is a five-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 19 years old. LEARN MORE

Explore English for International and Canadian Non-Bursary Students

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