English schools in the USA and Canada
The Intensive English Program gives full-time English language training in 12-week sessions beginning in January, April and September. We also offer a 10-week IEP session beginning in July. You can come for just one session, or stay for longer – our multi-level program ensures that you will have new challenges and new courses to select from as your English improves. When you successfully complete three courses at one level you will earn a UBC Certificate in English Language for that level.
The Intensive English Program has six levels, ranging from Elementary to Proficiency, and offers a wide variety of courses. As a full-time student, you will choose three courses each session: one Speaking and Listening course, one Reading course and one Writing course. You can choose to focus on Communication or Academic Preparation courses in each of the skills, or you can choose from both. You will take placement tests at the beginning of each session to determine your level in various English skills. Then, with the help of a course advisor, you will choose a program according to your interests and your level in each skill area. This means that you might take a higher-level course in one skill than in another. For example, you might take a Level 400 speaking and listening course, a Level 400 writing course and a Level 500 reading course.
All courses focus on skills such as Speaking and Listening, Reading and Grammar, Writing, Pronunciation or Examination (TOEFL iBT). Discussion topics vary from course to course, and may include World News and Current Events, Drama, Business Concepts or Canadian Lifestyle and Culture.
Intensive English Program
Language and Culture
Business Communications in English
English for English Teachers
UBC Certificate in Advanced English Language Teaching