Your finances and budget

Your program payment

For most programs, full program fees are due 5 weeks before the start of your program. Fees must be received in full before you will be able to start your classes.

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Canadian money

In Canada, we use "Canadian dollars" (CAD). You will easily find bank machines at the airport when you arrive in Canada, but we recommend exchanging enough money before your trip to cover expenses like airport taxes, food and transportation. Major credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, American Express) are accepted almost everywhere and most Canadians use their debit cards on a daily basis.

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Your budget

For English Language Centre programs, tuition includes many free activities, but for daily spending money and optional ELC activities, you’ll need some extra money. It’s a good idea to set aside $200 - $400 for extra activities.

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Popular 'optional' ELC activities: Other common costs:
  • Opera/theatre
  • Butchart Gardens
  • Kayaking
  • Whale Watching
  • 2-Night Vancouver Trip

For current activities and costs, visit ELC additional cost activities

  • Taxi (downtown to UVic): $25 – $30
  • Fast food meal: $12 – $20
  • Coffee (one cup): $3 – $5
  • Bread (one loaf): $3 – $5
  • Movie: $15 – $20


All prices are approximate and subject to change without notice.

Canadian bank accounts

You may want to open a Canadian bank account while studying in Canada. Some Canadian banks have offices in other countries where you may open an account before you arrive, or you can do so once you are in Victoria. To open a bank account here you will need your passport and student ID. There is no fee for this process and it takes less than an hour.