Popular Activities

Welcome Mixer

In the first few days of every Intensive English Program (IEP), the UBC ELI hosts a free welcome party (“mixer”) for students to meet and socialize with staff, teachers, CAs and each other. The mixer always has a creative theme complete with snazzy decorations. Experience an authentic North American university ‘pep rally’, and a short scavenger hunt with the opportunity to win amazing prizes. End the afternoon with a catered lunch! Whatever the time of year, the Welcome Mixer provides a warm reception to new and continuing students at the UBC ELI.

Welcome to ELI

Welcome to ELI

ELI Halloween Halloween Party

Celebrate with us on this frightening day by disguising yourself. CA’s organize a costume shopping activity the weekend before Halloween to advise students where to buy affordable costumes. Students and CAs then dress up and dance the night away! The goal is to get in the spirit of Halloween by dressing up, having fun and meeting new friends!

Halloween Party

Halloween Party

Downtown Tour

Get to know Vancouver on foot! In the first week of every program, UBC ELI CAs arrange a walking tour of downtown Vancouver. You will discover some of the best places for sightseeing, dining and recreation. You will also find out where UBC ELI students usually meet for social activities.

Farewell

We have a saying in English: all good things must come to an end. On the last day of each UBC ELI program, we hold a Farewell event, complete with refreshments, a slide show of favourite memories, speeches, skits and or presentations. A time of laughter and tears, this event is an opportunity for those of us who will remain at the UBC ELI to say goodbye to students who are returning home or moving on to new adventures.

Weekly Events

Weekly extra-curricular activities are provided free as part of the program at the UBC ELI. Check the current Activity Calendar to confirm days and times.

Class Rep Meetings

Once a week, class representatives from the Intensive English Program meet with UBC ELI staff to provide feedback about their classes, homestay, accommodation and activities. Student input helps us make every part of the UBC ELI experience even better!

Lunch with CAs

There’s always a lot happening during Lunch with CA’s – lots to do and lots to see; strolling through the hallways of the Continuing Studies Building, one might catch sight of students chatting with friends, playing a lively game of volleyball or hacky sack in the courtyard, or working away at last night’s homework. CA’s organize crafts, games, and discussions to keep break times fun and interactive. Delicious smells draw students toward the “concession” where friendly CA’s tempt hungry staff and students by selling hot pizza and fresh sushi (Every Wednesday).
It’s fun, it’s free, and everyone is welcome – Lunch with CA’s everyday of the week is definitely worth a visit!

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Having Fun with the CAs

Activity Sign-Ups

Ask the Sign-up CA (SuCA) questions and get detailed information about the UBC ELI’s upcoming activities, then sign up for any extra-curricular events you want to join! Check the Activity Calendar for details about upcoming activities and sign-up times.

Sports Afternoon

Have fun and keep fit! Join the CAs in some physical activity at UBC’s fully equipped Osbourne Gym. Try soccer, volleyball, basketball, badminton, skating – something different every week.

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Sports Afternoon

Clubs

What are you interested in? We have a club for you! We have different clubs every term so you will never get bored! Below are some example clubs.

Food Club

Do you love food? Do you love to eat? join CAs in our weekly trips to Vancouver restaurants! We hope to expand your food and taste experiences during your time in Vancouver and write about it on our blog. Bon appetit!

Food Club

Food Club

Volunteer Club

This club organizes activities that enable students to contribute to the local community. Examples of volunteer club activities include working at a soup kitchen, at a community festival and participating in a fundraising campaign for a charitable cause.

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Volunteer Club

Photo Club

Capture the essence of Vancouver through images with Photo Club! Come join us at our weekly excursions throughout the city, and explore your creative side. There will be different themes every week, and photos will be showcased on our photography board and our Flickr.com site. Hope to see you there!

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Photo Club

ELI Blog

The ELI Blog is a weekly online newsletter produced by the students and CAs. A larger-than-life sized replica of the blog is created in the ELI hallways as well to check out at school. Send blog submissions to eli.blog@cstudies.ubc.ca so that CA blog editors can revise it and polish it up for publishing. Earn $10 ELI dollars to use for any and all ELI activities! Want to submit an article? Just talk to the CA editors!

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ELI Blog

Music Club- Ukulele Workshops

Do, re, mi fa, so, la, ti….go!
A new addition to the ELI! There are so many opportunities to learn and experience music in Vancouver, and Music Club wants to explore them with you! Together, we’ll learn to play the ukuelele. Students of all skill levels are welcome.

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Music Club