4-week program
with academic field work

Our 4-week program focuses on learning English inside and outside of the classroom. You will immerse yourself in English conversation and practise real, everyday English instead of learning from a textbook. You will learn speaking, listening, reading and writing skills, and explore Canadian culture. Plus, you will go on field trips to practise your English out in the community and learn more about life in Canada. 

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Duration: 4 weeks
Instruction: 27 hours/week
Schedule: Monday–Thursday 9 a.m.–3:20 p.m.
Friday 9 a.m.–12 p.m.
Curriculum: 6 courses and Academic Field Work
Tuition: $1,900

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Application deadlines

Deadline to apply
Jan 2 – Jan 26, 2024 Dec 15, 2023
Jan 29 – Feb 23 Jan 5
Feb 27 – Mar 22 Feb 2
Jul 2 – Jul 26 Jun 7
Aug 6 – Aug 30  Jul 12
Jan 6 – Jan 31, 2025 Dec 13, 2024
Feb 3 – Feb 28 Jan 10
Mar 3 – Mar 28 Feb 7
Jul 7 – Aug 1 Jun 13
Aug 5 – Aug 29 Jul 11

Tuition and Fees

Program length
1 term $1,900
2 terms $3,800
3 terms $5,700
4 terms $7,600
5 terms $9,500
Other expenses
Estimated cost
Homestay $1,325/term
One-time homestay placement fee $450
Medical insurance $60-$75/month
Public transportation $137/month

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Why this program?

  • Improve your speaking, writing, reading and listening
  • Go on field trips to practise English in real-life situations
  • Enjoy a variety of group activities after class
  • Meet students from Canada and around the world

Sample Class Schedule

Core Curriculum

9 AM–3:20 PM

Each week, you will study six subjects, each with a different instructor.

Canadian Studies

Gain an understanding of Canadian culture by exploring Canada’s geography, history, government, social structure and current events. You will learn how to watch, interpret, discuss and respond to what Canadians are saying, which will help you to analyze the cultural background of any country.


Improve your English grammar skills and learn how to write to a Canadian audience. You will learn to organize your thoughts and express ideas so that Canadian readers will be able to understand what you’ve written. You may also experiment with creative writing genres.

Listening Practice

The English slang and expressions used in popular media, music and daily conversations can be hard for students to understand. In this course, you will learn to understand not only what people are saying, but also how and why they choose their words and expressions for various situations.

News Media

Practice your listening, reading, speaking and writing skills by analyzing electronic and print media. You will learn strategies for making sense of language, images and attitudes presented in the news. You will also explore issues that are currently of concern to Canadians.

Oral Skills

Learn to speak English with confidence. You will improve your speech clarity and fluency through informal conversation and formal speaking tasks. You will work on pronunciation and oral delivery by practising role-playing, debates, interviews, speeches and presentations.

Reading Skills

Develop your reading comprehension and build your vocabulary by reading a variety of materials, from literature and pop culture, to stories about current events and Canadian social issues. You will analyze how writers use the English language to change stress and meaning. 

Academic field work

Leave the classroom and practise your English skills in the real world.

Your instructors will lead these trips out into the community during class time. To make the most of the experience, we encourage you to ask questions before, during and after each trip. Outings will change with each program.

Common trip examples:

  • A visit to the BC law courts
  • A tour of the Vancouver Art Gallery
  • A visit to a local television station
  • A nature walk through Stanley Park
  • A scavenger hunt at Granville Island

Language Levels

In our 4-week program, we offer 7 levels that are designed to challenge your English skills as you improve. You are welcome to take a single term or multiple terms. As you successfully complete each term, you can progress to the next language level.

Which language level is right for you?
On your first day in the program, you will take a language placement test to determine which level of class you should take. 

*Level 8: Low Advanced is only available in our 8-week Advanced Academic English program.