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VanWest College

General English Program [Vancouver, British Columbia]


  • Strict "English Only Policy" promotes serious study and accelerates language skill acquisition
  • Nationality Quota System ensures balanced student mix in each classroom
  • English in the Real World: Cultural Activities, International Food and Dining, Photography and Canadian Conversation
  • Information
    • About the School
    • Founded in 1988, VanWest College is a private English language school located in Vancouver that provides high-quality ESL instruction to international students who seek improvement in academic, business or general English. Strict academic policies combined with first-rate instruction have earned VanWest an excellent reputation with its students. The school has a nationality quota system to ensure a balanced international mix inside of its classrooms. It strictly enforces an "English Only" policy during classes, setting VanWest apart from other schools by creating a serious study environment. The computer/language lab is a busy place, equipped with the latest software programs in ESL. Each unit has a voice synthesizer and microphone to practice pronunciation and intonation. Direct access to the internet and email is also readily available. The teachers and staff at VanWest are sensitive to their student needs and have a genuine interest in their progress and success. Everyone at VanWest works together to create a helpful, friendly, and productive atmosphere.
    • Fast Facts
    • Affiliation : Private English School
      Establishment : 1988
      Membership/Accreditation : CAPLS, CEC
      Enrollment : 200
      Average Class Size : 10
      Airport Pickup : Available from School
      Tuition : Low
      Community Type : Urban
      Transportation : Train, subway, bus, ferry, taxi
    • VanWest College
      200 - 1016 Nelson Street
      Vancouver, British Columbia  V6E 1H8  CANADA
      TEL: +1 604-731-5256
      FAX: +1 604-739-0913
  • More Details
    • Housing
    • The homestay coordinator is responsible for arranging homestays for students. All host families are carefully selected and live within 30 minutes of the VanWest campus. It is best to arrange housing as early as possible due to the limited amount of space available. VanWest College may introduce private apartments, however it is the students' responsibility to make their own arrangements. For more information, use the Contact Address to ask the school directly.
    • Surrounding Area
    • VanWest College is conveniently located on the west side of Vancouver. The residences of students' homestay families are all close to campus, making the commute very easy. Vancouver's downtown area is also easily accessible by bus; students arrive in approximately 10 minutes. Vancouver is renowned as one of the world's most beautiful cities, surrounded by the Rocky Mountains and the Pacific Ocean waters. Home to more than 2 million people of many different cultures and backgrounds, Vancouver offers its visitors and residents an incredible variety of activities, entertainment, restaurants, and festivals. Vancouver is regularly ranked as one of the best places to live in the world and for good reason - within a single day you can ski on fresh powder, mountain bike, eat fresh sushi, and catch a world-class show. It is also easy to travel to other wonderful destinations from Vancouver. The internationally-known Whistler Ski Resort is a scenic two-hour drive away or students can travel by ferry to the nearby charming Gulf Islands. The Vancouver International Airport, recently voted the number one airport in North America, is conveniently located just 30 minutes from the VanWest College campus.
  • Study Options
    • General English Program (25 lessons/week)

    • Overview
    • The Program is offered year-round with sessions beginning every week. Students enrolled in the program receive 25 lessons of classroom instruction per week. The program’s flexible timetable provides students with practical class work to develop their key language skills.

      The Program offers 8 levels of English classes, from beginner to advanced. On the first day of school, new students are given a placement test in every skill area (grammar, reading, writing, speaking and listening) and are placed in the appropriate class level based upon the results of the examination the following day.

      The classes are held Monday through Friday. The program’s curriculum is primarily designed to cover all the fundamental language skill areas: grammar, vocabulary, conversation, pronunciation, listening comprehension, reading and writing. Elective courses are also part of the curriculum for students to focus their English studies while building their core language skills.

      The average number of students per class ranges from 10 to 12, with a maximum of 15. Every effort is made to keep classes at an ideal size for effective English language instruction. The VanWest classrooms are very bright, clean, and spacious. Many classrooms have incredible views of downtown Vancouver and its beautiful skyline.
    • Data
    • CLASS SIZE: 10 - 12 students
      CLASS LEVELS: 8 levels
      COURSE LENGTH: 2 - 48 weeks
      MINIMUM AGE: 17 years old
      HOUSING: Homestay
    • Dates
      • Choose 2 - 48 Week Course from Starting Dates
      • 2021/05/17
      • 2021/05/24
      • 2021/05/31
      • 2021/06/07
      • 2021/06/14
      • 2021/06/21
      • 2021/06/28
      • 2021/07/05
      • 2021/07/12
      • 2021/07/19
      • 2021/07/26
      • 2021/08/02
      • 2021/08/09
      • 2021/08/16
      • 2021/08/23
      • 2021/08/30
      • 2021/09/06
      • 2021/09/13
      • 2021/09/20
      • 2021/09/27
      • 2021/10/04
      • 2021/10/11
      • 2021/10/18
      • 2021/10/25
      • 2021/11/01
      • 2021/11/08
      • 2021/11/15
      • 2021/11/22
      • 2021/11/29
      • 2021/12/06
      • 2021/12/13
      • 2021/12/20
      • 2021/12/27
      • 2022/01/03
      • 2022/01/10
      • 2022/01/17
      • 2022/01/24
      • 2022/01/31
      • 2022/02/07
      • 2022/02/14
      • 2022/02/21
      • 2022/02/28
      • 2022/03/07
      • 2022/03/14
      • 2022/03/21
      • 2022/03/28
      • 2022/04/04
      • 2022/04/11
      • 2022/04/18
    • Costs
      TUITION FEE (2020)
      1-23 WEEKS CAN $350 per week
      24-43 WEEKS CAN $340 per week
      44-48 WEEKS CAN $320 per week
      CAN $210
      1-48 WEEKS CAN$ 195-230 per 1 week N/A N/A
      Airport Pickup Service
      CAN $100 (one way)
      Application Fee
      CAN $120 (non-refundable)
      Health Insurance
      CAN $15/week
      CAN $20/week
    • Remarks / Other Information
    • Dates and Fees are approximate and may change without prior notice.
      Application fee is non-refundable.
      Housing Fees include meals.
  • Location
    • Canada Vancouver, British Columbia
    • Location
      VanWest College
      200 - 1016 Nelson Street Vancouver, British Columbia  V6E 1H8  CANADA
    • Getting To Your School
    • From Vancouver International Airport:
      School provides a pick up service for CAN$80 that brings homestay students directly to their host family’s residence. Although travel time varies depending on where the host family lives, it usually takes approximately 30 minutes to 1 hour. Students can also travel by taxi directly to their homestay.
      Students traveling straight to campus can take a taxi that will cost approximately CAN$25 and arrive on campus in 30 minutes. The campus is also accessible by buses that run on a limited schedule.
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