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ILAC - International Language Academy of Canada, Vancouver, Canada

Among the Top 20% most popular English schools in Canada in the last 12 monthsOrganized social activities were rated by students as the best or among the top 20% of all schools in Canada

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ILAC - International Language Academy of Canada

The language school ILAC - International Language Academy of Canada was founded in Vancouver, Canada in 1998. The ILAC boutique campus is in the heart of Downtown Vancouver. The school is located beside the Main Transportation Station within walking distance to shops, restaurants, cafes, Simon Fraser University, British Columbia Institute of Technology and Vancouver's famous Seawall.

Accreditations and Quality seals

AILIAALTOLanguages Canada / CAPLSPreferential Terms in Case of Visa RefusalAssociation of Language Industry of Canada, TESL Canada, PTIB, British Columbia EQA

School Size:

Facilities

  • Microwave for student use

  • Computer lab

  • Lounge

  • Balcony / terrace

  • Student support desk

  • Free water dispenser

  • Free WIFI

Classroom equipment

  • Air conditioning in all classrooms

  • Heating in all classrooms

  • Ample natural light in all classrooms

Number of classrooms:

70

Number of public PC workstations:

20

Facilities for disabled students

  • Wheelchair access to classroom

  • Disabled toilet

  • Wheelchair access to reception

Prices include

  • Internet access and use of school computers
  • Welcome dinner
  • Wireless LAN zone at school
  • Free certificate of course attendance
  • Language level placement test at first day of classes
  • Language level placement test before arrival
  • Free consultation about suitable college/university programs by qualified consultant
  • Free assistance in applying to college/university programs by qualified consultant

Course material:

Generally course material has to be purchased by the student. The costs of course material will be approximately 60 C$ per course.

Average number of students

  • Adult courses throughout the year: 1100

Average age of students

Average number of levels

  • Adult courses in summer: 17
  • Adult courses throughout the year: 17
  • Junior courses in summer: 17
  • Junior courses throughout the year: 17

Minimum age of students

  • 18 years
  • 16 years for specific Junior courses

English teacher qualifications

  • 100 % hold a university degree
  • 100 % hold a recognised language teaching qualification

Languages spoken by school staff (cannot be guaranteed by school):

Optional airport transfer

Best arrival airport is Vancouver International (YVR).

Vancouver International Airport:
110 C$ pick up
220 C$ return (both ways)

Days without class

In 2018 (including national and regional bank holidays): 01.Jan.2018, 19.Feb.2018, 30.Mar.2018, 21.May.2018, 02.Jul.2018, 06.Aug.2018, 03.Sep.2018, 08.Oct.2018, 12.Nov.2018, 25.Dec.2018.
In 2019 (including national and regional bank holidays): 01.Jan.2019, 18.Feb.2019, 19.Apr.2019, 20.May.2019, 01.Jul.2019, 05.Aug.2019, 02.Sep.2019, 14.Oct.2019, 11.Nov.2019, 25.Dec.2019.

English Courses

Weeks 1 2 3 4 6 8 10 22 33 44 Additional Week
Price in C$ -- 700 1050 1400 2100 2800 3500 6930 10065 12980 335
Price in US$ -- 497 746 994 1491 1988 2485 4919 7145 9214 238
Includes an Elective Class to be chosen from the following: Speaking, Listening, Pronunciation, Grammar, Writing, Idioms, Vocabulary, Business, TOEFL, IELTS, Oral Presentations, English Through Media, Debating, Current Events...
Starting dates
Every Monday .
General course schedule
6 daily lessons of 45 minutes will take place within the following possible time slots. The exact schedule will be assigned on the first day of class according to your level:
Morning: 8:45  - 13:45
Required minimum language level
Beginner (A1) (No previous knowledge required) or higher
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Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 8 10 12 22 Additional Week
Price in C$ -- 800 1200 1600 2000 2400 3200 4000 4680 8140 390
Price in US$ -- 568 852 1136 1420 1704 2272 2840 3322 5778 277
Includes an Elective Class to be chosen from the following: Speaking, Listening, Pronunciation, Grammar, Writing, Idioms, Vocabulary, Business, TOEFL, IELTS, Oral Presentations, English Through Media, Debating, Current Events...

Students in the Power English program must also choose between one of our afternoon Power classes:

1) Power Communication Class – focuses on speaking and listening.
2) Power Academic Class – academic reading, academic writing and homework support.
Starting dates
Every Monday .
General course schedule
7-8 daily lessons of 45 minutes will take place within the following possible time slots. The exact schedule will be assigned on the first day of class according to your level:
Morning: 8:45  - 13:45
Afternoon: 14:15  - 15:45
Required minimum language level
Beginner (A1) (No previous knowledge required) or higher
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Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 10 16 32
Price in C$ -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 8400 17600
Price in US$ -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 5963 12493
Study English for University Purposes plus TRU (Thompson Rivers University) academic subjects, so you'll get credits that'll be accepted in British Columbia amd most universities in Canada.
First semester: English for Academic Purposes + 2 TRU courses (Introduction to Business and Introduction to Special Events Management). This equals 6 university credits.
Second Semester: English for Academic Purposes + 3 TRU courses (Introduction to Professional Writing, Introductory Psychology and Accounting I). This equals 9 university credits.
Prices listed are for the language course. Additional fees: text books for language course: CAD 120.
Starting dates
2018: 03.Sep.2018.
Required minimum language level
Advanced (C1) or higher
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Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Price in C$ -- 500 750 1000 1250 1500 1750 2000 2250 2500 2750
Price in US$ -- 355 533 710 888 1065 1243 1420 1598 1775 1952
Return Airport Transfer: CAD$ 200 (includes unaccompanied minor service)
Custodianship Letter: CAD$ 100 Price includes
Supervision 24/7
Starting dates
2018: 18.Jun.2018, 25.Jun.2018, 02.Jul.2018, 09.Jul.2018, 16.Jul.2018, 23.Jul.2018, 30.Jul.2018, 06.Aug.2018, 13.Aug.2018, 20.Aug.2018, 27.Aug.2018.
General course schedule
4 daily lessons of 45 minutes will take place within the following possible time slots. The exact schedule will be assigned on the first day of class according to your level:
Afternoon: 14:00  - 18:00
Required minimum language level
Beginner (A1) (No previous knowledge required) or higher
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Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Price in C$ -- 600 900 1200 1500 1800 2100 2400 2700 3000 3300
Price in US$ -- 426 639 852 1065 1278 1491 1704 1917 2130 2343
Return Airport Transfer: CAD$ 200 (includes unaccompanied minor service)
Custodianship Letter: CAD$ 100 Price includes
Supervision 24/7
Starting dates
2018: 18.Jun.2018, 25.Jun.2018, 02.Jul.2018, 09.Jul.2018, 16.Jul.2018, 23.Jul.2018, 30.Jul.2018, 06.Aug.2018, 13.Aug.2018, 20.Aug.2018, 27.Aug.2018.
General course schedule
5 daily lessons of 45 minutes will take place within the following possible time slots. The exact schedule will be assigned on the first day of class according to your level:
Afternoon: 14:00  - 18:00
Required minimum language level
Beginner (A1) (No previous knowledge required) or higher
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Weeks 1 2 3 4 6 8 10 16 20 30 Additional Week
Price in C$ -- 700 1050 1400 2100 2800 3500 5360 6700 9450 335
Price in US$ -- 497 746 994 1491 1988 2485 3805 4756 6708 238
Designed to match the fast pace of young adults' learning.
During June, July and August, the course consists of 37 lessons per week and includes college seminar electives.
Starting dates
Every Monday .
General course schedule
6 daily lessons of 45 minutes will take place within the following possible time slots. The exact schedule will be assigned on the first day of class according to your level:
Morning: 8:45  - 11:45
Afternoon: 12:15  - 14:45
Required minimum language level
Beginner (A1) (No previous knowledge required) or higher
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Weeks 1 2 3 4 6 8 10 22 33 44 Additional Week
Price in C$ -- 800 1200 1600 2400 3200 4000 8140 11880 15400 390
Price in US$ -- 568 852 1136 1704 2272 2840 5778 8433 10931 277
Designed to match the fast pace of young adults' learning.
During June, July and August, the course consists of 37 lessons per week, includes college seminar electives and it costs the same as Intensive English.
Starting dates
Every Monday .
Required minimum language level
Elementary (A2) or higher
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Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Price in C$ -- 2800 3650 4500 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Price in US$ -- 2040 2659 3279 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Course price includes accommodation
Homestay, Single room, Breakfast & lunch & dinner
It includes health insurance, registration fee, 1 set of text books, half-day activities and day-trip adventures. Price includes
Supervision 24/7, Airport transfer (return trip)
Starting dates
2018: 18.Jun.2018, 25.Jun.2018, 02.Jul.2018, 09.Feb.2018, 16.Jul.2018, 23.Jul.2018, 30.Jul.2018, 06.Aug.2018, 13.Aug.2018, 20.Aug.2018.
2019: 15.Jun.2019, 22.Jun.2019, 29.Jun.2019, 06.Jul.2019, 13.Jul.2019, 20.Jul.2019, 27.Jul.2019, 03.Aug.2019, 10.Aug.2019, 17.Aug.2019, 24.Aug.2019.
Required minimum language level
Elementary (A2) or higher
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Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Price in C$ -- 2600 3400 4200 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Price in US$ -- 1895 2477 3060 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Course price includes accommodation
Homestay, Single room, Breakfast & lunch & dinner
It includes health insurance, registration fee, 1 set of text books, half-day activities and day-trip adventures. Price includes
Supervision 24/7, Airport transfer (return trip)
Starting dates
2018: 08.Jan.2018, 15.Jan.2018, 22.Jan.2018.
2019: 05.Jan.2019, 12.Jan.2019, 19.Jan.2019, 26.Jan.2019, 02.Feb.2019, 09.Feb.2019, 16.Feb.2019.
Required minimum language level
Beginner (A1) (No previous knowledge required) or higher
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Weeks 1 2 3 4 6 8 10 22 33 44 Additional Week
Price in C$ -- 700 1050 1400 2100 2800 3500 6930 10065 12980 335
Price in US$ -- 497 746 994 1491 1988 2485 4919 7145 9214 238
Students must have a minimum of ILAC Level 10 to be eligible for this course.
Students tested at Level 10 begin in the Introduction to Business course (12 weeks). Students tested at Level 12 study in the Advanced Business course (12 weeks).

Topics include handling telephone calls, negotiating, networking, managing meetings, interviewing, and socializing in a business environment; as well as the ability to write effective business memos, letters, e-mails, informal and formal reports and presentation materials. Students develop all the skills necessary to pass the Cambridge Business English Examination (BEC).
Starting dates
Every Monday .
General course schedule
6 daily lessons of 45 minutes will take place within the following possible time slots. The exact schedule will be assigned on the first day of class according to your level:
Morning: 8:45  - 13:45
Required minimum language level
Upper intermediate (B2) or higher
RESERVE & Secure the Lowest Price »
Weeks 1 2 3 4 6 8 10 22 33 44 Additional Week
Price in C$ -- 700 1050 1400 2100 2800 3500 6930 10065 12980 335
Price in US$ -- 497 746 994 1491 1988 2485 4919 7145 9214 238
Students must have a minimum of ILAC Level 10 to be eligible for this course.
If you are at ILAC Level 10, the complete TOEFL Preparation course is 24 weeks. If you are at ILAC Level 14, the complete TOEFL Preparation course is 12 weeks.
Students may study for as many levels or weeks as required. ILAC guarantees a higher test score or your money back.
Starting dates
Every Monday .
General course schedule
6 daily lessons of 45 minutes will take place within the following possible time slots. The exact schedule will be assigned on the first day of class according to your level:
Morning: 8:45  - 13:45
Required minimum language level
Advanced (C1) or higher
RESERVE & Secure the Lowest Price »
Weeks 1 2 3 4 6 8 10 22 33 44 Additional Week
Price in C$ -- 700 1050 1400 2100 2800 3500 6930 10065 12980 335
Price in US$ -- 497 746 994 1491 1988 2485 4919 7145 9214 238
Students must have a minimum of ILAC Level 10 to be eligible for this course.
Complete course for Cambridge exam preparation: 12 weeks. Students may study for as many levels or weeks as required.
ILAC guarantees a higher test score or your money back.
Starting dates
Every Monday .
Required minimum language level
Lower intermediate (B1) or higher
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Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 8 10 12 22 Additional Week
Price in C$ -- 700 1050 1400 1750 2100 2800 3500 4020 6930 335
Price in US$ -- 497 746 994 1243 1491 1988 2485 2854 4919 238
Students must have a minimum of ILAC Level 10 to be eligible for this course.
Complete course for Cambridge exam preparation: 12 weeks. Students may study for as many levels or weeks as required.
ILAC guarantees a higher test score or your money back.
Starting dates
Every Monday .
Required minimum language level
Upper intermediate (B2) or higher
RESERVE & Secure the Lowest Price »
Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 8 10 12 22 Additional Week
Price in C$ -- 700 1050 1400 1750 2100 2800 3500 4020 6930 335
Price in US$ -- 497 746 994 1243 1491 1988 2485 2854 4919 238
Students must have a minimum of ILAC Level 10 to be eligible for this course.
If you are at ILAC Level 10, the complete IELTS Preparation course is 24 weeks. If you are at ILAC Level 14, the complete IELTS Preparation course is 12 weeks.
Students may study for as many levels or weeks as required. ILAC guarantees a higher test score or your money back.
Starting dates
Every Monday .
General course schedule
6 daily lessons of 45 minutes will take place within the following possible time slots. The exact schedule will be assigned on the first day of class according to your level:
Morning: 8:45  - 13:45
Required minimum language level
Upper intermediate (B2) or higher
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Note: All courses offered by ILAC - International Language Academy of Canada, Vancouver can be reserved online with LanguageCourse.Net. In case a course is not listed above, just mention the course description in the comment field of the online registration form.
Lesson duration: 45 minutes
School's administrative fee: 150.00 C$
Comments about courses:ILAC's General English Programs have 17 levels of English. Each level is generally 4 weeks long.

Student orientation will take place on the Sunday prior to the start date of the course. If the start date (Monday) falls on a public holiday, the orientation would take place that Monday. If it isn't possible to attend the orientation on Sunday, there will be an alternate orientation on the first day (in order to attend this late arrival orientation on Monday, students NEED to register).

Accommodation

weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Additional Week One-time fee
(charged by school)
Price in C$ -- 470 705 940 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 195
Price in US$ 352 527 703 146
Prices based on accommodation from Saturday to Saturday
Price per person
Price extra night:
45 C$ (Individual extra nights bookable at indicated extra night price)
Room Occupancy:
Single room.
Distance from school:
45 minutes by public transport
Includes:
Towels, Bedding/linen, Access to laundry service, Access to Wifi in building (supplement fee), Heating, Breakfast & lunch & dinner, Shared bathroom.
Age of students
Minimum age of students: 18
Dates

High season dates 30.Jun.2018 - 01.Sep.2018
High season
High season supplement per week: 25 C$
weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Additional Week One-time fee
(charged by school)
Price in C$ -- 430 645 860 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 195
Price in US$ 322 482 643 146
Prices based on accommodation from Saturday to Saturday
Price per person
Price extra night:
40 C$ (Individual extra nights bookable at indicated extra night price)
Room Occupancy:
Double room (only for 2 people travelling together).
Distance from school:
45 minutes by public transport
Includes:
Towels, Bedding/linen, Access to laundry service, Access to Wifi in building (supplement fee), Heating, Breakfast & lunch & dinner, Shared bathroom.
Age of students
Minimum age of students: 18
Dates

High season dates 30.Jun.2018 - 01.Sep.2018
High season
High season supplement per week: 25 C$
weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Additional Week Deposit (refundable)* One-time fee
(charged by school)
Price in C$ -- 650 975 1300 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 250 195
Price in US$ 486 729 972 187 146
Prices based on accommodation from Sunday to Saturday
Price per person
Includes Netflix, concierge/security 24 hours and a fitness centre.
Prices may vary depending on dates an duration of stay. No extra nights bookable.
Room Occupancy:
Double room.
Distance from school:
20 minutes walking
Includes:
Weekly cleaning, Access to laundry service, Kitchen, Access to Wifi in building (Free WIFI), No meals, Shared bathroom.
Age of students
Minimum age of students: 18
weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Additional Week Deposit (refundable)* One-time fee
(charged by school)
Price in C$ -- 750 1125 1500 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 250 195
Price in US$ 561 841 1121 187 146
Prices based on accommodation from Sunday to Saturday
Price per person
Includes Netflix, concierge/security 24 hours and a fitness centre.
Prices may vary depending on dates an duration of stay. No extra nights bookable.
Room Occupancy:
Single room.
Distance from school:
20 minutes walking
Includes:
Weekly cleaning, Access to laundry service, Kitchen, Access to Wifi in building (Free WIFI), No meals, Shared bathroom.
Age of students
Minimum age of students: 18
If the student requires accommodation, the registration should be sent at least 2 weeks before arrival.

Leisure activities

activity possibledistance from school
Dancing 
Golf 
Horse riding 
Mountainbiking 
Music 
Sailing 
Skiing 
Squash 
Tennis 
Volleyball 
Windsurfing 
Leisure programme for adults (sample):
 Sample of activities for adults (PDF)

Reviews

City
4.6/5.0 
Organisation
4.6/5.0 
Facilities
4.5/5.0 
Social activities
4.2/5.0 
Course quality / Progress in language
4.3/5.0 
Value for money
4.3/5.0 
Accommodation
Homestay
4.2/5.0 
Shared Flat (apartment)
4.2/5.0 
Other
4.2/5.0 
Students liked about ILAC - International Language Academy of Canada, Vancouver
Teachers
Overall rating
4.0/5.0
Value for money
3.0/5.0
Detailed review
City/place
5.0/5.0
Facilities (library, classrooms)
4.0/5.0
Quality of teaching / language progress
4.0/5.0
School organization
5.0/5.0
Social activities
4.0/5.0
Accommodation
Homestay
3.0/5.0
Other
3.0/5.0
Shared Flat (apartment)
3.0/5.0
The methodology.
Overall rating
4.0/5.0
Value for money
5.0/5.0
Detailed review
City/place
5.0/5.0
Facilities (library, classrooms)
4.0/5.0
Quality of teaching / language progress
4.0/5.0
School organization
5.0/5.0
Social activities
2.0/5.0
Accommodation
Additional information
Insider tips about what future students should not miss: Take into account the age of the students.
Quality of teaching, very friendly atmosphere in the school, cultural programme!
Overall rating
5.0/5.0
Value for money
5.0/5.0
Detailed review
City/place
5.0/5.0
Facilities (library, classrooms)
5.0/5.0
Quality of teaching / language progress
5.0/5.0
School organization
5.0/5.0
Social activities
5.0/5.0
Accommodation
Homestay
5.0/5.0
Other
5.0/5.0
Shared Flat (apartment)
5.0/5.0
Additional information
Insider tips about what future students should not miss: Choose ILAC and you will be right!
They give you the option to change your class if you need a teacher with a different style of teaching, classes are playful and very motivating to me, that as a teacher I am is fundamental. They provide an appropiate variety of electives to deepen your skills.
Overall rating
4.0/5.0
Value for money
4.0/5.0
Detailed review
City/place
5.0/5.0
Facilities (library, classrooms)
4.0/5.0
Quality of teaching / language progress
5.0/5.0
School organization
5.0/5.0
Social activities
5.0/5.0
Accommodation
Additional information
Insider tips about what future students should not miss: There are many bad experiences regarding accommodation, books are quite expensive and sometimes when you do the diagnostic evaluation you do not stay at the appropriate level, it is better to wait until the first test to see your real level.
Availability of teachers
Overall rating
5.0/5.0
Value for money
3.0/5.0
Detailed review
City/place
5.0/5.0
Facilities (library, classrooms)
5.0/5.0
Quality of teaching / language progress
5.0/5.0
School organization
5.0/5.0
Social activities
5.0/5.0
Accommodation
Homestay
4.0/5.0
Other
4.0/5.0
Shared Flat (apartment)
4.0/5.0
Additional information
Insider tips about what future students should not miss: don't be shy and make friends with everyone
Other comments: WONDERFUL

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