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International GatewayKelowna, Canada

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4.0

Rating: 4.0/5.0

Overall school rating of International Gateway, Kelowna
Ranked #1 of 1 English schools in Kelowna
School
Facilities
3.7 

Rating: 3.7/5.0

Social activities
3.7 

Rating: 3.7/5.0

Organisation
4.3 

Rating: 4.3/5.0

Course
Quality of teaching
4.0 

Rating: 4.0/5.0

Value for money
3.0 

Rating: 3.0/5.0

Accommodation
Homestay
4.0 

Rating: 4.0/5.0

What we like about the school
  • Short distance from the beach
  • Cosy student area to enjoy during breaks
  • iStudy Global Awards Winner 2020.
  • Business Excellence Awards 2018.
  • E-learning platform.
What we dislike about the school
  • Do not offer favorable cancellation terms in the case of a student getting a visa rejected.
  • Nationality mix could be more balanced. 40% of students are from Japan
  • Lessons are 45 minutes long, which is shorter than in other schools.
How we create the points regarding what we like/dislike about a school

Location: International Gateway Kelowna is located in Kelowna city in the Okanagan Valley, in the south of Canada's British Columbia province. The school is in downtown Kelowna, on the main shopping street with restaurants, bike rentals, shops and entertainment venues, just moments away. The beautiful green space of Kelowna City Park, as well as the Hot Sands Beach, are both within a 20-minute walk of the school's front doors.

International Gateway Kelowna is very respected within its community and promotes a vibrant, friendly and exciting atmosphere to motivate and encourage each student in reaching their language goals. IGK has previously achieved various awards from iStudy UK, including best language school in Canada.

Social and Cultural: Many activities are available in Kelowna and the surrounding area, ranging from skiing and snowboarding in the winter months to horse riding, historic visits and theatre productions throughout the year. The abundance of activities and excursions can mean that it is hard to choose which one gives the best option and opportunity. IGK is happy to assist in organising the best-suited options for each student's needs.

Course selection: Courses with IGK are very extensive, offering something to students of a range of different ages and interests. Specialised courses include Volunteer Llacement programmes, TESOL Certificate, Business English Certificate and practical programmes in customer service. Combination courses, ideal during a vacation, such as Hot Yoga or Agriculture & Wine, are also available at certain times of the year and include accommodation.
  • The language school International Gateway was founded in Kelowna, Canada in 2002.
  • Legal name / parent company: International Gateway Language Academy & College
  • Tax registration ID: 59308
  • Abbreviated name of school: IGK Kelowna

English Courses

General Language
Junior
Work & Study
Business
Exam PreparationWhy exam preparation courses are excellent for optimum progress

Information for all courses offered by International Gateway

Comments about courses

Valid medical insurance which covers students' entire stay is required for all students. Available before arrival from IGK at a cost of CAD 25 per week. Proof of valid medical insurance will be checked on the first day of classes.


Guardianship is a requirement for all unaccompanied students under age 19. Initial fee CAD 200 + CAD 120 per month service care.


Lesson duration
45 minutes
School's administrative fee
175.00 C$
Course material
Generally course material has to be purchased by the student. The costs of course material will be approximately 25 C$ per week.
Days without class
In 2024 (including national and regional bank holidays):
01 Jan 2024, 20 Feb 2024, 07 Apr 2024, 22 May 2024, 01 Jul 2024, 07 Aug 2024, 04 Sep 2024, 09 Oct 2024, 11 Nov 2024, 25 Dec 2024, 26 Dec 2024, 27 Dec 2024, 28 Dec 2024, 29 Dec 2024.
School policy regarding bank holidays:Private classes are recuperated or refunded. Same as for nearly all language schools, group classes falling on bank holiday are not refunded and not recuperated.
Level test
A test to assess your exact language level takes place at the school on the first day of the course.

Lessons needed per English language level

Level (CEFR) LESSONS needed per level WEEKS needed
(20 lessons per week)
A1 Beginner A1 to A2 80 4
A2 Elementary A2 to B1 160 8
B1 Intermediate B1 to B2 180 9
B2 Higher Intermediate B2 to C1 200 10
C1 Advanced C1 to C2 220 11
C2 Proficiency
Data above gives some guidance. For more details consult our page How long does it take to learn a language or reach a specific level.

Our price includes

  • INCLUDED Internet access and use of school computers
  • INCLUDED Wireless LAN zone at school
  • INCLUDED Free certificate of course attendance
  • INCLUDED Language level placement test at first day of classes
  • INCLUDED For adult courses: a minimum of one free organized leisure activity per week
  • INCLUDED Elearning platform
Note: All courses offered by International Gateway, Kelowna can be reserved online with LanguageCourse.Net at a lower price than what you pay when booking directly at the school or at the school's website. In case a course is not listed above, just let us know.

Photos

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  • Class Group
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  • Going for a walk
    Going for a walk 4/17
  • Outside entrance
    Outside entrance5/17
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  • Fun for kids
    Fun for kids7/17
  • School building
    School building 8/17
  • Kelowna
    Kelowna9/17
  • Friends!
    Friends!10/17
  • Student picnic
    Student picnic11/17
  • Yoga class
    Yoga class12/17
  • At the beach in Kelowna
    At the beach in Kelowna13/17
  • Fun day out
    Fun day out14/17
  • Studying together
    Studying together15/17
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  • Sunset
    Sunset17/17

International Gateway (IGK)

“Join us at IGK and make friendships and bonds that will last a lifetime - REAL ENGLISH, REAL CANADA, REALFUN!”
Dale Lockhart
– 
Dale Lockhart
Director of International Gateway
Accreditations and Quality seals
Languages CanadaPreferential Terms in Case of Visa RefusalEduCanada
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)
First day of course
Written and oral level test is performed. Students should arrive at 8:30
Student gender mix
30% male / 70% female
Offer for returning students
You will be refunded/waived the school's administration fee If you already attended previously a course at International Gateway and you book here.
Payment methods accepted for payments made directly to the school
Travellers Check - logoBank Transfer - logo

General school facilities

  • Microwave for student use

  • Daily press

  • Movie room

  • Lounge

  • Student support desk

  • Copy machine

  • Printer for student use

  • Free WIFI

  • Non-smoking (all indoor and all outdoor areas of school)

  • Classroom equipment

    • TV in all classrooms

    • Air conditioning in all classrooms

    • Heating in all classrooms

    • Ample natural light in most classrooms

    Number of classrooms: 6
    Number of public PC workstations: 1
    Free parking (<500m)

    Facilities for disabled students

    • Wheelchair access to classroom

    • Accessible Toilet

    • Wheelchair access to reception

    • The streets in downtown Kelowna along with public transit are fully wheelchair accessible.

Student Age / Nationality

Average number of students
Adult courses - In summer: 50
Adult courses - Throughout the year: 30
Junior courses - In summer: 60
Junior courses - Throughout the year: 10
Minimum age of students
18 years
12 years for specific Junior courses
Average number of levels
Adult courses In summer: 5
Adult courses Throughout the year: 4
Junior courses In summer: 2
Junior courses Throughout the year: 2
Average age of students
In summer: 19 years
Throughout the year: 25 years

Top student nationalities

Age of students

Airport transfer

Kelowna International Airport:
110 C$ one way
190 C$ return (both ways)
Best arrival airport is Kelowna.
More information about airports around Kelowna and how to get from the airport to Kelowna on your own here on our Kelowna page.

Visa Documents

You can travel and study a language course for a limited number of hours a week just applying for the visa waiver programme online.
Check visa requirements for nationals from other countries.
Nationals from countries that require a visa will receive documents from the school, related to booking confirmation, which is required for the visa application.
Full payment of all fees required before school dispatches documents required for visa application
No
Express shipment fee (via courier)
Europe: 110 C$
,
North America: 80 C$
,
South America: 130 C$
,
Africa: 200 C$
,
Oceania: 200 C$
,
Asia: 130 C$
Free shipment via regular mail
Yes
Preferential cancellation terms in case of visa refusal
School agreed that students booking online on this site will benefit from preferential cancellation fees in case of visa refusal, and in this case will never exceed EUR 180.

Leisure activities

activity possibledistance from school
Ballet10 km
Basketball2 km
Cooking5 km
Dancing2 km
Field Hockey5 km
Football (soccer)2 km
Golf5 km
Horse riding25 km
Ice Hockey10 km
Mountainbiking20 km
Music1 km
Sailing2 km
Skiing40 km
Squash10 km
Swimming5 km
Table Tennis10 km
Tennis2 km
Volleyball2 km
Windsurfing5 km
Yoga3 km

Examples of leisure activities organized by the school

Adults - Free activities

Live music nights
Beach volleyball
Beach soccer
Cultural events
* Rowing classes

Adults - Paid activities

Wine tours
Gold panning
Ice hockey match
Football match
Lacrosse match
Baseball match
Wildlife tours

Dinners out
* Rowing classes

Junior - Free activities

Live music nights
Beach volleyball
Beach soccer
Cultural events

Junior - Paid activities

Steam train ride
Attending ice hockey, baseball, football matches
Gold panning
First Nations Cultural tour

Accommodation

Ratings of International Gateway compared to ratings of all schools in Canada

 International Gateway KelownaAverage of all other schools in Canada
Overall school rating4.0

Rating: 4.0/5.0

4.2

Rating: 4.2/5.0

Location of the school0.0

Rating: 0.0/5.0

4.7

Rating: 4.7/5.0

Facilities3.7

Rating: 3.7/5.0

3.9

Rating: 3.9/5.0

Social activities3.7

Rating: 3.7/5.0

3.9

Rating: 3.9/5.0

Organisation4.3

Rating: 4.3/5.0

4.2

Rating: 4.2/5.0

Quality of teaching4.0

Rating: 4.0/5.0

4.2

Rating: 4.2/5.0

Value for money3.0

Rating: 3.0/5.0

3.9

Rating: 3.9/5.0

Homestay4.0

Rating: 4.0/5.0

4.1

Rating: 4.1/5.0

Shared flat4.0

Rating: 4.0/5.0

4.0

Rating: 4.0/5.0

Student opinions about International Gateway, Kelowna

Verified reviews only, uncensored. All student opinions from students who booked a course at the school with LanguageCourse.net.
Liked
Being able to interact with so many people from all over the world
Insider tips about what future students should not miss you learn not only a language, but you can find some friends
Overall rating
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Value for money
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

City/place
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Facilities (library, classrooms)
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Quality of teaching / language progress
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

School organization
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Social activities
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Other comments They are very good in creating a strong community of students and teachers, we all are friends
Course: Practical ESL Full time - 2 weeks
14. Aug. 2013
Liked
The teachers are very capable
Insider tips about what future students should not miss you are having fun studying English
Overall rating
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Value for money
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

City/place
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Facilities (library, classrooms)
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Quality of teaching / language progress
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

School organization
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Social activities
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Other comments excellent school
Course: Practical ESL Full time - 2 weeks
14. Aug. 2013

Map  

618 Bernard Avenue - V1Y 6P3 Kelowna
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Questions and answers about International Gateway

  • Yes, students can add some weeks! Depending on the availability.
    Yuko, Administration from International Gateway Kelowna, Kelowna - Aug 02, 2023

FAQ about International Gateway, Kelowna

  • English courses at International Gateway start at 167 C$ for General English 10 course with 10 lessons per week. When booking here you benefit from an exclusive discount.
  • The accommodation Homestay (Age 19+) is the most popular among all our clients of International Gateway
  • Yes. The school offers pickup from Kelowna International Airport (110 C$)
  • 100% of teachers at International Gateway hold a university degree. 100% hold a recognized language teaching certificate.
  • The highest Nationality percentage at International Gateway comes from Japan with a 40% representation, followed by students from Switzerland (10%) and Brazil (5%).
  • Yes, there is an exclusive discount that only applies when booking online here.
  • International Gateway offers courses from 12 years (Junior Summer Camp - All Inclusive, 15 lessons per week) to 99. Average age is 19 during the summer and 25 for the rest of the year.

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4.3 

Rating: 4.3/5.0

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