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English school in Vancouver: LAB - Language Across Borders

Organized social activities were rated by students as the best or among the top 20% of all schools in Canada

What we like about the school

  • Specializes in conversational English
  • Top rated social activities

LAB - Language Across Borders

The language school LAB - Language Across Borders was founded in Vancouver, Canada in 1992. The school is located in dynamic Yaletown, the newest and trendiest district of downtown Vancouver. In addition to being close to the Vancouver Public Library, bus stops, cafes, restaurants and other central conveniences, the school is located just a few minutes walking distance from Roundhouse/Yaletown and Chinatown/Stadium Stations.

The school address is: 188 Nelson Street, V6B 6J8 - Vancouver, Canada (see on map)

Accreditations and Quality seals

Languages Canada / CAPLSQEPreferential Terms in Case of Visa RefusalEQA, PTIB

School Size:

Facilities

  • Kitchen for student use

  • Microwave for student use

  • Fridge for student use

  • Snack vending machine

  • Drink vending machine

  • Computer lab

  • Library

  • Daily press

  • Movie rental

  • Games room

  • Lounge

  • Auditorium

  • Student support desk

  • Copy machine

  • Printer for student use

  • Table tennis

  • Table soccer / football

  • Free coffee

  • Free water dispenser

  • Free WIFI

Classroom equipment

  • TV in all classrooms

  • Air conditioning in all classrooms

  • Heating in all classrooms

  • Ample natural light in most classrooms

Number of classrooms:

17

Number of public PC workstations:

10

Facilities for disabled students

  • Wheelchair access to classroom

  • Disabled toilet

  • Wheelchair access to reception

  • Wheelchair access to cafeteria

  • Adapted for students with learning difficulty

Prices include

  • Organized activities
  • Internet access and use of school computers
  • Wireless LAN zone at school
  • Free certificate of course attendance
  • Language level placement test at first day of classes
  • For adult courses: a minimum of one free organized leisure activity per week
  • Free consultation about suitable college/university programs by qualified consultant
  • Free assistance in applying to college/university programs by qualified consultant
  • Paid assistance in finding flats for long-term students at

Course material:

Generally course material is distributed free to students and will stay in student property.

Average number of students

  • Adult courses throughout the year: 240
  • Junior courses in summer: 60

Average age of students

Average number of levels

  • Adult courses in summer: 10
  • Adult courses throughout the year: 7
  • Junior courses in summer: 4

Minimum age of students

  • 17 years
  • 15 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):

19
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1
1
1
1
7
1
1
20
17
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4
1
1
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Optional airport transfer

Best arrival airport is Vancouver International.

Vancouver International Airport:
120 C$ pick up
240 C$ return (both ways)

Days without class

In 2018 (including national and regional bank holidays): 01.Jan.2018, 12.Feb.2018, 30.Mar.2018, 13.Apr.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, 22.Mar.2019, 19.Apr.2019, 20.May.2019, 01.Jul.2019, 05.Aug.2019, 02.Sep.2019, 14.Oct.2019, 11.Nov.2019, 23.Dec.2019 - 27.Dec.2019.

If a bank holiday falls on a weekday there is no refund nor are classes recuperated. This is the case for the majority of language schools.

English Courses

Weeks 1 2 3 4 6 8 10 12 16 24 Additional Week
Price in C$ 385 366 770 732 1140 1083 1520 1444 2280 2166 2960 2812 3700 3515 4140 3933 5280 5016 7440 7068 345 328
Price in US$ 279 557 824 1099 1648 2139 2674 2992 3816 5376 250
Starting dates
Every Monday .
General course schedule
6 daily lessons of 60 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: 9:00  - 16:00
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 24 32 Additional Week
Price in C$ 300 285 600 570 795 756 1060 1007 1590 1511 2040 1938 2550 2423 3680 3496 5160 4902 6720 6384 235 224
Price in US$ 217 434 575 766 1149 1475 1843 2660 3729 4856 170
Starting dates
Every Monday .
General course schedule
3 daily lessons of 60 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: 9:00  - 12:00
Required minimum language level
Beginner (A1) (No previous knowledge required) or higher
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Weeks 1 2 3 4 6 8 10 12 16 24 Additional Week
Price in C$ 300 285 600 570 795 756 1060 1007 1590 1511 2040 1938 2550 2423 2820 2679 3680 3496 5160 4902 235 224
Price in US$ 217 434 575 766 1149 1475 1843 2038 2660 3729 170
Designed to focus on grammatical structure, academic vocabulary building, reading comprehension, writing skills and overall improvement of communication skills.
Starting dates
2018: 02.Jan.2018, 29.Jan.2018, 05.Mar.2018, 02.Apr.2018, 30.Apr.2018, 04.Jun.2018, 03.Jul.2018, 07.Aug.2018, 04.Sep.2018, 01.Oct.2018, 05.Nov.2018, 03.Dec.2018.
2019: 08.Jan.2019, 04.Feb.2019, 04.Mar.2019, 01.Apr.2019, 06.May.2019, 03.Jun.2019, 02.Jul.2019, 06.Aug.2019, 03.Sep.2019, 30.Sep.2019, 04.Nov.2019, 02.Dec.2019.
Required minimum language level
Lower intermediate (B1) or higher
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Weeks 1 2 3 4 6 8 16 20 24 32 Additional Week
Price in C$ 300 285 600 570 795 756 1060 1007 1590 1511 2040 1938 3680 3496 4500 4275 5160 4902 6720 6384 235 224
Price in US$ 217 434 575 766 1149 1475 2660 3252 3729 4856 170
This courses focus on: -Overall Listening Comprehension. -Discrete (word-to-word) Listening Skills. -Clear Pronunciation.> Students can take Listening & Pronunciation course and choose another half-time program to complement their studies.
Starting dates
Every Monday .
General course schedule
3 daily lessons of 60 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: 9:00  - 12:00
Afternoon: 13:00  - 16:00
Required minimum language level
Upper intermediate (B2) or higher
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Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Price in C$ -- -- -- 1060 1007 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Price in US$ -- -- -- 766 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
The objective of this 4-week course is to focus on two key elements of language acquisition: listening and pronunciation. A comprehensive overview of the English sound system combined with specific listening activities aids in the development of clear speech and discrete listening skills thus improving overall communication skills. A first and last day assessment helps students to see how much they can progress in just 4 just weeks.
Starting dates
2018: 02.Jan.2018, 02.Apr.2018, 04.Sep.2018.
2019: 07.Jan.2019, 01.Apr.2019, 03.Sep.2019.
General course schedule
3 daily lessons of 60 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: 13:00  - 16:00
Required minimum language level
Upper intermediate (B2) or higher
RESERVE & Secure the Lowest Price »
Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Price in C$ -- -- -- 1060 1007 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Price in US$ -- -- -- 766 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Required minimum language level
Lower intermediate (B1) or higher
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Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Price in C$ -- 2500 2438 3300 3218 4000 3900 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Price in US$ -- 1854 2448 2967 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Course price includes accommodation
Homestay, Single room, Breakfast & lunch & dinner
It includes: study materials, admission and transportation to all activities, day-trips on the weekends and medical insurance for the duration of study at the school. Price includes
Airport transfer (return trip)
Starting dates
2018: 03.Jul.2018, 07.Aug.2018.
2019: 02.Jul.2019.
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$ -- 1500 1425 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Price in US$ -- 1084 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
The package price also includes: Registration fee, 2 weeks of Customized English Classes, Activities & Transportation for special activities listed on the program, Student ID, Welcome package, certificate and a leader.
Starting dates
2018: 28.May.2018, 24.Sep.2018.
2019: 27.May.2019, 16.Sep.2019.
General course schedule
2 daily lessons of 60 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: 9:00  - 12:00
Afternoon: 13:00  - 16:00
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 12
Price in C$ 300 285 600 570 795 756 1060 1007 1325 1259 1590 1511 1855 1763 2040 1938 2295 2181 2550 2423 2820 2679
Price in US$ 217 434 575 766 958 1149 1341 1475 1659 1843 2038
Starting dates
Every Monday .
General course schedule
3 daily lessons of 60 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: 13:00  - 16:00
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$ -- -- -- 1060 1007 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Price in US$ -- -- -- 766 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
The objective of this in-demand 4-week program is to give students a "hands on" opportunity to use all the skills needed in any business situation. A wide range of activities, including dialogues, exercises, and role-playing, is used throughout the program to encourage communication among students. The curriculum is designed to improve technical grammar as well as overall business vocabulary.
Starting dates
2018: 05.Mar.2018, 07.Aug.2018.
2019: 04.Mar.2019, 02.Jul.2019.
General course schedule
3 daily lessons of 60 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: 13:00  - 16:00
Required minimum language level
Upper intermediate (B2) or higher
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Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Price in C$ -- -- -- 400 380 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Price in US$ -- -- -- 290 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Registration fee for this course is CAD 50.
Students must be already in Vancouver to register for this course.
Course options:
- Grammar (upper intermediate)
- Communication (advanced)
- IELTS preparation (advanced).
Starting dates
2018: 01.May.2018, 05.Jun.2018, 03.Jul.2018, 07.Aug.2018, 04.Sep.2018, 02.Oct.2018, 06.Nov.2018, 04.Dec.2018.
2019: 07.Jan.2019, 04.Feb.2019, 04.Mar.2019, 01.Apr.2019, 06.May.2019, 03.Jun.2019, 02.Jul.2019, 06.Aug.2019, 03.Sep.2019, 30.Sep.2019, 04.Nov.2019.
General course schedule
1 daily lessons of 60 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: 18:00  - 20:30
Required minimum language level
Upper intermediate (B2) or higher
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Note: All courses offered by LAB - Language Across Borders, 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: 60 minutes
Comments about courses:On Fridays, you can participate in a full-day or a half-day activity depending on the intensity of your course.
For private lessons, students have to book a 10-hour package first ($600) and add additional hours, if necessary ($70/hour).

Accommodation

weeks 1 2 3 4 Additional Week One-time fee
(charged by school)
Price in C$ 235 470 705 940 235 250
Price in US$ 179 358 537 715 179 191
Prices based on accommodation from Sunday to Sunday
Price per person
Price extra night:
45 C$ (Individual extra nights bookable at indicated extra night price)
Room Occupancy:
Single room.
Distance from school:
38 minutes by public transport (average reported by our former students)
Includes:
TV, Phone, Towels, Bedding/linen, Access to laundry service, Kitchen, Access to Wifi in building (Free WIFI), Heating, Breakfast & lunch & dinner, Shared bathroom.
Age of students
Minimum age of students: 17
Maximum age of students: 80
Dates

High season dates 03.Jun.2018 - 01.Sep.2018
High season
High season supplement per week: 15 C$
weeks 1 2 3 4 Additional Week One-time fee
(charged by school)
Price in C$ 215 430 645 860 -- 250
Price in US$ 164 328 491 655 191
Prices based on accommodation from Sunday to Sunday
Price per person
Price extra night:
40 C$ (Individual extra nights bookable at indicated extra night price)
Room Occupancy:
Double room.
Distance from school:
45 minutes by public transport
Includes:
TV, Phone, Towels, Bedding/linen, Access to laundry service, Access to Wifi in building (Free WIFI), Heating, Breakfast & lunch & dinner, Shared bathroom.
Age of students
Minimum age of students: 18
Dates

High season dates 03.Jun.2018 - 01.Sep.2018
High season
High season supplement per week: 10 C$
weeks 1 2 3 4 Additional Week One-time fee
(charged by school)
Price in C$ 220 440 660 880 -- 250
Price in US$ 168 335 502 670 191
Price per person
Price extra night:
40 C$ (Individual extra nights bookable at indicated extra night price)
Room Occupancy:
Single room.
Distance from school:
38 minutes by public transport (average reported by our former students)
Includes:
TV, Phone, Towels, Bedding/linen, Access to laundry service, Kitchen, Heating, Breakfast & 1 meal.
Age of students
Minimum age of students: 0
Dates

High season dates 03.Jun.2018 - 01.Sep.2018
High season
High season supplement per week: 15 C$
weeks 1 2 3 4 Additional Week One-time fee
(charged by school)
Price in C$ 220 440 660 880 -- 250
Price in US$ 168 335 502 670 191
Prices based on accommodation from Sunday to Sunday
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:
TV, Phone, Towels, Bedding/linen, Access to laundry service, Kitchen, Access to Wifi in building (Free WIFI), Heating, Breakfast & 1 meal, Shared bathroom.
Age of students
Minimum age of students: 18
Dates

High season dates 03.Jun.2018 - 01.Sep.2018
High season
High season supplement per week: 15 C$
YMCA, Youth Hostel, Student Hotel, and Student Residence options also available.

Leisure activities

activity possibledistance from school
Ballet5 km
Baseball10 km
Basketball0.5 km
Cooking 
Dancing1 km
Diving10 km
Field Hockey20 km
Football (soccer)5 km
Golf20 km
Horse riding20 km
Ice Hockey10 km
Mountainbiking20 km
Music1 km
Sailing15 km
Skiing20 km
Squash10 km
Swimming5 km
Table Tennis 
Tennis5 km
Volleyball 
Windsurfing 
Yoga1 km
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Reviews

City
4.7/5.0 
Organisation
4.4/5.0 
Facilities
3.9/5.0 
Social activities
4.4/5.0 
Course quality / Progress in language
4.1/5.0 
Value for money
3.9/5.0 
Accommodation
Homestay
4.2/5.0 
Shared Flat (apartment)
4.4/5.0 
Other
4.1/5.0 
Students liked about LAB - Language Across Borders, Vancouver
Friday activities and general organization
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
4.0/5.0
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: they really can improve their English
Other comments: very good institute
Good teachers & lively classes, friendly staffs & students, lots of school activities. I really enjoyed CSLI.
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
Homestay
3.0/5.0
Additional information
Insider tips about what future students should not miss: If you want to enjoy both studies and activities in a short time, CSLI is suitable for you. If you want to settle down and concentrate on study, you might feel unsatisfied.
The friendly teachers and students.
Overall rating
5.0/5.0
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
4.0/5.0
Accommodation
Homestay
4.0/5.0
Additional information
Insider tips about what future students should not miss: Every Tuesday the CSLI students meet at the Backstage Lounge, Granville Island - cheap beer.
We were very happy to have Joel as our teacher
Overall rating
4.0/5.0
Value for money
4.0/5.0
Detailed review
City/place
4.0/5.0
Facilities (library, classrooms)
3.0/5.0
Quality of teaching / language progress
5.0/5.0
School organization
4.0/5.0
Social activities
4.0/5.0
Accommodation
Additional information
Insider tips about what future students should not miss: Do not miss the extracurricular activities offered by the school
I loved the atmosphere of the school, everybody is nice and we are all a big family.
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
Other comments: I stayed in Vancouver for 6 months and I can say this is the best school to learn English. Going to school evry day is a pleasure because everybody is very nice. The teachers, the staff and the students are always available and ready to help. Rather than a school, we are a family.

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