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LSI - Language Studies International, Vancouver, Canada

4.2

Rating: 4.2/5.0

2nd Floor, 806 Homer Street - V6B 2W5 Vancouver - see on map
LSI - Language Studies International - Teacher and students

What we like about the school

  • School offers a full week of social activities.
  • Apartment - shared / Residence accommodation very close to school
  • Free assistance in applying to college/university programmes by a qualified consultant.

What we dislike about the school

  • Accommodation placement fee is quite pricey.
  • Homestay accommodation is between 45-60 minutes travelling time from the school.
How we create the points regarding what we like/dislike about a school

Location: LSI is right in the heart of Downtown Vancouver. Due to its location there is plenty to see and do around the school, with numerous bars, nightclubs, restaurants, shops and cafes lining the streets.

Getting around: There are two subway stations within 10 minutes from the school by foot. The Granville Station has the Expo Line running through it, whilst the Vancouver City Centre Station is a stop on the Canada Line. Close to these subway stations is the Granville Train Station.

Major attractions: The main attraction in Vancouver is Stanley Park. The entrance to this is a 30-minute walk from LSI or a 12-minute trip via bus. Granville Island is another important feature of the city. Students can walk to the ferry and hop across the river to reach the island or take a bus. Both options take around 25 minutes. Vancouver Art Gallery is a short walk from LSI.

Course structure: General English courses can be taken as group classes, individual lessons or a combination of the two. Exam preparation courses are possible for the following exams; IELTS exam, the Cambridge Exams, the TOEFL exam and the TOEIC exam. The English used in a business environment is a course option. The school has junior courses in the summer months for those under 18 years of age.

School facilities: The school has a student lounge, a terrace, a kitchen space with a microwave and fridge as well as a vending machine.

Social activities: There is a monthly calendar of activities students can join to practise their English with other students.

Chain school: As a group, Language Studies International (LSI) has schools located in 7 countries throughout the world. These countries include France, the USA, England, New Zealand, Switzerland and Canada.

For over 55 years, LSI has been supplying tuition to adults, juniors and teachers. Their schools are accredited internationally by such accreditors as EAQUALS, Accet, the British Council, English New Zealand, Languages Canada, and more.
  • The language school LSI - Language Studies International was founded in Vancouver, Canada in 1993.
  • Legal name / parent company: Language Studies International (Canada) Inc.
  • Tax registration ID: 898565478RC0001
  • Abbreviated name of school: LSI Vancouver

English Courses

General Language
Private
Work & Study
Business
Exam Preparation
Information for all courses offered by LSI - Language Studies International
Comments about courses

For Beginners level a minimum booking of 12 weeks is required.

Custodianship service available (if requested by Canadian Embassy): CAD 70

Optional Health Insurance: CAD 20 per week.

Lesson duration
50 minutes
School's administrative fee
175.00 C$
Level test
A test to assess your exact language level takes place at the school on the first day of the course.
Individual classes
Single individual lessons of tuition can be reserved at 105 C$. The combination of group and individual lessons is highly recommended. Individual lessons will encourage you to actively speak the foreign language and will offer you the opportunity to discuss individual problems and weaknesses.
Days without class
In 2023 (including national and regional bank holidays):
02 Jan. 2023, 20 Feb. 2023, 07 Apr. 2023, 10 Apr. 2023, 03 Jul. 2023, 22 May 2023, 07 Aug. 2023, 07 Aug. 2023, 04 Sep. 2023, 30 Sep. 2023, 09 Oct. 2023, 11 Nov. 2023, 22 Dec. 2023 - 31 Dec. 2023.
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.
Course material
Generally course material is distributed free to students and will stay in student property.

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 Free consultation about suitable college/university programs by a qualified consultant
  • INCLUDED Free assistance in applying to college/university programs by a qualified consultant
Note: All courses offered by LSI - Language Studies International, Vancouver can be reserved online with LanguageCourse.Net. In case a course is not listed above, just let us know.

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LSI - Language Studies International (LSI)

Accreditations and Quality seals
Languages CanadaPreferential Terms in Case of Visa RefusalCIC
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 8:40
School Size
Offer for returning students
You will be refunded/waived the school's administration fee If you already attended previously a course at LSI - Language Studies International and you book here.
Payment methods accepted for payments made directly to the school
Visa - logoMastercard - logoAmerican Express - logoTravellers Check - logoBank Transfer - logo

General school facilities

  • Kitchen for student use

  • Microwave for student use

  • Fridge for student use

  • Computer lab

  • Library

  • Daily press

  • Free after-class access to language learning software

  • Lounge

  • Garden

  • Balcony / terrace

  • Student support desk

  • Copy machine

  • Printer for student use

  • Video game console

  • Free coffee

  • Free WIFI

  • Facilities for islamic students

    • Available area to pray at the school

    • Homestay option that can prepare halal food

    • Homestay option for female islamic students where no men are living in household and that prepare halal food

    • Our washrooms are available for washing before prayers. We also have a special classroom that is designated for students to pray.
  • Classroom equipment

    • TV in most classrooms

    • Air conditioning in all classrooms

    • Heating in all classrooms

    • Ample natural light in all classrooms

    Number of classrooms: 12
    Number of public PC workstations: 9

    Facilities for disabled students

    • Wheelchair access to classroom

    • Accessible Toilet

    • Wheelchair access to reception

    • Wheelchair access to cafeteria

    • Adapted for students with learning difficulty

    • LSI Vancouver has had students with hearing difficulties, students in wheelchairs and many other special needs. We respect the students and the courage that it may take to study abroad. In 2013 we welcomed a Swiss French student with severe epilepsy and she was well taken care of and passed her FCE exam.

Additional comment about facilities of school

Flat-screen TVs Computers in most classrooms * Free coffee and tea

Student Age / Nationality

Average number of students
Adult courses - In summer: 250
Adult courses - Throughout the year: 150
Junior courses - In summer: 20
Junior courses - Throughout the year: 10
Minimum age of students
16 years
12 years for specific Junior courses
Average number of levels
Adult courses In summer: 6
Adult courses Throughout the year: 6
Junior courses In summer: 1
Junior courses Throughout the year: 1
Average age of students
In summer: 22 years
Throughout the year: 24 years

Top student nationalities

Age of students

Airport transfer

Optional airport transfer
Vancouver International Airport:
125 C$ one way
230 C$ return (both ways)
Best arrival airport is Vancouver International (YVR).
More information about airports around Vancouver and how to get from the airport to Vancouver on your own here on our Vancouver page.

Visa Documents

Nationals from Mexico can travel and study a language course up to 18 hours a week and for a maximum of 180 days without a full visa. It is just necessary to apply online for an ESTA card (Electronic System for Travel Authorization).
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
Yes
Express shipment fee (via courier)
110 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
Ballet5 km
Baseball5 km
Basketball3 km
Dancing-
Diving5 km
Football (soccer)-
Golf3 km
Horse riding10 km
Ice Hockey3 km
Mountainbiking10 km
Music-
Sailing3 km
Skiing20 km
Squash3 km
Swimming5 km
Tennis3 km
Volleyball2 km
Windsurfing5 km
Yoga3 km

Examples of leisure activities organized by the school

Adults - Free activities

Stanley Park Lynn Valley Park Holiday parties (Halloween, Christmas) Cultural events (Chinese New Year, Polar Bear Swim, Jazz Festival) * Local tours (Chinatown, Gastown, UBC, nature tours, Granville Island)

Adults - Paid activities

Golf (CAD 15) Bowling (CAD 10) NHL Hockey Game (CAD 50) Aquarium (CAD 20) Harbour Centre Lookout (CAD 11) Science World (CAD 26) Ice skating (CAD 4) Restaurant (CAD 10 to CAD 20) * UBC Museum of Anthropology (CAD 12)
Leisure programme for adults (sample):
 Sample of activities for adults (PDF)
Sample of activities for adults (PDF)
Leisure programme for adults (sample):
 Sample of activities for adults (PDF)
Sample of activities for adults (PDF)

Accommodation

Reviews

4.2

Rating: 4.2/5.0

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LSI - Language Studies International, Vancouver
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Student opinions about LSI - Language Studies International, Vancouver
Liked
In the school, consideration is given to the individual strengths and weaknesses of the students. This enabled me to improve in the areas relevant to me. The small class size has made a decisive contribution to my progress and I would definitely visit the school again. To get the best experience, you should take part in some activities, especially at the beginning. The organisation of the language course was very quick and straightforward and if any questions arose, I always received an answer very promptly.
Disliked
If you already have a high level of English (C1), you should limit your time at school to 4-5 weeks. After a certain point, the increase in the learning curve decreases at the highest level.
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Course: Intensive 25 - 5 weeks
17. Nov. 2022
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The concern and involvement of all teachers and board members in each of the students, besides the great humane treatment.
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Course: Intensive 30 - 8 weeks
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The quality of teaching, the quality of the LSI reception, the follow-up of LSI and the meetings between students
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Course: Standard 20 [Anglais] - 4 weeks
2. May. 2018
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The teachers are professional, the staff is friendly and the school offers a lot of activities.
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Other comments: maybe there could be two groups from 18 to 30 anm from 30 onwards, because if you are 40 then the expectations are different from students at the age of 18.
Course: Standard 20 - 2 weeks
17. Nov. 2008
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Friendly and helpful director, professional teachers, very good learning atmosphere.
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Course: Intensive 30 - 8 weeks
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FAQ about LSI - Language Studies International, Vancouver

  • English courses at LSI - Language Studies International start at 195 C$ for Afternoon 10 course with 10 lessons per week. When booking here you benefit from an exclusive discount.
  • The accommodation Homestay is the most popular among all our clients of Language Studies International
  • Yes. The school offers pickup from Vancouver International Airport (125 C$)
  • Depending on the chosen course, the maximum number of students at Language Studies International varies from 1 students (9 Day Compact Course (82)) to 16 students (Intensive 25)
  • 100% of teachers at LSI - Language Studies International hold a university degree. 100% hold a recognized language teaching certificate.
  • The highest Nationality percentage at LSI - Language Studies International comes from Brazil with a 20% representation, followed by students from Italy (9%) and Japan (6%).
  • Yes, there is an exclusive discount that only applies when booking online here.
  • LSI - Language Studies International offers courses from 16 years to 99. Average age is 22 during the summer and 24 for the rest of the year.

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