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VanWest College, Vancouver, Canada

VanWest College

  • The language school is located in the world's most livable city of Vancouver. The multi-cultural atmosphere and variety of activities will make a student's enjoyable and worthwhile.
  • The language school VanWest College was founded in Vancouver, Canada in 1988.
  • Address: 200-1016 Nelson St, V6E 1H8 - Vancouver, Canada (see on map)
  • Legal name / parent company: VanWest College Ltd
  • Tax registration ID: GST#17-145612
  • Covid-19 Status: School currently open

Covid-19 related security measures that are taken by VanWest College

To ensure all of our students and staff stay safe and healthy, we are strictly following all guidelines set by the British Columbia government. We will strictly enforce the following measures: 

- Temperature check on students and staff before they enter the building;
- Students, teachers and staff are required to wear non-medical masks or face coverings at all times;   
- Staggered schedules or reduced class sizes to reduce contact intensity;
- Focus on individual or small group activities;  
- Emphasis on zero physical contact between students;
- Space separation of desks throughout the classroom;
- Traffic-directed control through hallways and entrances;  
- Increased access to hand sanitizer stations at main entrances;
- Increased signage around the building reminding students of physical distancing and hygiene practices; 
- Increase cleaning, disinfecting, housekeeping, and other maintenance routines of all areas on campus;
- Quarantine practices for returning or incoming students.

Accreditations and Quality seals

ALTOIALC Languages Canada / CAPLSQEPreferential Terms in Case of Visa RefusalLanguages Canada

Facilities

  • Cafeteria

  • Microwave for student use

  • Fridge for student use

  • Snack vending machine

  • Drink vending machine

  • Computer lab

  • Lounge

  • Balcony / terrace

  • Student support desk

  • Copy machine

  • Printer for student use

  • 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:

28

Our price includes

  • INCLUDED Wireless LAN zone at school
  • INCLUDED Free certificate of course attendance
  • INCLUDED Language level placement test at first day of classes
  • INCLUDED Language level placement test before arrival

Course material:

Generally course material has to be purchased by the student. The costs of course material will be approximately 20 C$ per week.

Average age of students

Average number of levels

  • Adult courses in summer: 12
  • Adult courses throughout the year: 12
  • Junior courses in summer: 12
  • Junior courses throughout the year: 12

Minimum age of students

  • 16 years
  • 7 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):

15
15
24
21
6

Optional airport transfer

Vancouver International Airport:
100 C$ pick up
200 C$ return (both ways)

Days without class

In 2020 (including national and regional bank holidays): 01 Jan. 2020, 10 Apr. 2020, 13 Apr. 2020, 18 May 2020, 01 Jul. 2020, 03 Aug. 2020, 07 Sep. 2020, 12 Oct. 2020, 11 Nov. 2020, 25 Dec. 2020 - 26 Dec. 2020.

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

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Price in C$ 390 371 780 741 1170 1112 1560 1482 2340 2223 3120 2964 8855 8413 9000 8550 12000 11400 15620 14839 355 338
Price in RUB 21716 43432 65148 86863 130295 173726 493058 501132 668176 869742 19767
Based on an integrated skill curriculum, morning classes will teach the student specific strategies to improve his/her English. Afternoon elective courses will reinforce his/her core language skills: reading, writing, listening and speaking.This course is composed of 20 General English language lessons and 10 elective courses per week.
Starting dates
Every Monday.
General course schedule
6 daily lessons of 50 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: 8:30  - 11:50
Afternoon: 12:50  - 14:45
Required minimum language level
Beginner (A1) (No previous knowledge required) or higher
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Price in C$ 360 342 720 684 1080 1026 1440 1368 2160 2052 2880 2736 8165 7757 8280 7866 11040 10488 14300 13585 325 309
Price in RUB 20046 40091 60136 80182 120272 160363 454638 461041 614722 796242 18097
Based on an integrated skill curriculum, morning classes will teach the student specific strategies to improve his/her English. Afternoon elective courses will reinforce his/her core language skills: reading, writing, listening and speaking.This course is composed of 20 General English language lessons and 5 elective courses per week.
Starting dates
Every Monday.
General course schedule
5 daily lessons of 50 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: 8:30  - 13:45
Required minimum language level
Beginner (A1) (No previous knowledge required) or higher
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Price in C$ 330 314 660 627 990 941 1320 1254 1980 1881 2640 2508 7475 7102 7560 7182 10080 9576 12980 12331 295 281
Price in RUB 18375 36750 55125 73500 110249 146999 416218 420951 561268 722743 16426
Based on an integrated skill curriculum, morning classes will teach the student specific strategies to improve his/her English.
Starting dates
Every Monday.
General course schedule
4 daily lessons of 50 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: 8:30  - 11:50
Required minimum language level
Beginner (A1) (No previous knowledge required) or higher
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Junior
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Price in C$ -- 1000 950 1500 1425 2000 1900 2475 2352 2970 2822 3465 3292 3960 3762 -- -- --
Price in RUB -- 55682 83522 111363 137812 165374 192936 220498 -- -- --
The course includes:
Skill-based learning:
- Speaking and fluency.
- Simple spelling and writing.
- Listening and comprehension.
Pronunciation and Phonetics:
- English sounds.
- Reading simple sentences in English.
Kids over 12 years old will join the General English course or English for Youth course.
Starting dates
2020: 29 Jun. 2020 - 28 Aug. 2020.
General course schedule
6 daily lessons of 50 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: 8:30 Afternoon: 14:35
Required minimum language level
Beginner (A1) (No previous knowledge required) or higher
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Price in C$ -- 1560 1482 2340 2223 3120 2964 3800 3610 4560 4332 5320 5054 6080 5776 -- -- --
Price in RUB -- 86863 130295 173726 211589 253907 296225 338543 -- -- --
This course is for young students who want to study English and experience life in Canada through a wide selection of group activities. The curriculum includes core English skills (speaking, listening, reading, and writing) and Canadian culture.
Six activities/trips per week are included.
Starting dates
2020: 06 Jan. 2020 - 28 Feb. 2020, 29 Jun. 2020 - 14 Aug. 2020.
General course schedule
6 daily lessons of 50 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: 10:15  - 11:50
Required minimum language level
Beginner (A1) (No previous knowledge required) or higher
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Price in C$ -- 780 741 1170 1112 1560 1482 1950 1853 2340 2223 2730 2594 3120 2964 -- -- --
Price in RUB -- 43432 65148 86863 108579 130295 152010 173726 -- -- --
Parents can take any of the following courses based on their needs:
- General English.
- English for Academic Purposes (EAP).
- Business English.

This course should also be taken for children 13 years old up.
Starting dates
2020: 29 Jun. 2020 - 14 Aug. 2020.
General course schedule
6 daily lessons of 50 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: 8:30  - 14:35
Required minimum language level
Beginner (A1) (No previous knowledge required) or higher
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Private
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Price in C$ 330 314 660 627 990 941 1320 1254 1650 1568 1980 1881 2310 2195 2480 2356 2790 2651 3100 2945 290 276
Price in RUB 18375 36750 55125 73500 91875 110249 128624 138090 155351 172612 16148
Private lessons are perfect for those who want to speed up their progress and focus on specific needs.
Starting dates
Every Monday.
Required minimum language level
Beginner (A1) (No previous knowledge required) or higher
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Work & Study
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Price in C$ 330 314 660 627 990 941 1320 1254 1980 1881 2640 2508 4225 4014 7560 7182 10080 9576 12980 12331 295 281
Price in RUB 18375 36750 55125 73500 110249 146999 235254 420951 561268 722743 16426
English for Academic Purposes (EAP) is a series of challenging courses that will prepare the student in core subject areas that are generally encountered in academic settings. Courses cover a variety of relevant and interesting topics, both Canadian and international.
This course will also provide a solid foundation of language skills to help prepare him/her for high stakes official exams such as IELTS or CAE.
Starting dates
Every Monday.
General course schedule
4 daily lessons of 50 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: 8:30  - 11:50
Required minimum language level
Beginner (A1) (No previous knowledge required) or higher
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Business
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Weeks 1 2 3 4 6 8 13 24 32 44 Additional Week
Price in C$ 330 314 660 627 990 941 1320 1254 1980 1881 2640 2508 4225 4014 7560 7182 10080 9576 12980 12331 295 281
Price in RUB 18375 36750 55125 73500 110249 146999 235254 420951 561268 722743 16426
Linguaskill Business is a replacement of BULATS. This course measures the ability of non-native speakers to communicate in English in everyday business environments. The course is an excellent choice for students who plan to use English for business or the workplace. Students receive pre-tests and the official test is offered at the college every 4 weeks.Linguaskill Exam Components:
- Reading and Listening: CAD 100
- Speaking: CAD 100
- Writing: CAD 100.

Exam fee: CAD 250.
Starting dates
Every Monday.
General course schedule
4 daily lessons of 50 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: 8:30  - 10:05
Afternoon: 12:50  - 13:45
Required minimum language level
Lower intermediate (B1) or higher
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Exam Preparation
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Price in C$ 330 314 660 627 990 941 1320 1254 1980 1881 2640 2508 4225 4014 7560 7182 10080 9576 12980 12331 295 281
Price in RUB 18375 36750 55125 73500 110249 146999 235254 420951 561268 722743 16426
IELTS training and weekly practice tests will boost a student's confidence, while developing the structures, functions and vocabulary to help him/her get the band score he/she needs. Regular assessment and activities encourages him/her to identify what he/she has learned and where he/she needs to improve.
Starting dates
Every Monday.
General course schedule
4 daily lessons of 50 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: 8:30  - 10:05
Afternoon: 12:50  - 13:45
Required minimum language level
Lower intermediate (B1) or higher
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Lesson duration: 50 minutes
School's administrative fee: 150.00 C$
Comments about courses:Administration Fee (Second Application Change): CAD 150
Text books must be picked up at the reception and a deposit of CAD 50 per book is compulsory. This amount will be refunded if the books are returned in perfect condition. If there are no books available, students will receive copies for free.
Elective Course Options:
- Critical Response
- Listening
- Communication
- Speaking
- Grammar
- LINGUASKILL Intermediate
- IELTS 6.0

Accommodation

weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 10 12 Additional Week One-time fee
(charged by school)
Price in C$ -- 480 720 960 1200 1440 1680 1920 2400 2880 240 210
Price in RUB 28134 42201 56268 70335 84402 98468 112535 140669 168803 14067 12309
Prices based on accommodation from Sunday to Saturday
Price per person
Price extra night:
35 C$ (Individual extra nights bookable at indicated extra night price)
Room Occupancy:
Single room.
Includes:
Towels, Bedding/linen, Weekly cleaning, Kitchen, Access to Wifi in building (Free WIFI), Heating, Air conditioning, Breakfast & lunch & dinner, Shared bathroom.
Age of students:
Minimum age of students: 19
Maximum age of students: 99
Dates:
High season dates 01 Jun. 2020 - 31 Aug. 2020
High season:
High season supplement per week: 15 C$
weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 10 12 Additional Week One-time fee
(charged by school)
Price in C$ -- 440 660 880 1100 1320 1540 1760 2200 2640 220 210
Price in RUB 25790 38684 51579 64474 77368 90263 103157 128947 154736 12895 12309
Prices based on accommodation from Sunday to Saturday
Price per person
Price extra night:
35 C$ (Individual extra nights bookable at indicated extra night price)
Room Occupancy:
Double room (only for 2 people travelling together).
Includes:
Towels, Bedding/linen, Weekly cleaning, Kitchen, Access to Wifi in building (Free WIFI), Heating, Air conditioning, Breakfast & lunch & dinner, Shared bathroom.
Age of students:
Minimum age of students: 19
Maximum age of students: 99
Dates:
High season dates 01 Jun. 2020 - 31 Aug. 2020
High season:
High season supplement per week: 15 C$
weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 10 12 Additional Week One-time fee
(charged by school)
Price in C$ -- 490 735 980 1225 1470 1715 1960 2450 2940 245 210
Price in RUB 28720 43080 57440 71800 86160 100520 114880 143600 172319 14360 12309
Prices based on accommodation from Sunday to Saturday
Price per person
Price extra night:
35 C$ (Individual extra nights bookable at indicated extra night price)
Room Occupancy:
Single room.
Includes:
Towels, Bedding/linen, Weekly cleaning, Kitchen, Access to Wifi in building (Free WIFI), Heating, Air conditioning, Breakfast & lunch & dinner, Shared bathroom.
Age of students:
Minimum age of students: 7
Maximum age of students: 18
Dates:
High season dates 01 Jun. 2020 - 31 Aug. 2020
High season:
High season supplement per week: 15 C$
weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 10 12 Additional Week One-time fee
(charged by school)
Price in C$ -- 440 660 880 1100 1320 1540 1760 2200 2640 220 210
Price in RUB 25790 38684 51579 64474 77368 90263 103157 128947 154736 12895 12309
Prices based on accommodation from Sunday to Saturday
Price per person
Price extra night:
35 C$ (Individual extra nights bookable at indicated extra night price)
Room Occupancy:
Double room (only for 2 people travelling together).
Includes:
Towels, Bedding/linen, Weekly cleaning, Kitchen, Access to Wifi in building (Free WIFI), Heating, Air conditioning, Breakfast & lunch & dinner, Shared bathroom.
Age of students:
Minimum age of students: 7
Maximum age of students: 18
Dates:
High season dates 01 Jun. 2020 - 31 Aug. 2020
High season:
High season supplement per week: 15 C$
weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 10 12 Additional Week Deposit (refundable)* One-time fee
(charged by school)
Price in C$ -- -- -- 1100 1375 1650 1925 2200 2750 3300 275 500 210
Price in RUB 64474 80592 96710 112828 128947 161183 193420 16119 29306 12309
Prices based on accommodation from Sunday to Saturday
Price per person
Moving Out Cleaning Fee (Non-Refundable): CAD 60
Price extra night:
50 C$ (Individual extra nights bookable at indicated extra night price)
Room Occupancy:
Single room.
Includes:
TV, Phone, Daily cleaning, Towels, Bedding/linen, Weekly cleaning, Access to laundry service, Access to Wifi in building (Free WIFI), Heating, Air conditioning, No meals, Shared bathroom.
Age of students:
Minimum age of students: 19
weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 10 12 Additional Week Deposit (refundable)* One-time fee
(charged by school)
Price in C$ -- -- -- 860 1075 1290 1505 1720 2150 2580 215 500 210
Price in RUB 50407 63008 75610 88211 100813 126016 151219 12602 29306 12309
Prices based on accommodation from Sunday to Saturday
Price per person
Moving Out Cleaning Fee (Non-Refundable): CAD 60
Price extra night:
50 C$ (Individual extra nights bookable at indicated extra night price)
Room Occupancy:
Double room (only for 2 people travelling together).
Includes:
TV, Phone, Daily cleaning, Towels, Bedding/linen, Weekly cleaning, Access to laundry service, Access to Wifi in building (Free WIFI), Heating, Air conditioning, No meals, Shared bathroom.
Age of students:
Minimum age of students: 19
Additional Fees:
Medical Insurance: CAD 17 per week.
Legal Custodianship Fee (compulsory for all minors): CAD 250.

Homestay: Extra night during high season is CAD 50 per night.

Leisure activities

activity possibledistance from school
Ballet2 km
Baseball5 km
Basketball5 km
Cooking2 km
Dancing2 km
Diving100 km
Field Hockey5 km
Football (soccer)2 km
Golf5 km
Horse riding25 km
Ice Hockey2 km
Mountainbiking20 km
Music2 km
Sailing15 km
Skiing25 km
Squash5 km
Swimming2 km
Table Tennis5 km
Tennis5 km
Volleyball5 km
Windsurfing100 km
Yoga2 km

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    FAQ about VanWest College, Vancouver

  • English courses at VanWest College start at 314 C$ for General English Course 20 course with 20 lessons per week. When booking here you benefit from an exclusive discount.
  • Yes. The school offers pickup from Vancouver International Airport (100 C$)
  • Depending on the chosen course, the maximum number of students at VanWest College varies from 1 students (Private Lessons) to 15 students (General English Course 30)
  • 100% of teachers at VanWest College hold a university degree. 100% hold a recognized language teaching certificate.
  • The highest Nationality percentage at VanWest College comes from Japan with a 24.4% representation, followed by students from Korea (21.8%) and China (15.9%).
  • Yes, there is an exclusive discount that only applies when booking online here.
  • VanWest College offers courses from 7 years (English for Family Course (Kids), 30 lessons per week) to 99. Average age is 20 during the summer and 26 for the rest of the year.
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