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#1
OHC English

Average student rating for this school was the best or in the top 20% among all schools in Canada
Gastown

Rating: 5.0

5.03 reviews

Rating: 5.0

5.0
Quality of teaching

Rating: 5.0

5.0
Leisure program
Accreditations:
School accredited by Languages Canada / CAPLS

The school is located in the beautiful historic district of Gastown in downtown Vancouver. The school is a 5-minute walk away from the Skytrain Waterfront station. More

Course Categories (2)Accommodation (1)Facilities (20)
General English - 20 lessons per week | Max. group size: 16
FREE cancellation
FREE changes
820C$ 786C$
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Rating: 4.5

4.515 reviews

Rating: 4.4

4.4
Quality of teaching

Rating: 4.1

4.1
Leisure program
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Covid-19 Status:
School currently open
Accreditations:
School accredited by Languages Canada / CAPLS

The school is located in a modern office building in the centre of downtown Vancouver, within walking distance of all the major attractions and transport services. The city is surrounded by... More

Course Categories (15)Accommodation (2)Facilities (24)
General 20 - 20 lessons per week | Max. group size: 16
FREE cancellation
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855C$ 820C$
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#3
LAB - Languages Across Borders

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

Rating: 4.2

4.249 reviews

Rating: 4.1

4.1
Quality of teaching

Rating: 4.4

4.4
Leisure program
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Covid-19 Status:
School currently open
Accreditations:
School accredited by Languages Canada / CAPLS School accredited by QE (Quality English)

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... More

Course Categories (10)Accommodation (2)Facilities (33)
English Language Course (Semi-Intensive) - 21 lessons per week | Max. group size: 15
FREE cancellation
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880C$ 844C$
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Rating: 4.0

4.04 reviews

Rating: 4.2

4.2
Quality of teaching

Rating: 4.2

4.2
Leisure program
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Covid-19 Status:
School currently open
Accreditations:
School accredited by ALTO (Association of Language Travel Organisations) School accredited by Languages Canada / CAPLS

In the heart of one of the most attractive metropolitan cities, the school is just a few minutes’ walk from the harbour. More

Course Categories (6)Accommodation (1)Facilities (21)
General English - Morning 20 - 20 lessons per week | Max. group size: 16
FREE cancellation
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917C$ 880C$
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#5
ILSC Language School

downtown Vancouver, city centre

Rating: 4.0

4.03 reviews

Rating: 4.3

4.3
Quality of teaching

Rating: 4.3

4.3
Leisure program
Covid-19 Status:
School currently open
Accreditations:
School accredited by ALTO (Association of Language Travel Organisations) School accredited by Languages Canada / CAPLS

The school campuses are conveniently located in the city’s downtown core, close to public transit, banks restaurants, shopping and more!  More

Course Categories (14)Accommodation (2)Facilities (17)
Full-Time FT - 24 lessons per week | Max. group size: 15
FREE cancellation
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870C$ 834C$
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Rating: 2.0

2.02 reviews

Rating: 1.5

1.5
Quality of teaching

Rating: 1.5

1.5
Leisure program
|School Size:
Accreditations:
School accredited by Languages Canada / CAPLS

The school is located in the heart of the city and provides top quality teaching. Its highly dedicated teachers and personnel will make sure to make your learning experience in IH Vancouver... More

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IHV 20 Semi-Intensive Plus AM - 20 lessons per week | Max. group size: 16
FREE cancellation
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850C$ 815C$
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General English - Classic - 15 lessons per week | Max. group size: 1
FREE cancellation
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Includes accommodation -
3300US$ 3218US$
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VanWest College

Downtown
Covid-19 Status:
School currently open
Accreditations:
School accredited by ALTO (Association of Language Travel Organisations) School accredited by IALC  (International Association of Language Centres) School accredited by Languages Canada / CAPLS School accredited by QE (Quality English)

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. More

Course Categories (8)Accommodation (2)Facilities (13)
General English Course 25 - 25 lessons per week | Max. group size: 15
FREE cancellation
FREE changes
870C$ 834C$
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Accreditations:
School accredited by Languages Canada / CAPLS

The area where the language school is located is rich in culture and arts. Students can enjoy museums, cafes, and restaurants that dot the place. Nature lovers can also visit the beaches,... More

Course Categories (7)Accommodation (2)Facilities (6)
English Core Course - 20 lessons per week | Max. group size: 16
FREE cancellation
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750C$ 720C$
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Covid-19 Status:
School currently open

The modern language school is situated in the heart of downtown Vancouver. Students will enjoy breathtaking scenery, cold-weather sports mixed with urban nightlife and culture. More

Course Categories (4)Accommodation (1)Facilities (7)
General English - 20 lessons per week | Max. group size: 15
FREE cancellation
FREE changes
1080C$ 1033C$
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Accreditations:
School accredited by ALTO (Association of Language Travel Organisations) School accredited by Languages Canada / CAPLS School accredited by NAFSA (Association of International Educators)

LAL Vancouver is right in the heart of Downtown Vancouver. A 15 minute bus trip will take you to the amazing Stanley Park which will transport you out of the busy city and back into nature.... More

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Summer Teen Program - Homestay - 25 lessons per week | Max. group size: 15
FREE cancellation
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Includes accommodation -
1865C$ 1822C$
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Covid-19 Status:
School currently open
Accreditations:
School accredited by Languages Canada / CAPLS

EC English Vancouver is located in the heart of downtown Vancouver, a 25-minute walk from the Westin Bayshore Harbour. It is well located in terms of transport with both the Granville Metro... More

Course Categories (10)Accommodation (2)Facilities (3)
General English - 20 lessons per week | Max. group size: 15
FREE cancellation
FREE changes
810C$ 810C$
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Covid-19 Status:
School currently open
Accreditations:
School accredited by Languages Canada / CAPLS

Staff are dedicated to providing excellent service and support to all students in the brand new downtown campus which features a comfortable student seating area and a flat-screen TV.  More

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General Course + Accommodation - 26 lessons per week | Max. group size: 17
FREE cancellation
FREE changes
Includes accommodation -
1205€ 1205€
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Covid-19 Status:
School currently open
Accreditations:
School accredited by Languages Canada / CAPLS

The language school is located in an area near downtown Vancouver. Situated nearby are local bus stops and Skytrain stations that will allow students to easily access various attractions in... More

Course Categories (10)Accommodation (2)Facilities (5)
General Course - 20 lessons per week | Max. group size: 15
FREE cancellation
FREE changes
945C$ 945C$
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Covid-19 Status:
School re-opening on 01 January 2021
Accreditations:
School accredited by ALTO (Association of Language Travel Organisations) School accredited by UNOSEL  (Union Nationale des Organisations de Séjours Linguistiques) School accredited by WYSE/FIYTO (World Youth Student & Educational Travel Confereration)

Over 2000 qualified teachers in 30 countries all over the world are associated with the school organisation. 'Study & Live in your Teacher's Home' offers you the unique opportunity for a... More

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Standard Programme 15 - 15 lessons per week | Max. group size: 1
FREE cancellation
FREE changes
3000US$ 2850US$
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Tamwood Language Centre

Downtown Vancouver
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Covid-19 Status:
School currently open
Accreditations:
School accredited by Languages Canada / CAPLS School accredited by WYSE/FIYTO (World Youth Student & Educational Travel Confereration)

Centrally located in one of the world’s most liveable cities, this school offers comfortable learning facilities in the city’s dynamic and thriving downtown core. Enjoy Vancouver’s... More

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Skill Builder 28 - 28 lessons per week | Max. group size: 15
FREE cancellation
FREE changes
935C$ 897C$
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Covid-19 Status:
School currently open

Located in the business district of downtown Vancouver, close to shopping and entertainment areas and the harbour. More

Course Categories (16)Accommodation (3)Facilities (4)
General English 20 - Morning - 20 lessons per week | Max. group size: 12
FREE cancellation
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932C$ 932C$
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Covid-19 Status:
School currently open
Accreditations:
School accredited by Languages Canada / CAPLS

Whatever the age, skill level or available time, SSLC offers something for everyone. The signature skill-focused ESL program offers a flexible level structure, which allows students to... More

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Intensive English - 20 lessons per week | Max. group size: 15
FREE cancellation
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780C$ 749C$
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Rating: 5.0

5.0
Quality of teaching

Rating: 4.0

4.0
Leisure program

Good location in downtown Vancouver, close to restaurants, coffee shops, and stores.  More

Course Categories (4)Accommodation (1)Facilities (12)
General English - Part Time AM - 26 lessons per week | Max. group size: 10
FREE cancellation
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700C$ 673C$
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What our students said about Vancouver

Rating: 5/5

5.0

Great city, great surroundings, very friendly people, it’s really worth going there.

Dietrich
Germany

Most recent student reviews of language schools in Vancouver

Rating: 4.5

4.5 | 15 reviews

Friendly and helpful director, professional teachers, very good learning atmosphere.

2 September 2019
Course: General 20 - 5 weeks
Student age: 65 years

Dietrich
Germany

Rating: 4

4.0 | 4 reviews

Administration, teachers, syllabus, the schedule, location of the school and everything. I really liked the GRADUATION DAY! It really works! Students love to see their classmates getting their Certificates.
Suggestion: Could it be possible to open Courses of Canadian Culture every month? So students can practice pronunciation, besides learning grammar and vocabulary. This is because most older people have 2 or 3 week vacation a year.

6 September 2018
Course: General English - Morning 20 - 2 weeks
Student age: 61 years

Guadalupe
Mexico

Rating: 4.2

4.2 | 49 reviews

The teachers were very kind, they spoke clearly, they were also very dynamic. The topics the teachers used were very useful and I learned a lot. I also loved the way I was welcomed, the staff were so nice and I really felt as if I was already studying there for a long time ago, because of the good vibe I felt. It was a very nice experience
It would be nice that in the graduation day they would hire a professional photographer, because I missed a nice memory of that day

17 July 2018
Course: English Language Course (Full-time) - 1 week
Student age: 45 years

Gema
Mexico

Rating: 5

5.0 | 3 reviews

The spirit of conviviality that reigns there because of its human size.
Very good school, the manager Janelle makes this place of learning a friendly place where we have fun learning.

9 July 2018
Course: Intensive English - 4 weeks
Student age: 32 years

Zollet
France

Rating: 4.5

4.5 | 15 reviews

the quality of teaching, the quality of the LSI reception, the follow-up of LSI and the meetings between students

2 May 2018
Course: General 20 - 4 weeks
Student age: 62 years

Odette
Canada

Rating: 4.2

4.2 | 49 reviews

The reception, the organization, the kindness of the teachers, the interactive teaching, the diversity of the nationalities and the generations.
In addition, I was enchanted. For sure I will not hesitate to recommend the school to friends.

2 October 2017
Course: English Language Course (Full-time) - 1 week
Student age: 58 years

Jean Luc
France

Rating: 4.2

4.2 | 49 reviews

The atmosphere in the school is awesome, but the quality of teaching isn't good!

11 September 2017
Course: English Language Course (Full-time) - 4 weeks
Student age: 27 years

Vanina
Bulgaria

Rating: 4.2

4.2 | 49 reviews

The atmosphere and interaction between teachers and students

11 September 2017
Course: English Language Course (Full-time) - 12 weeks
Student age: 34 years

Eagle
Hong Kong

Rating: 4.2

4.2 | 49 reviews

I loved the atmosphere of the school, everybody is nice and we are all a big family.
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.

28 July 2014
Course: English Language Course (Part-time/Morning) - 16 weeks
Student age: 20 years

Mathias
France

Rating: 4.2

4.2 | 49 reviews

dynamic teachers and all the team
overall good organization and especially the teachers... very involved and dynamic

22 April 2014
Course: English Language Course (Full-time) - 4 weeks
Student age: 55 years

Françoise
Canada

Rating: 4.2

4.2 | 49 reviews

The teachers and staff are just great.
I had wonderful time at this school. It was all I had imagined. The teachers are really great, the classes are fun and you look forward to going to class. At this school, they really try everything to make your stay enjoyable. I have seen in more than one occasion that students who had been there for a while and had run out of money helped out at the school and in exchange, were allowed to continue participating in class. So, it's not just about making money, the human aspect plays a major role. You will have fun and learn a lot. The course helped me to overcome my fear of speaking. For me, it was definitely worth it. You can change the classes every week, so if the course content is too easy for you, you can just ask them to switch you to a higher level. I had for teachers. Damian, Derek, Mark and Cynthia. Wonderful teachers. There were many students from Brazil, great people, you will love them. Vancouver itself is a cool city. Very multi-cultural with many many Asians. You can't go wrong with Vancouver and CSLI. I personally definitely go back.

29 September 2013
Course: English Language Course (Full-time) - 4 weeks
Student age: 29 years

Hassan
Germany

Rating: 4.5

4.5 | 15 reviews

The concern and involvement of all teachers and board members in each of the students, besides the great humane treatment.

15 April 2013
Course: Intensive 30 - 8 weeks
Student age: 26 years

Guillermo
Spain

Key Facts about Vancouver

Vancouver: Vancouver is Canada´s 3rd largest city beautifully situated with ocean and mountains surrounding the city. The city boasts Stanley park with a 10 thousand acre park of forest, beaches, cicling and running paths. With the beauty of the natural environment and the city's role as a haven for former hippies and counter-culture types, it is not too surprising that organisations such as Greenpeace sprang up here. But Vancouver is also the commercial and cultural heart of Canada's West Coast and a major convention and tourist destination.

According to The Economist: Global Liveability index 2019, Vancouver ranks 6 in terms of quality of life.

Population: 1,838,000

Time zone: +2h. (GMT -8)

Region: British Columbia,

Currency: CAD (1 CAD = 0.7695 USD)

Vancouver quality of life rating:

Rating: 4.7

4.7 (116 reviews by our former students)

Visa: Nationals from USA do not require a visa to study short term courses up to 180 days. Check visa requirements for nationals from other countries.

universities: 3 (rankings of universities in Vancouver)

High season: July

Low season: December

Average course price per week (High season): 391 C$

Average course price per week (Low season): 307 C$

Cost of Living:

* 100 = prices in New York

  • Student price index excluding rent:74* (26% cheaper than New York)
  • Student price index including rent:63* (37% cheaper than New York)
  • Price index food only:75* (25% cheaper than New York)
  • Big Mac price (Canada average):6.71 C$ (10% cheaper than in USA)
Mains electricity:
  • Plug Type A
  • Plug Type B
  • Residential voltage: 120 V
  • Frequency: 60 Hz

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Events in VancouverBest time to take a language course in Vancouver

February
Art Works Exhibition in Vancouver
Art Works Exhibition in Vancouver

February 2020 - December 2020All year-long, the Vancouver Biennale exhibits artworks in public places in order to make art accessible. The main goal is to create a social bridge between different kinds of people through arts. Incredible expositions of music, sculpture and performance take place all over the city.

January
Polar Bear Swim
Polar Bear Swim

January 2021To celebrate the beginning of the New Year, the people of Vancouver gather on the shore while the bravest among them plunge into the freezing water of English Bay. For those who aren't busy getting wet, there are festivities on the beach.

Performing Arts Festival
Performing Arts Festival

January 2021 - February 2021PuSH International Performing Arts Festival is one of the most emblematic events in Vancouver. It is a melting pot of creative minds and showcases Canada's best. It is also an incubator for new artists and works. The purpose of this event is to display contemporary work in the spirit of innovation and dialogue.

What to do in Vancouver

City Hall
City Hall
Granville Island Public Market
Granville Island Public Market
English Bay Beach
English Bay Beach
Chinatown
Chinatown
Gastown
Gastown
Downtown
Downtown
Yaletown
Yaletown
Coal Harbour
Coal Harbour
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Arrival Airport

Vancouver International (YVR) - 7 km. from Vancouver city center

Public transportation to city center:

Every 10 minutes, 4,00 CAD, 25 minutes.

Main stops: Yvr-Airport Station, Sea Island Centre Station, Bridgeport Station, Oakridge-41St Avenue Station, King Edward Station

4 per day, 9 CAD, 40 minutes.

Main stops: Vancouver International Airport-"Departures", Oakridge Mall/41st & Cambie, Vancouver General Hospital/12th & Cambie

Taxi: 38 C$, 20 minutes drive to city center of Vancouver

Direct international flights from:
  • USA: Anchorage International, Chicago O'Hare International, Denver International, Honolulu International, Houston George Bush Intercntl., Kauai Island Lihue, Kona, Las Vegas Mccarran, Los Angeles International, Maui Kahului, Minneapolis St Paul, New York John F. Kennedy, New York Newark, Orlando International, Palm Springs International, Phoenix Sky Harbor, Portland, Salt Lake City, San Diego International, San Francisco International, San Jose International, Santa Ana John Wayne, Seattle / Tacoma International, Washington Dulles
  • Australia: Brisbane, Sydney Kingsford Smith
  • United Kingdom: Glasgow International, London Gatwick, London Heathrow, Manchester

    FAQ about schools in Vancouver

  • 673US$ for 2 weeks is the lowest price for an English course in Vancouver. The average cost of a language course in Vancouver is 254US$ per week.
  • Students rated the activity program at OHC English as the best.
  • OHC English has received the best overall rating in Vancouver.
  • LAB - Languages Across Borders, located in 2665 Renfrew Street, East Vancouver has been voted as the school with the best location in Vancouver.
  • OHC English was rated highest for quality of teaching.
  • 'Homestay' at LAB - Languages Across Borders is the best rated accommodation in Vancouver.
  • You can take courses for just 1 week. For significant progress opt for longer durations. According to a survey of StudyTravel Magazine the average course duration for Canada is 12 weeks.
  • The student price index in Vancouver is 74.03. For details check the city's cost of living section.
  • Students rated Vancouver with 4.7 stars out of 5.
  • In Vancouver electricity is 120 Volt and 60 Hz. Plug type A, B.
  • Best airport to arrive to in Vancouver is Vancouver International (7.5 km from city center). See information about all arrivals and airport information for Vancouver.

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