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28 Best language schools in Vancouver (ranked based on student reviews)

You are interested in learning English in Vancouver? We have researched all the details about the best English language schools in Vancouver for you so that you can easily compare prices, reviews, courses for adults and teenagers and special offers.

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Why 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.
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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: 4.4

4.4 | 20 reviews

Quality of teaching, very friendly atmosphere in the school, cultural programme!

8 February 2016
Course: General English - Intensive Program - 4 weeks
Student age: 27 years

Julia
Russian Federation

Rating: 4.4

4.4 | 20 reviews

They give you the option to change your class if you need a teacher with a different style of teaching, classes are playful and very motivating to me, that as a teacher I am is fundamental. They provide an appropiate variety of electives to deepen your skills.

5 August 2015
Course: General English - Semi-Intensive Program - 12 weeks
Student age: 29 years

Eileen Pollet
Chile

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

What school directors said about Vancouver

The modern cosmopolitan city of Vancouver makes for an exceptional setting. Year after year, Vancouver continues to be ranked one of the most desirable places to live by The Economist Group’s Global Liveability Report. Located between the ocean and the mountains, with parks and beaches surrounding its harbour, the picturesque city with spectacular green views attracts visitors from all around the world. With modern conveniences that include trendy restaurants, convenient public transportation, and multiple shopping & entertainment districts, Vancouver has a lifestyle that you will easily adapt to and enjoy. Located between the ocean and the mountains, with parks and beaches surrounding its harbour, the picturesque city with spectacular green views attracts visitors from all around the world. With modern conveniences that include trendy restaurants, convenient public transportation, and multiple shopping & entertainment districts, Vancouver has a lifestyle that you will easily adapt to and enjoy.

Urban discovery meets outdoor adventure in this naturally beautiful diverse city.

Key Facts about Vancouver

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 = 0.8018 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: 5 (rankings of universities in Vancouver)

High season: July

Low season: December

Average course price per week (High season): 389 C$

Average course price per week (Low season): 303 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):6.44 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

July
Canada Day
Canada Day

01 July 2021The city of Vancouver hosts some great Canada Day celebrations: attend the daytime waterfront party at Canada Place followed by a parade and fireworks at Burrard Inlet in the evening; or a full day of events and festivities on Granville Island, especially popular with children.

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

  • OHC English has received the best overall rating in Vancouver.
  • OHC English, located in 322 Water St., Unit 100, Gastown has been voted as the school with the best location in Vancouver.
  • 720C$ for 2 weeks is the lowest price for an English course in Vancouver. The average cost of a language course in Vancouver is 251C$ per week.
  • Students rated the activity program at OHC English as the best.
  • OHC English was rated highest for quality of teaching.

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