English as a Second Language

Douglas College is a leader in ESL education for university and college students as well as foreign-trained professionals in Metro Vancouver. 

Canadian citizens, permanent residents, live-in caregivers and refugees do not pay tuition fees for ESL courses. However, all students are still charged a variety of other fees

If you are an international student, please visit Douglas International for more information.

Application Updates

As of July 2, 2014, Douglas College is no longer accepting applications to ESL from community students (Canadian citizens, permanent residents, live-in caregivers, and refugees) for Fall 2014 at both campuses. This does not include the course EASL 0635-English for Foreign Trained Professionals offered at the David Lam campus in Fall 2014 and Winter 2015.

At this time, we are also not taking new applications to ESL from community students for 2015, other than for the course EASL 0635-English for Foreign Trained Professionals.

The federal government has changed how it funds English as a Second Language in BC. The results of the new funding arrangement have yet to be announced.

Ways to study ESL

Academic Programs
For students planning for university or college in Canada, Academic Preparatory ESL helps build the English-language skills you need for success. Students who successfully complete our highest level classes may qualify for a Certificate of Proficiency in College Preparatory English.

English for Foreign-Trained Professionals
Specially designed for professional immigrants, English for Foreign-Trained Professionals enables you to improve your speaking, listening and reading skills in order to enhance career opportunities.

Immersion Programs
Specialized ESL Immersion programs give you the opportunity to live, study and work in an all-English environment. New programs can be designed to meet the needs of businesses and institutions.

Our program

  • Experienced instructors - all with Masters or Doctorate degrees
  • Cutting-edge language labs and learning technology
  • Trusted reputation for over 40 years
  • English-only policy for ESL students
  • Highly multicultural student population
  • Two full-service campuses featuring international student advisors, libraries, bookstores, computer labs, 24-hour security and more

For information about admission requirements, fees, courses, intake dates and more, visit the Program and Course Catalogue.

Contact us

Phone: 604-527-5463 (New Westminster Campus)
604-777-6196 (Coquitlam Campus)

Email: deved@douglascollege.ca

More About English as a Second Language