English as a Second Language

Douglas College is a leader in English as a Second Language (ESL) education for university and college students in Metro Vancouver. Students in English Language Learning and Acquisition (ELLA) programs enjoy the full benefits of studying at a Canadian post-secondary institution including access to all the College's services, professionally-designed courses and highly-qualified instructors.

Canadian citizens, permanent residents, live-in caregivers and refugees

Douglas College is not taking new applications for ELLA classes from Canadian citizens, permanent residents, live-in caregivers and refugees. Please consult this list of educational institutions and programs for possible placement.

Students who are currently taking ELLA courses pay fees, including tuition fees. Please see the Fall 2015 Tuition Fee Chart for information.

For financial assistance, Adult Upgrading Grants may be available to those ELLA students who qualify. Please contact the Douglas College Financial Aid office directly for information about these grants.

International students

ELLA programs for international students

Academic preparatory English program

Douglas College Academic Preparatory English (ELLA) courses are designed to help English language learners develop the academic language skills needed for success in a Canadian college or university. These courses also introduce students to research and critical thinking skills vital during post-secondary studies. Students who successfully complete the highest level courses meet the English proficiency requirements for any Douglas College course and may be eligible for the Certificate of Proficiency in College Preparatory English.

Immersion programs

Specialized ELLA Immersion Programs give students 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.

Benefits of the ELLA programs at Douglas College

  • Experienced instructors - all with Masters or Doctorate degrees
  • A trusted reputation for over forty years
  • Direct pathways into college and university transfer programs
  • Opportunities to take academic courses while completing upper level ELLA courses
  • Skilled learning support for students outside of class hours at the Learning Centres and Study Hall
  • International student advisors, libraries, bookstores, computer labs, fitness centres, 24-hour security and more available at two full-service campuses 
  • Campus locations are accessible by public transit
  • Chances to participate in a vibrant, dynamic and creative college community 
  • The ELLA Department is housed within one of the largest Douglas College faculties: The Faculty of Language, Literature and Performing Arts

Further information for international students

To apply to ELLA programs, book an ELLA Assessment or ask questions about ELLA program requirements, please contact Douglas International.

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)

Email: ella@douglascollege.ca

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