English as a Second Language

Douglas College is a leader in ESL education for university and college students as well as professionals in Metro Vancouver. Students in the ESL program 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

At this time, Douglas College is not taking new applications for English as a Second Language classes from Canadian citizens, permanent residents, live-in caregivers, and refugees.

Important Notice

The Ministry of Advanced Education has changed the funding model for Adult Basic Education, including ESL for domestic students.

English as a Second Language students who are currently in our ESL program will need to pay fees, including tuition fees, for ESL courses beginning in May 2015. Please see the Summer 2015 Tuition Fee Chart for information.

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

International Students

Ways for International Students to Study ESL

Academic Preparatory English Program

Douglas College Academic Preparatory English (EASL) 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 ESL 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.

Why Study ESL at Douglas College

  • Experienced instructors - all with Masters or Doctorate degrees
  • A trusted reputation for over 35 years
  • Direct pathways into college and university transfer programs
  • Opportunities to take academic courses while completing upper level EASL courses
  • Learning support for students outside of class hours at the Learning Centres and Study Hall
  • Two full-service campuses in Metro Vancouver featuring international student advisors, libraries, bookstores, computer labs, fitness centres, 24-hour security and more
  • Easy access to both campuses

Further Information for International Students

To apply to ESL programs, book an ESL Assessment, or ask questions about ESL 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)
604-777-6196 (Coquitlam Campus)

Email: deved@douglascollege.ca

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