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. 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

The federal government has changed how it funds English as a Second Language in BC. At this time, Douglas College is not taking new applications from Canadian citizens, permanent residents, live-in caregivers, and refugees for Winter 2015, except for EASL 0635-English for Foreign-Trained Professionals.

English for Foreign-Trained Professionals is a course designed specifically for professional immigrants. This course enables students to improve their speaking, listening, and reading skills in order to enhance career opportunities. For further information or to apply for this course, please email eslpro@douglascollege.ca.

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

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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