Deciding to live and study in another country is a big decision and we're sure you probably have a lot of questions! We'll try to answer some of them below. If you don't see your question, then please email and one of ILAC's dedicated staff will respond with all the answers you need.
Most foreign students will need a study permit to study in Canada. However, if you wish to study for a duration of six months or less you do not need a study permit, or student visa. You must complete your chosen course or program within the period authorized for your stay in Canada.
Students from certain countries will require a Temporary Resident Visa to enter Canada. A Temporary Resident Visa is an official document issued by a visa office abroad. It is placed in your passport to show that you have met the requirements for admission to Canada as a temporary resident. Please follow this link for information: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/visit/
To apply for a visa, please contact the nearest Canadian visa centre. Many visa offices have specific local instructions concerning the documentation to be submitted with your application. For a complete list of Canadian Consulates, please visit http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/information/offices/apply-where.asp
When you arrive in Canada, you will need to show
Yes. Canada has been designated by UNESCO as one of the best countries in the world to live in, and one of the safest.
Toronto has a population of approximately 3 million people. It is Canada’s largest city. For more information about Toronto, please visit: http://www.toronto.com
Vancouver has a populations of approximately 2 million people. It is Canada’s third largest city. For more information about Vancouver please visit: http://www.vancouver.ca/
Toronto has an excellent public transportation system. It includes three subway lines, streetcars and buses. We always recommend that students buy a “Metro-pass” which will allow you unlimited travel on the transit system. Metro-passes can be purchased for either a one-month or one-week period. The monthly Metro-pass Adult costs $141.50 CAD and can be purchased during the first five days of each month. The weekly Adult Metro-pass costs $40.75 CAD and can be purchased every week.
Other fares include:
Single fare Purchase $3.00 CAD
Day Pass: $11.50 CAD
NOTE: above costs are based on 2015 TTC posted rates.
For more information about fares and routes within Toronto please visit this website: http://www3.ttc.ca/index.jsp
Vancouver has an excellent public transportation system. It includes a Skytrain, ferry and buses. We always recommend that students buy a Monthly Pass (FareCards) for one-, two- or three-zone travel by bus, SeaBus, and SkyTrain services. The Adult Pass costs from $91 to $170 CAD (2015 posted rates) depending on the Pass chosen, and provides unlimited travel within the selected zone(s) on weekdays and across all zones on weekends, statutory holidays, and after 6:30 p.m. on weekday evenings.
For more information about fares and routes in Vancouver, please visit
The Age of Majority varies from one province to another. In Ontario and British Columbia, the Age of Majority is 19 years.
This depends on the length of your course. You should consider your expenses for public transportation (approximately $130 CAD per month) plus other personal expenses (which could total around $300 CAD per month). Remember that if you join the homestay program, this will include three meals per day.
You should book your course at least 15 to 75 days before the start date, depending on the country you are coming from. When a course lasts longer than 6 months, a study permit is required. In addition, students coming from certain countries need a visa to enter Canada.
In most cases, arriving one or two days in advance of the course start date is enough. Your course will begin on a Monday, so you can arrive in Toronto or Vancouver the Saturday or Sunday before.
Yes, but only if you will be studying in Canada longer than 3 months. ILAC has an agreement with TD Bank for these cases.
Unfortunately foreign students must have a valid work permit if they wish to work in Canada.
Registered schools like ILAC provide the best education and services available in Canadian language schools, and provide a better guarantee to students. In order to receive registration status ILAC has passed several inspections and evaluations to confirm that not only are ILAC’s academic programs of high standing, but also that ILAC’s facilities and student services meet high standards as well.
Yes. ILAC has full-time student ambassadors that speak your native language.
We have ambassadors who speak the following languages: Chinese, French, German, Hebrew, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Spanish and Turkish.
ILAC’s staff and teachers number as follows:
Ontario: over 75
BC: over 100
ILAC was founded in 1997 in Toronto. The school has been operating for the last 18 years and is considered the best English school in Canada. ILAC opened the Vancouver campus in February 2005.
Yes. ILAC is very strict with the limits of nationalities. ILAC limits the number of students with the same nationality to a maximum of 30% of the total student body.
ILAC has students from more than 60 countries. Depending on the season, one can find an even larger number of nationalities in the school.
Mexico, Brazil, Korea, Russia, Japan, Germany, Turkey and Saudi Arabia are the countries where most of our students come from.
Will the teacher be the same all day? ILAC’s classes vary according to the following choices:
Students have a different teacher for the Principal, Elective and Power Communication classes.
No. If it is necessary, a level can be opened with just one student.
The class schedule varies according to the program: ·
Yes, ILAC offers the Pathway program which prepares you to study at a Canadian university or college. If you register in this program you will be given a conditional letter of acceptance to university or college that has partnership with ILAC.
Yes. ILAC is proud to have close partnerships with 60+ Canadian institutions across Canada.
Algonquin College, Brock University, Centennial College, Douglas College, George Brown College, Humber College, Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Niagara College Canada, NAIT-the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, Algoma University, University of Regina, Seneca College, Sheridan Institute of Technology, St. Lawrence College, The University of Winnipeg, Thompson Rivers University, University of Manitoba , University of Windsor, Vancouver Island University, Conestoga College, Humber College, Georgian College, and Fanshawe College.
This depends on different elements, especially on how dedicated you are while you study English. In general, if you attend class every day and do all your homework, you will be able to advance one level every 4 weeks.
If you want to learn English properly and your present level is low, then it will take you approximately 9 months to reach an advanced level of English.
If your present level is intermediate, then about 6 months will bring your English to an advanced level.
The shorter your program the higher the program intensity we recommend.
ILAC has 18 levels. Levels range from the introductory level for those who don’t know a word of English, to high-advanced III, which is roughly equivalent to a score of 600 on the TOEFL.
Each level is 4 weeks. You must pass 2 exams per level (80%+ on each) in order to advance.
Yes. After you have started your program, if you feel you need to study for a longer period of time, you can extend your stay for as long as you need to. ILAC will help you in the case that you need to extend your visitor or student visa.
ILAC works with a system that allows you to develop the four skills of the language, beginning with listening and then following with speaking, reading and writing.
You will practice some conversation in your main class, but if that is the area you want to improve the most, you should complement your program with an elective subject focusing on conversation. You can also study the Power English Program which offers four choices of courses: Power Speaking, Power Business Communication, Power Listening and Power Academic Writing.
Not as a club, but ILAC does offer conversation as an elective subject.
Yes. ILAC has available a list of more than 30 organizations that offer volunteer social positions and ILAC can also help you to contact them according to your interests.
ILAC offers social, tourist and sports activities through its Activities Department.
Yes. Whenever you do a special activity coordinated by ILAC, a representative of the school will always be with you.
Yes. All you need to do is to book the activities with enough notice and pay the corresponding fees, where applicable.
Some of the activities are already included. Make sure you talk to the Activities Coordinator on your first day of class, so you know which are included and which you are required to pay for.
ILAC has a Homestay Department to take care of that. Its objective is to carefully choose the families who are going to host our students. The selection process is very strict and the families must fulfill specific requirements in order to be selected.
Usually, they are typical, middle-class families who live in safe neighborhoods and are as close to ILAC as possible. Also, homestay families speak only English at home.
Yes. As in any normal household, each family has its own rules and they must be observed. The rules are simple, for example: “Dinner is served at 7pm; if you can’t make it please call and let them know.” Or “Don’t make any phone calls after 10:30 pm.”
Yes. On your first day of class, you will be given an instruction manual in which you will find useful information about the school, your program and your homestay. If you have any questions, you can ask an ILAC Ambassador anytime while you are at school.
The average distance is 30 minutes, using public transportation. Remember that the public transportation system in Toronto is punctual.
Yes. Simply talk to the Homestay Coordinator and explain your situation. If it is an emergency, the change will be made immediately. Otherwise, you will have to wait approximately two weeks while we find a new family for you to live with.
There is no change fee provided you request the change within the required time and follow the regular procedures.
Yes. However you need to make your reservation with enough advance notice, so that we can have the time to find something for you. Remember that living in a residence does not include your daily meals.