Summer ESL Program

Laureate College is offering an experiential Summer ESL Program on our safe, beautiful, and diverse campus in Burlington, Ontario. Students develop their English communication skills, build confidence and independence, and apply their knowledge through our varied after-school activities and weekend excursions.

The small class size provides the students with an intimate and personalized English education opportunity. The abundance of afterschool activities encourages the students to apply what they have learned in the classroom and on weekend adventures. It also allows the students to experience the incredible nature and rich culture of Canada while establishing friendships that will last a lifetime!

Applications for individuals and groups are open, please complete the Summer ESL Application Form to reserve your space.

Summer ESL Program Overview

Laureate College’s Summer ESL Program welcomes students from around the world! Age group:  12-16 years old

Three Sessions:

SESSION 1 (2 weeks)
July 7 — July 20, 2024

SESSION 2 (2 weeks)
July 21 — August 3, 2024

SESSION 3 (2 weeks)
August 4 — August 17, 2024

Arrivals are on the Sunday before the program starts, and departure is on the Saturday following the final day of class.

Customized group program includes the French Canada Tour is available, please contact for details.

Laureate 2024 Summer ESL Program Brochure

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ESL Classroom Instruction

Laureate College’s Summer ESL Program is ideal for students to:

  • Experience authentic Canadian Boarding School with English instruction
  • Improve native English communication skills
  • Prepare to start a Canadian school after the summer
  • Make friends with students from other countries and learn different cultures

Starting with the placement assessment, the student will be placed in the relevant class based on their language proficiency. The ESL program is based on Laureate College’s well-developed English STEP Program. While emphasizing a lot on verbal communication, the program includes reading and writing as well. The experiential activities designed outside the classroom provide good opportunities for them to apply and practice what they have learned in the classroom.

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Accommodations and Meals

The summer ESL campers will reside on campus in our quiet, spacious, fully furnished ensuite rooms. Each ensuite comes with closets, drawers, desks and chairs for students.

A common area provides a casual and comfortable social space for students to hang out with friends. Student can complete their homework or study in the Study Hall with support from our boarding staff.

The clean and spacious dining hall serves three nutritious buffet-style hot meals daily. All foods are freshly prepared on-site by Laureate College’s professional food services team. Fruits, snacks, and drinks are prepared and provided daily.

After School and Evening Activities

Laureate College Summer ESL Program provides the following fun and experiential activities in the afternoon and evening:

Half-Day After-School Activities:

  • Grocery Shopping (Walmart)
  • McMaster Altitude Team Building
  • Bruce Trail Hiking
  • Disc Golf
  • Art Gallery of Hamilton
  • Indoor Trampoline Park or
    Treetop Trekking
  • ESL Activity – Neighbourhood Tour
  • Dundurn Castle
  • Hamilton Military Museum
  • Kelso Conservation – Exploring Nature
  • ESL Activity – Waterfall Hiking
  • Tour of Sheridan College
  • Mapleview Mall Shopping

Evening Activities

  • Art-Night – Dormitory Poster Design
  • Team Building Games
  • Ice Cream Night
  • Journalling
  • Campfire
  • Movie Night
  • Public Library
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Weekend Excursions

Canada has lots of historical, natural and cultural sights to offer. Our excellent staff will supervise Laureate College ESL program students to experience the natural wonders and Canadian culture during all the weekends.

The transportation and entrance fees are included in the program fee. However, the students need to pay for their meals during the excursions.

The following are some examples of our weekend excursions:

  • Niagara Falls, Hornblower Cruise
  • Niagara-on-the-Lake
  • CN tower
  • Royal Ontario Museum (ROM)
  • Tour of the University of Toronto

Fees, withdrawal and refund policy

The program fee includes:

  • Professional ESL classroom instruction by Ontario ESL Teachers
  • Study Materials, Individual Study Report, Certificate of Participation
  • All the afternoon activities and weekend excursions
  • Accommodation with dorm and three meals
  • Personal airport pick-up and drop-off
  • All the local transportation costs during the program
  • Health insurance and health center for First Aid

The following fees are not included:

Airfare, visa application fee, notarization of custodianship (if required), FOB Replaced Fee (100 CAD as a deposit), any personal spending.

Fees will be refunded only if the student withdraws from the program with a doctor’s note clearly stating that he/she cannot attend the program or if a student has been denied a short-term visiting VISA with a letter from the Government regarding refusal. 200 CAD administrative fee deduction will apply.

How to apply

  1. Apply Online with the following documents:
    1. Participant’s ID photo
    2. Passport
  2. Offer of Admission and an invoice will be issued in one business day once the application has been reviewed and approved.
  3. Payment needs to be made in accordance with the invoice and before the due date.
  4. Letter of Acceptance and Receipt will be issued to facilitate the visa application if needed.
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