Language Programs

Canada's commitment to excellence in English and French, as an officially bilingual country, is reflected in its educational programmes at all levels. More than 135,000 foreign students enrol in approved language programmes in Canada each year, knowing that a mix of in-class instruction and opportunities to practise communication in real situations will assure success.

The following are examples of language learning programmes:

General English/French
Academic English/French
Business English/French
Technical English/French (medical, legal, etc.)
Internships or work experience
Summer or winter activity or camp programs
Teaching training programs (CELTA, TESL, TESOL)
Test preparation (Cambridge test, CANtest, CAEL, IELTS, TOEFL, TOEIC, DELF)


The following are some of the advantages of learning a language in Canada:

Personalized programmes that lead to a higher education;
Classes with a wide range of start dates and levels;
Classes that bring students from all around the world together;
Instructors who are specially trained to work with overseas pupils;
Cultural, social, and sports activities that are integrated into the learning process;
Introduction to the culture and way of life in Canada;
In Canada, a foundation for further study, career, or travel;
You can choose to live with a host family or in a house.
Throughout the learning process, schools give additional help and advice.


Languages Canada is a national association of language programmes that admits only schools that satisfy its stringent requirements. It is accredited by an independent Accreditation Scheme that assures member schools follow its standards and protocols, and it is recognised by the Canadian government and globally. The Canadian government, as well as most provinces, recognises Languages Canada accreditation under the ÉduCanada trademark.

Languages Canada also safeguards the safety of overseas students while they study. Consider the following scenario:

Its Education Completion Assurance Program (eCAPTM) guarantees that all students enrolled in a Languages Canada member programme will be able to finish their studies. In the event that a programme closes, students are automatically enrolled in a member programme at no additional cost.

Students who are unable to finish their studies using eCAPTM are reimbursed through the Student Education Assurance Fund (SEAF). The strong Languages Canada presence also benefits agents. Languages Canada not only protects the students they send, but it also promotes ethical commercial practises between institutions and organisations.

Language Program Types

Language programmes are delivered by two types of institutions:

Internal programmes within the post-secondary institution (i.e., the college or university) offer access to undergraduate and graduate courses after completion of the language programme.

Private: Training is provided by a private language school. Many language schools have partnerships in place with colleges and universities that allow for direct entrance into academic/trade programmes or integration into the language curriculum of a college or university.

The accreditation procedure is the same for both types of schools.