Explore Bursary – ESL

If you are a Canadian full-time student who has been awarded the EXPLORE bursary, build your speaking and listening skills in our five-week ESL intensive program. 

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EXPLORE ESL Intensive Program

Join students from all over the world and build your speaking and listening skills in our 5-week EXPLORE Summer ESL Intensive Program. Our program is both challenging and fun, and aimed at students serious about improving their English accuracy and fluency. It consists of separate classes in General ESL, Literature Circle discussion groups, Pronunciation, and Vocabulary. Optional free and paid sociocultural activities are offered 2-3 times a week after classes or on weekends. 

Program highlights:

  • Emphasis on formal instruction in the morning and afternoon with highly-qualified instructors who specialize in teaching English as an additional language. 
  • Wide range of optional sociocultural and recreational activities 
  • International Program: study with students from all over the world
     

2023 Bursary includes:

  • English instruction, textbooks and hand-outs 
  • Free socio-cultural activities
  • Homestay accommodation*. Homestay includes:
    • A private furnished bedroom
    • Three meals a day (at least one prepared), 7 days a week
    • Laundry facilities for you to do your own laundry
    • Shared common areas (e.g. kitchen, living room)
    • Transportation to and from Homestay and the Calgary airport

               * Please contact the English Language Program office if homestay is not appropriate for you.


2023 Bursary does not include:

  • Transportation to/from Calgary
  • Transportation to the university, or in and around the city
  • Paid socio-cultural activities
  • Accommodation of special diets
  • Travel or health insurance
  • Child care
  • Accommodation of children or spouse
  • Use of University of Calgary recreation facilities (recreation pass available for $25)


Note: This course is limited to Canadian full-time students who have been awarded the Council of Ministers of Education Canada (CMEC) EXPLORE bursary. In addition to an approved bursary, all EXPLORE students must pay a $275 application fee and a $150 deposit to register in this program. The application fee is non-refundable. The deposit is refundable to students who attend a minimum of four weeks. Participation is expected for the entire program (check your home institution's fall term dates before registering). 

For more information about the EXPLORE bursary, please visit englishfrench.ca.

International students or Canadian students who have not been awarded a bursary should register in a Summer Intensive Course.

Summer I 2023 - ESL Intensive Program

July 3 - August 4

Summer I 2023 - Homestay Accommodation

July 1 - August 5

Summer II 2023 - ESL Intensive Program

July 31 – September 1

Summer II 2023 - Homestay Accommodation

July 29 – September 2

Price

$275: Non-refundable application fee 
$150: Refundable deposit*

*Students who attend a minimum of four weeks will have their deposit refunded

Prerequisites

EXPLORE bursary recipients who are 17 years of age or older, have completed high school, and have a beginner to advanced level of English.


Note: The University of Calgary does not provide health insurance for EXPLORE students. Please ensure that you are covered by your home province’s health care program.

How to Register

Registration steps

Class Schedule

Monday to Friday

Mon-Thu: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
                 1 – 3:30 p.m.
Friday:      9 a.m. – 12 p.m. and some afternoons

Optional sociocultural activities are offered 2-3 times a week after classes or on weekends. 

Camping

Summer Activity Programs

July – August

Activities include camping, hiking, guided tours and trips to Banff, Lake Louise, Columbia Ice Field and Jasper.

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Yahya

There were fun activities and really nice instructors. I was learning while having fun. They helped me to love studying.

Yahya from Quebec, Canada