Intensive Program

ESL 101 | 4 or 5 Weeks

Take English out of the textbook and into real life — your path to effective communication starts here.

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Building Fluency: Effective Communication

Join students from all over the world and build your speaking and listening skills in our intensive programs. Take English out of the textbook and into real life — your path to effective communication starts here. Levels: high beginner to upper advanced.

Courses

General English communication skills

A communicative approach to learning English, including lectures, learning activities, exercises, listening activities, pair/group discussions, and class discussions.

Literature Circle discussion groups

Reading to develop critical thinking skills, vocabulary development, oral fluency and discussion skills.

Pronunciation

Improve vowel and consonant sounds, syllable stress, word stress, contractions, rhythm and intonation. 

Vocabulary/Idioms (5 week format only)

Build vocabulary in context and learn natural English expressions to be used in conversation. 

Price

Face-to-face
4 weeks: $1,750
5 weeks: $1,850

Online
5 weeks: $1,550*

*Online course does not include emergency medical insurance, public transport pass or use of campus facilities such as recreational facilities.

Program Hours

Face-to-face
4 weeks: 100 hours
5 weeks: 120 hours

Online
5 weeks: 110 hours

Payment

Payment is available by credit card (recommended), cash/debit card (in-person), Western Union or international bank wire. Please contact esl@ucalgary.ca to receive payment instructions on Western Union and international bank wire. 

Policies and Procedures

Application and admission requirements, payment and refund policies, and homestay policies.

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Winter I 2022

January 4 – February 4 (5 weeks)

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Winter II 2022

February 7 – March 11 (5 weeks)

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Online Winter II 2022

February 7 - March 11 (5 weeks)

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Summer I 2022

June 27 – July 22  (4 weeks)

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Summer II 2022

August 2 – 26 (4 weeks)

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Winter I 2023

January 9 – February 10 (5 weeks)

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Winter II 2023

February 13 – March 17 (5 weeks)

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Class Schedule

Face to Face

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

Online

Live Zoom Sessions (Calgary Time)

Mon-Fri: 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Live session time could change. Please see our registration site for latest information.

Sample Timetables

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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

Optional Activity Program

Optional Activity Programs

Improve your English skills and visit some of Western Canada’s top travel destinations while you are studying in the Semester Program. The activity program is made up of information meetings and guided excursions to points of cultural and social interest in and around Calgary.  Students have the choice of registering for the full program or individual excursion components priced individually.

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Homestay

Homestay

Living with a Canadian family is an excellent way to improve your English and intercultural skills.

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