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How is LCC different from other ESL schools?

What makes us truly unique is that we are a division of the not-for-profit organization ISSofBC. Our organization helps immigrants establish their lives in Canada. At LCC, we provide affordable classes to Immigrants and International Students.

I need a translation!

Click here for translations of LCC info into several languages.

Did you recently change your name?

Yes, in August 2013 we changed our name to LCC (ISS Language and Career College of BC). Most students knew us before as ISS.

Do you offer homestay or housing?

No, we do not provide homestay or other housing accommodations. Many students in Vancouver find housing through Craigslist:

Craigslist: Apartments and houses in Vancouver
Craigslist: Shared housing and rooms! (this is usually a cheaper option)

For temporary places to stay there are hotels and hostels in Vancouver – check out Trip Advisor to see what’s available.

Can I write any official examinations at your school?

Yes, we are licensed to administer the Canadian Language Benchmark Placement test (CLBPT) . Please contact our office for more information or to schedule an assessment.

Should I study full-time?

  • If you want to improve your English quickly, full-time is a good option. The more you practice and “live in English”, the more fluent you will become.
  • If you are applying for a visa or study permit, it can be an advantage to be enrolled full-time. Choose one of our full-time ESL packages  or a Co-op Program.

I live outside Canada. How do I register?

  1. Find out if you need a Visitor Visa or Study Permit
  2. Register Online by visiting our registration webpage
  3. Pay your tuition and fees.
  4. After payment, we will issue an Acceptance Letter to you (if you need a visa or permit)
  5. Apply for your visa and let us know if there are any changes to your application.

Do you offer refunds?

Yes, we offer refunds. Please refer to our refund policy for more information. Note that registration fees are non-refundable.

How do I pay?

Outside of Canada –The easiest way to pay if you are outside of Canada is to register online and pay by VISA or Mastercard. You can also pay by Bank Draft (wire transfer), for an extra $45 fee and a 1 week processing time

If you are in Vancouver, you can visit our office and pay in cash, debit card (bank card), traveler’s cheque, VISA or MasterCard. Upon full payment, an official receipt will be issued indicating the amount paid, the name of the course(s), start and end date of the course(s), and class times.

Do I have to pay my whole fee at one time?

In our ESL Full-time Program and all Co-op programs, we offer the option to pay in installments. We provide this because many ESL students continue to study beyond their original registration time, and all Co-op students study for more than 6 months.

For example, if you pay for the 24 week ESL option, we will give you a 48 week acceptance letter. After 24 weeks of study you have the option to extend your study for an additional 24 weeks. You get to decide if you want to extend your study or not.

Can I register for my friend or family member?

Yes, you can. Register online or in person and pay the tuition fee on behalf of your friend.

How Do I Know My English Level?

To be sure of your English level, you can take an online assessment before you leave your home country. We can also give you a language assessment when you first visit our office.

After I register for my ESL class, can I move up to the next level?

Yes, it is possible to move up to the next level. You should first discuss your progress with your instructor, who can suggest the best option for you.

Do I need Medical Insurance in Canada?

Yes! Your health and well-being are very important. Without health insurance, you could pay thousands of dollars per day for a hospital stay or even be refused certain health services. You should have insurance for the entire duration of your time in Canada. Please note that LCC does not sell insurance.

Can I postpone my classes?

Yes, you can postpone your classes if you need to (for example if your Visa is delayed). You will pay a fee depending on how much notice you give LCC before your classes start.

Can I change my schedule after I start classes?

Yes, we allow schedule changes, if space is available in the new courses you choose. We charge fees for changes depending on how many changes you make (there are no fees if you need to move up or down a level).

Do you have University Pathways options?

We are partnered with some Canadian universities and colleges. If you successfully complete our Intensive English or Academic English courses, you can register in selected programs at these institutions without needing to take the IELTS or TOEFL test.

Do you have student activities outside class time?

Yes!  See our Activities Page.