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Camosun English Learning Adventures

Camosun English Learning Adventures (CELA) is an activity-based open enrolment program where students apply their English in a practical environment. These two-week and four-week English as a Second Language (ESL) programs help students expand vocabulary and communication skills through exciting curriculum in the classroom and applied activities on- and off-campus.

Camosun English Learning Adventures (CELA) 2019 intakes

Starts Length Details
February 25, 2019 2 weeks Schedule PDF
June 4, 2019 4 weeks Schedule PDF
July 3, 2019 4 weeks Schedule PDF
July 29, 2019 4 weeks Schedule PDF

Designed for you

CELA is created for:

  • International students, visitors, or newcomers to Canada who want to improve their conversational English, and learn about Canadian culture
  • Beginner to intermediate level English speakers from around the world age 16 to 29
  • Students interested in learning English and exploring the outdoors
  • Students interested in exploring careers or academics in tourism and hospitality management, or engineering technology (although there is no prior knowledge or experience required in these areas to participate in CELA)

Our Homestay program, where you live with a local family, is an excellent accommodation choice for CELA students who want to maximize their intercultural integration. Hosts will meet you at the airport when you arrive, help you learn about Victoria and Canada, and provide food and guidance throughout your stay. Homestay placements are limited, so apply early.

If you are between the ages of 16 and 18, you are welcome to join CELA; however, we require that you identify a guardian who will be in Victoria during the time you are studying. This could be your accompanying teacher, chaperone, or family member. If you are an accompanying teacher or group leader, please contact global@camosun.ca to get information about special CELA chaperone discounts.

Not your regular short-term ESL program

Our students benefit from Camosun’s applied programming. For example, CELA students will participate in an introduction to restaurant operations in the Dunlop House – our professional hospitality management learning facility – and will learn about 3D laser scanners in our state-of-the-art Interaction Lab.

Welcome to Victoria, Canada

Often referred to as the “City of Gardens”, Victoria is well known for its natural surroundings, mild climate, cultural diversity, shopping, restaurants and year-round recreational activities.

  • Capital city of British Columbia (city population 367,000)
  • A year-round tourist destination welcoming 3,500,000 people a year
  • The mildest climate in Canada
  • Dubbed the best city in Canada for young professionals
  • Rated Canada’s smartest city
  • Voted the best city in Canada for new immigrants
  • Voted Canada’s friendliest city

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CELA staff on the field trip to Fort Rodd Hill–a National Historic Site


CELA students practicing English while learning about basic wiring in Camosun’s Electrical shop


CELA students practicing English while creating tiramisu at Camosun’s Dunlop House

Fees and deadlines

Program Length Application/fee deadline Arrival in Victoria Program Start Date Departure from Victoria CELA tuition*
Spring CELA 2 weeks December 17, 2018 February 24, 2019 February 25, 2019 March 9, 2019 $900
June CELA 4 weeks March 18, 2019 June 3, 2019 June 4, 2019 June 28, 2019 $1,500
July CELA 4 weeks April 15, 2019 July 2, 2019 July 3, 2019 July 27, 2019 $1,500
August CELA 4 weeks May 6, 2019 July 28, 2019 July 29, 2019 August 23, 2019 $1,500

*Please note that tuition is subject to 5% GST. Tuition and homestay fees are non-refundable after the application/fee deadline, except when students are able to show proof that their entry to Canada was denied. In these cases, a $300 administration fee will be deducted from the refund amount.

Housing Information

CELA students and teachers or guardians who accompany groups of students can apply for Camosun Homestay or arrange their own accommodation.

Camosun Homestay for CELA

  • Regulations and Requirements PDF
  • CELA application form
  • CELA Homestay fees:
    • 2 weeks, including food: $550
    • 4 weeks, including food: $1,000
  • Refunds: Homestay fees are non-refundable after the application/fee deadline.
  • Moving out early: We do our best to find the most suitable homestay match for our CELA students. If you decide to move out of your homestay placement during your CELA program, you are required to inform the Camosun housing coordinator. You will be responsible for finding alternate accommodation arrangements and you will not receive a refund from your original placement.

You may also want to consider the University of Victoria (UVic) residences during the summer months. UVic is only 3 kilometers from Camosun’s Lansdowne Campus–an easy walk or a short bus ride. Meal plans are also available. Please book directly with UVic.

Contact Us
Camosun College Lansdowne
3100 Foul Bay Rd
Victoria BC V8P 5J2
Camosun College Interurban
4461 Interurban Rd
Victoria BC V9E 2C1
  • 250–370–3000
  • 1–877–554–7555 (toll-free)

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