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Camosun English Learning Adventures

Fully re-designed for 2018, 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 of campus.

Camosun English Learning Adventures (CELA) 2018 intakes

Spring 2018 CELA

February 26, 2018
2 weeks long or 4 weeks long
Conversational English, outdoor activities, and applied workshops in hospitality and engineering technology
2 week schedule
4 week schedule
Application Form

Summer 2018 CELA

July 9, 2018
2 weeks long or 4 weeks long
Conversational English, outdoor activities, and applied workshops in hospitality and engineering technology
2 week schedule
4 week schedule
Application Form

Fall 2018 CELA

October 14, 2018
2 weeks long. No 4-week option for Fall
Conversational English, cultural activities, sessions in Camosun’s nursing labs, and community tours dedicated to healthcare
Schedule coming soon
Application Form

Designed for you

CELA is specifically created for:

  • International students, visitors, or newcomers to Canada who want to improve their conversational English
  • Beginner to intermediate level English speakers from around the world age 16 to 29
  • Students interested in learning English and exploring the outdoors with students from other cultures
  • Students interested in exploring careers or academics in tourism and hospitality management, engineering technology, or health care (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.

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 to get information about special CELA chaperone discounts.

Not your regular short-term ESL program

Our students benefit from Camosun’s applied and technical programming. For example, students in Spring and Summer CELA programs 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; students in Fall CELA will learn about healthcare in Canada in our nursing simulation labs and a through a visit to a public health unit in Victoria.

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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Picnic lunch in Goldstream Provincial Park outside of Victoria, BC.

Fees and deadlines

Program Length Application/fee deadline Arrival in Victoria Program Start Date Departure from Victoria CELA tuition*
Spring 2018 CELA 2 weeks January 5, 2018 February 25 February 26 March 10 $900
4 weeks January 5, 2018 February 25 February 26 March 24 $1,500
Summer 2018 CELA 2 weeks April 6, 2018 July 8 July 9 July 21 $900
4 weeks April 6, 2018 July 8 July 9 August 4 $1,500
Fall 2018 CELA 2 weeks July 20, 2018 October 13 October 14 October 27 $900

*Please note that there is a $100 non-refundable application fee. 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 PDF
  • 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.


Visiting Esquimalt Lagoon.


Kayaking on the Gorge.

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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