There will be a placement test for all new students from 9:00- 11:00 am. You may be asked to do a speaking test depending on your level and the program you're starting. Once you have completed the test, there will be an orientation of Sterling College as well as a brief tour of downtown Victoria.
After a lunch break, you will have your first English class in the afternoon.
You will enjoy small class sizes, awesome teachers and the support of administration staff who will help you with whatever needs you might have. For more information, see Why Sterling College?
During the summer and during holiday programs (Christmas, Spring Break/Easter and Summer) activities are offered every day for those who pre-register. Every Monday, we have “Coffee and Conversation” where you can go to a local café for casual conversation with one of our teachers for FREE.
Power English is Sterling College’s general ESL (English as a Second Language) program. In Power English you learn grammar, reading, writing, pronunciation and speaking skills. This program is for students who particularly want to improve their fluency in English.
Academic English is an intensive, challenging program for students who want to focus on grammar, vocabulary, reading, writing and presentations. This is a great program for people planning to take a standardized test like Cambridge (FCE-First Certificate in English and CAE- Certificate of Advanced English) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System). Students who graduate from level 4 Academic English are eligible for entry into our Pathway partner programs without further standardized testing, provided other entry requirement have been met.
Power English for 11 - 15 year olds runs from 9-2:30 pm Monday to Friday during July and August. The Power English Adult Program runs from 9 am - 3 pm Monday to Friday. Academic English has a varied schedule - 9 am - 3 pm Monday through Thursday and 9 am - 12 pm Fridays!
NOTE: If you plan a vacation from Sterling College homestay too, you need to give at least 2 weeks' notice to avoid paying the full homestay rate while you are away. If you are away for 5 or more days, but you want to keep your homestay room, you will pay $10 less per day for the room while you are away.
When you register for an English course at Sterling College, your program is “PTA Approved” or “Not requiring PTA Approval”. PTA Approved means the registration has a tuition price of CAD$4000 or more or the duration is 6 months or longer. “Not requiring PTA Approval” means that the registration is for a course that is shorter than 6 months in duration or it is less than $4000 in price. There are special rules that apply to PTA registrations, but the main difference from the student’s perspective is the Refund Policy. The Sterling College refund policy is slightly different, depending upon whether you have a PTA-approved registration or a registration not requiring PTA Approval.
From March 2016, if you are from a visa-exempt country, you MUST have an eTA to enter Canada. If you are from a visa-exempt country and you are applying for a study permit, you will received an eTA automatically with your study permit.
Click here to find out if you need to apply for an eTA and to apply for the eTA online.