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Bow Valley College, International Education

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Program Overview

Over the last 40 years, Bow Valley College has become a global leader in English as Second Language (ESL) training, helping students from all over the world prepare for a life, and career. International students have the option of studying in two different programs:
  • International ESL
  • Post Secondary Preparation Program for International Learners (PPIL)
Both programs offer intensive, academic language courses that are outcomes based and learner centered. The classes focus on all four strands - Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing. Skills are developed through a range of contemporary themes, topics, and activities.

After completing ESL, Bow Valley College offers a number of one year certificate and two year diploma programs providing additional education pathways into Career programs. For more information on these opportunities, please go to the website and look at Programs and Courses.


  • Small, interactive, and engaging classes
  • Experienced instructors
  • Flexible course options including Full Time Study, Part Time Skill Specific Development, and Preparation Programs for further academic study
  • Enhanced skills for the workplace
  • Flexible registration - from two months to one year or more
  • Met English Language Proficiency requirements for Bow Valley College Career Programs and at other post-secondary institutions

    Courses Offered & Fees

    Program Start Date
    (Per Year)
    International ESL
    Post-Secondary Preparation Program (PPIL)

    Program Options

     Schools in Canada Conversational English Programs
     Schools in Canada English for Specific Purposes
     Schools in Canada English Proficiency Preparation (TOEFL/TOEIC/IELTS)
     Schools in Canada High School Preparation
     Schools in Canada Integrated English Programs (Read, Write, Listen, Speak)
     Schools in Canada University/College Preparation

    Program Levels

     Get Course Schedule Intermediate
     Get Course Schedule Advanced

    Program Schedule

     Get Course Schedule Semester Programs (Fall/Winter/Spring)
     Get Course Schedule Summer Programs

    Facilities and Location

    Bow Valley College offers an array of facilities, support and services, including:
    • Career counselling
    • Health services
    • Learning Resource Services
    • Computer labs
    • Newly renovated North campus featuring state-of-the-art classrooms
    • A multicultural campus, students come from all over the world for Bow Valley College programs
    • Opportunity to participate in social, recreational and cultural activities outside of the classroom
    Located in the heart of downtown, right on the CTrain line, Bow Valley College is building for the future. A multimillion-dollar expansion project is underway that will double capacity with the new South Campus building and enhance the ability to offer state-of-the-art education to more people, in more places, in more ways, and faster. Come be a part of this future at Bow Valley College.

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