St Giles International

St Giles International

Every year around 10,000 students from over 100 different countries choose St Giles for their language learning and teacher training needs. Established in 1955, we offer over 60 years’ experience in providing excellence in training for people of all ages, all needs, and from all over the world.

Whether you are looking to learn English or train to become an English language teacher, we offer a range of courses to suit your needs at our seven year-round schools in the UK, USA and Canada. For younger English learners, St Giles offers a variety of Junior Summer Courses in some fantastic locations each year.


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1130 W Pender St, Vancouver, BC, V6E 0A2, Canada

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From $320 per week


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St Giles offers you a wide choice of courses at our English language schools around the world to meet your personal needs, whatever your level, your age or your interests.

Whether you are learning for your career, for higher education, travel or just for fun we have a programme for you. Find the perfect course for you with our course finder.

Some students may also be eligible for help towards the cost of their course at one of the St Giles schools in the UK from the EU programme ERASMUS+. You can apply for this funding through your company or university.


General English Language Courses

At St Giles, we offer a wide variety of courses at our schools around the world. Our aim is to help you improve your English language skills, make progress and achieve your aims. Learning English in an English-speaking country is ideal because it allows you to perfect your skills quickly and easily with practice both inside and outside the classroom.

Our General English courses are designed to help students communicate successfully and confidently in real-life situations. Classes have a maximum of twelve students, to ensure that every student receives personal attention from their teacher. Although classes have a focus on speaking and listening, students have the chance to practise all four skills, helping them reach their full potential. Students can choose to study for anything from 1 to 24 weeks; any students who want to study for longer should look at our International Semester Courses.

Long Term English Language Courses

Our Long Term English Language courses are perfect for students who want to spend 6 months (24 weeks) or more studying English and experiencing life in an English-speaking country. If you’re taking a year out of education and want to use your time productively, a Long Term English Language course might be the answer. These courses are also ideal for students who want to prepare for future study, who are getting ready for entry to university, or who need to improve their English for their future careers.

These long term courses are designed to be as flexible as possible. Students have the option to split their studies across different St Giles centres and experience life in different cities. You can also choose between an intensive programme of 28 lessons per week or a 20 or 22 lesson programme.

English Examination Preparation Courses

At St Giles, we want every one of our student to reach their full potential and succeed in whatever they hope to achieve. That’s why we offer courses that assist students in preparing for a variety of internationally recognised English language exams.

Over 1.5 million students take a Cambridge English exam each year. These exams are widely respected and are accepted by employers and educational institutions worldwide. At St Giles, we offer Cambridge Assessment English preparation courses for the B2 First, C1 Advanced and C2 Proficiency exams in the UK, USA and Canada.

The IELTS qualification is an internationally recognised exam. It is the entry requirement for universities in the UK, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand. It is also widely accepted by many governments and international companies. As well as a stand-alone course, we also offer IELTS preparation as part of our International Semester programmes.

English For Special Purposes

At St Giles, we want our students to learn English in a practical manner, so that they feel confident using it in a natural environment, not just the classroom. This is why all of our schools are located in English speaking countries, so that students can continue practising even after lessons are over.

Although all of our courses allow you to develop your ‘real-world’ English we also have various English for Special Purposes courses on offer. These are designed to give you the skills and experience you will need for your future studies or career.

Our Business English course in Vancouver, for example, focuses on topics that will develop core business skills as well as language skills. These topics include: meetings and communication strategies, business vocabulary, presentation skills, understanding cultural differences, marketing, negotiating and selling and finally, using the telephone. Essentially, we want our students to leave our schools feeling completely comfortable communicating in English, especially with potential employers.

Platinum English Language Training

At St Giles, we offer Platinum Language Training at five of our centres across the UK, USA and Canada. Whichever location you choose, the best thing about learning English in an English speaking country is that every interaction helps you practise. Whether you’re in a lesson, watching a show at the theatre or ordering food for your evening meal, you’ll be using English. If you’re hoping to develop your language skills in a short amount of time, our Platinum Courses are the ideal option for you. They are designed for busy professionals, executives and mature learners who hope to improve quickly.

You can choose to study in specialised one-to-one sessions, where the lessons are tailor-made to meet your specific personal needs. It’s entirely up to you how many of these lessons you have per week and the teacher can, if you choose, focus on your specialised professional area. Alternatively, you can opt for small group sessions where classes will have a maximum of five students.

Your lessons will take place in one of our dedicated Platinum Centres, which have comfortable modern classrooms and a Platinum Lounge for you to enjoy outside of class. Again, you can choose the amount of lessons you have per week, but however many you choose, you will have the opportunity to meet and network with other professionals from all over the world.