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5 Week English Language Summer School

The English Language Summer School (ELSS) at Memorial University in St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada, is a 5-week intensive English as a Second Language immersion program for students aged 19 and up that covers reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills in English. We offer courses from the low-intermediate to advanced levels. Students have access to a state-of-the-art multimedia computer lab, the university library, and other facilities. Students live in residence on the modern university campus, which is a 20 minute walk from downtown St. John's (one of the oldest and safest cities in North America) and the beautiful harbour. Access to the sports facility is available for fees according to the activity.

How to Apply

There are three options for submitting the 5 Week ESL Program application (on the same form as the 12-week program application):

  1. Complete the 5 Week ELSS Application web form online and click the submit button at the bottom of the page
  2. Print out the 5 Week ELSS Application (PDF), complete it in and send it by regular mail to English as a Second Language Programs, Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John's, NF, Canada, A1B 3X9
  3. Print out the 5 Week ELSS Application (PDF), complete it in and fax to (709) 864-8282


Program Overview

The ELSS program for 2016 runs from Monday, July 4 to Friday, August 5, inclusive. Students should plan to arrive on campus by July 3 at the latest.

The program includes:

  • 15 hours per week of classroom instruction
  • 2 hours of conversation/pronunciation classes per week
  • 4 to 6 hours of workshops
  • Visits to local historic and scenic sites
  • Social activities
  • Internet account

Maximum class size: 20
Program enrolment: approximately 90 to 110

Program Costs

The program fees include housing in university residences, tuition, use of texts, computer accounts, and all scheduled visits and activities.


  International Student Canadian Citizen or
Landed Immigrant
Program Fee $ 2,300 $ 2,300
Registration Fee $ 150 $ 150
Health Insurance $ 100 (approximately)  
Total $ 2,550 $ 2,450


Currency conversion is available online.

Policy on Refunds for the 5-week Program

If for any reason we cannot accept a student into an ESL program, the application fee will be refunded. For students who are accepted into a program, the application fee is non-refundable. Seventy-five percent (75%) of tuition will be refunded to students who withdraw during the first two days of the program. No refunds can be made after that.

Payment of Program Fees

Program fees must be paid by the first day of classes. Fees must be paid in Canadian dollars. Program fees are subject to change. Please verify at time of application.

External Funding for Canadian citizens and permanent residents

Visa Information

International students in Canada for programs of less than 6 months duration do not need special student visas ( called "study permits"). A visitor visa may be required. Please contact your nearest Canadian consulate or embassy for information on visitor visa regulations for citizens of your country. If you plan to stay for further studies after this program, we recommend that you obtain a study permit (student visa) before coming to Canada, because you cannot apply for a study permit after you arrive for a visit.


In order to increase the learning potential for students in the ELSS program, all students must sign a pledge promising to use only English during the program. (Correspondence with family members excepted.)


Classes are taught by qualified, experienced ESL instructors, with class sizes limited to a maximum of 20. Formal classes are three hours in the morning, five days per week. Conversation groups are led by experienced tutors. Textbooks are supplied for the duration of the course.


All students will have computer accounts allowing access to word-processors and to the Internet for electronic mail and research. Tutorials will be given to assist those students who are unfamiliar with the Internet.

Conversation Partners

Students who wish a conversation partner for extra one-to-one English practice with a native English speaker will be matched with a student from Memorial University, subject to availability. This is a wonderful opportunity to make new friends!


Workshops introduce students to aspects of the rich cultural life available in Newfoundland, and can cover such topics as the arts, science and nature, and will encourage writing activities. Workshops include visits, discussions, and group activities. Students have the choice of producing videos, a music CD, souvenir journal CD, podcasts or a theatre production. In addition, students learn about Newfoundland's wonderful Celtic-influenced traditional music and dance.


There will be several guided excursions to historical and scenic sites in the area including a boat tour of Witless Bay for whale and bird watching, and a tour of the Cape Spear Lighthouse and the eastern-most point in North America.


Students will live in apartment-style university residences on the main campus, overlooking a duck-pond and just a short walk to classes and all university facilities. Four students (women only or men only) will share a full bathroom and a sitting room/kitchenette with refrigerator, stove and cooking utensils. Each student has a private bedroom. Bed linens are provided. Students should bring their own towels. Laundry facilities are located near the residence. There is a small charge for the use of the laundry machines. Housing is included in the program fees. Other options are not generally available for this program. Students who wish to make their own housing arrangements may receive a discount on the program fees.


Students may purchase whatever they wish to cook for themselves at their own costs and will prepare their own meals in the apartment kitchens. Simple cutlery, pots, and dishes are supplied. Students may also choose to eat in restaurants on or off campus on the weekends.

Health Insurance

Please note that International students must purchase health insurance through the university-approved company, Guard.Me. No other insurance is acceptable.