YUELI students skating at Harbourfront Centre, downtown Toronto

Spring Break Immersion Program

This Spring Break, learn English and experience Canada in winter!


Improve your listening and speaking skills in English from any level while you learn with students from around the world. Experience one of Canada’s largest and most multicultural university campuses and the social and cultural life of a Canadian winter over the 4 weeks of your Spring Break.

Our highly qualified teachers will guide you through your English classes and provide plenty of opportunities to practice. You will also have access to the computer labs, libraries, athletic facilities, and restaurants of the York Campus, while either living on campus or with a local family for a fully immersive Canadian experience.

During your program you will also experience Toronto the way locals do — spending a day ice skating on the waterfront, watching the Toronto Raptors play basketball, exploring Toronto’s ethnic neighborhoods, seeing all of Toronto from the CN Tower, and getting up close to Niagara Falls.

Our ‘Community Leaders’, current York undergraduate students, lead many of the cultural events and will also introduce you to some of the 300+ clubs on campus. There’s always plenty to do at York!


  • Program runs for 4 weeks
  • English-only environment
  • Start at any English level
  • Classes of approximately 17 students
  • 157 hours of English instruction
  • Runs in February each year
  • Access York University’s facilities, including computer labs, libraries, athletic facilities, residence, and restaurants

Enrolment Eligibility

  • You graduated from high school
  • You are at least 18 years old*

* If you’re under 18, you still may be eligible. Contact the York University English Language Institute to confirm.

Important Dates


Kristina Laperle, BA, M. Ed.

Kristina-LaperleKristina is an avid language learner and has studied French, Portuguese, Spanish, German and Latin in a variety of different contexts.  Her passion for languages led her to a career in language teaching, and she has been an ESL instructor at York University`s English Language Institute since 2000. Kristina loves working with students from around the world, and designing learning opportunities that will inspire them to learn, and provide them with the skills and confidence to be successful global citizens.


Yuliya Miakisheva, M.A., TESOL

Yuliya-MiakishevaYuliya has taught ESL and EFL in Canada, U.S., and Europe at university level. She has also presented at a number of language and education conferences including TESL Ontario, TESL Canada, TESOL, and NAFSA. She enjoys having the opportunity to help English Language Institute students improve their English language skills along with the understanding of North American culture in their pursuit of academic and professional opportunities away from home.


This is a full-time, Monday to Friday program (4 weeks).
In addition there are excursions through the week and 1 weekend trip to Camp Kandalore.

Accommodation, Transportation & Other Services

Residence: Residence
Homestay: The Canada Homestay Network
Transportation: Campus Servus



There are no upcoming dates for this program at present. Please check again later or request further information below.

Confidentiality and Financial Security

Given the experiential and practical nature of the courses and the application of Ontario’s Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA) to York University, The School of Continuing Studies works to ensure that instructors and participants acknowledge and respect the privacy and confidentiality of personal information that may be presented in the context of instruction. Instructors will limit the amount of personal information that is collected, used or disclosed in their sessions, and will ensure that all identifying personal information (including proper name, address, etc.) is omitted from all written documents in order to protect personal privacy and confidentiality. Instructors should not bring or share personal or other confidential files or records with the class or allow students to do so.
We are committed in protecting your privacy and your financial security, and we do this in several ways:

  • Your credit card information is never received or stored by our system. Only your financial institution has access to your credit card information.
  • Your Student Portal is password-protected. To access any personal and academic information, you must enter your username and portal password.

York University Privacy Policy

How to Register

Fees & Payment Deadlines

  • Deposit of $500 is required to complete your registration.

If you are unable to join the first day of the course, please immediately contact us in order to find out the last possible day to attend the program. Attendance deadlines do apply.

*Fees subject to change


Residence: Residence
Homestay: The Canada Homestay Network

Cancellation and Refund

Please refer to the following document for Program Cancellation & Refund Policy questions & answers:

Cancellation, Transfer and Refund Policies and Procedures

University Policy on Student Conduct

  • Students and instructors are expected to maintain a professional relationship characterized by courtesy, collegiality and mutual respect and to refrain from actions that would be disruptive to such a relationship;
  • It is the responsibility of the instructor to maintain an appropriate academic atmosphere in the classroom and the responsibility of the student to cooperate in that endeavour; and,
  • The instructor is the best person to decide, in first instance, whether such an atmosphere is present in the class and may at their discretion, take steps that they feel are appropriate to resolve an issue or dispute.

In any case, where a student feels that this policy has been violated, they are urged to: notify the instructor of the course/program as soon as possible. Students may be asked to provide a detailed written description of their complaint to the instructor. The instructor may take measures they feel are appropriate to resolve the issue and/or may forward the complaint to the English Language Institute for review. Please refer to the full policy document on the York University website at: http://www.yorku.ca/scdr/



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