Five students sitting outside in the York U commons in Summer time

Summer Immersion Program

This summer, learn English at York University and explore the exciting city of Toronto, Canada.


Vari Hall Fountain in Summer

Join a mix of students  from around the world to experience student life
at the English Language Institute and the social and culture life of a Canadian summer. You will improve your listening and speaking skills in English from any level, while making lifelong international friends over three weeks on one of Canada’s largest and most multicultural university campuses.

You will be taught by highly qualified teachers who will guide you through the English classes, and have access to the computer labs, libraries, athletic facilities, and restaurants of the York Campus. You can choose to live on campus or even with a Canadian family to make it a fully immersive experience.

During your program you will also experience Toronto the way locals do — spending a day on Toronto Island, watching the Toronto Blue Jays play baseball, riding the rollercoasters of Wonderland Amusement Park, seeing all of Toronto from the CN Tower, and getting up close to Niagara Falls.

Many of these events are led by current York undergraduate students, our ‘Community  Leaders’, who will also introduce you to some of the 300+ clubs on campus. There’s always something to do at York!


  • Program runs for 3 weeks
  • English-only environment
  • Start at any English level
  • Classes of approximately 17 students
  • 102 hours of English instruction
  • Two sessions per summer: one in July, one in August
  • Access York University’s facilities, including computer labs, libraries, athletic facilities, residence, and restaurants

Enrolment Eligibility

  • You graduated from high school (unless your high school has an articulation agreement with YUELI)
  • You’re 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

Course 3821 – Summer Immersion Program 1:

July 09 – July 27, 2018 (3 weeks)

Course 3831 – Summer Immersion Program 2:

August 7 – August 24, 2018 (3 weeks)


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.


Danny Tan, BA, TESL Dipl., MA Applied Linguistics

Danny-TanDanny has taught in leading universities internationally and in Toronto since 2003. He is a regular presenter at local and international conferences as a specialist in the acquisition of pronunciation strategies and approaches to blended learning. He enjoys watching students develop and “own” their language learning process. He encourages all his students to keep trying, for “The greatest mistake you can make in life is to continually be afraid you will make one.” – Elbert Hubbard


Johanathan Woodworth, BSc, TESL Dipl., MA Applied Linguistics

Johanathan-WoodworthJohan has taught in top post-secondary institutions in Canada and Asia. He has presented in local and international conferences and is published in various journals and magazines in the field of ESL. He enjoys fostering the ‘eureka’ moment in students’ learning process, where everything fits together. He also enjoys nurturing acceptance and tolerance in his classrooms.


Accommodation, Transportation & Other Services

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



Registration for the 2017 program is now closed. If you are still interested in joining the program, please contact YUELI directly at

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

  • Online: Available sessions
  • Bank Transfers: Please contact the English Language Institute if you intend to pay by bank transfer. Please be aware that most international bank transfers requests will be charged a bank transfer fee. Please ask your bank for details. Students are responsible to ensure the money they have sent to English Language Institute covers any bank transfer fees.
  • Money Order: The Money Order should be made payable to York University. Please mail the original Money Order to our office at the following mailing address:
    York University English Language Institute
    Suite 035 Founders College
    4700 Keele Street
    Toronto, Ontario
    M3J 1P3 CANADA
Please send required documents to our fax number: 416-736-5908 or email at

Fees & Payment Deadlines

  • English Language Institute Application Fee: $60.00 (one-time only, non-refundable) for new students.
  • Deposit of $500.00 (non-refundable) is required to complete your registration and receive a Letter of Acceptance.
  • Health Insurance (Emergency Medical coverage) is available for an additional cost of $35.00.

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


  • Homestay is not available for the Summer Language Program.
  • You may apply for residence if you are between the ages of 18 and 29.
  • Summer residence does not include a meal plan

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:



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