Vancouver Vibes

How is Vancouver different? You can stroll down Waterfront, Gastown, Yaletown, or Davie street. All these different spots have a different vibe and atmosphere to them. For example, Waterfront and Gastown are very historical with the marvelous architecture of the grand terminal train station and the steam clock. Exploring the downtown area of Vancouver is an exciting experience of the different roads and streets. With that being said, walking down Davie street will also lead you to English Bay, also known as the West End beach which connects to Stanley Park and the Seawalk, all of which are magnificent and sublime. Taking courses of English in Vancouver with EC Language Centres allows you to explore different options and opportunities the city of Vancouver has to offer. For more details about our activities and events, check out your ECenglish student online account and register on the many tours, free classes and activities we provide throughout the year! Even more, share your EC experience and time in spent Canada with us using the hashtags #ECExperience and #ECVancouver. Nonetheless, Join us on every Friday and maybe you may win free tickets to Fly Over Canada, the Vancouver Lookout, Aquarium, or many others! In contrast all you need is your EC student ID and ofcourse your presence! What makes our English Classes unique? We pride ourselves here at EC Vancouver and all EC Language centers around the globe to provide state of the art learning experiences and academics due to our high standards and quality methods. Studying English in Vancouver is a great choice to kickstart your life in a new country because learning the world’s most used universal language is a smart investment as it only means that you will carry the knowledge further and progress into proficiency. Experience the orange carpet yourself … Read more

Work and Study in Vancouver: Become a Web Developer in 12 Weeks

Become a Web Developer in 12 Weeks! It’s a techie’s world and we just live in it! The IT sector in Canada has once again been named as the fastest growing industry in the country, even beating out America’s famous Silicon Valley in terms of rapid expansion. Needless to say, this is excellent news for tech professionals as well as prospective students looking to enter the field; coders and developers are flocking to cities such as Montreal, Vancouver and Toronto where jobs in clean technology, computing and AI are plentiful. If you’re a budding IT student who is looking for ways to improve your English, study abroad and get into the university of your dreams, EC’s Canadian University Pathway Programme may just be the answer you’re looking for. Read on to see how studying at EC Vancouver can shape your future and build a bridge to your success!   Calling all web developers! Although data analysts, software engineers and network administrators are all highly sought-after, there’s one role that continues to be ahead of the pack in Canada: web developers. Consequently, Canadian employers within the IT industry are keeping a sharp eye out for web developers and programmers with a varied range of front- and back-end skills. Canadian salaries for IT professionals are very competitive, with earnings starting from 55,000 CAD. What is more, this income allows most graduates to pay off their tuition within one working year. The Canadian government is also supporting the demand for potential tech immigrants in British Columbia by extending the Provincial Immigration Program (PNP) until June 2020. How can EC Vancouver help? Are you interested in gaining a Canadian diploma and work experience in Canada? EC is proud to be partnered with RED Academy, one of the best private colleges in Vancouver that offers … Read more

Direct Entry to Douglas College with EC!

Our New Partner through our Canadian University Pathways Programme Ah, Vancouver. Dubbed “a tomorrow city” and “the cool North American sibling” by the New York Times, it’s no wonder that students from all over the world flock to its renowned schools and universities. From breath-taking vistas of the ocean and mountains to a plethora of museums and an array of First Nations Art, it’s the perfect destination for anyone who possesses a healthy amount of curiosity and a hankering for adventure. On this note, the team at EC is excited to announce our new partnership with Vancouver’s Douglas College as part of our highly sought-after Canadian University Pathway programme. Direct entry is being offered to students who have successfully completed their Advanced English level at EC, thereby granting a waiver for the IELTS or TOEFL certificate. In other words, study at EC and transfer to Douglas College with no IELTS or TOEFL tests! With three stunning campuses – two in New Westminster and one in Coquitlam – Douglas College is one of the largest, public degree-granting colleges in British Columbia. Located in greater Vancouver, all campuses are easily accessible by public transport and are only 30 minutes from Downtown Vancouver. In addition, Douglas College supports international students with studies, job searching and integration into Canadian culture, as well as encouraging them to pursue their ambitions while discovering new passions and strengths. Moreover, students have a wide variety of programmes to help them get practical skills and knowledge for whichever industry they would like to specialise in, including Health Sciences, Business Administration, the Arts and Social Sciences. Similarly, class sizes for each course range from about 30 to 35, giving everyone a chance to engage in a discussion and have their say. In this way, students are encouraged to develop meaningful … Read more

Vegan Brunch at EC Vancouver

Whats better than Brunch? Vegan Brunch! All EC Vancouver students and staff members at EC Language Centres are you’re invited to our February Vegan Potluck Brunch! This fundraiser event is meant to motivate and donate to the current bush-fires in Australia. The event will take place next Wednesday, February the 5th from 12pm to 2pm. Look out for some tasty vegan Granola bars, Aussy Bites, Fruits and Yogurt! So grab your appetite, cash and donate towards a good cause! Join us on our social media platforms (Facebook, Instagram, Yammer) to get more updates from our school and centre! EC Languages Centre donated $1,000 Australian dollars to support the Australian bush-fire relief efforts and thus encouraged us to participate in a fundraising event. Our ethos motivates us to be attuned to the world and global citizens around the globe. Through our activity and fundraiser, we hope to motivate other individuals to participate and donate towards this cause. Our thoughts go out to all those who have been impacted or are close to the bush-fire vicinity. EC is grateful to everyone around the continent working to keep everyone safe and sound! Snacks? Yes, please! Nonetheless, visit our website and social media platforms to learn more about our English as a Second Language courses and programmes around the globe. We have many events and activities for our students to practice English and meet other people. Nonetheless, studying English abroad is an experience that helps you grow personally and educationally. That is why studying English abroad with EC gives you a better experience because you can meet like-minded people and get exposed to different cultures. Similarly, you get to improve your English language and build experiences that stay with you forever! Visit us today for a free trial class and contact us to learn … Read more

Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden

A Ming Dynasty Scholar’s Garden If you want to know about Chinese Canadian traditions in Canada, then certainly Chinatown is thee spot to visit! Dr. Sun Yat-Sen classical Chinese garden is a beautiful and well decorated Chinese garden. It is located in the heart of Chinatown Vancouver. The garden was built in 1986 and commemorates Chinese culture, heritage and history in Vancouver. Take time to wander and encounter the beautiful nature. Moreover there are two sections in the garden. The free section, and the paid entry one. In addition, there are many plants, unique rocks, lily-covered ponds, and symbols in the garden. The various symbolism makes it more attractive and beautiful. The weather limestone rocks are in fascinating shapes and forms. Above all, it offers a dynamic harmony within the garden and Feng Shui. Vancouver’s very own Classical Chinese Garden That is to say, Vancouver’s Chinatown hosts many events and festivals throughout the year. The main even is the Chinatown parade, which takes place in August 1st. The other festivals and events include the mid autumn moon festival, the winter solstice festival, the Chinese New Year festival and many more! Similarly, you can walk along the garden and sample the Chinese tea they offer. This place is fantastic for taking pictures and experiencing Chinese culture. Closeby places include the Chinese culture center museum and archive, Canada place, Stanley park and Main Street Science World. Likewise the various shops and restaurants in Chinatown. Experience Diversity in Canada Nonetheless, take English classes in Vancouver and improve your English while exploring a beautiful city and country! Therefore, studying with EC Vancouver allows you to experience the different cultures and places in Vancouver and Canada. Contact us today via our website or social media platforms to learn more about our English programs and Test … Read more

5 Benefits From Studying Abroad and Making Friends

There are many benefits from studying abroad and making friends from around the world. Studying in a foreign country may sound difficult, but it is actually easy because you meet great people and have amazing experiences that helps you grow as a person and human being! Canada is an amazing place to study and live in. There are many benefits from studying English at EC Vancouver as well. We cater for our student experiences and offer a community for people to explore the city and make lifelong friends! Our English classes offer the best educational methods and teachers who are interactive and always helpful.   1 ) Share and make happy memories! It is all about learning and enjoying yourself at the same time! The best of two worlds! Here at EC, we make sure that you meet people from around the world and have the opportunity to experience the city!   2 ) Enjoy the city with the company of people and friends! Studying abroad can be tough for certain people because we can’t live away from our families or friends.. However, when you meet new people abroad, you feel that you have made a new family and friends that you can count on! You will be shocked to know that you may share similar likes of music and movies!   3 ) Practice English and study together! It is important to practice English. It is even better to practice with someone who is in the same class as you because you share and learn similar material!     4 ) Building connections for future work and opportunities. Making lifelong friends and sharing experiences with others is important. You can find your next international business partner or peer. You’ll never know! 5 ) Meet friends in their home countries. … Read more

Student Testimonial : Francisco Verdera from Spain

EC Vancouver Student Testimonial Hello and welcome everyone to our lovely blog! Meet one of our lovely students Francisco Verdera. He is originally from Spain and is 72 years old. Francisco carried alot of positive emotions and experiences throughout his time in Vancouver and Canada. It is safe to say that he was popular in all of his classes and between other students due to his positive nature and attitude. In addition, he took the opportunity to share his experiences in EC Vancouver and ideas about living abroad. Above all, this is what Francisco had to say about his stay in Canada and studies at EC : “ The organization of the school works very well. The classes are entertaining and fun. The teachers adapt well to the levels of the students. The host family is very nice and try to make you feel at home. With an open relationship.  I’m very well installed, having my own area, bedroom, living room and bathroom. I choose Vancouver and Montreal over other destinations because I want to improve my skills in English and French, and also visit places in Canada as much as possible. “ Similarly, it was a pleasure having him in our lovely school and wish him all the best! His positive energy always gave us a nice start to the day and a beautiful end as well. With that being said, contact EC Vancouver or visit our website to learn English in Vancouver and North America. We have levels ranging from beginner and elementary to complete proficiency and advanced. We also have test-based preparation exams like IELTS and Cambridge for all of your university needs and requirements. Nonetheless, thank you for choosing EC Vancouver and EC language Centres. We will truly miss your positive spirit and happy personality! Visit … Read more

Experiences in Vancouver and Canada as a Student

Student’s Trips and Experiences in Canada Students who travel and go to other countries develop a strong sense of ethics and self-sustainment. During this time, student have different experiences in Canada regarding their trips, graduation, work and living abroad. When a student visits a new country, he or she are excited and nervous at the same time because everything is new and different for them. Some students are afraid or homesick because they think about how to survive abroad or how to arrange their studies and time abroad. Study Abroad in Canada and live new experiences! The experience of students is very interesting because they meet new people who are also from other countries. And due to this, they can learn more about other cultures, languages and people. They are able to make new friends and enjoy the different places the city and country has to offer. They also get experiences in every situation like how to manage time and their workload related to their studies and practicing their language, grammar, behavior and many other things. Most students don’t have their families with them abroad, and this can be very difficult but in return, students can stay in our home-stay families and accommodation where they feel most at home. They also have the opportunity to practice English at home, everyday. Nonetheless, students who study abroad get to see new places and experience a new culture. The experience in Canada is an essential one from start to finish  because between this time, students get different experiences from different situations. In the end, the student’s life is full of positive surprises and happy memories to carry forward. Contact EC Vancouver and EC Language Centres to learn more about our ESL programs in Canada and North America. Our programs offer various courses for … Read more

Grocery Stores in Vancouver

Local Grocery Stores Everyone knows that Vancouver is an expensive city but there are some cheap places and grocery stores like Dollarama, Walmart, Canadian Superstore, IGA, Safeway and many other stores that are affordable. Check out our mini list below for the recommended grocery stores during your stay here in Vancouver. There are many other places to shop and visit, however these are the recommended ones we suggest: There are many places to shop for groceries in Vancouver! You just have to look around! Dollarama: is one of the cheapest stores and you can find it literally anywhere across the mainland! You can find anything in there for just $1, $2, $3 or $4 and it is the best way to save money! There are home decoration things, food, flowers, snacks, stationery and so many other things. This kind of shop is also called Dollar tree or Dollar store. Walmart: Walmart is also one of the best budget-friendly places. It is popular in North America as a whole and its famous for its variety. You can find anything within one place like decoration stuff, electronic things, clothes, food, snacks, bedding, towels, and so much more. If you’re looking for something specific, then you will most likely find it at Walmart or Canadian Superstore. Canadian Superstore: this is the best and one of the biggest place to shop for groceries and home supply. You can find everything you need at one place like electronics, house-ware, snacks, food, appliances, and clothing. There are number of varieties and different locations across Vancouver. IGA: IGA in Downtown Vancouver is located on Burrard street. This is a small-town market to grocery shop. There is a large bakery, pharmacy, and a bistro that makes fresh food everyday! A similar kind of grocery store is also called … Read more

Coffee Shops in Vancouver

Coffee Coffee Coffee! Everybody loves Coffee! Most people love coffee and they can’t work or literally wake up without drinking coffee. Here in Vancouver, there are number of coffee shops that you can find anywhere like Tim Horton’s, waves coffee house, and Starbucks. Along with the local ones like Nemesis, Revolver Coffee, Café Artigiano, and Breka Bakery & Café. Below is a short list of few places that are worthy of your visit and stop. Tim Horton’s: Tim Horton’s is one of the most famous, cheap and busiest places to find and drink coffee. there are a lots of donuts and muffins, as well as breakfast items and sandwiches. You can find timmies almost everywhere across Canada. Lots of timmies are opened 24 hours so you can eat your breakfast, lunch and dinner there without worrying. Waves Coffee House: waves coffee house is one of the best coffee houses in town.  There are many food options to eat with coffee like sandwiches, banana bread, waffles, muffins and so on. Café Artgiano: Café Artigiano is a lovely place to sit and eat in. There are a lot of options regarding coffee and this is one fancy place you should visit! Trees Organic Coffee: One of the best places to eat and relax. Not to mention their famous cheesecake which you should definitely try it out. Breka Bakery & Café: Breka bakery & café is one of the best 24/7 places. It is sweet and affordable. This place is popular for their cheesecakes and sandwiches, so make sure you try one out! You must try any of these places during your time in Vancouver. Coffee shops in Vancouver are the best places for your break or to spend time with your friends. Visit EC Vancouver to learn more about our ESL classes … Read more