Victoria waives fees for English as a Second Language courses at TRU

Victoria waives fees for English as a Second Language courses at TRU

Kamloops This Week

Canadian citizens can now take English as a Second  Language (ESL) courses tuition-free at 17 public post-secondary institutions throughout B.C., including at Thompson Rivers University.

ESL programs provide language instruction at basic, intermediate and advanced levels to people whose first language is not English.

Under the Canada-B.C. Immigration Agreement, ESL courses are being provided tuition-free to new immigrants, such as permanent residents.

As well as ESL in the 17 public post-secondary institutions, this  program includes WelcomeBC’s english language services for adults (ELSA) program in communities throughout the province.

The Ministry of Advanced Education will also continue to provide financial assistance to ESL students with a demonstrated financial  need under its adult basic education student assistance program to help with associated fees, books, transportation, child  care and other associated costs.

Government-funded ESL courses are offered at the following public post-secondary institutions, in addition to TRU in Kamloops:  British Columbia Institute of Technology, Camosun College, Capilano University, College of New  Caledonia, College of the Rockies, Douglas College, Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Langara College, North Island College, Northwest Community College, Northern Lights College, Okanagan College, Selkirk College, University of the Fraser Valley, Vancouver Community College and Vancouver Island University.