Award-winning English Language School

Languages Across Borders (LAB) Vancouver is a highly respected, award-winning language school in trendy Yaletown, in the city’s downtown. Canadian-owned and operated for more than 25 years, LAB Vancouver has provided quality and professional English classes for students from more than 103 countries, connecting all to the world with English. Offering a wide variety of English courses for all levels, LAB Vancouver's curriculum is diverse and designed to balance conversational and academic English.

With an interactive teaching style and a variety of activities and social events, highly qualified teachers ensure your educational experience is fun and useful. Vancouver's dedicated staff creates a friendly environment that enables students to achieve their English goals while also making friends from around the world. Our goal is to create a home-away-from-home atmosphere and experience. Come in for a Free Trial Lesson and find out what makes our program so unique and sought after.

Learn a new language in beautiful Vancouver

Welcome to Vancouver – often voted one of the most desirable places to live and located between the ocean and the mountains, Vancouver is a multicultural city with exceptional shopping, dining and social and cultural activities that appeal to every taste. Parks and public beaches surround the city's harbour, offering plenty of opportunities for year-round outdoor activities.
About the City

LAB English courses in Vancouver

LAB Vancouver’s curriculum is designed to balance structure and course options. We have an excellent selection of English courses that allow students to focus on their areas of interest and overcome their challenges.
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Travel around this breathtaking city

We take the classroom outside and explore beautiful Vancouver through LAB's Free Friday Activities. A fantastic way to continue learning and practicing English while enjoying all that Vancouver has to offer.
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How to Prepare for Your Arrival

Preparing Your Arrival

We suggest that you arrive a few days before the beginning of your program. Allow yourself enough time to get familiar with the city and transportation system, move into your accommodation, and set up cell phone service if desired. Learn more


LAB Vancouver is proud to have partnerships around our city to provide the perfect style of accommodation for every person. Accommodations range from Host Families, Student Housing, Hostels, and Hotels. Learn more

What to do after school!

Get Cultured

Culturally vibrant and diverse, Vancouver is home to many renowned cultural centres, including the Museum of Anthropology, Vancouver Art Gallery, Science World, Presentation House Gallery, the Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art, the Contemporary Art Gallery and its own historical Chinatown.

Abundant Nature

You can almost smell the cedar when you hit the ground in this city surrounded by nature. Discover all of its abundances at destinations such as Stanley Park, Lynn Canyon hiking trails, Capilano Suspension Bridge, VanDusen Botanical Garden and Pacific Spirit Regional Park.

Get Sporty

The list of ways to move and unwind is lengthy, with options that include rollerblading around the seawall, ice skating at one of many rinks, curling, basketball at Kits Beach, tennis at one of the many courts throughout the city, golfing, world-class mountain biking, taking in an NHL hockey or international soccer game.

Scenic Tours

There are countless ways to explore and take in Vancouver's scenery, including tours that visit foodie-paradise Granville Island, world-renowned Whistler Village, tours of the University of British Columbia, Steveston Fisherman's Wharf, Winery Tours, Gastown, Harbour Tower Lookout and many more.

Our Accreditations

Designated Learning Institute by Immigration Canada

LAB Vancouver's accreditation is national, provincial, and international. It is named a Designated Learning Institute by Immigration Canada. Choosing a school with these certifications means you can be sure you are attending one of the top schools not only in Canada, but around the world. This means with a Letter of Acceptance issued by LAB in Vancouver, students can apply for a Study Permit from CIC (Immigration Canada) and come to study in Canada.

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British Columbia’s Education Quality Assurance

BC’s EQA Designation is Canada’s first and only provincial brand of quality for post-secondary education. EQA provides a standard provincial seal that can be recognized globally as a symbol of quality education and consumer protection. BCEQA (British Columbia’s Education Quality Assurance) has designated LAB Vancouver for the purposes of the International Student Program.
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Languages Canada

LAB Vancouver is accredited by Languages Canada, which is a Canadian national certification for quality schools in Canada. To qualify, a school is evaluated in a number of categories including: curriculum, teacher qualifications, student services, student admissions, marketing, promotion, facilities, and administration.
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Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB)

The Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) of the Ministry of Advanced Education administers the Private Training Act and associated regulations. PTIB is responsible for: Ensuring institutions meet the requirements and standards for certification, maintaining a Private Training Institution Directory of all certified institutions and the programs they provide, along with formerly certified institutions and providing student protection and overseeing the Student Tuition Protection Fund. See Designation Certificate.
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Vancouver Awards

Better Business Bureau (BBB)

LAB Vancouver is Downtown Vancouver’s only BBB accredited language school! BBB is an unbiased organization that sets and upholds high standards for fair and honest business behavior. Businesses that earn BBB accredited business status contractually agree and adhere to the organization’s high standards of ethical business behavior. BBB provides objective advice, free business Reliability Reports and charity Wise Giving Reports, and educational information on topics affecting marketplace trust.

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Winner of the Consumer Choice Award

LAB Vancouver is a 5-time winner of the Consumer Choice Award as the top English school in Vancouver, Canada. Consumer Choice Award is the only organization in Canada to determine the top-ranked service providers in various categories by conducting an independent market research survey that is statistically accurate. Consumer Choice Award recipients are not selected by a panel of judges but are chosen by you… the consumer. 

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