Langara College
Community Report
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Global Reach

Family with International Student

Homestay - something special for foreign students

Established in 1986, the Homestay program places over 1,000 students per year with families who provide a furnished room, meals, household amenities and involvement in family life. International students can practice English language skills while experiencing Canadian culture.

Says program manager, Valerie Peters, “Many international students’ only connection with Canadians, other than in class, is with their homestay families.”

Langara College also offers its homestay services to other organizations, including the Vancouver and Richmond School Boards.

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Field Schools - the world is your classroom

For 30 years, award-winning art history instructor Bruce Hanbury has travelled to Europe twice annually with students eager to learn about art and architecture in some of the world's most beautiful cities. In the process, students earn up to 12 university credits.

"Each trip is different," says Hanbury, "because the art is ever-changing."

Langara College has been at the forefront of initiating foreign field study programs. In addition to Europe, students have travelled to Greece, Italy, Japan, Thailand and Africa.

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A Rich Multicultural Mix

International student full-time enrolment has skyrocketed from 190 to 800 in the eight years that Gordon McNeil has been Director of the International Education (IE) Department.

"We tell prospective students that attending Langara College is one of the most effective ways for them to get into a Canadian university," explains McNeil. "Many international students do not gain admission to a Canadian university directly from their own country, especially without the appropriate level of English. Many start in the Langara English for Academic Purposes (LEAP) program, which integrates English skills with university-level study skills."

In addition to facilitating non- Canadians wishing to study at Langara, IE's mandate includes helping domestic students study outside Canada, in a field study environment.

International Student Enrolment

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