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Who can join your ESL and Computer classes?
Permanent Residents of Canada, Convention Refugees, Refugee Claimants and naturalized Canadian Citizens not born in Canada may apply to take our ESL classes. Applicants must also be 18 years of age or over, reside in Ontario and provide proof of residency.
What courses do you offer?
We offer English as a Second Language (ESL) and Computer classes. For a list of courses being currently offered please see
How do I register for a class?
A Go to St. Patrick's Adult School on the following days at the times shown below:

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday
from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm and 1:45 pm to 3:00 pm
from 9:00 am to 11:30 am

You will be registered, assessed and placed in the level appropriate for you or referred to Ottawa Y-Language Assessment and Referral Centre (Y-LARC) for assessment. Please bring your immigration documents, proof of age and proof of Ontario residency.

If you are a new student or you have not been a student in our system in the last 12 months you can complete a language assessment by going to the Ottawa Y-Language Assessment and Referral Centre (Y-LARC). If you do so please advise the assessor that you wish to study at St. Patrick's Adult School. Bring your assessment documents with you when you come to school.

Y-LARC has 2 locations in Ottawa.

Central Location:
308-240 Catherine Street
Tel: 613-238-5462

West Location:
1642 Merivale Road
Tel: 613-688-2150

If you are an International Student, diplomat, visitor to Canada or live in Quebec you will be charged fees at non-resident rates. Fees are shown further down on this page.

I don't live in Ontario, can I still take a class?
Yes you may take classes at one of our schools. You will be charged a fee.
I do not live in Canada. Can I register online?
No. We do not have online registration. Registration is done in person only. Contact us when you get to Ottawa to register in person.
Do I need a visa to come to Canada?
Visa requirements vary from country to country. For information about your visa requirements please visit the Citizenship and Immigration Canada website.
I am a visitor to Canada. Can I take a class?
Visitors are welcome to take English as a Second Language or Computer classes. Some special conditions apply. Your best course of action is to contact St. Patrick's Adult School by once you are in Ottawa. The Assessment Office will be able to address your particular situation.
What are the fees for visitors, international students and out-of-province learners?
Fees for September 2017 to June 2018

Materials Fees

All students pay a materials fee as follows.

  • Part Time: $25 per school year
    9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m OR 12:30 p.m to 3:30 p.m.
  • Full Time: $30 per school year
    9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m AND 12:30 p.m to 3:30 p.m.

Fees for Diplomats, Visitors, holders of Work Permits, International Students and Non-Residents

Visitors, Diplomats, International Students on Student Permit, Work Permit, Out-of-Province Learners
Non-refundable fee of $75 for registration and assessment, plus materials fee [$25 or $30] plus tuition as described below.
Tuition Fees

  • $400 per month for half-day classes or
  • $800 per month for all-day classes.

Fees are due at the beginning of each school term and are non-refundable.

The information above is provided only as a guide and is subject to change. Please contact St. Patrick's Adult School directly for information relevant to your particular situation.

Do you have Summer classes?
Our next summer session will be in July 2018.
Do you have Evening or Weekend classes?
Evening classes are available from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Registration is on Tuesdays only between 5:30 pm and 7:00 pm. Please contact St. Patrick's Adult School at 613-594-5773 between 6:00 pm and 8:30 pm on these days for further information.
Do you make arrangements for homestay?
No. You must make your own arrangements.
Do you have daycare for my children?
Childminding is available at St. Patrick's for qualifying learners. Please check with the school for details.
Where do I register for a class?
Registration is done in person only at:
St. Patrick's Adult School613-594-5773

Do you have more questions? Please ask your question by contacting us. If you are in Ottawa please call St. Patrick's Adult School at 613-594-5773. If you live outside Ottawa use the form on the Contact Us page.

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Computer Courses at St. Patrick's Adult School during the regular school year (September to June) include Web Page Design (HTML, Dreamweaver, Photoshop), MS Word, MS Excel, PowerPoint, Keyboarding and Introduction to Computers.

English as a Second Language (ESL) classes at St. Patrick's Adult School during the regular school year (September to June) include all levels of ESL and IELTS. LINC classes are also available to eligible learners. Childcare is available based on eligibility and availability of spaces.

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Our classes are taught by enthusiastic, experienced and professionally qualified teachers. They will help you achieve your goal of learning English as a Second Language while you have fun getting there.

Thousands of students from some 158 countries have benefited from and learned English at the best ESL classes in Ottawa.