Ottawa ESL Schools -
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Classes and procedures may have changed because of the pandemic. Much of the information on this page depends on the school being open and funtioning normally. We recommended contacting St. Patrick's Adult School by phone for the latest information. Call 613-594-5773

Your ESL School Questions Answered

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. A list of courses being offered in Fall 2020 is available here.
When does the next term start?
The Fall 2020 term for English as a Second Language (ESL) and Computer classes started in September 2020. Please call the school for the latest information.
How do I register for a class?

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 contacting 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

I am an International Student or visitor. How do I register?
If you are an International Student, diplomat, visitor to Canada or live in Quebec you can register by contacting St. Patrick's Adult School at 613-594-5773. 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?
We do not have online registration. for non-residents. Registration is done in person only. Contact us at 613-594-5773 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 once you are in Ottawa. The Assessment Office will be able to help you with your particular situation.
What are the fees for visitors, international students and out-of-province learners?

Fees for September 2020 to June 2021

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 one-time fee of $75 for registration and assessment, plus materials fee [$25 or $30 per school year] 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.

You will also be required to provide proof of health insurance before you can start attending classes.

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 is scheduled to start in July 2021.
Do you have Evening or Weekend classes?
Online evening classes are available. Please contact St. Patrick's Adult School at 613-594-5773 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 not currently available because of the pandemic.
Where do I register for a class?
Registration is done by appointment 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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