English Language Studies

For domestic students

ESL instructor sitting with a student at their desk

 Learn English from instructors in Canada and meet new people in Kelowna. Develop your English level for personal, educational and employment opportunities.

English Language Certificate

English language studies for students with limited English. New students are assessed to determine placement in listening, speaking, reading and writing.

Students learn in class for 20 hours per week. Classes begin in January, May, July and September. This may be different depending on the campus closest to you.

Please note: applicants must be 18 years of age, or turn 18 during their first semester at Okanagan College. Students who have completed the equivalent of B.C. Grade 12 are also eligible for the program. 

English for Academic Purposes (EAP) Certificate

EAP certificate is designed for students at higher levels of English proficiency. When students finish the program, they have met the English requirements for most  academic programs at Okanagan College.

In addition to EAP courses, Level 2 students may take one academic course. At EAP Level 3, they can take up to two academic courses providing students meet course prerequisites. The addition of academic courses must be approved by the academic course instructor and appropriate dean.



You can learn in person and online through live lectures and group work with other students. For those in EAP Level 3, students can choose an “asynchronous” course. Asynchronous means you learn on your schedule, at the time that works best for you. There is no specific schedule each day when the class meets. Instead, you complete learning activities each week at a time that suits you.

Admission requirements

Domestic students need to complete Okanagan College’s in-person English language assessment (OCELA). This test will determine your English language courses. Fill out the get started form below to book an assessment. 


English language training is free for permanent residents, protected persons and Canadian citizens. There are student fees and textbook costs, but there are grants available.

Get started

The first step involves setting up an assessment of your skills. Submit your information below, and a member of the Okanagan College staff will contact you to schedule a free appointment.

Select the option that applies to you


Learn English from instructors in Canada. Learn more about the instructors for the English Language programs here.