Terms & Conditions


As of June 1st, 2014 East Coast School of Languages is designated by the Province of Nova Scotia to allow all international students to study at our school. Our designation number is O19130326522. East Coast School of Languages abides by the Nova Scotia Language Schools Act and related Regulations found here.

Before entering into a contract with East Coast School of Languages, we must provide students with a copy of ECSL's policies and procedures found in our Student Handbook.

By completing our application form, you agree to the terms set out on this page. You also agree to the policies and procedures outlined in the abovementioned handbook. If the application form is submitted by a third party, the third party agrees that they have explained these conditions to you.

ECSL Terms and Conditions may change at any time at our discretion.

FEES
A place in our school is offered on the condition that payment is received prior to your start date. All fees must be paid at least four weeks before you arrive. Subsequent terms may be paid at the completion of your previous term. If you are a sponsored student and your sponsor does not pay your tuition fees, you are personally obligated to pay any outstanding fees that may be owing to East Coast School of Languages. Vacation may be taken after three months under certain circumstances and must be approved by the Director of Academic Services. Fees for the vacation period are forfeited and cannot be added to increase the period of study. 

STUDENT CONTRACT
All students are required to sign a contract before starting class at any language school in Nova Scotia. This will be explained in detail to you on your first day at ECSL. It is agreed and understood that the application to ECSL shall form part of this contract.

PROGRAM CONTENT AND PREREQUISITES  

University College Pathway (UCP): The UCP program is a comprehensive program designed to introduce students to the academic conventions of Canadian universities and colleges. Students learn academic skills such as essay writing, paraphrasing, quotation, and researching and then apply these skills to class work and assignments. Students can start UCP in Level 200.

English for Communication (EC): The EC program enables students to practice their English language communication skills and is available for students of all levels. Students improve their fluency, pronunciation, and confidence in speaking English. The focus is on speaking and listening, and the activities are made to be communicative and enjoyable.

Business English for the Workplace (BEW): Students in BEW learn the language of business and develop their professional communication skills. Students study all of the skills: reading, writing, listening, speaking, and grammar, with a focus on communicating in English in business environments. Students can start BEW in Level 300.

IELTS Preparation (IP): Students in IP learn both test taking techniques and English language skills. After a step-by-step breakdown of the various sections of the IELTS test, students take practice exams in order to track their progress and prepare for the official exam. Students can start IP in Level 300.

Intensive IELTS (II): Intensive IELTS is a full-time IELTS program for high-level students who want to focus exclusively on preparing to take an IELTS exam at ECSL's IELTS Test Centre. This program helps students develop and practice their IELTS test-taking strategies in both their morning and afternoon classes. Students can start II in Level 400.  

Masters Preparation (MP): Students in MP learn both test taking techniques and academic preparation skills. Students learn the skills they need to achieve a desired IELTS score as well as how to prepare for university or college study. MP is a combination of one IELTS class and one UCP class. Students can start MP in Level 400.

Teaching English for Young Learners: The TEYL program is a certificate program for students who are interested in gaining a qualification while improving their English language skills. Students in TEYL learn about pedagogy and how to apply theories in their classroom. Students in TEYL have a practicum component and are able to apply all the skills they have learned. Students must be at ECSL Level 400 to join this program.

 

CLASS MATERIALS
All students are required to purchase class materials (which include books) from East Coast School of Languages. A fee is charged every 12- or 13-week level which includes all materials and textbooks required to complete the level. If you repeat a level, you are not required to pay for your materials again. Computers are available to students during school hours; however, we recommend that students bring their own laptop or tablet.

MARKETING RELEASE
You acknowledge that ECSL may take photographs or video of any class or activity that you may be involved in. You understand that you will not be offered compensation of any kind – financial or otherwise if the images or video are used for marketing purposes. Any result of the photographs or video may be used in the production of East Coast School of Languages' marketing material and shall become the exclusive property of East Coast School of Languages.

ENGLISH ONLY POLICY
At East Coast School of Languages we maintain a strict English-Only policy. We do this to ensure all students practice their English at all times, to encourage multi-cultural friendships and to promote an inclusive environment. You must speak English in the school and during all school activities. If you break this policy, you may be suspended from school. No refund is given for time missed.

REFUND POLICY

  1. The school refund policy is listed below and is also posted on our website and in our student handbook.

  2. Refund Policy Before First Day at ECSL

    Registration Fee and Homestay/Accommodation Placement Fee are non-refundable.
    The first 2 weeks of homestay are non-refundable.

    Reason
    (written notification required)

    Refund
    (paid within 20 days of written notification)

    Visa Refusal
    (Refusal letter must be provided)

    100% of tuition fees

    Other reason (14 days +)

    80% of tuition fees

    Other reason (1-13 days)

    60% of tuition fees

     

    Refund Policy On or After First Day at ECSL

    Registration Fee and Homestay/Accommodation Placement Fee are non-refundable.
    The first 28 days of homestay fees are non-refundable for students
    who have arrived in the homestay program.

    % of Registration complete when
    written notification received

    Refund
    (paid within 20 days of written notification)

    Visa Refusal
    (Refusal letter must be provided)

    100% of tuition fees

    UCP & TEYL Programs 

    No refund

    Up to 10% of program completion

    50% of unused tuition fees

    11% - 30% of program completion

    30% of unused tuition fees

    31% + of program completion

    No refund


  3. Students must provide written notification to the Registrar (or Director of Student Services, if the Registrar is not available) if they would like to request a refund.
  4. The Registrar will review the refund policy above to determine if the Student is eligible to receive a refund and will provide written notification of any allowable refund, or any reasoning for denial of a refund (based on the terms listed above).
  5. Refunds are returned to the student by cheque or wire transfer, depending on the original form of payment. Refunds are returned to the original payee (agent, parent, student), unless written authorization to direct funds elsewhere is provided by the original payee.

ACCOMMODATION PLACEMENT AND HOMESTAY 
Students requiring homestay must sign and agree to our Homestay Contract. Please see the table above for our homestay refund policy. If you are a minor (under 19), there are additional fees payable to ECSL. Minors must live with an ECSL Homestay Family or provide details of a local custodian.
*The first 28 days of homestay fees are non-refundable for students who have arrived in the homestay program. This applies to all homestay students, even if they have not started studying at ECSL.  

HEALTH INSURANCE 
Health insurance is mandatory and must be purchased through ECSL, or proof of insurance in English must be shown. 
  
MINOR STUDENTS 
Full time attendance is mandatory for all minor students (under 19). ECSL has limited space for minors and cannot guarantee a place in our school. Minor students must sign and agree to our Participation Terms in order to be accepted.

CONSENT FOR RELEASE OF PERSONAL INFORMATION
East Coast School of Languages will collect, use, and disclose personal information to Citizenship and Immigration Canada, Canada Border Services Agency, and the NS Department of Labour and Advanced Education only to the extent that such disclosure is necessary for the operation, implementation and administration of the program for which the information has been originally collected.

WAIVER 
You agree that East Coast School of Languages (ECSL), its employees, directors and agents shall not be liable for any such personal injury, death, or property loss and release ECSL and its employees, directors and agents and waive all claims and respects thereto.  This includes all transport to and from any activity arranged by ECSL, its employees, directors and agents or any misfortunate event that may occur while on school grounds.  This means that you are fully responsible for anything that may happen to you while you are a student at East Coast School of Languages.

 

Programs Levels & Descriptions

 

 

UAP

(University Achievement Pathway)

Exam

Prep (EP)

IELTS +UAP

TOEFL

IBE 8

(International Business English)

 

English for Communication (EC)

Communication Basics

Dynamic Speaking

Creative English

English & Music ô

English &

Media ô

English &

Art ô

English &

Food ô

Basics

 

 

 

a

 

 

 

 

 

100

 

 

 

a

 

 

 

 

 

200

a

 

 

a

 

 

 

 

 

300

a

a

a

 

a

a

a

a

a

400

a

a

a

 

a

a

a

a

a

500

a*

a

a

 

a

a

a

a

a

* (Bridging Level:                  Part time ECSL + Part time university)