International Student English Experience Course (I-SEEC)

 

Is this course for me?

Are you looking to improve your English skills? Do you want to spend the summer meeting new friends from around the world? Do you want to live in Canada`s capital city? The I-SEEC program at the University of Ottawa is for you! 

Why Ottawa?

Ottawa has been described as one of the safest and most beautiful capital cities in the world. As a major centre for the visual and performing arts, Ottawa offers a wide variety of urban attractions, yet the city still maintains the atmosphere and charm of a smaller centre, with easy access to spectacular parks and wilderness. Visitors can enjoy many of Canada’s best museums, theatres, and music festivals, or bike along the many trails and pathways in the city.

Parliament buildings

Parliament Buildings

 

Rideau Canal

Rideau Canal

 

By-Ward Market

ByWard Market

 

Being close to Montréal and Toronto, Ottawa is easily accessible by air, train, or bus and is the perfect place to experience Canada's diverse cultures. One of Ottawa’s major advantages is that the downtown core is very compact and many attractions are accessible on foot. From the University of Ottawa campus, it takes only a few minutes to walk to the Parliament Buildings and lots of restaurants and shopping. For more information, visit www.ottawatourism.ca.
 
Why University of Ottawa?

Located downtown, the University of Ottawa is a vibrant centre of learning, with a total population—including students, teachers, and support staff—of 45,000. With more than 300 undergraduate programs and 180 graduate programs, the university attracts students from across Canada and from more than 100 countries around the world. The University of Ottawa is one of the top 10 research institutions in Canada.

Many activities and resources are available on campus:

  • State-of-the-art language laboratories and multimedia classrooms
  • Large fitness and gym facilities
  • Regularly scheduled concerts, plays, festivals, and films
  • Extensive library system

For more information, visit www.uottawa.ca.

Tabaret Hall

Tabaret Hall

 

Why should I choose this program?

This program's location and highly-qualified instructors will help you improve your English language skills in the best possible environment.

Our goal is to help you: 

  • Communicate effectively with both native and non-native English speakers;
  • Notice and appreciate similarities and differences between cultures;
  • Learn with classmates from around the world;
  • Enjoy life in Canada.

 

A. Course Content

I-SEEC will enable you to experience English in the real world!  You will be using English to:

  • Learn about Canadians and their culture;
  • Learn to effectively manage conversations with native speakers and classmates;
  • Complete tasks connected to your everyday life in the community;
  • Express your ideas and discuss your experiences;
  • Learn to use vocabulary and grammar to communicate clearly;

 

Course Tasks:

In this course you will complete a selection of the following tasks:

  • Create, conduct, and report on a survey to explore Canadian culture;
  • Make a video to compare cultural aspects of different countries;
  • Set up and conduct an interview with a University of Ottawa employee to understand university culture;
  • Produce a play incorporating different language styles to understand different cultural dimensions;
  • Create a travel blog to share your Canadian experience;
  • Complete our everyday challenge task to communicate with members of the community.
B. Schedule

The schedule for this program is the perfect balance of class work to improve language skills, outings to experience life in the community, and free time to enjoy the campus and the city.  Each week includes 21 hours of classroom instruction (*note stat holiday) and 2-3 hours of sociocultural activities.

 

 

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

8:30-11:30

Integrated Language and Task-based Skills

Integrated Language and Task-based Skills

Integrated Language and Task-based Skills

Integrated Language and Task-based Skills

Integrated Language and Task-based Skills

11:30-1:00

Lunch

1:00-2:30

Language

Enrichment

 

 

Language

Enrichment

Language

Enrichment

Community Outings

 

2:30-4:00

 

 

C. Course Placement

To make sure that classes are suited for your abilities, there are four levels in the I-SEEC program:

  • I-SEEC100: Beginner
  • I-SEEC200: Low Intermediate
  • I-SEEC300: High Intermediate
  • I-SEEC400: Advanced

You will take a placement test at the beginning of the term to determine which level is best for you.

D. Socio-Cultural Activities

Language practice does not only happen in the classroom! An important and fun part of our program is the activities that you will do outside of class. The University of Ottawa campus is perfectly situated for a fun-filled summer. Exciting cultural, outdoor, and social activities are right at our doorstep!

Outings planned for the summer 2018 program include:

Where can I live while I study in this program?

We are here to help you find the best place to live while you are studying with us. If you are looking the convenience of living on campus, the benefits of living with a homestay family, or the independence of living in the city, we can help you. Let us know!

accomodation

 

When is this program offered? How much does it cost?

Program Dates

July 9 – August 3, 2018

July 30 – August 24, 2018

Tuition Fees*

$2370**

Residence

$1005***

Health Insurance****

$45

*Tuition fees include course tuition, course materials, and socio-cultural outings.  Airport pick-up and send off can be arranged with groups of 10 or more at a separate cost. 

**Fees subject to change without notice. A non-refundable deposit of $325 is required in order to receive a letter of admission for visa purposes and to take the program online placement test.

***Residence fees subject to change without notice. 

****Insurance coverage starts 3 days before the start of the program and ends 3 days after the end of the program.  Health insurance is mandatory

Registration
Payment Options

To pay for tuition, students can use the following:
a. Certified cheque or money order: Students can bring certified cheques or money orders to the Office of Second Language Intensive Programs. Or they can mail them to the following address:
Room 101 70 Laurier Avenue East
Ottawa Ontario
K1N6N5
Canada

b. Online by credit card follow this link to use this payment option.

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