Summer English Explorer

We invite you to come and explore our beautiful capital city in the summer months! Students aged 12 to 18 can spend anywhere from two to six weeks studying English and enjoying social and cultural activities in our Summer English Explorer (SEE) Program. Individuals or groups are welcome for this program offered every summer. Two, three, four, five or six-week programs are available throughout the summer for individuals and chaperoned groups. In addition to enriching English language classes, the program includes exciting afternoon activities to enhance the language learning process. Activities include cultural, athletic, Canadian-themed and leisure events. Our curriculum is organized by the levels of the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference) for languages.

Ottawa Parliament Summer Canoeing

Who Can Attend

  • Individual students aged 12 to 18 (by the program start date)
  • School or student groups accompanied by chaperones/teachers

Program Features

  • Daily morning English classes focused on communicative language
  • Guided afternoon activities in groups accompanied by Canadian student ambassadors
  • Homestay family with three meals per day included through the homestay
  • Ottawa Airport pick up and drop off
  • Welcome orientation and a farewell reception
  • City bus pass
  • Certificate of achievement
  • 24-hour emergency contacts
  • Complimentary homestay and bus pass for chaperones (minimum ten students per chaperone)
  • Health insurance
  • Summer Memories blog (check out our past one)


Benefits We have been fortunate to have welcomed many students to our annual summer program and many of them have visited us for multiple summers. For many students this summer program is a great way to build confidence in their use of English and we have seen much success in students developing their language skills over the course of their summer weeks with us. As our training centre is located in downtown Ottawa, it is convenient for daily travel and for participation in various activities that showcase Ottawa - see our sample activity schedule below. The daily availability of program staff helps students feel safe, supported and at ease in their new surroundings. For students planning to start high school in Ottawa in September, Summer Explorer provides an excellent opportunity to practise English, get to know the community and adjust to life in Canada before starting school.

Remember: Canada Day is July 1st! Ottawa is a great place to be to recognize this national holiday!








Arrival Orientation, Assessment & Welcome Lunch English Class & Discover Ottawa English Class & Parliament Hill English Class & Wave Pool English Class & Museum of History Day with Homestay or Optional Trip

Welcome Art

Welcome Lunch

Discover Ottawa

Parliament Hill

Wave Pool

Museum of History

Day with Homestay Families English Class & Byward Market English Class & Movie Activity English Class & Bowling English Class & Picnic at the Beach English Class & Laser Tag Day with Homestay of Optional Trip

Byward Market

Movie Activity


Picnic at the Beach

Laser Tag

Day with Homestay Families English Class & Biking by the Canal Calypso
Water Park (full day activity)
English Class & Rock Climbing English Class & Aboriginal Experience English Class & Hip Hop Workshop Day with Homestay or Optional Trip

Biking by the Canal

Water Park

Rock Climbing

Aboriginal Experience

Hip Hop Workshop

Day with Homestay Families English Class & Canoeing Upper Canada Village (full day activity) English Class & Canadian Cooking English Class & Music & Theatre Day English Class & Closing Ceremony Departure


Upper Canada Village

Canadian Cooking

Music & Theatre Day

Closing Ceremony

Airplane Departure

As Canada’s capital, Ottawa is home to many museums, art galleries and embassies, and hosts many music and cultural festivals during the summer months. Ottawa also has spectacular parklands and wilderness areas where residents enjoy biking, rollerblading, hiking, swimming, boating, camping and much more.

Come explore Ottawa and make friends from all over the world!

Ottawa Biking Ottawa Art Gallery

How to Apply

  • Program Dates

Summer programs run for the month of July and into the start of August. At this time, due to the pandemic and the difficulty of predicting COVID19 vaccination processes, we anticipate that there will be no Summer English Explorer Program in 2021. To indicate interest in the program for Summer 2022, please contact (subject line: Summer Explorer).

  • Application Process
  1. Sign up for an online account and fill in the online application form
  2. OR download and complete the Application Form and Forward the completed forms along with a $200.00 CAD non-refundable application fee to
  3. A Summer Program letter will be sent to you with further instructions.

2022 Summer English Explorer Fees and Dates

The Summer English Explorer Program without homestay is also available. If you require pricing information, or for group arrangements, please contact at 613-239-0314 or at

Payment Policy here.

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