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Short-Term Study (Study Holiday)

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Course Description

This short-term course is ideal for students seeking to improve their English during a holiday in Halifax. The length of study ranges from 1 to 4 weeks. This course follows our ESL curriculum and aims to improve the student’s proficiency in English in listening, speaking, reading, and writing. 

Students will complete a placement assessment prior to starting their program to determine their English level. Students will be placed in a class that is appropriate to their English level.






Start Date

1 Textbook per level

25 hours per week

Monday to Friday

1 Week+

1   2   3   4   5

Any Monday

Students have the option to live in a homestay short-term with a host family during their holiday.


HLIC homestays are an effective way to truly experience Canadian culture, while furthering language learning. Each homestay offers a private, comfortable room, including a desk, bed, closet, and linens. The student will have access to common spaces, a shared kitchen, a bathroom, and laundry facilities. Homestay fees include heat, hot water, and internet. Our homestays are the perfect complement to HLIC student enrolment, offering the student a unique chance to learn and practice their English outside of school, at home, with native-speaking locals.

English Holiday Price

This course operates on continuous enrolment which allows for students to join our classes on any Monday and study for as many weeks as they like.

The cost of your course will depend on your length of study. For an accurate quote, please contact us at HLIC. 

All prices are listed and to be paid in Canadian Dollars (CAD).

Valid health insurance is mandatory for all international students in Canada.

Homestay is offered to students who are studying with HLIC for at least 1 week or longer. Homestay cost includes 3 meals per day.  Click here for more information about our homestay program.



Admissions Fee

Health Insurance

Activities Fee

Homestay Fee

Homestay Application

Security Deposit

$375 per week


$150 (non-refundable)

$2 per day

$30 per week

$300 per week

$200 (non-refundable)

$400 (refundable)

Student Activities

When you study with HLIC you will have the oppurtunity to take part in a variety of exciting activities outside of the classroom. 


March, April, May

This is when you can expect the snow to melt, temperatures to gradually rise and the flowers to bloom. 

Things that you can experience: 

  • Exploring the Halifax Public Gardens

  • Taking a nature walk at Point Pleasant Park

  • Easter (holiday, cultural event)

  • St. Patricks Day (holiday, cultural event)

  • Eid al-Fitr (holiday, cultural event)


June, July, August

During these months, you'll experience warmer temperatures, making it ideal for outdoor activities, festivals, and enjoying the waterfront.

Things that you can experience: 

  • A trip to Crystal Cresent Beach

  • Swimming at Long Lake

  • Canoeing and Kayaking

  • Outdoor sports at the Halifax Commons

  • Jazz Festival

  • Busker Festival

  • Canada Day (holiday, cultural event)

  • Halifax Pride Parade

  • Peggy's Cove boat trip and lobster experience


September, October, November

Watch as the leaves change colors and enjoy the cooler temperatures.

Things that you can experience: 


December, January, February

During these months, the city experiences colder temperatures, occasional snowfall, and opportunities for winter sports.

Things that you can experience: 

  • Skiing and snowboarding at Martock

  • Ice skating at the Emera Oval

  • Halifax Parade of Lights

  • Christmas (holiday, cultural event)

  • Eating fresh maple syrup at Sugar Moon Farm

  • Valentine's Day

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