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Calgary

Calgary is safe, clean, modern and prosperous. It’s filled with exceptionally friendly people who know just how to make you feel welcome!

Top 5 things to see in Calgary

  • Banff National Park

    Banff National Park

  • Jasper National Park

    Jasper National Park

  • Calgary Stampede

    Calgary Stampede

  • Memorial Park

    Memorial Park

  • Canadian Rockies

    Canadian Rockies

The School

Our Calgary school is located in the main business district, in a ‘no pay’ train zone, which international students love. It is also close to Calgary Tower, the Calgary Central Library and a huge indoor shopping complex, a unique indoor tropical park, theatres, cinemas and restaurants.

Capacity
135
Classrooms
8
Lessons
45 minutes long
Student Computers
11
Students in class
Average 10 (max 15)

School Facilities

  • Student lounge
  • IT lounge
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Student kitchen
  • Self study area
  • Multi-media classroom

ACCOMMODATION

Where you live is key to your happiness and academic success. Whether you prefer the independence of a student residence or the familiarity of homestay, our accommodation options are chosen to offer you the flexibility of choice and quality you deserve.

Homestay

One of our most popular accommodation options, homestay allows you to integrate into family life and practise your English language outside the classroom, over dinner and throughout the weekend with your welcoming hosts. This is a unique way to live and study at your chosen destination.

HOMESTAY

Residence - Hotel Alma

Our Calgary residence offers both single and double occupancy apartments. Located on the campus of the University of Calgary it has 24 hour security and easy access to campus facilities.  Ideally situated the residence benefits from all of the onsite facilities, shops, cafes, restaurants and conveniences the University of Calgary offers

YEAR ROUND RESIDENCE - HOTEL ALMA

SUMMER RESIDENCE - HOTEL ALMA

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MEET OUR TEAM

All of our teachers hold teaching qualifications ranging from certificate to diploma level and are committed to continuous development and share our passion for learning with our students.

  • Esther Jones

    Academic Leader                                                      

    Hobbies: Drawing, reading, photography, & poetry.

    Fun fact: Found living in France more intimidating then living in S. Korea or Thailand.

    Favourite quote: “He wants them to learn to walk and must therefore take away His hand; and if only the will to walk is really there He is pleased even with their stumbles.” ~ C.S Lewis

    Places visited/lived: Canada, USA, Hawaii, Thailand, S. Korea, the UK, France, Belgium, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, Malaysia, & Singapore. 

  • Graham Mezzarobba

    Academic Coordinator

    Hobbies: Outdoors & playing guitar.

    Fun fact: I can only Karaoke if I'm rapping.

    Favourite quote: “The World is Yours.” ~ Nas

    Places visited/lived: Taiwan, Mexico, Colombia, & Brazil. 

    Languages spoken: English & Spanish.

  • Ishmael Johnson

    Centre Director                  

    Favorite Quote: Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.

    Fun Fact: I love spicy Mexican food!

    Hobbies: Longboarding, Nature Hiking, Reading, and Video Games
     
    Places visited/Lived: Russia, Boston, New Hampshire, England, Ireland, Germany, Czech Republic, Poland, Iceland
  • Kristian Wykes

    Activities Coordinator                                           

    Hobbies: Traveling, learning language, photography, & yoga.

    Fun fact: I love dogs, I have two of my own Shetland Sheepdogs and was a dog foster parent in Rwanda.

    Favourite quote: “For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.” ~ Nelson Mandela

    Places visited/lived: Rio De Janeiro, Brazil; Kigali, Rwanda; Cape Town, South Africa; Calgary, Canada.

    Languages spoken: English & working proficiency in Portuguese.

  • Metok Rubling

    Student Advisor 

    • Hobbies: Writing, eating at new restaurants, walks, taking naps with my dog
    • Fun Fact: I'm a Third Culture Kid/Adult, meaning I grew up in cultures different from my own background and country of citizenship!
    • Favourite Quote: "The goal is not to be better than the other man, but than your previous self.” -The 14th Dalai Lama
    • Places Visited/Lived: Lived in Calgary, Canada; Addis Abeba, Ethiopia; Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Visited India, Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, South Korea, the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, England, the United States.
    • Languages Spoken: Tibetan and English
  • Taran Chahil

    Student Services Manager                          

    Hobbies: Travelling & photography.

    Fun fact: I love doing gymnastics.

    Favourite quote: “As a snow flake, each day is unique in its way, each day had a new lesson in place.” ~ Unknown

    Places visited/lived: India, Mexico, Jamaica, Cambodia, China, England, Qatar, & the U.S.

    Languages spoken: English, Hindi, Punjabi, & Urdu.

 
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SOCIAL PROGRAMME

Speak English as much as possible - including at break time, lunch time, in the evening and at weekends! There are social activities arranged every week, an opportunity to make friends and practise your speaking skills.

  • FRI

    18

    JAN 2019

    Studio Bell

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    Studio Bell

    Time: 12.30 | Price: $18

    Meeting point: Lobby

    Why go? Explore the history of music in Canada, try out playing the guitar or singing in a recording booth!

  • SAT

    19

    JAN 2019

    Carburn Park

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    Carburn Park

    Time: All day | Price: Free

    Meeting point: Carburn Park

    Why go? Visit this beautiful park, enjoy the hikes, the wildlife and the ice skating rink.

  • SAT

    19

    JAN 2019

    Edmonton Ice Castle

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    Edmonton Ice Castle

    Time: 8.30am | Price: $109

    Meeting point: Stafford House

    Why go? Visit Edmonton Ice Castles and Edmonton town, the price includes all transport, food, entrance costs and a go-pro video!

  • SAT

    19

    JAN 2019

    Mark Sixma show

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    Mark Sixma show

    Time: 9:00 PM | Price: Free before 10:30 PM w/ ticket

    Meeting point: The Palace Theatre (219 8 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2P 7N2)

    Why go? Dutch trance/house producer Mark Sixma 18+ ID/Passport Required FREE WITH RSVP BEFORE 10:30PM RSVP ONLINE: https://www.showpass.com/marksixma

  • SUN

    20

    JAN 2019

    Kings head pub

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    Kings head pub

    Time: All day | Price: You decide

    Meeting point: Kings Head Pub

    Why go? This pub is British themed! They have British food and drinks!

  • MON

    21

    JAN 2019

    Downtown Tour

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    Downtown Tour

    Time: 3.30 | Price: Free

    Meeting point: Lobby

    Why go? Walk around Calgary's downtown, learn your way around and have fun exploring.

  • TUE

    22

    JAN 2019

    Sledding in the park

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    Sledding in the park

    Time: 3.30 | Price: Free

    Meeting point: Lobby

    Why go? Go sledding in St Patrick's Island park, sleds provided, it'll be tons of fun! (Weather permitting.)

  • WED

    23

    JAN 2019

    Mexican Cooking Show

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    Mexican Cooking Show

    Time: 3.30 | Price: Free!

    Meeting point: Outside Stafford House Calgary

    Why go? Join Metok in watching Chef Shane Rutledge demonstrate how to cook a fabulously healthy Mexican dinner at Community Natural Foods. Max: 6 tickets!

  • THU

    24

    JAN 2019

    Immigration Workshop

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    Immigration Workshop

    Time: 4PM | Price: Free

    Meeting point: Student Lounge

    Why go? Learn about becoming permanent resident in Canada!

  • FRI

    25

    JAN 2019

    Calgary Tower lunch

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    Calgary Tower lunch

    Time: 12.30 | Price: $25+

    Meeting point: Lobby

    Why go? Eat lunch at the Sky 360 restaurant at the top of the Calgary Tower! Buying a main dish makes your entrance in to the tower free!

  • FRI

    25

    JAN 2019

    Calgary Glow Party

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    Calgary Glow Party

    Time: 10:00 PM | Price: $20-25

    Meeting point: Knoxville

    Why go? Top 40, Hip Hop, Reggaeton! 18+ (Bring ID) Free glowsticks/wear https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/calgary-glow-party-2019-friday-jan-25-tickets-54160061201

  • SAT

    26

    JAN 2019

    Roller derby!

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    Roller derby!

    Time: 5.30pm | Price: $5

    Meeting point: West Hillhurst Community Association

    Why go? Come and watch the Cut-throat Carhops take on the B-52 Bellas! two teams from Calgary Roller Derby!

  • SAT

    26

    JAN 2019

    Lunar New Year

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    Lunar New Year

    Time: 12-6PM | Price: Free

    Meeting point: Chinese Cultural Center

    Why go? Celebrate the year of the Pig with lion dances, firecrackers, lanterns and games!

  • SUN

    27

    JAN 2019

    Sunshine Skiing!

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    Sunshine Skiing!

    Time: 6.45AM | Price: $150-$200

    Meeting point: Chinook LRT

    Why go? Let's go skiing! Sunshine is located near to Banff and has some awesome ski/snowboard runs! $200 covers your admission, transport and rental gear!

  • MON

    28

    JAN 2019

    Princes Island park

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    Princes Island park

    Time: 3.30 | Price: Free

    Meeting point: Lobby

    Why go? Explore Princes Island Park, a beautiful park in the center of Calgary full of fun activities. Drink some coffee after!

  • TUE

    29

    JAN 2019

    Punjabi dance with Taran

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    Punjabi dance with Taran

    Time: 3.30 | Price: Free

    Meeting point: Lobby

    Why go? Fun dance class with Taran.

  • WED

    30

    JAN 2019

    Winsport cheap night!

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    Winsport cheap night!

    Time: 2.30pm | Price: $15-$60

    Meeting point: Lobby

    Why go? Winsport has a reduced price this Wednesday, $15 if you don't need rentals, $60 includes rentals.

  • THU

    31

    JAN 2019

    Olympic Plaza IceSkating

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    Olympic Plaza IceSkating

    Time: 3:30 pm | Price: $12

    Meeting point: Lobby

    Why go? Strap on some ice skates and skate around the best outdoor skating rink Calgary has to offer! Rental skates are available.

  • WED

    20

    FEB 2019

    Winsport cheap night!

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    Winsport cheap night!

    Time: 2.30pm | Price: $15-$60

    Meeting point: Lobby

    Why go? Winsport has a reduced price this Wednesday, $15 if you don't need rentals, $60 includes rentals.

  • SAT

    23

    FEB 2019

    Roller derby!

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    Roller derby!

    Time: 5.30pm | Price: $5

    Meeting point: West Hillhurst Community Association

    Why go? Come and watch the Thrashin' Lassies take on the B-52 Bellas! two teams from Calgary Roller Derby!

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Nationality Mix

A healthy mix is key to students progression in English language and at Stafford House we are proud of a wide nationality mix across all our centres.

Top 10 Nationalities

  • Brazilian
  • Colombian
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Mexican
  • Swiss
  • Taiwanese
  • Turkish
  • Ukrainian
  • Vietnamese

MEET OUR STUDENTS

To browse our student stories, click on their profile image below to read detailed student profiles.

  • Anna

    Anna

    Viet Nam

    My name is Anna. I am from Vietnam. I am studying English because I want to live and work here. I like this school because the teachers are fun and sociable.

  • Claire

    Claire

    South Korea

    My name is Claire. I am from Korea and I was born in Seoul. I am studying English because I don’t speak English very well. This school is different because I have many friends here. I like to make friends.

  • Nguyen

    Nguyen

    Viet Nam

    My name is Nguyen. I came to Canada to learn English. I am learning English because I want to study engineering and find a job. I like this school because the teachers are very good. They are friendly and are always ready to help me. My English is improving every day. 

  • Sarah

    Sarah

    Viet Nam

    My name is Sarah. I am from Vietnam. I am studying English because my English is still very low. I want my English to be better before entering high school. I feel comfortable when I study here because the teachers teach very well. I have many people here who are the same as me; I don’t feel alone. 

 
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Our Courses

We have a range of programmes to suit all english levels. You can count on our experienced teachers to empower and guide you through your journey in English, they go the extra mile to immerse you in their language and culture.

Sample Timetables

The Essential programme consists of the Core Course in the morning.

Morning
TIME MON TUES WED THUR FRI
9.00 - 10.30 CORE COURSE
  BREAK
10.45-12.15 CORE COURSE

The Standard programme consists of the Core Course in the morning plus one module. There will be no classes on Friday afternoon

Students will be allocated one afternoon module class
TIME MON TUES WED THUR FRI
9.00 - 10.30 CORE COURSE
  BREAK
10.45-12.15 CORE COURSE
  LUNCH
13.00-14.00                                                        MODULE 1 FREE AFTERNOON

The Intensive programme consists of the Core Course in the morning plus two modules. There will be no classes on Friday afternoon

Students will be allocated two afternoon module classes
TIME MON TUES WED THUR FRI
9.00 - 10.30 CORE COURSE
  BREAK
10.45-12.15 CORE COURSE
  LUNCH
13.00-14.00                                                        MODULE 1 FREE AFTERNOON
                                                         BREAK
14.15-15.15                                                        MODULE 2

The Super Intensive programme consists of the Core Course in the morning plus three modules. There will be no classes on Friday afternoon

Students will be allocated three afternoon module classes
TIME MON TUES WED THUR FRI
9.00 - 10.30 CORE COURSE
  BREAK
10.45-12.15 CORE COURSE
  LUNCH
13.00-14.00                                                        MODULE 1 FREE AFTERNOON
                                                         BREAK
14.15-15.15                                                        MODULE 2
                                                         BREAK
15.30-16.30                                                        MODULE 3

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