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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.

  • MON

    25

    MAR 2019

    Downtown & Chinatown Tour

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    Downtown & Chinatown Tour

    Time: 3:30 | Price: Free

    Meeting point: Lobby

    Why go? Explore Downtown Core and Chinatown/Eau Claire with Claire!

  • TUE

    26

    MAR 2019

    Central Library Tour

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    Central Library Tour

    Time: 3:30 PM | Price: Free

    Meeting point: Lobby

    Why go? The Central Calgary Library opened on November 1st. The inside is just as beautiful as the outside, check it out!

  • WED

    27

    MAR 2019

    Heritage park ghost tour

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    Heritage park ghost tour

    Time: 7pm | Price: $23

    Meeting point: Gasoline Alley Museum

    Why go? Ghost tour of Heritage park and Heritage Village. Wear warm clothes and good shoes, approx 3km walking.

  • THU

    28

    MAR 2019

    Scotsman Hill

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    Scotsman Hill

    Time: 12.30 | Price: Free (with transit pass)

    Meeting point: Lobby

    Why go? Get ready to blow up your Instagram! this is the best view in the city of Calgary's skyline!

  • FRI

    29

    MAR 2019

    Calgary Night Market

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    Calgary Night Market

    Time: 5pm - late | Price: $ you decide

    Meeting point: Eau Claire Market

    Why go? Calgary Night Market features local entertainment, buskers, artisans and local businesses.

  • SAT

    30

    MAR 2019

    Toolshed brewery tour

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    Toolshed brewery tour

    Time: 12pm-2pm | Price: $15

    Meeting point: Toolshed Brewery

    Why go? https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/tool-shed-brewery-tour-tasting-tickets-53306552333?aff=ebdssbdestsearch

  • SUN

    31

    MAR 2019

    Escape room

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    Escape room

    Time: 12pm-9pm | Price: $29+

    Meeting point: 1638 10th Avenue SW

    Why go? https://www.escape60.ca/ Get a group of 4-8 friends together and try and solve a puzzle!

  • SUN

    31

    MAR 2019

    Escape room

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    Escape room

    Time: 12pm-9pm | Price: $29+

    Meeting point: 1638 10th Avenue SW

    Why go? https://www.escape60.ca/ Get a group of 4-8 friends together and try and solve a puzzle!

  • SUN

    31

    MAR 2019

    Big Banff w/ Hot Springs

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    Big Banff w/ Hot Springs

    Time: | Price: $100

    Meeting point: 8:30AM

    Why go? Take a tour of Johnston Canyon, Banff, Two-Jack lake, Lake Minnewanka & go to the hot springs!

  • MON

    01

    APR 2019

    Student Notice

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    Student Notice

    Time: 12

    Why go? Reminder: All activities are weather dependent!

  • MON

    01

    APR 2019

    Downtown and Kensington

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    Downtown and Kensington

    Time: 3.30 | Price: free

    Meeting point: Lobby

    Why go? Visit downtown Calgary and Kensington with Claire.

  • TUE

    02

    APR 2019

    Resume Workshop

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    Resume Workshop

    Time: 3.30 | Price: free

    Meeting point: Room 3

    Why go? Improve your resume and get tips!

  • WED

    03

    APR 2019

    Upper Deck Public House

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    Upper Deck Public House

    Time: 3.30 | Price: .35 cents per wing, or All-you-can-eat for $13.95

    Meeting point: Lobby

    Why go? 0.35 cent chicken wings! 32 flavours to pick from! Minors allowed until 9pm.

  • THU

    04

    APR 2019

    Free Museum Night

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    Free Museum Night

    Time: 4:30 PM | Price: Free

    Meeting point: Lobby

    Why go? Check out the Glenbow Museum on the free admission night!

  • FRI

    05

    APR 2019

    yamnuska wolfdogs

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    yamnuska wolfdogs

    Time: 3.30 | Price: $56

    Meeting point: Yamnuska wolfdog Sanctuary Cochraine

    Why go? Visit the Yamnuska Wolfdog Sanctuary, the interactive tour includes going in to the enclosures and petting the wolves!

  • SAT

    06

    APR 2019

    Calgary Carnival

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    Calgary Carnival

    Time: 6pm - 12am | Price: $30 (includes a drink)

    Meeting point: Bowness Community Association

    Why go? Experience a Brazilian carnival here in Calgary!! DJ Henry will be playing, there will be dancing and shows and a bar!

  • SAT

    06

    APR 2019

    Flames Vs. Oilers

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    Flames Vs. Oilers

    Time: 7.30 | Price: $40+

    Meeting point: Saddledome

    Why go? Watch the Calgary Flames take on the Edmonton Oilers!

  • SUN

    07

    APR 2019

    Onesie run

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    Onesie run

    Time: 9am | Price: $20

    Meeting point: Eau Claire Market

    Why go? Choose between a 1km fun run or a 5km run! All profit goes to Calgary Humane Society! https://www.events.runningroom.com/site/16052/onesie-run-2019/

  • MON

    08

    APR 2019

    Downtown & East Village

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    Downtown & East Village

    Time: 3.30 | Price: Free

    Meeting point: Lobby

    Why go? Explore Calgary downtown and East Village with Claire.

  • TUE

    09

    APR 2019

    University of Calgary

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    University of Calgary

    Time: 3:30 PM | Price: Free (with transit pass)

    Meeting point: Lobby

    Why go? Walk around learn a little about the school. Speak to admissions if you want! Take some photos, see what university in Canada is all about.

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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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