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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.

  • SAT

    17

    NOV 2018

    Hockey night at the bar!

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    Hockey night at the bar!

    Time: 8PM | Price: You decide

    Meeting point: National on 10th

    Why go? Come and watch the Flames vs The Oilers at the National on 10th sports bar!

  • SUN

    18

    NOV 2018

    Big Lakes Tour

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    Big Lakes Tour

    Time: 9 AM | Price: $110

    Meeting point: Stafford House

    Why go? Check out Lake Louise and surrounding glacier lakes. Includes lunch, transport, guided hikes and GoPro. See the changing leaves!

  • SUN

    18

    NOV 2018

    Big Banff Tour

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    Big Banff Tour

    Time: 9 AM | Price: $110

    Meeting point: Stafford House

    Why go? Check out glacier lakes, tunnel mountain and Banff Town. Lunch, Go pro video and transport. See Metok to sign up.

  • MON

    19

    NOV 2018

    Prince's Island Park

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    Prince's 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.

  • TUE

    20

    NOV 2018

    Bank and Baron Taco day!

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    Bank and Baron Taco day!

    Time: 11am-6pm | Price: You decide

    Meeting point: 125 8 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2P 1B4

    Why go? $3 Tacos and $5 beer until 6pm!

  • WED

    21

    NOV 2018

    Devonian Garden

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    Devonian Garden

    Time: 3.30PM | Price: Free

    Meeting point: Lobby

    Why go? Indoor garden beauty, variety of palm trees, Ponds and water features with fish, nice area to relax and study.

  • THU

    22

    NOV 2018

    Olympic Plaza IceSkating

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    Olympic Plaza IceSkating

    Time: 3.30 | 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.

  • FRI

    23

    NOV 2018

    Calgary Science center

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    Calgary Science center

    Time: 12.30PM | Price: $26

    Meeting point: Telus Spark

    Why go? Learn about science! Telus Spark is full of interactive, entertaining learning experiences.

  • FRI

    23

    NOV 2018

    Calgary Tower lunch

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    Calgary Tower lunch

    Time: 12.30 | Price: $20+

    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!

  • SAT

    24

    NOV 2018

    Womens Ice Hockey

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    Womens Ice Hockey

    Time: 7.30PM | Price: $15

    Meeting point: WinSport arena A

    Why go? Watch the Calgary Infernos Womens hockey team take on the Montreal Les Canadiennes, half the price of Flames tickets and just as fun!

  • SUN

    25

    NOV 2018

    Pasta Frenzy!

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    Pasta Frenzy!

    Time: 11AM | Price: $10

    Meeting point: Chianti Cafe

    Why go? All day all you can eat pasta! http://www.chianticafe.ca/chianti-north-east---specials.html

  • MON

    26

    NOV 2018

    Calgary Zoo Lights

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    Calgary Zoo Lights

    Time: 3.30 | Price: $20

    Meeting point: Lobby

    Why go? Christmas is coming! That means the annual Zoo Lights are up and looking awesome! Go and see the adorable animals and look at the pretty lights!

  • TUE

    27

    NOV 2018

    Extreme Air trampoline

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    Extreme Air trampoline

    Time: 3.30PM | Price: $20

    Meeting point: Lobby

    Why go? The biggest and best indoor trampoline park in Calgary! https://calgary.extremeairpark.com/

  • TUE

    27

    NOV 2018

    Value Village Shopping

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    Value Village Shopping

    Time: 3.30 | Price: You decide

    Meeting point: Lobby

    Why go? Buy some second hand winter clothing and get ready for the coming winter months!

  • WED

    28

    NOV 2018

    Banff Sunset Tour

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    Banff Sunset Tour

    Time: 4PM | Price: $49

    Meeting point: Lobby

    Why go? Enjoy Banff at sunset, go and visit Bragg Creak and Little Elbow falls, enjoy the views with hot chocolate. Go pro video to record your adventure.

  • WED

    28

    NOV 2018

    Writing Skills Activity

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    Writing Skills Activity

    Time: 3.30PM | Price: Free

    Meeting point: Computer Lab

    Why go? Come and improve your writing skills with Metok with some fun writing activities!

  • THU

    29

    NOV 2018

    The Unicorn

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    The Unicorn

    Time: 3.30PM | Price: You decide

    Meeting point: Lobby

    Why go? Cheap wine and ale, and $12 pizza, what else could you possibly want!?

  • FRI

    30

    NOV 2018

    Sports hall of fame

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    Sports hall of fame

    Time: 12.30 | Price: $12

    Meeting point: Lobby

    Why go? Learn about some of the best athletes from Canada. Find out about their stories through exhibits and digital stories.

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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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