One-to-One + Culture

The CISS English & Culture programme offers students the unique opportunity to both learn English  in the privacy and comfort of a teacher's home, and experience Canada as they take in the sights and attractions of the city they are visiting with the company of their teacher.  Students participating in this unique programme select three sightseeing destinations for each week they stay.  Teacher hosts accompany students on all excursions, making sightseeing so much more meaningful and enjoyable.  Operating from both Vancouver and Toronto, this programme develops your language skills and exposes you to the cultural diversity of your community and all the people who live in it.

LocationsToronto, Ontario and Vancouver, British Columbia
AgesAdults 18 years+ (15-17 years may be considered with an underage fee surcharge
DatesMinimum 1 week (7 nights), Available Year Round
Language Study10 hours per week of English + 3 Cultural excursions per week

Dates and Fees 2021

All fees are in Canadian Dollars $CAD

Contact us for information on dates and fees.

*Taxes included. Information updated October 31st, 2018



The benefit to this style of programme is that your homestay is both your home and your school. Your host is your friend, family, and teacher. The more you can tell us about yourself, the better we can match a family to suit your personality and needs. Once a family has been selected, you receive a profile prior to your arrival. 

Your host family welcomes you into their home as part of their family. Your own bedroom is complete with bed, dresser and closet. You also have access to a quiet study area, either in your room or in another part of the home. Three well-balanced and nutritious meals daily are included, and, when possible, are enjoyed with the family. The language spoken in the home is English, providing you with a complete immersion environment. 

Cultural Visits

Prior to arriving in Canada, you select one visit option from each of the following categories per week that you plan to stay: 1 museum, 1 city attraction, and 1 cultural neighbourhood tour.  Sightseeing visits are intended to showcase the different city attractions, as well as promote natural conversation.  

The actual visit options available depend on the city where you have chosen to stay.  Please contact CISS for more information!

More Details

What is included in the programme price? 

  • Accommodation in the teacher’s home with a private room
  • Three meals per day
  • 10 hours of ESL instruction per week
  • Private language instruction (semi-private if two students travel together)
  • Three visits to cultural attractions including all entrance fees and transportation costs
  • Arrival phone call from CISS coordinator and detailed programme evaluations of both the student and teacher
  • CISS certificate upon completion of the language course

What is not included in the programme price? 

  • Transfers from/to airport and host family home (including airport meet & greet) Please Note: students aged 15 to17 must arrange return transfers through CISS
  • Personal spending money for items such as toiletries, postage, film, and entertainment
  • Materials, transportation, admission costs, and/or personal spending money for optional activities
  • Study materials
  • Medical Insurance

Do I need a visa to enter Canada or to attend this programme?

Students who come for a programme with duration of six months or less do not require a Study Permit. Students coming from certain countries, however, will require a Temporary Resident Visa (TVR). Please refer to the Canadian Citizenship and Immigration website for a complete listing of countries that require a TVR:

Do I need to purchase emergency travel medical insurance? 

Yes. Emergency medical insurance is not included in this programme. All students traveling to Canada should arrange for emergency medical insurance either through an agency in their home country, or through a Canadian carrier.

Will I be met at the airport when I arrive? 

Airport Meet and Greet plus transfers are not included in the programme price, but may be requested for an additional fee.  Students aged 18 years+ must arrange their own transfers to and from the host family home, or may request either one-way or return transfers through CISS.  Students aged 15-17 years must arrange these transfers through CISS.