One-to-One Intensive, Toronto and Vancouver

The CISS One-to-One Intensive Programme offers you the full-immersion experience of living and learning in your teacher’s home. Choose your location from Canada's two major cities, your number of hours of study per week (15 or 20), and the focus goal for your studies. The choices are endless in your quest to improve your language skills.

This programme is customized for you.  Upon arrival, you and your teacher determine the schedule for your studies. Whether you prefer to have lessons in the morning leaving your afternoons free for sightseeing, or you prefer to have lessons in the afternoon giving you a chance to relax in the morning, you can discuss the options with your teacher.

The One-to-One Intensive course is the ideal choice, if your goal is to focus mainly on English lessons.  Outside of your lesson times, you will have plenty of opportunity to independently plan your own sightseeing or shopping activities.  Your teacher is available to assist you and provide suggestions, but this is your chance to explore and experience the city for yourself.  It's also the perfect way to put the English you have learned in your lessons to practical use!

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 Study15 or 20 hours per week of English with private teacher

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


Participants may choose two options for hours of study:  15 or 20 hours per week

Location Language ESL Hours Per Week
Toronto English  15 hours or 20 hours
Vancouver English  15 hours or 20 hours

The number of ESL study hours (15 or 20) are pre-determined by you, the student, with a curriculum designed by your teacher specifically for your personal language level and requested goals. 

All our teachers hold recognized TESL or teaching certification. Lessons are delivered using modern communicative and task-oriented methodologies, including the use of current news media, role-playing, and interactive practice. 

Upon application, you can request to study general English or to include a specific topic or focus, including: 

Business English: With a focus on the English (or French) skills required in a typical office environment

Travel English: With concentration on valuable English (or French) skills that can be used while traveling

TOEFL Preparation: Focused on preparing the student to take the TOEFL test (test not included)

Structured Conversation: Focused opportunity for students to develop their conversational language skills

By special Request: Students may request lessons based on other subjects at the time of booking

Two students, if traveling together, can request to stay and learn in one teacher’s home. Both students will receive the same lessons , and must be of the same language level.


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 a day are included, and, when possible, are enjoyed with the family. The language spoken in the home ise English providing you with a complete immersion environment.

More Details

What is included in the programme price? 

  • Accommodation in the teacher’s home with a private room
  • Three meals per day
  • 15 or 20 hours of ESL instruction per week
  • Private language instruction (semi-private if two students travel together)
  • 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? 

  • Airport meet and greet plus transfer to/from Homestay
  • Note: students aged 15 to 17 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.