About the City of London
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Where is London?
London, Ontario (not London, England) is in South-Western Ontario. The City is located approximately 180 km south-west of Toronto, Ontario and 200 km south-west of Niagara Falls. Three of the Great Lakes (Lake Erie, Lake Huron, and Lake Ontario) are each within a two-hour drive from London. The City of London is also within a one hour drive to the U.S.A. border.
What is the climate like in London?
South-Western Ontario has four distinct seasons. During the Winter months (November - February), the climate is cold with an average temperature of -6°C. The weather months are marked with an ample amount of snow, which is perfect for down-hill and cross-country skiing as well as outdoor ice-skating. The Spring (March-May) is typically marked with mild weather, and an average temperature of 10-18°C. The summer months (June-August) are generally quite warm (20-30°C) with very little precipitation. London is approximately a 45-minute drive from two beaches; Port Stanley on Lake Erie and Grand Bend on Lake Huron, which are two popular destinations on the summer weekends. Autumn (September-October) weather is similar in temperature to the spring months, however it is the most beautiful seasons in Ontario. The leaves on our renowned Maple trees change colour in these months from green to bright orange and red.
What is there to do in London?
London has many events and attractions for entertainment and education throughout the year including Theatre, many restaurants, and festivals during the summer months. For more details on the various attractions in the city, please visit the City of London homepage.
Immigration and Related Information
Am I required to obtain a Student Authorization (Student Visa)?
Students studying for longer than six months are required to obtain a Student Authorization before arriving in Canada. Students must apply through a Canadian Consulate or Embassy in their home country. Students that do not have a Canadian Consulate or Embassy in their home country must apply through the nearest Canadian Consulate or Embassy in a neighbouring country. Students studying for less than six months in an ESL institution are not required to obtain a Student Authorization, however, a Visitor Visa may be required (depending on nationality of student). Please contact London Language Institute administration with any questions regarding applying for your Student Authorization. We would be happy to assist you!
Will I be required to obtain Medical (Health) Insurance?
As a student, you are responsible for obtaining medical insurance during your stay in Canada. The insurance may be obtained from your home country (don't forget to bring proof of your medical insurance when you arrive). However, most students choose to apply for medical coverage when they arrive in Canada. The cost of medical insurance is approximately CAN$58.00 per month.
About the School
What are the nationalities of the students?
London Language Institute attempts to maintain a very diverse student population. Our students (past and present) have come from the following countries: Mexico, Japan, Colombia, Thailand, China, Brazil, Korea, Taiwan, Canada (Quebec), and several areas in the Middle East.
How will my level of English be determined?
When you arrive, you will be required to complete an assessment test. From the results of this test, we can determine your level of English and place you in the appropriate class with other students that have similar abilities.
What is your refund policy?
If your application for Student Authorization in denied, the tuition fees are completely refundable. However, our administration fee of CAN$150.00 is a non-refundable fee. The online application fee of $100.00 is deducted from the students tuition. There is no administration fee for vacation programs (winter, summer). To obtain the refund, you must send your original letter of acceptance and the letter from Immigration stating that your application was denied. Once we have received these documents, your refund will be forwarded by wire transfer. For more details on our refund policy, please click here.
How do I register? When can I start?
LLI accepts new students on the first Monday of each month. To register, you can complete our online application form. Once we have received your information, we will send you a Letter of Acceptance and Invoice by mail. You will need these documents to show to Canadian Immigration when applying for your Immigration documents. If you are applying for a Student Authorization (Student Visa), you will be required to pay all fees prior to completing your application. Immigration will request proof of payment for your studies. All fees must be paid 30 days prior to the start of your program unless special arrangements have been made.