Capilano University - Language School

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The Languages Department at Capilano University offers a great variety of University Transfer language courses, such as: Chinese, French, Japanese, Spanish and General Linguistics, all of which are taught by a team of enthusiastic instructors. Exposure to each language is supported by weekly conversation classes, which give students the opportunity to practice newly learned material in smaller groups, with a native speaker. The relaxed and fun atmosphere of these one-hour sessions allows students to appreciate the cultural aspects of the language they are learning.

Areas of Expertise

Capilano University houses an advanced computer language lab. The Language Resource Centre is used extensively for instruction, or as a drop-in facility, where students can practice the oral-aural dimension of the language they are studying at their own pace. During the spring and fall terms, the facility is open approximately 18-hours a week and is supervised by Language Associates who will be happy to assist you.

On Campus Housing

Off Campus Housing

The Capilano Students' Union maintains an online list of available housing in the Metro Vancouver area. The list is accessible on the Students' Union web site ( Listings are automatically deleted two weeks after the date they are posted. For more information about the housing list or other CSU services please call the desk at 604-984-4969, or email

Incoming Students

Educational advice, international experience, learning support, faculty support, alternative learning formats, cmmunity services.

Career Planning

Capilano University assists students considering career options by providing information and reference materials on a wide variety of occupations. The Career Resource Centre is located in the Birch Building, Room 267. It houses a collection of vocational literature and information on labour market trends. The Centre also contains calendars from Canadian and international universities and colleges, and free informational brochures on campus and community resources. Copies of current course outlines for Capilano University are available for reference in choosing courses and instructors. The CRC also houses computers for students working on career planning and or seeking a job. For assistance, contact the Counselling Department receptionist (BR 267) or telephone 604.984.1744.


Athletics and Recreation:


The department offers an expanding intramural program, utilizing the University's Sportsplex facility and the Weight Training Centre, together with recreation and fitness programs, which are available during fall and spring terms. Some examples of the scheduled activities are co-ed volleyball, basketball, indoor soccer, yoga, badminton, aerobics, Tae Kwon Do, rowing, weight training, and many more.

Information Technology

A library and several computer labs are available to all students. The Computer Learning Centre provides instructional services to students in a microcomputer lab setting. These services include an introduction to word processing, setting up of e-mail accounts, solutions to hardware and software problems, and general information about computing resources.


Cultural facilities include the art gallery and the theatre where local, national, and international artists perform regularly.

Special Services

Disability Support Services provides a variety of services including transition and educational planning, registration assistance, taped texts, interpreting services, note takers and scribes, and exam invigilation.

International Involvement

Capilano University is strongly committed to international education and plays an active role in the development of international projects, some of which are unique to Canada. The McRae Institute of International Management offers the Asia Pacific Management Cooperative program and the Latin America Management program. These programs offer training to Canadians who are considering international careers. These two year graduate diploma programs bring Canadian employers together with students and the University to form a unique blend of academic training and work placement in Asian and Latin American countries, and in international Canadian organizations. Capilano University actively promotes student and faculty exchanges with colleges, universities, and other agencies outside Canada. The faculties have taken part in exchanges or professional development activities in Japan, China, the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Mexico, Costa Rica, Chile, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Australia, England, France, and Italy. The University has several formal faculty exchange relationships as well as several annual student exchanges with overseas' colleges and universities. As part of its International Student Advising and Counselling Services, the University offers a variety of programs for international students working toward an undergraduate degree or diploma. In addition, short term, non-credit English language programs offer students an opportunity to increase their proficiency and confidence in conversational English and their understanding of Canadian society and culture. Language programs can be designed to meet the needs of business and industry, as well in areas such as early childhood care and education, tourism, environmental management, and business administration.

Campus Tour

Campus tours are a feature of the orientations, which are scheduled at the beginning of each term. To book a campus tour, contact the International Student Centre at


Services and facilities available at Capilano University are the International Student Centre, the Advising Centre, the Career Resource Centre, the Counselling Department, the Mathematics Learning Centre, the Computer Learning Centre, the Student Employment Centre, the Students' Union, the Women’s Centre, the Writing Centre, a bookstore, food services, health services, a student store, Sportsplex, Library, and public transit.

Modified on November 29, 2015