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Embassy York University

Toronto
Quick Facts

Our Toronto centre is located at York University about 30 minutes by metro from the city centre. This central location, on a modern university campus, provides a perfect base for a Canadian summer school experience.

Location: 
York University
Dates available : 
28 Jun - 2 Aug
Ages: 
12 – 17
Accommodation: 
Standard single/twin room

Living
Standard single and twin rooms with shared facilities and a bathroom ratio of 1:5
Traditional Canadian college dormitory rooms and floor layout
Communal space on each dormitory floor
Room furniture includes a wardrobe, desk and chair
Bathrooms are cleaned daily
Linen changed weekly
Laundry available in residence building
Meals are served in a large self-service dining hall or in the university food court
All rooms have air conditioning
Wi-Fi available throughout accommodation, social and teaching spaces
Food Options
Breakfast: 
Both cooked and continental which might include pancakes, eggs, juice, coffee and toast.
 
Lunch: 
Two courses, 3 options including a vegetarian option.
 
Packed lunches (provided at weekends): water, fruit, sandwich, crisps and biscuits/cake
 
Evening Meal: 
Two courses, 3 options including a vegetarian and halal option.
Facilities
Indoor and outdoor basketball courts
Ball fields
Gymnasium
Indoor pool
Laundry facilities are located in the basement of the residence building.
Common areas are available on each floor of the residence.
Meals served in large self-service dining hall in residence building or in the university food court.

Learning
Taught by friendly and professional English teachers
20 x 45 minute lessons per week each morning
Placement test on day 1 to ensure students in appropriate level
Maximum 16 students per class
Students will be placed in an international class with students of different nationalities
Classrooms are standard style
Classrooms are located on York University campus
Curriculum with emphasis on communication skills
Materials included as well as an end of course report and certificate

Programme Information
Arrival: 
Students will be welcomed upon arrival at the Embassy Summer office where they will register and get their room keys so that they can check into their rooms.
 
Welcome: 
On the first evening there will be a welcome activity which is designed to ensure students have the opportunity to meet staff and other students and get to know more about the campus, its facilities and useful information which will help them during their stay.
 
Activities: 
Activities are organised in-between lessons and during evenings. These activities could be on-site or near to the centre. These may include:
  • Sports such as football, mini Olympics, volleyball and basketball
  • Drama and performance activities such as scavenger hunts and drama workshops
  • Evening activities such as karaoke, talent show, team games and Manhattan by night walking tours

Excursions and Trips
HALF-DAY TRIPS
Our students get to explore exciting places in and around Toronto such as the Ontario Science Center, Casa Loma, High Park, Royal Ontario Museum and Kensington Market.
FULL-DAY EXCURSIONS
Downtown Toronto: Canada’s largest city, students explore bustling downtown Toronto and visit the CN Tower
Toronto Island: Students take a ferry to the island and enjoy a nice picnic
Toronto Botanical Gardens: Featuring 17 beautiful gardens to explore, a lovely environment to visit
OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS
Canada’s Wonderland: An impressive theme park with over 70 rides including 16 roller-coasters.
Baseball game: The Toronto Blue Jays play at their impressive home stadium.
Niagara Falls: World-renowned waterfalls on the US-Canadian border, with a visit to an outlet shopping mall included.
Toronto Zoo: Canada’s premier zoo known for its interactive education and conservation activities.
3 WEEK SAMPLE PROGRAMMES
Extra
Each 14-night stay will include 10 half-day trips to exciting places around Toronto such as the Ontario Science Center, Casa Loma, High Park, Royal Ontario Museum and Kensington Market. It also includes 2 full-day excursions to downtown Toronto, Toronto Island and Toronto Botanical Gardens. Transport for trips may be by private coach or public transport.
 
Student may have lessons either in the morning or in the afternoon in week 1, alternating weekly after that.
 
This programme is for illustrative purposes and activities and visits may change.
WEEK 1/ 4SUNDAYMONDAYTUESDAYWEDNESDAYTHURSDAYFRIDAYSATURDAY
Jun28/Jul19Jun29/Jul20Jun30/Jul21Jul1/Jul22Jul2/Jul23Jul3/Jul24Jul4/Jul25
MorningWelcome Arrivals
Testing, Orientation
and Lessons
LessonsLessonsLessonsLessonsExplore Canada Downtown or Optional Full-Day Excursion to Niagara Falls with Outlet Shopping
Afternoon
Eaton Centre Mall shopping/ Explore the Harborfront & Toronto Music Garden or optional Trip to: Toronto Zoo or Broadway Matinee

York Campus Tour & Scavenger Hunt 

ES Led Tour of Nathan Philiips Sq & Dundas Square
Visit St. Lawrence Market & Old Town
Visit to the Ontario Science CenterVisit & Explore Casa Loma 
EveningWelcome Party & SocialExploring High ParkSports or Activity Club Including ‘Getting to Know You’ Trivia Game 

Supper in the City & ARGO Art Gallery of Ontario and Exploting Nearby

SportsPizza Night & Graduation PartyOn-site activities
Activity Club 
Optional activity: Broadway ShowConcert in Toronto Music Gardens 

 

WEEK 2/ 5SUNDAYMONDAYTUESDAYWEDNESDAYTHURSDAYFRIDAYSATURDAY
Jul5/Jul26Jul6/Jul27Jul7/Jul28Jul8/Jul29Jul9/Jul30Jul10/Jul31Jul11/Aug1
MorningYorkdale Shopping or Tour York Botanical Gardens or optional trip: Canada’s Wonderland
Lessons
LessonsLessonsLessonsLessons
Full-day excursion: explore and Picnic at Toronto Island or 
optional Trip: Niagara Falls with Outlet Shopping 
Afternoon

Toronto Aquarium 

Visit York University Library and Art Gallery with Photo Scavenger Hunt 
Distillary District Walking ES Led TourVisit & Explore Casa Loma 
EveningWelcome Party & SocialTrivia and Movie NightSports

Supper in the City & Visit to the CN Tower -Explore DT Toronto

SportsPizza Night with Dance PartyKaraoke Night
Activity Club with Arts & Crafts
Optional activity: Medieval TimesActivity ClubGraduation Party
Concert in Toronto Music Gardens

 

WEEK 3SUNDAYMONDAYTUESDAYWEDNESDAYTHURSDAYFRIDAYSATURDAY
Jul12Jul13Jul14Jul15Jul16Jul17Jul18
MorningShopping in the City or Explore the Harborfront & Toronto Music Gardens or optional trip: to Toronto Blue Jays Baseball Game or Broadway Matinee
Lessons
LessonsLessonsLessonsLessonsFull-day excursion: Toronto Botanical Gardens or optional trip: Woodbine Beach 
Afternoon

On Site Academic Scavenger Hunt

Explore Kensington Market
Visit Farmers Market at Dufferin Grove Park Lead Tour Ryerson University or University of Toronto
Visit Christie Pits Park
EveningWelcome Party & SocialTrashion Fashion Design & Runnway ShowSports

Supper in the City & Explore Chinatown

SportsPizza & Dance PartyOn Campus Movie Night
Visit to High ParkArts & Crafts
Optional activity: Broadway ShowConcert in Toronto Music GardensGraduation Party

 

STUDENT WELFARE
We place the highest priority on care and supervision at all of our Embassy Summer centres so you can rest assured students are well looked after. Members of staff are available 24 hours a day.
Student Services:
Our student support staff can help you with:
Accommodation
Airport transfers
Information about local services
Assistance with individual and personal problems
Emergency contact
Medical
If a student needs medical attention an Embassy staff member will help make an appointment. Group leaders must accompany the student to an appointment. An Embassy staff member will accompany any student that is not part of a group. All costs have to be paid by the student. Students must have written consent from their parent or guardian for any medical treatment to be administered.

LOCAL HOSPITAL
Humber River Hospital, 1235 Wilson Ave, Toronto, ON, M3M 0B2
 
INSURANCE
If a student does not have insurance, guard.me insurance is available to purchase through Embassy Summer.

SAFE
A safe will be available for the storage of passports, travel documents and deposits.
Office Address
Embassy Summer
Tatham Hall Residence
York University
4700 Keele Street
Toronto, ON
M3J 1P3
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