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Embassy York University Day Programme

Toronto Day Programme 

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.

Quick Facts

Location: York University

Dates available: 19 JUN – 31 JUL

Ages: 12 – 18

Accommodation: Not included

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  • This programme does NOT include accommodation. We recommend that parents book accommodation within easy reach of York University

Food Options


Not included



Two courses, 3 options including a vegetarian option.
Packed lunches (provided at weekends): water, fruit, sandwich, crisps and biscuits/cake


Evening Meal

Not included


Vending machines, coffees shops and a shopping mall are located in the campus for drinks and confectionery.


  • 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.


  • 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 17 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


Students will be welcomed upon arrival at the Embassy Summer office where they will register.



On the first day 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 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

Excursions and 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.


  • 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


  • 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.



All Day Programmes start on a Monday and vary in length dependent on the centre. Some includes the full 7 days of the week, others 6 days (excluding Sundays) and the Malta programme for Juniors (8-13) include 5 days. Students will take part of lessons, have lunch at the centre and go on activities and excursions with the rest of the students. Below is a sample of the full summer programme.”

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.
Testing, Orientation
and Lessons
LessonsLessonsLessonsLessonsExplore Canada Downtown or Optional Full-Day Excursion to Niagara Falls with Outlet ShoppingYorkdale Shopping or Tour York Botanical Gardens or optional trip: Canada’s Wonderland

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 


Full-day excursion: explore and Picnic at Toronto Island or 
optional Trip: Niagara Falls with Outlet Shopping 
Shopping in the City or Explore the Harborfront & Toronto Music Gardens or optional trip: to Toronto Blue Jays Baseball Game or Broadway Matinee

Toronto Aquarium 

Visit Royal Ontario Museum
Visit York University Library and Art Gallery with Photo Scavenger Hunt 
Distillary District Walking ES Led TourVisit & Explore Casa Loma 


See sample programme

LessonsLessonsLessonsLessonsFull-day excursion: Toronto Botanical Gardens or optional trip: Woodbine Beach Arrivals/ Departures

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 ParkEaton Centre Mall shopping/ Explore the Harborfront & Toronto Music Garden or optional Trip to: Toronto Zoo or Broadway Matinee