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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Are classes free?
  2. What time do classes start and finish in the morning?
  3. What time do classes start and finish in the afternoon?
  4. What time do classes start and finish in the evening?
  5. What time do classes start and finish on Saturdays?
  6. When can I start classes?
  7. When can I register?
  8. Do I need to bring anything when I register?
  9. Do I need to pay anything?
  10. What happens when I register?
  11. May I go to class immediately?
  12. When do the semesters begin?
  13. How many levels are there?
  14. Do I get a certificate?
  15. Is there parking at St. George’s Centre?
  16. Is there a school bus?
  17. What city bus do I take to get to St. George’s Centre?
  18. Is there a cafeteria at St. George’s Centre?
  19. Is there childcare at St. George’s Centre?
  20. I am a permanent resident and I have a 3 year-old child. How do I get my child into the childcare at St. George’s Centre?
  21. How old are the children in the childcare program?
  22. Can visitors come to your school?

 

  1. Are classes free?
    Yes, if you are a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, Convention refugee, or a refugee claimant. If you are temporary resident who is visiting, working or studying in Guelph, you must pay a fee. See our Visitors Information pamphlet for more information.
  2. What time do classes start and finish in the morning?
    From September to June, classes start at 9:00 a.m. and end at 11:30 a.m. In July and August, classes start at 8:00 a.m. and end at 10:30 a.m.
  3. What time do classes start and finish in the afternoon?
    From September to June, classes start at 12:30 p.m. and end at 3:00 p.m. In July and August, classes start at 11:00 a.m. and end at 1:30 p.m.
  4. What time do classes start and finish in the evening?
    Evening classes start at different times. Please check out the current list of classes.
  5. What time do classes start and finish on Saturdays?
    Saturday classes start at different times. Pleases check out the current list of classes.
  6. When can I start classes?
    You can start many classes anytime as long as there is room in the class.
  7. When can I register?
    You can make an appointment to register from Monday to Friday between 9:00 am and 2:00 p.m. There is also registration on Monday evenings from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. On Mondays evenings, you do not need an appointment.
  8. Do I need to bring anything when I register?
    You will need to bring proof of your identity such as a Permanent Resident’s Card, your Citizenship card, your Refugee Protection Claimant document, or a travel document from your country of origin.
  9. Do I need to pay anything?
    Classes are free for Canadian citizens, permanent residents, Convention Refugees and refugee claimants. However, we do ask you to pay a $5.00 activity fee once every school year for school activities such as school trips and school celebrations.
  10. What happens when I register?
    We ask you for your address and your telephone number and the name and telephone number of an emergency contact. Then you meet with the ESL assessor to have a language assessment. If you have had a language assessment within the past 6 months at the Multicultural Centre, you do not need another test. After the test, you talk with the ESL Assessor about what courses you want to take.
  11. May I go to class immediately?
    Yes if the course is currently being offered and if there is a seat available in the class. Sometimes the classes are full however, and your name will be placed on a waiting list. You will be called when there is a place available for you.
  12. When do the semesters begin?
    In the day program, the semesters begin the first week of September, the end of January or beginning of February, and the first week or second week in July. In the evening and Saturday programs, semesters start in the first week of September, the first week of January, the last week in March or the first week in April, and the first or second week in July.
  13. How many levels are there?
    We offer classes from Canadian Language Benchmark 1 to 9. We also offer classes from ESL Literacy Benchmarks 1 to 3. Find more information about benchmarks at www.language.ca .
  14. Do I get a certificate?
    You can request a certificate.
  15. Is there parking at St. George’s Centre?
    Yes there is some free parking at St. George’s Centre. You can get a map of student parking at St. George’s Centre when you register.
  16. Is there a school bus?
    Yes there a school bus for the day program from Monday to Friday. Please click on the bus schedule.
  17. What city bus do I take to get to St. George’s Centre?
    Please go to guelph.ca and use the “Quick links” to public transit and click on routes & schedules.
  18. Is there a cafeteria at St. George’s Centre?
    No. There is a kitchen where students can heat up food.
  19. Is there childcare at St. George’s Centre?
    Yes, but only if you are a permanent resident or a Convention refugee. Canadian citizens and refugee claimants are not eligible. However, if you are a Canadian citizen or a refugee claimant you may be eligible for subsidized daycare while you go to school. Contact www.county.wellington.on.ca . Click on social services and then go to child care services.
  20. I am a permanent resident and I have a 3 year-old child. How do I get my child into the childcare at St. George’s Centre?
    You must go to the Guelph Multicultural Centre. They will register you for the LINC program and give you a language assessment. They will refer you to our LINC childminding program. We will call you when we have a place for your child.
  21. How old are the children in the childcare program?
    We accept children from the age of 6 months until the age of 60 months.
  22.  Can visitors come to your school?
    Yes we accept visitors to Canada who are 18 years or older. However, they must pay for classes. Costs vary depending on how many classes you take. Please see Visitors’ Information.

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