Welcome to International Gateway Kelowna!

International Gateway Kelowna (IGK) is Canadian owned and operated and is Kelowna's oldest and most trusted English as a Second Language (ESL) school established in 2002.

IGK is a member of the Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association, Kelowna-Kasugai Sister City Association and the Downtown Kelowna Business Association.

International Gateway Kelowna is not only a well respected school, it is also a vibrant, friendly and exciting place to learn English. Students are encouraged to strive for excellence, immerse themselves in a new culture, enrich their minds, try new challenges and build bonds and memories that will last a lifetime. Highly qualified teachers and staff are carefully chosen for their professionalism, integrity and exceptional customer service skills. The school's motto is "REAL ENGLISH, REAL FUN, REAL CANADA".

IGK's upscale campus is centrally located in the Towne Centre Fashion Mall within easy walking distance of attractions, entertainment venues, boutiques, restaurants, transportation and beaches.

Mission Statement: International Gateway Kelowna offers English as a Second Language (ESL) programs to students in a safe, caring and affordable environment.

Local Climate

Kelowna boasts Canada’s best weather-sunny, dry and mild.

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Quality Living

Homestays are frequently inspected so students receive quality accommodation during their stay.

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Plenty of things to do in Canada’s #1 resort city.

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93% English

How is International Gateway Kelowna different from other Canadian language schools?

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Check out our courses!

Practical English as a Second Language (ESL)

The main emphases of the Practical ESL program are communication and functional English for daily life. Practical ESL programs begin weekly for ages 16 and up. The minimum class size is 4, the average is 6 and the maximum is 12. IGK guarantees a very personalized, fast paced and dynamic approach to language learning. Students can enroll in executive, full time or part time programs from 1 to 24 weeks.

Cambridge Exam Preparation

Cambridge exams are the world's most popular certificates for learners of English. IGK Cambridge graduates receive direct transfer to a number of partner colleges and universities.

Private Tutoring

One to one lessons in IELTS, Cambridge LPI, TOEIC and TOEFL exam preparation as well as Accent Reduction, Pronunciation, Writing and Spanish.

IELTS Exam Preparation

4 or 8 week course to prepare for the general and academic exams.

High School Pathways

8 to 24 week preparation course to enter one of our partner high schools in Kelowna.

Family ESL and Holiday Program

A wide range of full and part time ESL, private lessons and camps are offered for families.

Bartending Certification

Learn how to bartend like a professional. Perfect option for working holiday visa students searching for a job in Kelowna.

TESOL Certificate Program

Learn how to teach English to children and adults in this 2 week program

Individuals and Groups (Youth)

Youth Vacation Program for ages 8-18

IGK's most popular summer camp featuring morning ESL classes and afternoon activities for 1 to 8 weeks.

High School Experience for ages 12-17

Features morning ESL classes in an international class and afternoon classes in music, art, drama, cooking and physical education with Canadian teens at a local high school for 1 to 8 weeks.

ESL + Ice Hockey Skills Camp for ages 8-16

Combines 1 or more weeks of the Youth Vacation program with a 1 week ice hockey skills camp integrated with Canadian youth.

Groups Only (YOUTH)

Winter Vacation Program for ages 12-18

Combines morning ESL classes with afternoon and weekend winter activities for 1 or 2 weeks.

ESL + Canadian Culture for ages 8-18

Morning ESL classes are combined with afternoon classes about Canadian art, history, geography, sports and culture for 1 to 4 weeks.

Groups Only (ADULTS)

ESL+ Golf and Activities

1 to 4 week camp that combines ESL with golf lessons and activities in Canada’s #1 golf destination.

Individuals and groups (Adults)

ESL + Wine and Agricultural Tour

Kelowna is one of the world's top wine destinations. Study English, learn about wine and go on some wine and agricultural tours for 1 week

Senior tour for ages 50+

1 or 2 week ESL and activity program for the active senior.

English + Hot Yoga

English + HOT yoga at world famous Bikram Yoga for 1 or 2 weeks

Executive Tour

Practical ESL plus dynamic activities for the busy executive for 1 or 2 weeks.

Moms/Dads and Tots (ages 0-5)

1 or 2 week Practical ESL program for the parent and a daycare placement integrated with Canadian kids for the child.

Volunteer Placements

This program is designed for students who would like to gain volunteer experience in a Canadian organization in an English speaking environment. The volunteer placement is unpaid and must be combined with an equal or greater amount of full time ESL study at IGK prior to the placement.

Working Holiday and Youth Mobility Program

This program is currently available to citizens of Austria, Belgium, Chile, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, Korea, Latvia, Lithuania, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Spain, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and Taiwan.

Work Permit

Students can change from a study permit to a work permit after their formal studies.

Common areas of employment in Kelowna include:

  • Hotel/ Motel-front desk, housekeeping, maintenance, servers
  • Ski Resorts-lift operators, ski or snowboard instructors
  • Golf Courses-maintenance and grounds workers


International Gateway Kelowna offers a unique opportunity for students to explore and enjoy rural and ‘Western’ life on a variety of farms and orchards in British Columbia for 1 to 6 weeks. Ages 19 and up.

Guest Ranches

Relive the 'Olde West' with an exciting stay on a Western guest ranch. If you have always wanted to be a 'cowboy' or a 'cowgirl' this is your chance! Our partner guest ranches offer old fashioned hospitality, great food and a relaxed atmosphere. Available for individuals, families or groups.

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Ayaka H.


I did a 3 week Business English, Communication and Volunteer Internship at IGK, and really enjoyed Canadian life. Everyone is kind and it makes me happy, so I want to keep challenging here.


Marlies Z.


I quickly felt welcomed and a member of the IGK community and very much supported by the IGK team. The teachers were very helpful in class and every student could follow the topics. Plus, the classes only had 6-8 people so we could know everyone well.