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An Important Message for International Students: COVID-19 Updates

CCI-LEX is currently delivering all ESL classes online and will continue online delivery for the summer (June to August).

We are planning carefully for the return of students and teachers, as we need to implement new policies, procedures, and make physical changes to our classrooms and office space.  We hope to have some classes and students return from September, however some classes may continue online, or may have a blended approach (some hours online, some in the classroom).  We are following updates, guidelines and recommendations from our government and health authorities.  The most important thing is providing the safest learning environment possible  – and we will only open our doors when we are confident we can do that.

It is also important to know that currently, travel to Canada is severely restricted and the few international travelers allowed to enter must quarantine for 14 days after arrival.

Therefore, at this time we are only taking international registrations to start from our fall term, August 31, 2020, or later. 

However, in this continued time of uncertainty, new international students will be able to delay their start date up to eight months.  For example, that means students registered for August 31, 2020 will be able to delay their start date until May 3, 2021, without penalty.

We can also help you get started studying English now! If you are interested in joining online classes or having an online tutor with CCI-LEX, please contact us to discuss possibilities. We hope to offer new online learning possibilities very soon!


You can find information about the COVID-19 outbreak in Canada on the following websites:

Government of Canada

Alberta Health Services

Please stay healthy and safe and we hope to welcome you to CCI-LEX soon!

Updated: May 27, 2020

Visitor Visa

You can study at CCI-LEX with a valid Visitor Visa for up to 6 months.  You do not need to have a Study Permit.

If you plan on studying at CCI-LEX with a Visitor Visa, you will need to have medical insurance.

Study Permit

In Canada, only schools and institutions that the government has deemed a “Designated Learning Institution” are able to support Study Permit applications.

The CCI Program is a verified Designated Learning Institution. Our DLI # is O125073908927.  You can apply for a Study Permit to Canada with CCI-LEX.  Study permits to study English at CCI-LEX are usually 6 months to 1 year.

If you receive a study permit to study ESL, you and your spouse will not be allowed to work in Canada during your studies at our school.

Learn about a Study Permit with CCI-LEX

Before you make plans to travel and register for classes, please check the Canadian Visa Requirements for your country at the nearest Canadian Embassy or Consulate.  You can also go to the Government of Canada’s website for more information.

Learn about Visas and Permits for Canada