Student Housing

For their first few months of living in Canada. Living with a host family helps you practice English daily and learn about different cultures and lifestyles. Most host families are immigrants who can share their experiences with you.



Academic Support

Students have different learning styles and Emerald College understand the importance of offering extended learning support to meet their varying academic needs but if you need more than what the school can offer, there is additional help available.


Community & Cultural Services

  • Family Support Services
  • Addiction Services
  • Immigrant Services

Medical Insurance

In Canada, health care can be very expensive if you are not covered with proper medical insurance. Emerald College requires that all international students have basic insurance and extended health insurance for the duration of your studies.


Child Care Services

There are many different child care services within Port Alberni and the surrounding area which offer a variety of services. Whether you need child care for babies, toddlers, or school age children there are organisations available to you. For more information about child care in Port Alberni click here.

Writing Tips

When preparing your resume, make sure it’s SHARP:


The writing in your resume should be concise, succinct, and to the point. Use proper grammar, spelling, and punctuation in your writing.


You resume needs to be factually accurate, including dates of employment, education completed, job titles, and skills possessed.


Your resume should be visually appealing to the eye. Make sure it is neat, organised, and consistent. Ensure you use enough “white space” by setting your margins at .5” or greater and providing ample space between sections.


A resume should reflect who you are and your professional experiences. This does not mean it should be laden with unnecessary graphics or inappropriate personal information; it means you should feel comfortable using it to represent yourself as a candidate.


Your resume and the way it is organised should be relevant to the position. For example, you may need to make adjustments to your resume when applying for a position as an accountant versus a position as a project manager.