Business Essentials

Program Overview

By participating in our Business Essentials Program, you will gain a chance to study and work in Vancouver, one of Canada’s most dynamic cities. Learn strategic business management skills and strengthen your business English level academically and professionally. This business course is designed to increase your familiarity with marketing, presentations, public speaking, business communication, resumes and job interviews in North America. Having a higher-level qualification from a recognized Canadian college along with Canadian work experience will give you the confidence to thrive in your future career and succeed in the workplace.

The program is divided equally into two components: for the first 50% of the program you will study at a recognized Canadian college, and in the next 50% of the program you will gain work experience in Canada. Programs are 12 or 24 months in length and taught by industry professionals and highly-qualified instructors. Students will learn effective communication skills, how to manage conflict and deal with customers, how to work in a team, and how to build product and service knowledge in order to provide relevant information to customers. This program is open to citizens of all countries and start dates are staggered throughout the year. In addition, you may also work part-time while studying for the entire duration of your program. This will enable you to earn money to support your stay in Canada.

Do you want to have a study and work experience in Canada? Set yourself apart from your peers by participating in our Business Essentials Program, and gain valuable, professional experience in a vibrant Canadian city while building your international network and improving your English.

To read testimonials from some of our participants who have successfully completed one of our Education Programs in Canada, visit our Blog or Contact Stepwest for more info!

12 Months - 24 Months

Start Date
Available all year long



From C$5,910

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Gain English business skills at a top Vancouver college, then put them into practice with a work experience in Canada

  • Study at a top Vancouver college
  • Option to work part-time during study period
  • Guaranteed paid work experience
  • Field trips & Materials
  • Welcome orientation
  • Canadian-style resume revision
  • Interview preparation workshop
  • Assistance w/ social insurance, free bank account
  • Access to our social events, activities, tours
  • Ongoing support for the duration of the program
Not Included:

Airfare, Medical Insurance, Visa and/or Work Permits Fees, Local Transportation, Food, Accommodation, Textbooks

Program Details

Study Component

12 months (6 months study + 6 months work experience)
Courses included: Business Management, Business Communication, Business English + 2 elective courses Hospitality related (Marketing in the Hospitality industry, Convention Management, Management & Marketing, Supervision in the Hospitality Industry, …) Certified by American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute (AHLEI).

24 months (12 months study + 12 months work experience)
Courses included: Understanding the Foundations of Business Communication, Applying the Three-Step Writing Process, Crafting Messages for Electronic Media, Preparing Reports, Business Proposals and Oral Presentations, Writing Employment Messages & Interviewing for Jobs

Work Experience

After completing the in-class study term of the program at a recognized Canadian college, you will spend the remaining half in a practical work environment under the supervision of our placement coordinators. This is a unique opportunity for you to acquire business skills and practice your English in real-life situations. Develop a solid foundation in customer service skills and prepare for entry into the hospitality and tourism industry in Vancouver!

Having a work experience in Canada and an advanced English level on your resume will make you stand out from your peers when you return home to continue your studies or progress in your professional career.

Positions Available

  • Barista
  • Bartender
  • Banquet Server
  • Busser
  • Cashier
  • Counter Attendant
  • Customer service attendant
  • Food and beverage attendant
  • Front Desk Agent
  • Host/Hostess
  • Kitchen Helper
  • Line Cook
  • Rental Shop Clerk
  • Retail Clerk
  • Room Attendant
  • Sales Representative
  • Waiter
  • Events Planning
  • Hotel and Hospitality
  • Information Technology
  • Marketing
  • Public Relations
  • Real Estate
  • Sales
  • Tourism and Travel


  • Intermediate English Level: TOEFL 510, IELTS 5.0 or equivalent*
  • Be eligible for a Canadian Study and Co-op work permit
  • Copy of highest diploma/degree along with transcript
  • Note: Applicants must complete a free language assessment test if they cannot provide proof of English level as described above. The language assessment might include a skype interview and a written component. Applicants must obtain a minimum of 64% to be eligible for this program.

Program Process



Complete the free online application form which includes a copy of your resume.


Skype Admittance Consultation

You will partake in a free Skype consultation. You will receive the report with the result of the consultation. This email will serve as a confirmation letter of your program acceptance.


Program Registration

Once deposit is paid and registration is confirmed, Stepwest will provide you with a Letter of Acceptance to the program, required to apply for the study permit.


Visa Application

You can apply for the relevant permits and visa. Stepwest can assist you with this if needed.


Final Payment

Once permits/visa are granted, the remaining program fee is paid.


Arrival Orientation

You will arrive in Canada and attend orientation at Stepwest before beginning the study component of the program.


Placement Process

6 weeks prior to the work experience start date, Stepwest will begin the placement process. A Stepwest placement coordinator will revise your resume, conduct interview preparation, arrange job interview(s) and confirm your job placement.

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Optional Services

English Study

This option is available to candidates participating in our Education, Internship and Working Holiday programs in Canada. You may add up to 6 months of in-class English Study to reach the minimum level required or simply perfect your English level...

Medical Insurance

$2/day: Because your health and safety is important, we teamed up with an award winning insurance provider; Student Guard to offer you a tailored medical coverage which protects you up to $2,000,000...

Homestay Accommodation

$550 to $800: The most cost-effective way to live in Vancouver. Rent a private room with kitchen access for $550/month. Add 3 meals/day service for $780/month...