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About GPI

About GPI Canada

We provide opportunities for both Canadian and international students to take part in cross-border student exchange.  Is our goal to ensure that by experiencing the challenges and rewards of living and studying in unfamiliar cultural surroundings, our students will develop the skills to thrive in - and ultimately shape - our rapidly shrinking world.

Our Mission

Our mission is to expand international education by providing:

  • High standard language instruction
  • Cultural skills and understanding
  • International friendship

Featured District

Golden Hills School Division No. 75 - Strathmore, Alberta

Schools: 26 / Students: 6400
Programs Offered: Full Year, 1 Semester, Short Term
Specialized Programs: Winter Camp, Teacher Training

Management Team

Management Team

Our national program is led by a team dedicated to expanding our network of relationships with passionate, like-minded educators and organizations in Canada and around the world.

Mikiko Watanabe

BC Regional Manager

"Mikiko has been the British Columbia Regional Manager since 2017. She is experienced working with many educational profit and not-for-profit companies. For not-for-profit, Mikiko worked at JNTO (Japan National Tourism Organization) and continues to volunteer for the Japan-Canada Chamber Of Commerce. She has also worked in well-known international ESL and vocational schools in Vancouver, such as MTI Community College. Mikiko’s philosophy is that the door to learning in the international education field is revolving, and embracing both diversity and culture allows for opportunities to learn English in Canada and other languages around the world."

Scott Aalgaard

Board of Directors, GPI Canada

"Scott Aalgaard is a teacher, scholar, and translator of modern and contemporary Japanese cultural production, and is currently a Doctoral Candidate in East Asian Languages and Civilizations at the University of Chicago. Mr. Aalgaard is the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships, including the Japan Foundation Doctoral Fellowship, the Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council of Canada Doctoral Fellowship, and the J. A. Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship."

GPI Programs and Services

GPI Canada Programs and Services

GPI Canada introduces students to educational programs nationwide.

  • English Language Learning (ELL) Short and Long Term Programs
  • Full Immersion Programs
  • Boarding Schools
  • Summer Programs

GPI Canada also provides services to ensure the support and success of students in their learning and stay in Canada.

  • Homestay accommodation
  • Local Program Coordinators to assist students and be available for on call support
  • Student Reporting and Progress Tracking
  • Airport Transfer
  • Custodianship
  • Visa Support

Explore Canada

Explore Canada

Global Partners Institute is partnered with schools across Canada and offers wonderful educational experiences from small rural communities, to the bigger cities across Canada. GPI Canada will be curating youtube videos that speak to the diverse experiences of students across Canada from the perspective of homestay experiences, school adventures, and immersing in a brand new Canadian environment. Remember, Canada is cool!