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Abbotsford School District No.34

  • Program Established: 1995
  • Programs Offered: Full Year, 1 Semester, Short Term, Summer Camp, Teacher Training
  • Special Programs: French Immersion, International Baccalaureate, Advanced Placement, Sports, Fine Arts
  • Educational Programs offered in: English
  • Total number of schools: 45
  • High schools for international students: 6
  • Total Students: 19000
  • Total International Students: 300
  • International Students Accepted for Grades: K-12
  • Nearest Airport: Vancouver International Airport (YVR)

Our award winning public schools and teachers have hosted international students for many years. Students receive expert ESL instruction while preparing to graduate from high school and enter universities across Canada, the US and around the world. We teach academic, technology, arts and ESL courses in modern facilities using the latest equipment and methods.

We offer IB, AP and a wide range of elective courses, including golf, hockey, baseball and soccer academies. Students can enjoy taking part in our many clubs and recreation activities. We are proud of our unmatched student support – in addition to supportive school staff we have 7 International Assistants who speak a variety of languages, and who are in constant communication with students, teachers and homestay families.

BC Christian Academy

  • Program Established: 2000
  • Programs Offered: Long-Term, Short-Term, Summer, Winter
  • Special Programs: Academics, Sports, Fine Arts
  • Educational Programs offered in: English
  • Total number of schools: 1
  • High schools for international students: 1
  • Total Students: 325
  • Total International Students: 45
  • International Students Accepted for Grades: K-12
  • Nearest Airport: Vancouver International Airport (YVR)

British Columbia Christian Academy (BCCA) is a Junior Kindergarten to Grade 12 Interdenominational private Christian school in the Greater Vancouver area drawing students from many different churches from the Tri-Cities area and throughout the Lower Mainland. BCCA is certified as a Group 1 school by the Ministry of Education, Independent Schools Branch and offers many benefits to our families such as our strong academic, athletic and artistic programs. Our students are well prepared for post-secondary education with more than 90% of our students going on to university or college. We have an all-Christian, dedicated, passionate B.C. certified teaching staff, smaller class sizes as compared to public schools. BCCA has open communication between parents and administration and places a high priority on parent involvement and a safe environment.

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Burnaby School District No.41

  • Program Established: 2002
  • Programs Offered: Full Year, 1 Semester, Summer Camp
  • Special Programs: French Immersion, Advanced Placement, Sports, Fine Arts
  • Educational Programs offered in: English
  • Total number of schools: 49
  • High schools for international students: 8
  • Total Students: 24000
  • Total International Students: 1600
  • International Students Accepted for Grades: K-12
  • Nearest Airport: Vancouver International Airport (YVR)

Burnaby offers international students the opportunity to study alongside local Canadian students in its elementary and high schools. Most international students come to graduate with a Dogwood Diploma, their entry to top universities in Canada and North America. We also offer a short term Canadian high school experience program of 5 or 10 months as well as an Academic English summer Program 2 – 5 weeks in July/ August. Burnaby’s ESL program is one of the finest in BC, has the largest Advanced Placement (AP) program in Canada, and offers the prestigious AP Capstone Diploma. Four sports academies - Soccer, Basketball, Ice Hockey and Swimming - accept students wishing to train with professional coaches while studying at high school. Schools have the finest in facilities - science, computer and industrial technology labs, libraries, theatres, media studios, art studios, dance studios, gymnasiums, TV and sound recording studios, and cafeterias.

Campbell River School District No.72

  • Program Established: 2005
  • Programs Offered: Full Year, 1 Semester, Summer Camp
  • Special Programs: French Immersion, Advanced Placement
  • Educational Programs offered in: English, French
  • Total number of schools: 18
  • High schools for international students: 2
  • Total Students: 5500
  • Total International Students: 35
  • International Students Accepted for Grades: 7-12
  • Nearest Airport: Campbell River Airport (YBL)

School District 72 is dedicated to the achievement of personal excellence for all members of its learning community; staff, students, and parents alike. Our core values of learning is central; collegiality is essential; and respect is fundamental, driving how we operate and make decisions. Each day our district strives for students who are literate, numerate and socially responsible.. Both high schools have strong academic focuses, with graduates going to a wide variety of universities, some even receiving scholarships to prestigious universities, such as Harvard and Brown. Our graduation rate is in the top 20% of British Columbia. We have a partnership with North Island College, and have an articulation agreement which allows high school students some access to college courses. Our schools are noted for strong programs in: Tech - computer programming, animation, robotics, Media - video production, photography, journalism, Career Exploration - co-op placements, work experience, construction trades, drafting, Athletics - soccer, basketball, football, racquet sports, volleyball, golf, track and field, Fine Arts - acting, musical theatre, band, painting & design, pottery, jewelry making, Leadership and Entrepreneurship. School District 72 is located on the east coast of central Vancouver Island, extending north to Sayward and south to Oyster River. The district also includes the outer islands of Read, Cortes, and Quadra.

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Catholic Independent Schools - Vancouver

  • Program Established: 2002
  • Programs Offered: Full Year, 1 Semester
  • Special Programs: Golf, Soccer, Football, Basketball, Volleyball, French immersion
  • Educational Programs offered in: English, French
  • Total number of schools: 49
  • High schools for international students: 9
  • Total Students: 14000
  • Total International Students: 284
  • International Students Accepted for Grades: K-12
  • Nearest Airport: Vancouver International Airport (YVR)

Catholic Independent Schools - Vancouver (CISV) was established in 1977. The international student population is currently very low, ensuring the students are learning and practicing English all the time. The BC Curriculum is followed along with all other public high schools in the province, with the addition of Catholic education which is part of the school daily culture. We offer IB, AP and a wide range of elective courses plus many sports programs such as golf, soccer, football, basketball and volleyball. Students can enjoy taking part in our many clubs and recreation activities.

Coquitlam School District No.43

  • Program Established: 1999
  • Programs Offered: Full Year, 1 Semester, Short Term, Summer Camp, Winter Camp, Teacher Training
  • Educational Programs offered in: English, French
  • Total number of schools: 66
  • High schools for international students: 8
  • Total Students: 30000
  • Total International Students: 2000
  • International Students Accepted for Grades: K-12
  • Nearest Airport: Vancouver International Airport (YVR)

School District No. 43 (Coquitlam) encompasses the cities of Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody, and the villages of Anmore and Belcarra in Greater Vancouver. It is the third largest public school district in the Province of British Columbia, with 30,000 K-12 students and a community population of 210,000 spread over 200 square kilometers. We invite parents of school-aged children from around the world to visit our school district and learn more about our school programs, culture, facilities, and the natural beauty of one of the best living and learning regions in Canada. Nestled in the mountains and edged by the Pacific Ocean and the Fraser River, we enjoy a mild climate with a safe environment and an affluent lifestyle. Coquitlam is an ideal setting for international students with excellent year-round recreation, shopping, and ethnic dining.

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Delta School District No.37

  • Program Established: 1995
  • Programs Offered: Full Year, 1 Semester, Short Term, Summer Camp, Winter Camp, Teacher Training
  • Special Programs: French Immersion, International Baccalaureate, Advanced Placement, Sports, Fine Arts
  • Educational Programs offered in: English, French
  • Total number of schools: 33
  • High schools for international students: 7
  • Total Students: 18000
  • Total International Students: 650
  • International Students Accepted for Grades: K-12
  • Nearest Airport: Vancouver International Airport (YVR)

Just 30 minutes south of Vancouver, Delta is surrounded by water on three sides, comprised of three communities – Ladner, Tsawwassen and North Delta. Delta has beautiful beaches, golf courses, and many paddling and boating opportunities on the river and bays surrounding the city. Some international students have obtained their pilot licenses at the local Boundary Bay Airport and Training facility. Others enjoy horseback riding and mountain biking through our parks. Just minutes from the USA border, international students often join their host families for a quick trip to the US for shopping, camping, or exploring. Delta is an extremely safe residential community with one of the lowest crime rates in the whole Vancouver area. Delta residents enjoy a high quality of life with well kept modern homes and incomes 30% higher than the Canadian average. The residents are mostly college and university educated. Most enjoy an active lifestyle and are open minded and globally conscious.

Greater Victoria School District No. 61

  • Program Established: 1991
  • Programs Offered: Full Year, 1 Semester, Short Term, Summer Camp, Teacher Training
  • Special Programs: French Immersion and Sports Academies
  • Educational Programs offered in: English
  • Total number of schools: 45
  • High schools for international students: 7
  • Total Students: 19000
  • Total International Students: 900
  • International Students Accepted for Grades: 7-12
  • Nearest Airport: Victoria International Airport (YYJ)

Victoria International High School programs have a long-standing reputation for offering high-quality academic and short-term programs to students from around the world. Our programs are accredited by the BC Ministry of Education and include the following: Academic High School Program - strong ESL support, and a broad range of elective subjects. The Uplands Academic Transition Program supports international students transitioning into the Canadian public school environment. The Short-Term High School Experience Program allows students to experience high school classes with Canadian students, make Canadian friends, and improve their English skills in less formal settings. Academic subjects are also available to those students who want an extra challenge. Camp Victoria ESL Summer Program is an opportunity for international students to improve their English in a fun supportive environment, make new friends and discover exciting cultural, sports and tourist activities in beautiful Victoria.

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Langley School District No.35

  • Program Established: 1989
  • Programs Offered: Full Year, 1 Semester, Summer Camp
  • Special Programs: French Immersion, International Baccalaureate, Advanced Placement, Fine Arts
  • Educational Programs offered in: English
  • Total number of schools: 43
  • High schools for international students: 8
  • Total Students: 18000
  • Total International Students: 900
  • International Students Accepted for Grades: K-12
  • Nearest Airport: Vancouver International Airport (YVR)

Our International Student Program offers a wide range of education options which include Elementary, Secondary, and Summer English Learning Programs. Secondary students (grade 8 to 12) can begin their studies in September or in February at the start of the second semester. Elementary program welcomes a limited number of international students to study in selected elementary schools (kindergarten to grade 7). Each summer we offer exciting short-term Summer English Learning Programs for students age 10 to 18, with a full range of academic and elective courses for international students to choose. We also have full ESL support from beginner to advanced levels. Each secondary school has a dedicated International Student Coordinator that works closely with students to make sure their academic, social and emotional needs are addressed so they stay focus on their studies.

Mennonite Educational Institute - Abbotsford

  • Program Established: 1998
  • Programs Offered: Long Term, Short / 5 month Term
  • Educational Programs offered in: English
  • Total number of schools: 4
  • High schools for international students: 1
  • Total Students: 70
  • Total International Students: 60
  • International Students Accepted for Grades: K-12
  • Nearest Airport: Vancouver International Airport (YVR)

Mennonite Educational Institute (MEI) hosts students from around the world who want to study abroad in a safe, Christian environment that provides them with top-quality international education. MEI is one of the largest private schools in BC, with elementary, middle, and secondary campuses in Abbotsford, and a K - 9 campus in Chilliwack. We operate under three foundational principles: Integration: done on a per-student basis with consideration given to their language ability, behaviour, and attitude Support : We provide exceptional support in academics, homestay, graduation, and university counseling. Language Enhancement: Additional core curriculum classes in English, after-school tutoring support, in-school academic support.

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Nanaimo-Ladysmith School District No. 68

  • Program Established: 1998
  • Programs Offered: Full Year, 1 Semester
  • Educational Programs offered in: English, French
  • Total number of schools: 36
  • High schools for international students: 5
  • Total Students: 13700
  • Total International Students: 300
  • International Students Accepted for Grades: K-12
  • Nearest Airport: Nanaimo Airport (YCD)

About: Nanaimo School District offers full year and semester programs for students to study English in a caring supportive environment. International students are fully integrated with Canadian students. Nanaimo is located in the center of Vancouver Island and is the therefore known as the gateway of Vancouver Island. Nanaimo has easy access to Vancouver, Victoria, Pacific Rim National Park, the West coast trail, as well as many other attractions and cities up and down the island. Nanaimo has a world of adventures awaiting newcomers. There are musical and live theatre shows, symphonies, restaurants, sporting events, as well as many activities around holidays, such as Halloween, Christmas, and Canada Day. Any time of year, Nanaimo is a wonderfully exciting place to be. Whether you like hiking, diving, kayaking, sailing, swimming, soccer, hockey, golfing, camping or wide life watching, Nanaimo has it all.

New Westminster School District No. 40

  • Program Established: 1987
  • Programs Offered: Full Year, 1 Semester, Short Term, Summer Camp, Teacher Training
  • Special Programs: French Immersion, International Baccalaureate
  • Educational Programs offered in: English, French
  • Total number of schools: 12
  • High schools for international students: 1
  • Total Students: 7600
  • Total International Students: 225
  • International Students Accepted for Grades: K-12
  • Nearest Airport: Vancouver International Airport (YVR)

About: The New Westminster School District has been hosting international students since 1987, and was one of the first public school districts in Canada to accept international students. Today, we welcome students from all over the world into various long-term and short-term programs. To ensure that each of our students has a positive and memorable study-abroad experience, we offer comprehensive support services including English-language classes, homestay placement, counselling, and translation for Chinese, Korean and Japanese.

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North Vancouver School District No.44

  • Program Established: 1996
  • Programs Offered: Full Year, 1 Semester
  • Special Programs: French Immersion, International Baccalaureate, Advanced Placement, Sports
  • Educational Programs offered in: English, French
  • Total number of schools: 31
  • High schools for international students: 6
  • Total Students: 17000
  • Total International Students: 600
  • International Students Accepted for Grades: K-12
  • Nearest Airport: Vancouver International Airport (YVR)

Located 15 minutes across the water from the world class city of Vancouver, North Vancouver is a prime location for students to live and study. It is a very friendly, family oriented, multi-cultural community with easy access to all amenities. Skiing, snowboarding, downhill mountain biking, and two golf courses await your arrival in North Vancouver! We invite parents of school-aged children from around the world to visit our school district and learn more about our school programs, culture, facilities, and the natural beauty of one of the best living and learning regions in Canada. Nestled between the scenic North Shore mountains and Pacific Ocean, we enjoy a mild climate with a safe environment and an affluent lifestyle. North Vancouver truly is an ideal setting for international students with excellent year-round recreation, shopping, and ethnic dining.

Peace River North School District No.60

  • Program Established: 1946
  • Programs Offered: Academics, Band, Technology
  • Special Programs: French Immersion
  • Educational Programs offered in: English and French (Immersion)
  • Total number of schools: 22
  • High schools for international students: 1
  • Total Students: 5818
  • International Students Accepted for Grades: 10-12
  • Nearest Airport: North Peace Regional Airport (YXJ)

Our district's student population is diverse. First Nations students make up nearly 20% of our student population. Many other countries and cultures are represented within our ESL students, our International Students and the remainder of our student population. The district’s character is equally diverse, with a blend of rural and urban philosophies and the distinct provincial perspectives of two strong provinces; Alberta and BC. There is also a strong northern influence within our community philosophy that values personal resilience, the sense of entrepreneurial spirit, and hard work. Location: The Peace River North School District is located on the eastern side of the Rocky Mountains in the northern tip of the Canadian Prairies. The region’s economy is both prosperous and expanding. This positive economic outlook is based on the petro-chemical, renewable energy, agriculture, forestry, tourism and commercial/service industries.

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Peace River North School District No.60

  • Program Established: 1946
  • Programs Offered: Academics, Band, Technology
  • Special Programs: French Immersion
  • Educational Programs offered in: English and French (Immersion)
  • Total number of schools: 22
  • High schools for international students: 1
  • Total Students: 5818
  • Total International Students: 10
  • International Students Accepted for Grades: 10-12
  • Nearest Airport: Edmonton International Airport (YEG)

The Peace River North School Division's schools provide education services to 5792 students and our schools range in size and number. Our schools offer a wide variety of course - students can choose from a variety of university preparatory courses as well as career and technical training courses. We also offer a wide range of elective courses so there is truly something for everyone. The major center, Fort St. John, hosts six modern elementary schools, two middle schools, and one large senior secondary school. The district’s student population is diverse; we accommodate the education needs of our First Nations students, our European ESL students, and the dominant Caucasian student population. The district’s character is also diverse with the need to blend rural and urban philosophies and the distinct provincial perspectives of two strong provinces, Alberta and BC. There is also a strong northern influence with a community philosophy that values personal resilience, the sense of entrepreneurial spirit, and hard work. School District 60 is committed to providing a quality education program to all students. School District No.60 is located on the eastern side of the Rocky Mountains in the northern tip of the Canadian Prairies. The region’s economy is both prosperous and expanding.

Qualicum School District No. 69

  • Program Established: 1995
  • Programs Offered: Full Year, 1 Semester, Short Term, Summer Camp, Winter Camp
  • Special Programs: French Immersion
  • Educational Programs offered in: English, French
  • Total number of schools: 2
  • High schools for international students: 2
  • Total Students: 4000
  • Total International Students: 230
  • International Students Accepted for Grades: 6-12
  • Nearest Airport: Victoria International Airport (YYJ)

Our programs are designed to assist international students gain acceptance into Canadian and American universities. We offer a comprehensive ESL program with specially trained and experienced instructors to ensure International Students have the best instruction possible. Qualicum School District has an abundance of athletic, arts and cultural organizations. There are many opportunities for our children and youth to participate in Music, Dance, Theatre and Fine Arts. Athletes have the opportunity to pursue their passions and excel at many team sports including basketball, soccer, baseball, volleyball, ice hockey, rugby and American football. Individual sports include tennis, golf, swimming, hand ball, skiing, snowboarding, horseback riding, karate, and taekwondo. Our Academy Programs include Golf, Soccer, Music and Hockey.

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Richmond School District No. 38

  • Program Established: 1998
  • Programs Offered: Full Year, 1 Semester, Short Term, Summer Camp, Teacher
  • Special Programs: French Immersion, International Baccalaureate, Advanced Placement, Sports, Fine Arts
  • Educational Programs offered in: English, French
  • Total number of schools: 48
  • High schools for international students: 10
  • Total Students: 22000
  • Total International Students: 950
  • International Students Accepted for Grades: K-12
  • Nearest Airport: Vancouver International Airport (YVR)

Richmond students consistently exhibit unmatched performance in their high graduation rates, provincial government examination results, scholarships, and university entrance acceptance rates. Our program offers international students of all ages a wide variety of challenging and exciting study options throughout the year: • British Columbia Secondary School Graduation Program • One-Year Secondary School Experience Program • Single Semester Secondary School Experience Program • Short-Term School Immersion Experience Program • Customized Group Programs • Teacher Training and Education Professionals Programs • Summer Camp • Elementary School Year Program

Unity Christian School - Chilliwack

  • Program Established: 2002
  • Programs Offered: Full year, short term, summer camp
  • Special Programs: Academics, Sports, fine arts
  • Educational Programs offered in: English, French
  • Total number of schools: 1
  • High schools for international students: 1
  • Total Students: 405
  • Total International Students: 15
  • International Students Accepted for Grades: K-12
  • Nearest Airport: Vancouver International Airport (YVR)

As a Christian school, Unity offers Bible classes, chapels and devotional times. However, we believe that those things alone do not make a Christian school. We believe that all of life comes under the lordship of Christ, and so our entire curriculum and all of our activities at school are infused with a Biblical worldview. In classrooms, God is the centre of our curriculum, regardless of what we are teaching. Students are given opportunity to explore, experience and evaluate all of life under God. Our aim is to unfold and develop the uniqueness of each child. We strive to provide for each child’s social, emotional, cognitive, ethical, aesthetic, economic, physical and spiritual growth, so that each child is equipped to be a Christ-like servant.

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Vancouver College

  • Program Established: 1922
  • Programs Offered: Academics, Athletics
  • Special Programs: Campus Ministry
  • Educational Programs offered in: English
  • Total number of schools: 1
  • High schools for international students: 1
  • Total Students: 480
  • International Students Accepted for Grades: 10-12
  • Nearest Airport: Vancouver International Airport (YVR)

Vancouver College is an independent university-preparatory Catholic school for boys located in the Shaughnessy neighbourhood in the city of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Since 1922, Vancouver College has served its Mission, following in the tradition of the Blessed Edmund Rice and the Christian Brothers, to provide today's young Christian men with an educational experience that will lead to the development of their whole persons - culturally, emotionally, intellectually, physically, socially, and in particular, spiritually.

Vancouver Island West School District No. 84

  • Programs Offered: Year Long, Short Term (1-4 weeks), Summer Program (2-4 weeks)
  • Special Programs: Outdoor Education program
  • Educational Programs offered in: English
  • Total number of schools: 5
  • Total Students: 445
  • International Students Accepted for Grades: 10-12
  • Nearest Airport: Victoria International Airport (YYJ)

In the Nootka Sound region, home of the Mowachaht/Muchalaht, you can meet direct descendants and experience the culture of a people who trace their roots back into the mists of time. You can visit the site of a 4300 year old village and walk the beach where Captain Cook first met Chief Maquinna in 1778. Some 200 years later the Mowachaht/Muchalaht joined other western Vancouver Island Indigenous people, and became known as the Nuu-chah-nulth, meaning “all along the Mountains.” International students have full access to participate in the popular Nootka Sound Outdoor Program (NSOP) at no additional cost. Through experiential and outdoor learning, NSOP allows students to earn credits toward graduation while engaging in wilderness adventures. This unique, certified program, offered during school and weekends, provides students the flexibility to choose activities that interest them at their comfort level. Vancouver Island West School District No.84 covers the northwest corner of Vancouver Island. This includes the major center of Gold River and the remote communities of Tahsis, Zeballos and Kyuquot.