Applications are accepted on a continual basis throughout the year. Please note that application is on a first come first serve basis. Because space for International Students in each school is limited, early application is advised.
Admissions occur in September for the linear (year-round) program and in September and February for the semester program. Students are expected to arrive at least one week before the beginning of the program, in order to participate in orientation sessions and to ensure course planning and selection are completed. Students assigned to a semester school may enter either in September or February, taking four courses at the beginning of each semester. In year-long programs, students enter in September and take eight courses throughout the academic year.
Except for the ESL class schedule, which is based on individual need, International Students take all the same classes as local, Canadian students.
Typical subjects include English, Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Social Studies, Geography, History, Computer Programs and Physical Education. Qualified students may take Advanced Placement courses (AP) in academic subjects or may register for courses in the International Baccalaureate Program (IB). Students who successfully complete AP or IB courses gain advanced credit at the university level
After the student has been accepted into the program, an English Second Language (ESL) assessment of English ability will be done. This assessment usually occurs in Canada.
ESL programs at each secondary school ensure that students are properly placed to obtain maximum benefit from ESL classes. Students take ESL classes concurrently with regular, academic courses. This enables them to acquire English, while at the same time achieving their academic goals. Students with minimal English ability still enroll in regular Mathematics and Sciences, while those with more advanced English ability can enroll in all academic subjects while polishing up their English skills in a class or two of ESL. Credits toward completion of the graduation program are given for ESL courses. All students are assessed for ESL support and some score high enough to not need ESL classes.
Comprehensive health and accident insurance is mandatory in BC. Every International Student must have this coverage while studying in Canada. International Students, who are in Canada after three months, are entitled to medical and hospital benefits through the government Medical Services Plan (www.health.gov.bc.ca/msp/). During the first three months of living in BC, students have private medical coverage through Student Guard.
The School Districts will administer payment of premiums to both of these plans for all students enrolled in the International Student Program. The medical insurance payment is paid with the tuition fee. In addition, students are ensured for accident reimbursement expenses in accordance with a group insurance policy.