Long Term Programs

International students can study for a minimum of one academic year or more, leading to the BC High School Graduation Diploma.

 

Program Overview

Burnaby School District’s International Student Program welcomes students from Kindergarten through to Grade 12. International students have the opportunity to study alongside local students for one academic year or more, leading up to high school graduation. Burnaby has 41 elementary (kindergarten to grade 7) and 8 secondary schools (grade 8 – 12).

Burnaby schools offer a wide variety of excellent academic, advanced placement, honours, visual and performing arts, technology, computer studies and sports courses. Students have the additional opportunity of joining clubs, having volunteer and leadership experiences, participating in academic workshops and going on various excursions, all of which provide a well-rounded education with a strong academic base. Many international students intend to obtain the British Columbia Graduation Diploma, which allows them the opportunity to enter colleges and universities in North America and many countries abroad.

All students are encouraged to participate in school clubs and extra-curricular activities to maximize their cultural experience. For secondary students see Excursion Program and See Additional Opportunities

All schools are co-educational. Secondary aged students (13 – 18 years) may live with family members over the age of 25, or in an approved homestay. All students not living with a parent must have a custodian. Elementary students up to Grade 5 must live with a parent. Students in Grade 6 may live with a relative (aunt, uncle, grandparent). Under special circumstances, students in Grade 7 may live in an approved homestay. A large part of the Canadian cultural experience is living with a Canadian family. See Homestay for more information.

In order for a student to graduate, he/she must complete the following graduation requirements. Students will receive some course transfer credit for courses completed in their home country.

B.C. Graduation Program 80 credits over grades 10, 11, and 12 48 required credits:

  • English 10 (4 credits)
  • English 11 (4 credits)
  • English 12 (4 credits)
  • Math 10 (4 credits)
  • Math 11 (4 credits)
  • Social Studies 10 (4 credits)
  • Social Studies 11 (4 credits)
  • Science 10 (4 credits)
  • Science 11 or 12 (4 credits)
  • Physical Education 10 (4 credits)
  • Fine Arts and/or Applied Skills 10, 11, 12 (4 credits)
  • Planning 10 (4 credits)

Students must also:

  • Earn 4 Graduation Portfolio Assessment credits. The Portfolio is a paper-based or electronic collection of students’ work or other records of achievement. It focuses on: information technology, community involvement, personal health, employability skills, education and career planning, and art and design.
  • Complete a minimum of 28 elective credits.
  • Five Graduation Program Exams in Grade 10-12 are required for graduation, including a Grade 12 English exam.

Admissions

Each applicant’s acceptance in the Burnaby School District’s International Student Program and subsequent placement in a Burnaby public school will be determined by:

  • The applicant’s educational background and present academic standing as indicated on the school transcripts provided. Generally the equivalent of a Canadian C average on the academic subjects is required.
  • The availability of space in the International Student Program. Applicants are advised to apply as early as possible as space is limited and Citizenship & Immigration Canada processing requires several weeks.

Initial acceptance into the International Student Program is not dependent upon the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score or any other English language proficiency level. Students with any level of English can be accepted. Students with low English proficiency will be placed in a combination program of English as a Second Language support with a number of appropriate academic courses.

To apply, please visit Apply Now.

Application Procedures

Step 1 (required documents): To submit an application, please:

  • Complete the online application form and have it signed by both a parent and the student (not custodian or agent).
  • Upload original transcripts or school records from both the current and previous two school year (in English), as well as a copy of the student’s passport page showing legal name and date of birth. Photocopies of transcripts/certificates must be certified with the official school stamp. Failure to comply will result in the delay or return of this application.
  • Submitted a non-refundable application fee of $200 CDN payable by VISA or MasterCard to the Burnaby School Board via our online application system.
  • All additional documents may be scanned and sent to international@sd41.bc.ca

Step 2: Applicants will be advised within one week of the school district receiving the application whether or not they have been accepted. Once an applicant has been notified of his/her acceptance, the school district will require:

  • Payment of fees in full by bank draft, certified cheque, money order or bank wire transfer payable to the Burnaby School District.
  • If a custodian has been appointed, copy of notarized letters confirming the appointment of the custodian – one from the custodian and the other from the parent. For a sample of these letters, please contact the International Education Office.

Step 3: After an applicant has paid the tuition and medical fees and provided all required documentation, the school district will:

  • Provide an official letter of acceptance. Applicants can then apply for their Study Permit at the nearest Canadian Embassy.
  • Provide students with details of the International student orientation. Orientation is generally held one week before the start of classes and is mandatory.

Step 4: Once the student arrives in Burnaby:

  • The student will attend an orientation for new students. At the orientation students must provide a current Study Permit issued by Citizenship & Immigration Canada. Both secondary and elementary students will be required to complete an English language assessment. Once the assessment has been completed, students will be placed in appropriate courses.

Study Permits

International students studying in Canada for more than 6 months must have a Study Permit. For programs less than 6 months most international students may enter Canada and study on a Visitors Visa. However, we recommend such students apply for a study permit in case the student decides to extend their stay. Changing from a Visitors Visa to a a Study Permit cannot be done in Canada. Students must check with their nearest Canadian Embassy or Consulate whether they can obtain a visa at the point of entry to Canada or must obtain it outside of Canada prior to entering Canada.

Minor children who come to Canada to study and who are not accompanied by a parent or legal guardian, must appoint a custodian. Legal arrangements must be made to give the custodian in Canada permission to act in place of a parent. Two notarized documents are required. A notarized document is a document that has been certified by a notary.

Study Permit – Citizenship & Immigration Canada (CIC)

2017-2018 International Student Program Fees

One School Year  Secondary  Elementary
Application Fee $       200 CDN       200 CDN
Tuition Fee $  14,000 CDN  13,000 CDN
Health Insurance $       950 CDN       950 CDN
One Semester
Application Fee $     200 CDN     200 CDN
Tuition Fee $  7,000 CDN  6,500 CDN
Health Insurance $     475 CDN     475 CDN
Regular student and textbook fees are included above. Optional course fees, school supplies and field trips are not included, except for orientation week field trips.
Homestay Fees – One School Year
Placement Fees (one-time fee) $
525 CDN
Custodian Fee (one-time only) $
500 CDN
   (optional)
Monthly Fee $
900 CDN
Airport Reception $
75 CDN
(if requested)
Additional Nights $
30 CDN
Homestay Fees – One Semester Three Months
Placement Fees (one-time fee) $
425 CDN
Custodian Fee (one-time only) $
350 CDN
   (optional)
Monthly Fee $
900 CDN
Airport Reception $
75 CDN
(if requested)
Additional Nights $
30 CDN
One School Year (10 months) – ESTIMATED Budget (not including airfare)
Application Fee $
200 CDN
Tuition Fee $
14,000 CDN
Health Insurance $
950 CDN
Homestay Placement Fee
(one-time only)
$
525 CDN
Homestay Custodian Fee
(one-time only)
$
500 CDN
Homestay: Monthly Fee $
9,000 CDN
(10 months x $900)
Homestay Fee for Orientation Week $
180 CDN
($30 per night x 6 nights: Aug 26-31)
Airport Reception $
75 CDN
School Supplies $
250 CDN
Bus Pass $
600 CDN
(10 months x $60)
TOTAL $
26,280 CDN
*
*This total does not include field trips outside of orientation week and purchase of personal items such as clothing or electronics.
** Students pay for these items after arrival in Burnaby. Do NOT prepay.

For 2018-2019 Dates, please click HERE

For 2017-2018 Dates, please click HERE

For 2016-2017 Dates, please click HERE

Refund Policy

In the event that an applicant does not come to Canada or decides to leave the Burnaby School District for personal reasons, a portion of the paid tuition fee will be refunded. The following refund policy will apply to international students:

  • Full refund less $600 administrative fees, if the Study Permit is not approved by Citizenship & Immigration Canada (students must include the letter of rejection from the Canadian Embassy).

***Important Exception: Students enrolled for more than six months are expected to hold a Study Permit upon their arrival. If a student arrives holding only a Visitor Visa with the intent of applying for a Study Permit from within Canada and is unsuccessful, they will be refunded as per the policy noted below.***

  • Two-thirds (2/3) of tuition fee if the student withdraws prior to the commencement of the program.
  • One-half (1/2) of tuition fee if the student withdraws any time between commencement and the end of the first calendar month of the program.
  • No refund if the student withdraws after the first calendar month of the program
  • No refund if  (a) the student is found to be in violation of the district’s code of conduct, (b) the district was not informed of any special learning needs prior to the student’s acceptance to the program or (c) a parent of an elementary student is not residing with their child.

Students who become Landed Immigrants after tuition fees are paid will not be eligible for refunds other than as stated in the above refund policy.

Additional Opportunties

English as a Second Language (ESL)
For students who need English language instruction, Burnaby provides an intensive ESL Program.
Advanced Placement (AP) courses
Top academic students in Grades 11 & 12 may opt to take some Advanced Placement courses to earn credit towards a university degree.
Honours Program
For gifted and highly motivated students, Burnaby secondary schools provide Honours courses Grades 8 – 11.
French Immersion
Burnaby offers elementary and high school students the opportunity to follow their studies in French.
Outdoor Education
The 4 credit course provides students with opportunities to explore new environments, build outdoor skills and build connections to local & global environments.
School Clubs
At the elementary and secondary level there are a wide range of school teams in a variety of sports and other non-competitive activities in a variety of areas.
Sports Academies
Burnaby hosts four sports academies for students needing to receive professional coaching alongside studying in the high school program and/or develop their skills.
Latin and Ancient Greek
Burnaby School District is the only public school district in Canada to offer Latin and Ancient Greek September to June.