Short-Term Program – Secondary

Burnaby School District welcomes those international students who are looking for a true Canadian experience, studying short term (5 or 10 months) in a typical Canadian high school alongside local Canadian students. Students may begin their program in September or February.

Program Overview

International students study academic and/or elective classes, up to 8 classes in an academic year. Burnaby secondary schools offer a wide range of exciting elective courses so international students can try classes they may not have the opportunity to try in their home country. Examples of elective classes are:

  • E-business/Marketing
  • Outdoor Education
  • Robotics
  • Graphic Design
  • Digital Sound Technology
  • Guitar Making
  • Photography
  • Cooking
  • Television Production
  • Woodwork
  • Animation
  • Band/Orchestra
  • And much more…..

Burnaby School District is the only public school district in BC to offer Latin and Ancient Greek year-round.

An intensive English language training program is offered to students needing to upgrade their English language skills. Students are assessed during orientation week, and all levels of English are accepted. Depending on the level of English, students take a combination of English (ESL) and regular classes.

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

A large part of the Canadian cultural experience is living with a Canadian family. See Homestay for more information.

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)

2016-2017 International Student Program Fees

TUITION FEE: Secondary Program
(grade 8-12)
Elementary Program
(grade K-7)
One Year (10 months)
Application Fee $
200 CDN
$
200 CDN
Tuition Fee $
14,000 CDN
$
13,000 CDN
Health Insurance $
950 CDN
$
950 CDN
One Semester (5 months)
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 Secondary Program Only
(grade 8-12)
Placement Fees (one-time fee) $
525 CDN
Custodian Fee (one-time only) $
500 CDN
Monthly Fee $
900 CDN
Airport Reception $
75 CDN
optional
Additional Nights $
30 CDN
Homestay Fees – One Semester Secondary Program Only
(grade 8-12)
Placement Fees (one-time fee) $
425 CDN
Custodian Fee (one-time only) $
350 CDN
Monthly Fee $
900 CDN
Airport Reception $
75 CDN
optional
Additional Nights $
30 CDN
SECONDARY PROGRAM ESTIMATED BUDGET – One School Year (10 months)
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.

For 2017-18 Dates, please click HERE

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 activities.

Latin and Ancient Greek
Burnaby School District is the only public school district in Canada to offer Latin and Ancient Greek September to June.
Excursions
Burnaby offers extra-curricular activities to maximize their cultural experience..