Short-Term Programs – Elementary

Burnaby School District welcomes international students to study in one of its 41 elementary schools. Classes range from kindergarten (age 5) to Grade 7 (age 12).

Program Overview

International students are integrated into regular classrooms alongside local students. Where necessary, they will receive additional intensive English language training and are provided with a specialized support program.

Students may begin their studies in September or late January and study for one academic year, (10 months).

All elementary school students explore a variety of subjects:

  • Language Arts
  • Social Studies
  • Sciences
  • Mathematics
  • Fine Arts (Music, Drama, Art)
  • Computers
  • Technology
  • Physical Education

As well there are extra-curricular activities such as sports teams, band, leadership.

Students up to Grade 5 must live with a parent. Students in Grades 6 may live with an aunt, uncle or grandparent. Grade 7 Students may live in a privately arranged homestay.


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 online application, please:

  • The online application must be completed (forms must be completed and signed by the parent and student).
  • Provide current school year transcript and last two school year transcripts with final marks, as well as the passport picture page showing legal name and date of birth must be uploaded to the system. Photocopies of transcripts or certificates must be certified by official stamp of the school with school letter head. Failure to complete with these documents will result in the application being rejected.
  • Our non-refundable application fee of 200 CAD must be paid to the Burnaby School District via the online application system with a Visa or MasterCard.
  • Additional documents may be scanned and forwarded to

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

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.

Additional Opportunities

English as a Second Language (ESL)
For students who need English language instruction, Burnaby provides an intensive ESL Program.
School Clubs
At the elementary and secondary level there are a wide range of school teams in a variety of sports and other activities.
French Immersion
Burnaby offers elementary and high school students the opportunity to follow their studies in French.
Burnaby offers extra-curricular activities to maximize their cultural experience..