International Student Orientation Week provides new international students to the district with a comprehensive overview of the International Student Program. Orientation is mandatory for all new international students and provides a vital opportunity for students to prepare for their school program.
Students will have an English language assessment, receive information about the district, community, medical insurance and program of studies. All students will have a school tour, meet staff and students from their school, and can participate in activity/excursions provided free of charge by the International Office. Secondary school students will also meet their school counselor and choose their courses.
Orientation is usually the week before schools starts, Monday to Friday.
January 2017 Intake – Elementary
February 2017 Intake – Secondary
September 2017 Intake
A large part of a student’s success in any of the programs is from living in a homestay. Students live with a Canadian family, practice their English on a daily basis in an immersion environment, and learn about Canadian culture. Students have their own private bedroom but share the rest of the house with the family. Three meals a day are provided. Lunch is taken to school to eat on school days. Students are integrated into family life. The International Program and each family has its specific rules for international students living in homestay, including a strict curfew.
Homestays are located within a short distance from the students’ school, whether by walking or taking public transit.
The District refers homestay requests to the Langara College Homestay Program. Students may choose to use another homestay agency but the District is not responsible for these arrangements. In all cases students must be 13 years of age or older in order to be eligible for a homestay placement.
Burnaby schools are very proud of the welcoming and supportive environment they have created for students. Our schools offer numerous support services. The following is a sample of some of the services students can take advantage of:
For our international students we have created a specialized support program to ensure their success, including:
We realize that support is also needed for parents of international students. We work to ensure that parents are kept informed of their child’s progress. We hold information nights for parents and custodians. Final report cards are forwarded home, and parents are encouraged to contact us to discuss their child’s program.
The Burnaby International Office organizes an event for its international students once a year where representatives from a variety of post-secondary institutions across Canada and the US present their programs. Students have the opportunity to talk one-on-one to the representatives about application criteria and procedures, scholarships and other opportunities for further studies.
Our International Counsellor delivers a series of information sessions and workshops for our international students who are planning on studying at the post-secondary level.
Workshops include: Applying to Canadian Universities, Applying to U.S. Universities, SAT Preparation, and more.
Medical insurance is mandatory in British Columbia. Every international student must have this coverage while studying in Burnaby. International students on a Study Permit are entitled to medical and hospital benefits through the government Medical Services Plan (MSP). The Burnaby School District will administer payment of medical insurance premiums for all students enrolled in the International Student Program. Medical Insurance will be provided to students starting the Saturday before orientation week and ending the last day of the last month of their school program (unless the student has been withdrawn or withdraws before that date). Students residing in British Columbia before the start of orientation week or after the last month of their school program will be required to arrange for their own medical insurance. The payment for medical insurance is assessed and paid along with the tuition fee.
International students not on a Study Permit will be placed on a private medical insurance plan through StudentGuard.
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