Academic Program Overview

Programs from Kindergarten to Grade 12

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).

Academics & Much More!

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.

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Homestays & Other Living Arrangements

All students are encouraged to participate in school clubs and extracurricular activities to maximize their cultural experience. For secondary students learn more about Excursion Programs and Additional Course 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 our Homestay page for more information.

Graduation Requirements

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.

Age Requirements to Apply

Please note we do not accept applications from students who turn 18 years of age before December 31st of the calendar year in which they want to start. While our age limit is 17 years, we strongly recommend students wishing to graduate start at a younger age in order to have a better chance at success.

Students who turn 18 years of age before December 31st and are interested in earning an Adult High School Diploma can apply to study at our Adult High School. For more information about this, please contact burnabycce@burnabyschools.ca


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.

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 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.

2021-2022 International Student Program Fees

Academic Fees

One School Year

Fee Type Secondary Elementary
Application Fee (Non-Refundable) $250 CDN $250 CDN
Tuition Fee $15,250 CDN $15,250 CDN
Health Insurance $1,100 CDN $1,100 CDN
Health Insurance (Summer Months) $150 CDN $150 CDN

One Semester

Fee Type Secondary Elementary
Application Fee (Non-Refundable) $250 CDN $250 CDN
Tuition Fee $7,625 CDN $7,625 CDN
Health Insurance $550 CDN $550 CDN
Health Insurance (Summer Months) $150 CDN $150 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

Fee Type Secondary Notes
Placement Fee* $550 CDN  one-time-fee
Custodian Fee* $525 CDN one-time-fee
Annual Admin Fee $300 CDN
Monthly Fee $1000 CDN
Airport Reception $120 CDN
Additional Nights $33 CDN

One Semester (5 Months)

Fee Type Secondary Notes
Placement Fee $475 CDN one-time-fee
Custodian Fee $350 CDN one-time-fee
Annual Admin Fee $150 CDN
Monthly Fee $1000 CDN
Airport Reception $120 CDN
Additional Nights $33 CDN

One School Year (10 Months)

Estimated budget not including airfare


Fee Type Secondary Notes
Application Fee (Non-Refundable) $250 CDN
Tuition Fee $15,250 CDN
Health Insurance $1,100 CDN
Health Insurance (Summer Months) $150 CDN
Homestay Placement Fee $550 CDN  one-time-fee
Homestay Custodian Fee $525 CDN  one-time-fee
Annual Admin Fee $300 CDN
Homestay Monthly Fee $10,000 CDN 10 months x $1000
Homestay Fee for Orientation Week $165 CDN  $33 per night x 5 nights: in August
Airport Reception $120 CDN
School Supplies $250 CDN
Additional Nights $33 CDN
Bus Pass $600 CDN  10 months x $60
TOTAL $29,293CDN

One-half (1/2) of tuition fee if the student withdraws anytime between commencement and the end of the first calendar month of the program.*This total does not include field trips outside of orientation week and purchase of personal items such as clothing or electronics.


Program Credits & Graduation Requirements

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)

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.

Additional Opportunities

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Latin and Ancient Greek

Burnaby School District is the only public school district in British Columbia to offer Latin and Ancient Greek during the academic year. Learn more!

French Immersion

French Immersion Programs offered by Burnaby International Education. Students learn French as a second language while following the regular curriculum.

School Clubs

Both elementary and secondary schools in Burnaby offer extra-curricular activities. All schools offer many different clubs to join. Learn more here!

AP Capstone Diploma Program

Explore AP Capstone Education Programs offered by Burnaby School District’s International Education Department, Greater Vancouver BC Canada!

Honours Program

Burnaby School District has honours courses, offering advanced and motivated students the opportunity to learn in an enriched environment with peers.

English Language Learning (ELL)

Learn about ‘English Language Learning’ (ELL) Programs offered by Burnaby School District’s International Education Department, Greater Vancouver BC!

Advanced Placement (AP)

Explore Advanced Placement (AP) programs offered by Burnaby School District’s International Education department, Greater Vancouver BC Canada!

Arts Program

Learn about Arts Programs offered by Burnaby School District’s International Education Program, located in the Greater Vancouver area, BC Canada

Sports Academies

SD41 in Burnaby, British Columbia has multiple sports academies for students to take advantage of. Ice Hockey, Soccer, and Volleyball. Learn More!

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 first 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.
  • 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.

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.
  • Submit a non-refundable application fee of $250 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@burnabyschools.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, a copy of notarised 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.

Have questions? Feel free to contact us!

Why study in Burnaby?

With superior academic programs and modern facilities, all located within a city of vibrant green spaces, modern shopping malls, safe residential neighbourhoods, and state of the art public transit, choosing an education in Burnaby is the right choice.


Burnaby School District has one of the largest Advanced Placement (AP) programs in Canada.


Burnaby is located in the centre of Metro Vancouver. Its world-class SkyTrain public transit provides access to downtown Vancouver in just 30 minutes.


Burnaby schools feature modern facilities and state of the art technology.

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