Experience Programs: Elementary

Program Overview: Ages 5 to 12

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).

Regular Classroom Integration

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.

10-Month Programs

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

Living Arrangements

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.

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.

Learn more » Visit Study Permit – Citizenship & Immigration Canada (CIC)

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.

All elementary school students explore a variety of subjects:

Language Arts
Social Studies

Fine Arts (Music, Drama, Art)
Physical Education

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

Additional Opportunities

Explore additional opportunities to add to your Experience Program for Elementary Students,

English Language Learning (ELL)

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


Take part in a wide variety of exciting excursions. Attend professional hockey games, explore Western Canada, go on amazing skip trips & 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!

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 the last two school year transcripts with final marks, as well as the passport picture page showing legal name and date of birth which must be uploaded to the system. Photocopies of transcripts or certificates must be certified by official stamp of the school with school letterhead. Failure to complete with these documents will result in the application being rejected.
  • Our non-refundable application fee of 250 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 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 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.

Have questions? Feel free to contact us!

Why study in Burnaby?

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