Experience Program: Secondary

Program Overview: Ages 13+

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.

5-Month OR 10-Month Programs

Burnaby School District welcomes those international students who are looking for a truly 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.

English Language Training

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 (ELL) and regular classes.

School Clubs & Extracurricular Activities

All students are encouraged to participate in school clubs and extracurricular activities to maximize their cultural experience. Get more information about Excursion Program and Additional Program Opportunities.

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Homestay Opportunities

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

Age Requirements to Apply

Please note we do not accept applications from students who turn 18 years of age before July 1st 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 July 1st 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@SD41.BC.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 Language Learning support with a number of appropriate academic courses.

Ready to Apply? » Go to our Application Page

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)

Additional Opportunities

Secondary School Elective Programs

Examples of elective classes are:

Outdoor Education
Graphic Design
Digital Sound Technology
Guitar Making

Television Production
And much more…..

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

2016-2017 International Student Program Fees

Academic Fees

One School Year (10 Months)

Fee TypeSecondaryElementary
Application Fee$200 CDN$200 CDN
Tuition Fee$14,000 CDN$13,000 CDN
Health Insurance$950 CDN$950 CDN

One Semester (5 Months)

Fee TypeSecondaryElementary
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

Fee TypeSecondaryNotes
Placement Fee*$525 CDN .
Custodian Fee*$500 CDNoptional
Monthly Fee$900 CDN .
Airport Reception$75 CDNif requested
Additional Nights$30 CDN .

One Semester (3 Months)

Fee TypeSecondaryNotes
Placement Fee$425 CDNone-time-fee
Custodian Fee$350 CDNone-time-fee
Monthly Fee$900 CDN .
Airport Reception$75 CDNoptional
Additional Nights$30 CDN .

Secondary Program Estimated Budget

One School Year (10 months) not including airfare

Fee TypeSecondaryNotes
Application Fee$200 CDN .
Tuition Fee$14,000 CDN .
Health Insurance$950 CDN .
Homestay Placement Fee$525 CDN one-time-fee
Homestay Custodian Fee$500 CDN one-time-fee
Homestay Monthly Fee$9,00 CDN10 months x $900
Homestay Fee for Orientation Week$180 CDN $30 per night x 6 nights: August 26-31
Airport Reception$75 CDN .
School Supplies$250 CDN .
Additional Nights$30 CDN .
Bus Pass$600 CDN 10 months x $60
TOTAL$26,280 CDN .

*This total does not include field trips outside of orientation week or purchase of personal items such as clothing or electronics.

» View 2017-2018 Rates

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 years (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 $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, 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.

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