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.
View This Video to Hear What Students Think of our Programs
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
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.
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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)
Secondary School Elective Programs
Examples of elective classes are:
Digital Sound Technology
And much more…..
Burnaby School District is the only public school district in BC to offer Latin and Ancient Greek year-round.