FAQs*: Travel + After School Programs

Travel, Extracurricular Activities, School Clubs, Excursions

FAQs = Frequently Asked Questions
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How do international students get to and from school?

There is no district school bus service.  Students take public transit (bus, Skytrain); some students ride a bike or walk depending on how close they live to the school.

What extracurricular courses/clubs are offered at elementary school? At secondary school?

There are a limited number of school clubs offered at elementary schools, depending on the grade; for example, band, soccer and other sports and music clubs. Each secondary school has a large number of various clubs e.g. different sports, drama, art, music, dance, community, math, debating, skiing, and many more.

Does the school or the Burnaby International Office arrange any trips for international students?

The Burnaby International Office arranges 7 – 8 excursions a year for all the international students in Burnaby. Go to www.studyinburnaby.ca/ for a list. Secondary schools arrange other excursions for their own international students. Elementary schools do not have special excursions just for international students, but all students go on a variety of field trips throughout the school year.

Are there extra costs for these excursions?

If a school field trip is part of the student’s course, it is free for international students. If an excursion is outside of school time and is optional, then there are extra costs for each trip.

Can an international student travel during the school year or during school holidays?

We prefer an international student does not miss school time to travel. With appropriate adult supervision and travel waivers signed by parents, students may travel during school holidays. Please note if a student is leaving Canada at any time then he/she must have the required visa to re-enter Canada.

Can international students drive while in Burnaby?


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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