FAQs*: Orientation

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Does the Burnaby School District have an orientation for new international students?

Yes, the last week of August for all new elementary and secondary students for September intake, and the end of January for secondary’s  February intake; the 3rd week of January for elementary February intake.

Is it mandatory to attend?


What should I do if I can’t attend?

While orientation is mandatory, if you have a valid reason for not attending, send an email to international@burnabyschools.ca and we will reschedule your English assessment date and your Welcome forms.

If I am a returning student, do I need to attend orientation?

No. Orientation is only for NEW, international students.

When do I have to arrive in Burnaby?

The weekend before orientation begins is recommended. See Important Dates on our website www.studyinburnaby.ca

What do I do at orientation?

There will be an English assessment, welcome presentation, registration, information on medical insurance (you will get your medical insurance card), a local field trip, a tour of your school where you will meet one-on-one with your school counsellor to choose your courses and make your school timetable, and for Langara Homestay students, a homestay presentation.

If I have an IELTS or TEOFL score do I still need to do the English Assessment test at orientation?


If I have been studying in an English program in my home country, do I have to take the English assessment test at orientation?


If I have passed an English course from a British Columbia school, either local or in my home country, do I have to take the English assessment test at orientation?

If you have a valid final mark in English 10, 11 or 12, from a BC school either locally or from a B Offshore school, you can choose not to take the English assessment at orientation.

Can I retake the English assessment test if I don’t do well?


Where can I find the orientation schedule?Toggle title

You can find it on our website www.studyinburnaby.ca

Do I have to attend the orientation field trips?

No, but please let us know if you are not attending by emailing international@burnabyschools.ca

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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