West Coast

Gulf Islands School District

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School District 64 is made up of the five island communities in the Southern Gulf Islands of British Columbia. The Gulf Islands enjoy Canada’s mildest climate with cool wet winters and warm dry summers. The area is home to large numbers of artists, trees, marine life and spectacular scenery.

The Gulf Islands School District is founded on the principles of global awareness and cultural understanding. The program is somewhat selective, as it limits the number of students from any one country, and admits only 75 students in total. A variety of programs are offered for high school students, as well as intensive English as a Second Language (ESL) programs, and vocational programs.

Kootenay Lake School District

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In 1987, Nelson International School opened on the former grounds of Notre Dame University, welcoming over 250 Japanese students to study English and business. Today, the Kootenay Lake School District’s International Program has grown and is an inspiration for many. Despite being a smaller region of BC, or maybe because of this, the International Program has received praise from students around the world and now has 125 students from 11 countries.

International students are drawn to Nelson for several reasons. “Nelson is caring. We have the lifestyle of the rich and famous, but you do not have to be either. The cost of living is cheap. The ski hill is 20 minutes from downtown. And the tennis courts, beach and malls are just a quick walk from the high school” said former student Prentice. Top source countries include South Korea and China, but Germany, Mexico, Brazil, and Japan are growing markets.

Langley School District

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Located just 45 kilometers east of Vancouver on Canada’s west coast, Langley is the ideal location for students to study in Canada. By world standards, Langley is a safe, clean, peaceful, welcoming and family-orientated region of Greater Vancouver. The citizens of Langley enjoy an active outdoor lifestyle in the immense natural environment of the city. The district commitments to International Baccalaureate and Advanced Placement programs are a testament to the city’s dedication to living in a traditionally strong and educationally rich lifestyle.

The city is well served by a commercial district with a large shopping mall, theatre complex, and many recreational and social facilities located throughout the community. The majority of Langley’s 130,000 residents speak English as their native language, offering international students the opportunity to improve their English language skills while being immersed in Canadian culture.

Mission Public Schools

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The Mission School District is located in the Fraser Valley, one hour east of Vancouver and 15 minutes north of the U.S.A. border. Mission is one of the most beautiful and diverse communities in British Columbia. It is nestled between the Fraser River and the scenic foothills of the Coast Mountain Range, allowing for a wide variety of recreational activities throughout the year.

Mission’s international student program provides English as a Second Language programs at elementary, intermediate and advanced levels, International Counsellors, Support Teachers and International Program support staff, British Columbia High School graduation programs, and more.

Nanaimo-Ladysmith School District

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The International Student Education Program in the Nanaimo-Ladysmith School District is a public school program that gives foreign students the opportunity to: study with Canadian students, learn English and standard academic subjects in a supportive environment, and experience Canadian culture

All schools are accredited by the Ministry of Education of the Province of British Columbia and offer government curriculum. Students may attend for a semester, an academic year, or to graduate with a British Columbia diploma.

School life in Nanaimo offers many extracurricular activities, including athletic teams (soccer, rowing, golfing, basketball, rugby, etc.), clubs (drama, newspaper production, yearbook production, etc.), performing arts (jazz band, tour band, dance club, musical theatre), and social events (dances, school spirit promotions, etc.).

Penticton School District

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School District No. 67, Penicton, invites international students to study in their safe and welcoming schools in one of the most attractive locations to live in British Columbia – the beautiful South Okanagan.  Their schools in the communities of Penticton and Summerland offer modern, well-equipped classrooms, science labs, libraries, art studios, trade shops, culinary facilities and gymnasiums, which all have wireless access, an exciting selection of academic and elective courses, including Advanced Placement courses, trades training and award-winning performing and visual arts programs, and a full range of enriching extracurricular activities, such as athletics, school clubs, and student leadership activities. The international student program has options for students of all ages and various program lengths.

Qualicum School District

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Imagine yourself studying in an International Student Program on Vancouver Island and living in the charming beachfront communities of Parksville and Qualicum Beach. Surrounded by the natural beauty of our beaches, mountains, lakes, and rivers, you will be enjoying the mildest year-round climate in Canada!

The Qualicum International Student Program welcomes students from Grade 6 to 12 (students 10 to 18 years of age), to study in any one of their Secondary and Elementary schools. Whether you choose to study in Canada for a few months, a full year or for several years leading to high school graduation and university studies, their comprehensive and flexible program has been developed to meet your interests and academic requirements.

Richmond School District

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Ideally located within 22 minutes of downtown Vancouver and 40 minutes from the ski hills on the North Shore Mountains, few communities are as well served by public transit – bus and SkyTrain – and superbly maintained public services. A temperate West Coast climate means that Richmond residents enjoy comfortable temperatures all year round.

Created in 1906, the Richmond School District is the 5th largest school district among 60 in the province of British Columbia. The Richmond International Student Programs offers international students of all ages a wide variety of challenging and exciting study options throughout the year. In addition to core curricular academic courses – English, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies– international students can also choose from a variety of elective courses including: Modern Languages, Physical Education, Technology, Information Technology, Visual and Performing Arts, Music, Recording Studio Technology, Desktop Publishing, and Computer-Aided Design & Drafting.

Rocky Mountain School District

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The Rocky Mountain International Student Program welcomes students from around the world to its public schools in Kimberley, Invermere, Golden, Revelstoke, Cranbrook, and Fernie in beautiful British Columbia, Canada. This area includes the world-famous Rocky Mountains as well as skiers paradise Purcell and Selkirk mountain ranges. All six communities are located within 30 minutes of world-class ski resorts and other amazing recreational amenities. You will be surrounded by mountain peaks, rivers, forests, and lakes and you’ll be able to see waterfalls, glaciers, canyons, and wildlife. The Rocky Mountain International Student Program has programs for students ranging anywhere from one month to multiple years!

The International Program in this district has a rich history and has been providing the very best educational experiences for students from all over the world for over 30 years. Here you will find that the academic, recreational, and cultural opportunities, along with world-famous Canadian hospitality, will make your study-abroad experience truly unforgettable.

The Rocky Mountain “Experience Schedule” is the most comprehensive of any program in Canada! Students have the opportunity to participate in as many as 20 events, activities, and trips. Past experiences have included river rafting, curling, dog-sledding, ski/snowboard day, Calgary trip, outdoor winter camp experience, and more! Homestay coordinators in each community also plan at least one local activity, like ice skating or snowshoeing, each semester.

The Rocky Mountain International Student Program encourages, actively supports, and rewards student involvement in host communities via the Rocky Rewards Program and a volunteer service requirement. All students in the International Program complete 10 hours of volunteer service each school year. The Rocky Reward program is unique to Rocky Mountain schools, offering incentives to international students to maximize their study abroad experience. The program was designed to give a framework to engage and explore the opportunity to live and learn in British Columbia, both in and out of the classroom! Students earn points for volunteer service, participation in school clubs and sports, good classroom work habits, and participation in community events. Students earn monthly prizes as well as the chance for a year-end trip to Vancouver!

Sea to Sky School District

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The Sea to Sky School District is located 30 minutes north of Vancouver and stretches from the North Shore of Vancouver up the east side of Howe Sound to Squamish, the gateway to BC’s magnificent alpine country of forests, lakes, and year-round world-class outdoor activities. The area is considered to have a temperate climate and is intensely scenic. The district is comprised of both coast and mountains and includes the communities of Squamish, Whistler, and Pemberton.

The International Student Program allows students from around the world to study and learn alongside Canadian students of the same age. The program encourages cultural awareness and international understanding by bringing students together and enabling them to experience similar social and academic opportunities.

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