Application Instructions - Abbotsford School District

Application Requirements for Fee-Paying International Students


Submit the following items with the application: 

  1. Scan version of all original transcripts/school reports for the last 3 years (current school year and previous two years, in English).  The document must be certified with a school stamp.  Failure to comply will result in delay or denial of the application.
  2. Copy of student's Passport (and study permit if student is already studying in Canada)
  3. Copy of the student's BC Care Card (if student is already studying in BC)
  4. Signed Student Participation Agreement
  5. Signed Waiver form for Higher Risk Activity (Grade 9-12 Secondary students only)


Admission Criteria


Each applicant's acceptance into the Internatioal Program and subsequent school placement will be determined by:

  1. The applicant's educational background and present academic standing as indicatd on the transcripts/school reports.
  2. The availability of space in the Abbotsford School District.
  3. Students under the age of 12 must be accompanied by and reside with a parent or direct relative.
  4. The Upper age limit to apply for the program is 17.




Placement of international students is subject to assessment by the School District and the availability of appropriate spaces and programs in schools. While the School District takes into consideration requests for placement at a particular school, the final decision on any placement is determined solely by the School District.


International students will be placed in a regular academic program and may receive English Language Learner (ELL) support based on English Assessment results and available programs. International students are not eligible for designated programs and services (e.g. special education or alternate programs). If a student is found to have special needs requiring designated services after enrolling in the program, the School District will not be able to accommodate those needs and the student will be withdrawn from the International Program.



Application Process


The following steps are taken to process an application:

  1. Application is received with application fee, 3 years of official transcripts/school reports, and signed Student Particitipation Agreement and, if applicable, the Homestay Waiver Form and Waiver form for Higher Risk Activity.
  2. Application is reviewed for admittance into the International Program.
  3. Once accepted, Pre-acceptance letter and invoice are emailed to applicant or representative.
  4. Full payment of fees due and all supporting documents (signed and notarized custodian document) must be received.
  5. Official letter of acceptance, notarized custodianship (if requested), orientation information, arrival confirmation form will be sent to the applicant or their representative.  Students must apply for a Study Permit at their designated Visa Processing Centre with the Official Letter of Acceptance. 

As soon as you have received your Study Permit and have confirmed travel arrangements, please forward the completed Arrival Confirmation Form to our office.