Application Instructions - Vancouver School Board

Application Requirements


Submit the following required items to apply:


  1. A completed application form
  2. All original transcripts/school records from the current year and the last two years (in English). NOTE: Photocopies of transcripts and school records must be certified with a school stamp. Failure to comply will result in a delay or a return of the application
  3. Non-refundable application fee of CDN$200.00 payable by VISA, Master Card, cheque or money order to the Vancouver School Board


Admission Criteria


Acceptance into the International Education Program is by invitation and is based on overall academic achievement. Each applicant’s acceptance into the International Education Program and subsequent placement in a school will be determined by:

  1. the applicant’s educational background and present academic standing as indicated on the transcripts/school reports.
  2. the availability of space in the International Education Program.

Apply as early as possible, because space in the International Education Program is limited, and processing international applications requires several weeks. All applicants will be acknowledged and applicants will normally be advised within 10 working days whether or not they have been offered placement in a Vancouver school.



Registration and Orientation


All accepted and confirmed students will be required to register at the international education office prior to school attendance. Students will attend an orientation and assessment, and course selection and timetabling will occur. Students commencing school studies in September should plan to arrive in Vancouver in mid-August.





Many schools in the Vancouver public school district accept international students. A brochure that contains profiles of all secondary schools is available from the international office. Elementary school placement is limited to appropriate programs and grade level availability.


Applicants may indicate a preference for a particular school or schools, or may ask the VSB to place them in appropriate schools. The VSB will try to accommodate the applicant’s preference for placement, provided that the requested school has space and an appropriate program. The Vancouver School Board reserves the right to make the final decision regarding the applicant’s school and program placement.



Grade Placement


The VSB will place the student into the final appropriate grade upon reviewing the student’s age and transcripts, according to the student’s age-grade correlation as follows:


Elementary: K 1 2 3 4 5 6 7

Secondary: 8 9 10 11 12


Grade placement based on age of the student as of December 31.

Grade: K 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Adult
Age: 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18+



School Placement


Placement of international students is subject to assessment by Board officials and is subject to available and appropriate spaces and programs in schools.  Students will normally be placed in age appropriate grades.  Students 18 years of age or older are normally placed in adult education centres.


International students will be placed in a regular academic program and may receive English Language Learning support based on assessment results and available programs. International students are not eligible for designated programs and services (e.g. special education or restricted enrollment programs) or alternate programs.  If students are found to have special needs after enrollment in the program, the Board will not be able to accommodate those needs and the student must withdraw. 





School Fees (Prices quoted are in Canadian Funds)
Application Fee $200
Tuition Fee per year (September to June the following year) $14,500
Compulsory Medical Fee $500
Homestay Fees
Homestay Placement Fee $550
Monthly Homestay Fee $950 / month
Daily Homestay Fee if less than one month $31 / day
Other Fees (if required)
Airport Pick-up Only $100




Book and lab fees are included; however, students will need to pay textbook deposit, locker rental, yearbook and some minimal materials fees depending on their timetable. Fees for the full school year are to be paid by certified cheque, money order or bank transfer payable to the Vancouver School Board. This payment is due upon receipt of the student’s placement letter.



Short Term Program


The Vancouver School Board also offers short term school programs of 3 to 8 months, depending on available spaces, that introduce international students to Canadian school life. The application fee for short term programs is C$200 and tuition fee is $1450 per month. International students normally will not achieve academic credits as a full academic school year cannot be completed. Short-term programs must include either September or June.



Homestay Accommodation


The Vancouver School Board offers international students aged 13 and over the option to live with a Canadian family while enrolled in a Vancouver public school through our partner, Langara College Homestay. An information package will be sent to the student once the student is accepted into the program. If you do not have a custodian, you can request that your host parent be your custodian.





Secondary School Applicants:


Parents of all secondary students are required to appoint a custodian 25 years of age or older, in the Vancouver area, who will take responsibility for their child and will ensure that his or her accommodation and other living necessities such as food, clothing and transportation are provided. Students must live with a responsible adult who is their custodian or their homestay parent. If you do not know anyone living in the Vancouver area who can act as custodian, the Vancouver School Board has made a special arrangement with homestay providers to act as custodians for students, if requested. Accordingly please indicate on this application form that you request a host family placement from Langara College Homestay.


Elementary School Applicants:


All elementary students must live with a parent or immediate adult family member: grandparent, aunt or uncle while studying in the Vancouver school district.



Study Permit


Applicants must obtain a study permit before leaving their country of residence to attend school in the Vancouver public school district. It is the responsibility of the applicant to obtain a study permit from the Canadian Embassy, or Canadian Consulate in the country where the applicant resides. Please consult the Embassy office for detailed information.



Health and Accident Insurance


Comprehensive health and accident insurance is mandatory in British Columbia. Every international student must have this coverage while studying in Vancouver. International students are entitled to medical and hospital benefits through the government Medical Services Plan (M.S.P.). It is the Vancouver School Board’s requirement that its international education program administer registration of provincial medical insurance coverage for all students enrolled in the International Education Program. The annual payment is assessed and paid with the tuition fee. Private medical insurance will be provided for the first three months and for additional health insurance coverage, as needed.