This programme is for students aged between 10 and 19, it offers students the opportunity to study for a semester or full academic year in a Canadian high school and share daily life with a local host family.
This course permits students to be place in the Ontario region. Students can choose their preferred school in the Windsor-Essex district. Once they have made their decision, our local partner will be able to confirm availabilities in the chosen area.
Students can choose around 4 to 5 subjects, out of the those offered by a particular school (each school has its own list). They can also follow a course of English as a Second Language, to target any weaknesses they may have.
There are many subject areas taught in the Windsor-Essex area, including: dance, dramatic arts, music, visual arts, business, accountancy, entrepreneurship, communication technologies, marketing, economics, geography, environmental management, history, nutrition, anthropology, maths, science, IT, hairdressing and beauty, design and many more.
You are free to choose the subjects that interest you. They generally take place from 8.00-8.30 to 14.00-15.00, Monday to Friday. The timetable can vary from school to school.
You level of English will be evaluated on arrival. If your level of English is not quite high enough to be able to follow academic classes as soon as you arrive, you will have the opportunity to take English as a foreign language courses, as well as or instead of academic lessons. The number of hours of lessons and the content is established depending on the needs of each student on arrival.
Living in Canada
Canadian Host Families
Your host family is the defining feature of your study abroad experience, helping you become fully accustomed to the culture and feel part of the local community.
Our partner organization's host families are carefully screened and regularly inspected. Families take an active interest in choosing a student to host and sharing their homes, lives and culture with their guests.
The accommodation offered is in a single room and includes full board. If necessary, the fees of transport to school are also included. The families collect the students from, and drop them off at, the airport.
The local correspondent
The local correspondent is an experienced staff member who knows the host families and is in regular contact with the students and their host parents throughout the programme. They regularly organize meetings to ensure that your experience is going smoothly, both with your host family and at school. Your local correspondant is on hand to lend assistance in case of any issues and should be your first point of contact on the ground.
Our partner organization's local correspondants are all experienced and fully qualified to assist international students on the ground, offering support and assistance quickly and efficiently should issues arise.
An emergency number will be given to you, to use in case of emergency.
Due to the low number of foreign students, Canada is a great alternative to the USA. With a 100% local and anglophone environment, students are able to make quick and effective progress.
Canada is the second largest country in the world, it is also one of the most remarkable in terms of diverse landscapes. You can find some of the world's largest fresh water lakes, snow capped mountains, glaciers and 400 million hectares of endless forests.
Our partner schools are located in the region of Windsor, in the south of Ontario. This city is the most southern in Canada, it therefore has a slightly less severe climate than in other regions in the country. The numerous parks and beaches make for the ideal destination for nature lovers.
An indisputable advantage of Windsor is that the city is located near to the American border, and is only a few hours drive from Toronto, Montreal, Chicago, New York, Washington and Boston, which offers students the possibility to visit Canada and the United States.
The city is very close to Detroit and offers a large choice of activities and leisure centres which offer many sports and other hobbies. Its relatively small size makes Windsor a safe and pleasant town.
The Canadian education system
Canadian children study for a minimum of 12 years (Primary school + Secondary school). This program offers international students the chance to study at a local high school. Junior high school covers the first 3 years of secondary school (7 to 9th grade), while these high schools cover the last four years of secondary studies - grades 9 - 12.
In many Canadian schools, the choice of subjects is vast: psychology, sociology, literature, drama, pottery, journalism, architecture, speech, media, informatics... it's a unique chance to discover new subjects, or to progress in an area you already know. Some classes last just one semester, so students will have the chance to change subjects part way through the year.
Choice is also important for cultural, sportive, and social activities: football, baseball, tennis, swimming, athletics, basketball, volleyball, charity club, student council, band, cheer-leading, debating club, speech club, year book committee... This school will be a unique chance to explore unknown subjects and activities. But it will also be that dream opportunity to dive into Canadian life and get to know local people your age.
The Canadian academic year is divided into two semesters. As an international student, you can enrol in a class for three months, one semester (in September or February) or a full academic year .
The district of Windsor-Essex is composed of mainly Catholic schools, but which are open to all students, regardless of where they come from. The partner secondary schools to this program indeed have a strong non-Catholic student body. Primary schools, however, require a baptism certificate.
We have established a partnership with 2 primary schools and 2 secondary schools. The primary schools are Notre Dame Catholic Elementary School and St. Pius X Catholic Elementary School ; the secondary schools are Assumption College Catholic High School and St. Anne Catholic High School .
You can choose the school in which you would like to study when you enrol. Your choice will be taken into account, but it is up to our partner to make the final decision regarding your placement, in relation to the number of students already enrolled, their nationality, and your preferences in terms of courses.
Conditions of participation
- Must be aged between 10 and 19 at time of departure (under 20 on the 1st of September programme start)
- Must have attained good school results the last 2 years
- Must have the will to make new friends and to share in the daily life of a host family
- Must be able to justify motivation, maturity, and adaptability
Duration & Visa
The school year is split into 2 semesters. As an international student, you can join a class for one semester (in September or February) or for a full school year.
A student visa may be necessary to take part in this programme. It will be valid for the duration of your programme. We will provide you with the necessary documents and help you with the procedure.
Terms of enrolment
If you fulfil the participation conditions, then you should enrol as soon as possible.
You will then receive a preliminary confirmation and we will contact you for a telephone interview, during which we will evaluate your level of English. If your level seems adequate, we will invite you to pay an advance of 1,500€ in order to confirm your enrolment and initiate the process.
Then we will ask you to take part in a second, more thorough interview in our offices in Paris or Brussels.
A fee of 70 € is payable on the day of this interview at the latest if an advance has not yet been paid. This fee is non-refundable and is deductible from the final balance in case of a definitive enrolment.
If the interview is favourable, we will then send you by post a folder to complete. This will require: letters of recommendation from your teachers, vaccination certificates, a letter addressed to your host family, and other documents necessary for the consideration of your application to Canada.
The deadline for submitting the abovementioned folder is:
- 15th of April if you are leaving in September
- 15th of September if you are leaving in January
Please note: late enrolments are dealt with on a case by case basis and are subject to supplementary late fees.
Contact us for more information on the terms of enrolment.
Enrolment forms must be filled out and sent to our offices in Brussels or Paris at least one month before the deadline.
Candidates who do not meet the requirements can contact us to discuss other possible options.
In order that your exchange runs as smoothly as possible and that you stay informed about the different elements of the program, you have the option of attending two information and orientation meetings.
The first is organised by Easy Languages in Brussels , during the month of June. It allows students using Easy Languages to meet each other and share questions and experiences between them and the office team. Past participants are equally invited to take part and share their experiences. It's also at this meeting that final administrative formalities are tackled.
In case you do not live in Brussels, it is possible to meet our team in Paris or Canada . Otherwise, we schedule a telephone interview so we can explain you all the procedures and tell you about the program.
The second meeting takes place in Windsor , within the first 15 days following your arrival. You will be contacted by your local correspondent who will be able to answer all of your questions.
Dates & Prices 2016
- Academic year: From September to June
- Semester: from September to January or from February to June
It is recommended that students arrive about 2 weeks before the start of term, to have enough time to acclimatise to their new environment.
Canadian students have 2 weeks holiday during Christmas, from mid-December to the start of January, and one week in mid-March, and 2 months of holiday in July and August.
- Enrolment and placement in our partner school
- Selection of and placement in a host family
- Travel to/from Windsor
- Detailed and personalised information on all of the aspects of your trip
- Advance interview
- Accommodation, meals, and laundry, as if a member of the host family
- Personal assistance, constant support, and tutor's advice during your stay
- Regular contact and evaluation reports
- Class materials
- Medical insurance
- All enrolment, administrative, and candidature exam fees.
Prices do not include:
- Transfers and public transport
- Possible excursions
- Possible visa fees (for stays of more than 6 months)
- Accommodation deposit: about 500 CA$
- Pocket money