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High School in Windsor, Ontario

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Highlights

  • Ages 10 -18
  • From one month to one academic year
  • Possibility to acquire a secondary education diploma
  • Participation in the school's sport and cultural activities
  • Close proximity to the US
  • Safe environment, high quality of life

Programme

Overview

This programme is available to motivated students aged 10 to 18 who wish to spend one semester or one year in a Canadian high school (secondary education) and share in the daily life of an Canadian host family and have a unique and unforgettable experience.

Students will be placed in the Ontario region. You can choose your preferred school in the Windsor-Essex district. Once the schools have made a decision, our local partner will be able to confirm availabilities in the chosen area.

Why Canada ?

Canada is the second largest country in the world, it is also one of the most outstanding in terms of geographical diversity. It's primarily a wonderful destination or those wishing to study there for multiple reasons:

  • The Quality and standard of living is among the highest in the world
  • Educational system is recognised for its excellence and its compatibility with the European system
  • Friendliness and hospitality of its people
  • Rich in culture
  • Safe environment with stunning landscapes and countryside

Our partner schools are located in the region of Windsor, in the south of Ontario. Ontario is the most southern city in Canada, and therefore has a slightly different climate than in other regions of the country. The numerous parks and beaches make it an 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. You'll be able to visit so many different cities while having a base in Ontario, meaning that you can really make the best out of your study abroad experience and go on numerous travel adventures.

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.

Courses

Students can choose around 4 to 5 subjects from a range offered by the school (each school has its own options). They can also take English as a Second Language classes to target any specific linguistic weaknesses they may have.

There are a multitude of subjects taught in the Windsor-Essex area, including: Dance, Drama, Music, Visual arts, Business, Accounting, Entrepreneurship, Communication technologies, Marketing, Economics, Geography, Environment, History, Nutrition, Anthropology, Maths, Science, I.T, Hairdressing, Beauty, Design...

You are able to choose subjects that really interest you. They generally take place from 8:00 - 8:30 to 14:00 - 15:00, Monday to Friday. The timetable varies from school to school.

English Courses

You level of English will be assessed upon arrival. If your competency is not quite high enough to be able to follow academic classes as soon as you arrive then there's no need to panic, as you'll have the chance to take English as a foreign language courses in place of, or in addition to, academic lessons. The number of class hours and the actual class content depends on the needs of the student in question when they arrive in Canada.

The Canadian educational system

Canadian students study for minimum 12 years (Primary School + Secondary School). This program gives foreign students the possibility to attend a secondary school, from grade 8 to grade 12.

A school year is divided in two semesters. As a foreign student, you can integrate in a class for one semester or for one or several school years and ultimately gain a Canadian High School diploma.

Some courses are offered for one semester. Students have also the possibility to change subjects during the school year depending on level and availability.

Schools offer a variety of sport, cultural and social activities. The school gives you an unique chance to do activities that you have never done before and to join in the daily life of Canadians students of your age.

Schools

The district of Windsor-Essex is comprised of mainly Catholic schools, but these are open to all students, regardless of where they are from. The partner secondary schools for this programme have a large non-Catholic student body. Primary schools, however, require a baptism certificate.

We have established a partnership with 8 schools of the district:

  • Assumption College Catholic High School
  • F.J Brennan Secondary School
  • Cardinal Carter Secondary School
  • Catholic Central Secondary School
  • Holy Names Secondary School
  • St. Anne Secondary School
  • St. Joseph's Secondary School
  • St. Thomas Villanova Secondary 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 term of courses.

Secondary school students must wear a school uniform that they can rent or buy directly at school on their first day.

Host Family

The 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.

Canadians are famous for their hospitality, tolerance and openness.

Our partner organisation'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 local coordinator

The local coordinator is an experienced member of staff who knows the host families and is in regular contact with the students and their host parents throughout the duration of the programme. They regularly organise meetings to ensure that your experience is going smoothly, both with your host family and at school. Your local coordinator is on hand to lend assistance in case any should arise, and are your first point of contact on the ground.

Our partner organisation's local coordinators are all experienced and fully qualified to assist international students on the ground, offering support and assistance quickly and efficiently should any issues present themselves.

An emergency number will be provided to you to use in case of any emergencies.

Dates & Prices 2020-2021

Dates 2020-2021

School 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.

Prices 2020-2021

Prices -

Includes all taxes and booking fees, course, room and board

Enrolment
Classes, room and board & all registration fees
DurationPrice
1 month2,895 €
2 months4,895 €
3 months6,795 €
4 months8,695 €
Semester (5 months)11,495 €
Academic year (10 months)19,795 €

Prices include:

  • English level assessment and interview
  • All documents required to obtain a visa
  • High School registration for a semester or a school year
  • Supervision during the stay by the local correspondent
  • Accommodation in host family, full board (lunch box on school days)
  • Local transportation
  • Personal assistance, support and advice from our local correspondent
  • Medical insurance
  • Personal support to parents throughout the stay
  • Regular contacts and assessment reports
  • Official certificate of attendance and courses transcripts.
  • Round-trip transfers from the arrival airport to the host family

Prices do not include:

  • Travel to Canada
  • Excursions and leisure activities
  • The school uniform
  • Possible visa fees (for stays of more than 6 months)
  • Local transportation
  • Accommodation deposit: about CA $500 refundable at the end of your stay
  • Pocket money

Practical Information

Conditions of participation

  • Must be aged between 10 and 18 at time of departure
  • Must have studied English for 2 years at least
  • Must have achieved good school results the last 2 years
  • Must have the will to make new friends and to share the daily life of a host family
  • Must demonstrate motivation, maturity and adaptability

Enrolment Process

Do you fit the criteria for participation? Think this high school abroad program is for you? Then send us a Registration form as soon as possible.

You will then receive a pre-confirmation form and we will invite you to confirm your booking by paying a deposit of €90 in order to begin to process your booking.

We will then invite you to come to our office in Brussels or Paris for a full interview. This costs €90 and must be paid at the latest on the day of the interview if we have not yet received a deposit. The interview fee is non-refundable and is deductible from the final cost if enrolment is confirmed.

If the interview is successful, we will send you the relevant documents to be completed and ask you to pay a deposit of minimum €1500 (25% of the total price). This includes recommendation letters from your teachers, your medical history and other information needed to process your booking.

Application deadlines

The deadline for submitting the aforementioned folder is :

  • 04/15 for departures in September
  • 10/31 for departures in February

Later dates may be possible depending on the availability in the schools. However We strongly recommend booking at least 3 months before departure for a better preparation of the stay.

Late bookings occurring after the indicated deadline will be subject to a €200 express handling fee.

Please do not hesitate to contact us for more information on the application process.

Pre-Orientation Meeting

In order that your exchange runs as smoothly as possible and that you stay informed about the different elements of the programme, 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. It's also at this meeting that final administrative formalities are tackled.

If you do not live in Brussels, you can meet our team in Paris or Canada. Otherwise, we can schedule a telephone meeting to explain you the procedures and details of the program.

The second meeting takes place in Canada , 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.

Duration and Visa

The school year is divided in two semesters. As an international student, you can take classes for one semester (start in September or February) or for a full academic year. If you go for 1 semester, you will simply need to fill in a travel document "ETA" (Electronic Travel Authorization) to download from https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/study-canada.html

For a full school year, you must obtain a student visa that will be issued to you for the length of stay. We provide you with all the necessary documents to obtain it and assist you in the process. You can find all information on the website: https://www.canada.ca/fr/immigration-refugies-citoyennete/services/etudier-canada/permis-etudes/presenter-demande.html

WARNING : Since 31/07/2018, when you apply for a visitor visa, study or work permit (except U.S. nationals), or permanent residence you will need to provide your fingerprints and a photo. Fingerprint taking costs $CAD 85. You can go to one of these official locations to give your biometrics:

  • visa application centres (VACs) worldwide (find your VAC here )

Click here for more information.

Depending on the location, you may need to make an appointment.

This information is valid for citizens of the European Union. Non-EU nationals please check this page for more information.

Health Insurance and Assistance

Health cover and assistance are included in the price of the course and are valid for the entire duration of your stay.

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