This programme is available to all motivated students aged 15 to 18 who wish to spend one semester or one year in a Canadian high school (secondary education) and share the daily life of a Canadian host family.
This option allows students to choose the province where they will be placed. The rest of the placement procedure is dealt with by our local partner, who finds the most appropriate district and school according to availabilities.
For students who would prefer to choose the precise school or district, they should consult our other high school programmes in Canada.
Students can choose between 5 - 8 subjects among those offered by the school. Each school has its own list of lessons, including on average, at least 150 different subjects such as: business, science, tourism, technology, art, psychology, maths, physics, chemistry, softball, curling, management, visual arts, theatre, photography, and many others
It is a unique experience to discover new subjects, or perfect ones that you already know. Students are free to choose the subjects that they are interested in. They can also take a specific English as a foreign language programme in order to get the English level they want.
Whatever happens the staff at the school will be available to help students organise their work and schedule for their semester or school year.
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 pick the students up from the airport and also bring them back to the airport when they leave.
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 Australian 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 correspondent 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 correspondents 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 its low number of international students, Canada is a great alternative compared to the United States. The 100% local, anglophone environment allows students to progress in English in a quick and effective manner.
Canada is the second largest country in the world, and also one of the most remarkable in terms of geographic diversity. There are huge freshwater lakes, snowy mountains, glaciers and nearly 400 million hectares of endless forests.
Our partner schools are located in the East of the country in the regions Newfoundland and Labrador and also in the West in the regions Saskatchewan and Manitoba.
You can choose one of the provinces from the following destinations. Find the province that interests you the most here.
In the east: Atlantic Canada
- Nova Scotia: Enjoy some of the great things which this coastal state offers. The climate is much warmer here than in the rest of the country, and the culture is enriched by the numerous communities which live there: Indians, French, Scottish, Irish, and even Africans. Students can be placed in one of the 15 secondary schools in the city of Halifax.
- Isle of Prince Edward: This province is composed of several isles, which is home to 140,000 inhabitants. The countryside is both maritime and verdant, and mostly rural, with a few cities. The province is mostly English-speaking.
- New-Brunswick: This province is bilingual, and its countryside is both coastal (one of its borders is the Atlantic Ocean) and mountainous, and its climate is continental. Its culture has been heavily influenced by aboriginal civilizations, and then by the waves of subsequent francophone and anglophone immigration.
In the west: Western Canada
- Saskatchewan: Regina, the capital of this province, is a typical city of the region, which offers all kinds of cultural, sportive, and leisure activities to its 210.000 inhabitants.
- Manitoba: The capital of this state is Winnipeg, and this city has been known for being the historic centre of exchange for its first settlers, before being colonised by the French during the 18th century. The numerous lakes of this region, such as Lake Winnipeg, are one of the main attractions of this province.
The Canadian education system
Canadian children study for a minimum of 12 years (Primary school + Secondary school). This programme offers international students the chance to study at a local high school. High schools cover the last four years of secondary studies - grades 9, 10, 11 and 12.
In many Canadian schools, the choice of subjects is large: 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 throughout the year.
Choice is also important for cultural, sports, 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. It will also be a dream opportunity to dive into Canadian life and get to know local people your age.
The Canadian academic year is divided into three terms. As an international student, you can enrol in a class for one semester (in August or January) or a full academic year .
The schools are managed from a provincial level in Canada, which means there may be big differences in terms of facilities and how they operate from once province to another, sometimes even from one district to another. Pupils generally spend 190 days per year in school, from the end of August to the end of June.
Dates & Prices 2016
- Academic year: from 23rd August to 30th June
- Semester: from 23rd August to 1st February or from 1st February to 30th June
- Enrolment and placement in our partner school
- Selection of and placement in a host family
- Travel to/from Canada if selected, from Paris, Brussels or Geneva (consult us for prices from different destinations)
- 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
- Transfers and public transport
- All enrolment, administrative, and candidature exam fees.
- Arrival & departure flights
Prices do not include:
- Possible medical insurance
- Possible excursions
- Possible visa fees
- Class materials
- Pocket money
Conditions of participation
- Must be aged between 15 and 18 at time of departure (cannot turn 19 during programme)
- Must have a good level of English (a SLEP test is to be taken at our office)
- 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 for this programme. It will be valid for the duration of your booking. We will provide you the relevant documents and help you with the procedure.
Terms of enrolment
If you fulfill 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 aforementioned folder is:
- 1st of April if you are leaving in August
- 1st of October if you are leaving in January
Please note: late bookings will be processed on a case by case basis and are subject to late fees.
Contact us for more information on the terms of enrolment.
The enrolment forms must be filled our and sent to our office in Brussels or Paris at least one month before the deadline.
Candidates who do not meet the requirements (age or English level) are invited to come to our office to discuss other possible options.
Meetings and pre-orientation
To make sure the stay runs as smooth as possible, and to make sure you are fully informed, there is the possibility to attend a meeting.
In June there is an informative meeting held at Easy Languages in Brussels. This is a chance for students to get to know each other, to ask questions and share experiences. Former participants of the programme will be invited to share their experiences. This is also the last opportunity to organize the administration for the programme.
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 programme.
Duration and Visa
Participants can study for 1 or 2 semesters in Canada.
A student visa is required for this programme. It will be valid for the duration of your stay. We will provide the necessary information to obtain it, and help you with the process.
Health Insurance and Assistance
Health cover and assistance are included in the price of course and are valid for the entire duration of your stay.