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High School Study Abroad in Winnipeg

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Programme summary

  • 1 semester or 1 academic year
  • Homestay, full board
  • Participation in the school's sport and cultural activities
  • Ages 14 - 18
  • Choice of school
  • Possibility of obtaining a Canadian high school diploma

Programme

How does it work?

This program is available to motivated students aged 14 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. Our partner operates with a network of schools in the district of Winnipeg, capital city of Manitoba, and offers a diverse curriculum of courses adapted to the levels of participants. Our students enjoy full access to all of the school's sports, clubs and associations.

Discover Canada

Canada is the second largest country in the world by surface area and one of the world's geographical miracles. It stretches from the Pacific to the Atlantic ocean and shares its borders with Alaska in the north-east and the US to the south. This country is home to almost every climate on earth, from the wind-swept tundra of the North Territories to the temperate rain forests and mountains of British Columbia. Canada is home to the world’s largest freshwater lakes and large amounts of pine forests.

Our partner schools are situated in Winnipeg in the central province of Manitoba, the 8th largest city in Canada (800,000 inhabitants). The region is known for its lakes, its numerous cultural activities (festivals, theatres, operas) and its geography: the region does not have many mountains, which allows cross-country skiers to practice their sport.

Winnipeg is a fantastic choice of destination for foreign students. It lets young people discover the life of a real Canadian city, with a much lower living costs than in Vancouver or Toronto. The quality of teaching is just as excellent as elsewhere in the country.

The climate is typically Canadian: the summers are hot (up to 28°C), and the winters are dry and cold, with the temperature able to drop as low as -28°C. But the city is equipped for low temperatures.

Lessons

Students can choose around 4 to 5 subjects, out of 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. Assistants are there to help with organising their work and planning their academic year.

Here is a preview of the different subjects offered by our schools: Maths, Physics, English literature, Sociology, Psychology, Earth sciences, Business, Management, Climatology, Graphic communication, Marine biology, Space technology...

It's a unique opportunity to discover new subjects, or to perfect your skills in your preferred area. Students are free to choose courses they are interested in.

It is also possible for students in their final year to obtain an end-of-studies diploma under certain conditions (strict courses, for example). Contact us for more information.

EFL Courses

If your level of English is not quite high enough to be able to follow academic classes as soon as you arrive, you will be invited to participate in English language classes in addition to, or instead of your academic classes.

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.

The Canadian academic year is divided into three terms. As an international student, you can enrol in a class for three months, one semester (in September or February) or a full academic year .

In many Canadian schools, the choice of subjects is large: psychology, sociology, literature, drama, pottery, journalism, architecture, speech, media, IT... it's a unique chance to discover new subjects, or to progress in an area you already know. Some classes last just one semester, therefore students will have the chance to change subjects part way throughout the year.

Your choice will also be 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 the dream opportunity to dive into Canadian life and get to know local people of your age.

Schools

The district of Winnipeg, with whom we have a partnership, is composed of 42 public primary and secondary schools. Participants will be enroled in one of the district's 5 English-speaking High Schools. They are located in the North of the city, on the banks of the beautiful Red River.

These schools accept between 700 and 1200 students, less than 5% being international. This means participants will be immediately plunged in a total English-speaking environment, which will make language progress faster and sustainable.

All schools are equipped with media centre, fitness room, sports gym, science labs and computer rooms. All students have a personalized email address as well as limitless WiFi connection. Swimming pools are also located a short distance from the schools. These are open to students during their free time after classes, during the evenings or the weekends.

All schools own their soccer, cross-country, hockey, curling, volleyball, basketball, athletics and American football teams. Other activities such as acting, singing in a choir, joining a jazz band, cheerleading, art club, school's paper, eloquence and debating club and many more are also available.

Host family

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 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 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 given to you to use in case of any emergencies.

Dates & Prices 2018-19

Dates 2018-2019

  • Academic year: From September to June
  • Semester: from September to January or from February to June
Programme prices -

All taxes and enrolment fees included

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Classes, accommodation, meals & all enrolment fees
DurationWithout flightsWith flights
1 semester8,390 €9,390 €
1 academic year 14,950 €15,950 €

The prices of the program include:

  • 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
  • English language test and 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.
  • Airport transfers to/from host families.
  • Official proof of course participation and course grades

They do not include:

  • Transfers and public transport (costing around CA$ 50/month)
  • Possible excursions and outings
  • Possible visa fees (for stays of more than 6 months)
  • Pocket money

Dates & Prices 2019-20

Dates 2019-2020

  • Academic year: From September to June
  • Semester: from September to January or from February to June
This programme contains classes Accommodation included Meal includedSupervision 24h supportThis programme requires a flight
Booking prices -

All taxes and enrolment fees included

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Classes, accommodation, meals & all enrolment fees
DurationWithout flightWith flight
1 semester8,740 €9,740 €
1 academic year15,350 €16,350 €

The prices of the program 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, lunch on school days)
  • 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 flight if chosen, from Brussels, Paris or Geneva airport (please contact us for prices if you do not leave from these airports
  • Round-trip transfers from the arrival airport to the host family

They do not include:

  • Transfers and public transport (costing around CA$ 50/month)
  • Possible excursions and outings
  • Possible visa fees (for stays of more than 6 months)
  • Pocket money

Practical Info

Conditions of participation

  • Must be aged between 14 and 18 at time of departure (those born in the year 2000 are accepted, those born in 1999 may be able to on a case-by-case basis)
  • Must have attained good school results the last 2 years
  • Recommended level of A2/B1 in English
  • Must be willing to make new friends and to share the daily life of a host family
  • Demonstrate motivation, maturity and adaptability

Terms of enrolment

If you fulfil the conditions of participation, then please enrol as soon as possible.

You will receive provisional confirmation and we will then contact you for a preliminary telephone interview, during which we will assess your level of English. If your level seems adequate, you will be asked to pay a deposit of €1,500 when your registration is confirmed so we can start the procedure.

We will then ask you to have a more in-depth interview with us at our offices in Brussels or Paris.
An amount of €90 is payable on or before the day of the interview if no deposit has been paid yet. This amount is non-refundable and is deductible after the definite registration.

Enrolment deadlines

Deadline for submitting your folder :

  • 15/04/2019 to start in September
  • 30/10/2018 to start in February

It might still possible to register after those dates. However we strongly recommend registration at least 3 months before departure.

An extra fee of €200 will be charged for any registration application submitted after the deadline.

Applicants who do not meet the age or level requirements are invited to contact us to discuss other options.

Pre-orientation meetings

Should you be present in Belgium you are welcome to attend a briefing and orientation organised by EasyLanguages in Brussels in late May / early June. It enables EasyLanguages students to meet and exchange their experiences and issues among each other and with the EasyLanguages team.

If you do not live in Belgium, contacts and information can of course be organised by phone or online chat.

A second meeting will be held in Canada, within 15 days of your arrival. You will be contacted by your local representative, who will be able to answer all your questions about your stay and conduct.

Duration & Visa

The school year is split into 2 semesters. As an international student, you can join a class for 1 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 stay. We will provide you the relevant documents and help you with the procedure.

If you are leaving for a a school semester, you simply have to complete the authorisation form ETA (Electronic Travel Authorisation) that you can find on the site iself: http://www.eta-canada-visa.com/

For a full academic year, you have to obtain a student visa that will be valid throughout your stay in Canada.We will provide you with all the required documents and will assist you in the procedure. All the information can be found on the site: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/study/

This information is only valid for those leaving EU member states. For those who are coming from outside of the EU, please consilt : http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/study/

Medical insurance

For the entire duration of your stay you will have complete medical coverage, the price of which is included in your enrolment.

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