How does it work?
This program is available to motivated students aged 14 to 19 who wish to spend one semester or one year in a Canadian high school (secondary education) and share the daily life of an Canadian host family. Our partner operates with a network of schools in the district of Winnipeg 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.
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: Business, Science, Tourism, Technology, Fine Arts, Humanities, AP Psychology & Honours, Mathematics, AP English, AP Physics, AP Chemistry, AP Calculus, Softball Academy/Chef Training Program, etc.
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.
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 pick students up at the airport and also drop them off again.
This is an ideal way for students to have regular communication with native English speakers, for a faster learning process.
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 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.
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 (650,000 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.
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 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, 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 your age.
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 .
The district of Winnipeg, with whom we have a partnership, is composed of 42 public primary and secondary schools. Among these, 5 are secondary, offering unique and intensive school programs, with a wide diversity of subjects which will please any student. These schools accept between 700 and 1200 students, less than 1.5% being international.
All schools offer services to non-native speakers of English, counselors and tutors to prevent dropouts, and international coordinators for advising students on all aspects of their visit. The teachers and staff of the school have a focused attention to their students, in order to help them achieve their goals.
Conditions of participation
- Must be aged between 14 and 19 at time of departure
- Must have attained good school results the last 2 years
- Must be willing to make new friends and to share 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 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.
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 ask questions to the office team. Past participants are equally invited to participate and share their experiences. It's also at this meeting that you can finalize your paper work.
In case you do not live in Brussels, it is possible to meet at our offices in Paris or Canada. Otherwise we will schedule a telephone interview to explain you all the details and procedures of the program.
The second meeting takes place in Winnipeg , within the first 15 days after your arrival. You will be contacted by your local correspondent who will be able to answer all of your questions.
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 a deposit of €1500 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 June if you are leaving in September
- 15th of November if you are leaving in January
Contact us for more information on the terms of enrolment.
Dates & Prices 2016
- Academic year: From September to June
- Semester: from September to January or from February to June
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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
- 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.
They do not include:
- Transfers and public transport (costing around CA$ 50/month)
- Possible excursions
- Possible visa fees (for stays of more than 6 months)
- Pocket money