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Secondary Studies for International Students in Vancouver

The School District's International Education Program provides an opportunity for students outside of Canada to enter our school district where they can learn English while pursuing academic and career programs. Students worldwide receive valuable learning experiences by studying abroad, not only through improving their English language skills, but also by making lifelong international friends and absorbing the Canadian culture, all in beautiful British Columbia.

The International program fosters the building of friendships between Canadian and international students and their families through the sharing of experiences and backgrounds. It further enhances school environments by exploring cultural diversity and broadening global understanding.


About the School District

The School District welcomes students aged 5-18 in all grades. We offer language classes, complete academic programming, and a wide range of courses to students from around the world. We are the third largest district in BC with 30,000 students in 66 schools.

International students benefit from a fully developed program delivered by B.C. government certified teachers in our new state-of-the-art schools with the latest equipment and technology. Coquitlam School District is nestled in the mountains between the Pacific Ocean and the Fraser River, including the cities of Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody and the villages of Anmore and Belcarra. Our scenic location, proximity to Vancouver and Whistler, beautiful new secondary school facilities, variety of course offerings, high academic standards, and the safety of our community provide a very desirable location for an international education program. Our location is also close to Simon Fraser University, Douglas College and the University of British Columbia.



Our students come from all over the world  to attend Kindergarten to Grade 12 in Coquitlam School District International Education Program. Some of the countries represented by our International students are: Austria, Brunei, China, England, Fiji, Finland, France, Germany, Guatemala, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Macau, Mexico, Norway, Romania, Russia, South Africa, Taiwan, Thailand, Singapore, Slovakia, Sweden, Switzerland, United States, and Vietnam.



Many programs are available for International Students throughout the school year. Full year programs for 10 months with students integrated into regular Canadian classrooms are offered as well as short term Intensive ESL programs for as short as 1 week at a time. We offer a Summer ESL/Culture Program during July and August with half day morning classroom time and afternoon cultural activities to implement their newly acquired English skills. English 9,10 or 11 Preparation classes are also offered during the summer. 4-week Short term Intensive ESL courses are offered from September to June for Elementary, Middle and Secondary students.

The provincial curriculum consists of a challenging core of courses: English, social studies, mathematics, biology, chemistry, physics, fine arts, and career and technology studies. In addition, students may select from a number of electives to create a unique program that meets the requirements of the educational system of the province of British Columbia. Students who graduate from grade 12 in Coquitlam's public school system are qualified to apply to all univer- sities, colleges and institutes in Canada and elsewhere. International Baccalaureate and Advanced Placement Programs are in place for more academically capable students.

Advanced, university level subjects are common; students receive credit for exceptional performance in these subjects that can be applied towards entry into post-secondary institutions worldwide. International students have the advantage of graduating from a leading Canadian school system while gaining fluency in English, a skill that has practical applica- tions worldwide.


Long-Term and Short-Term Programs

- Long-Term Programs:

Full Year Program for Kindergarten to Grade 12
• Our most popular program

Half Year Programs
• Secondary - February start (five month semester)
• Middle and Elementary - January start

- Short-Term Programs

Intensive ESL
• Integrated at one of our regular schools sites
• Monthly Program from September to June
• Six Month maximum

Summer Intensive English and Culture Programs
• Summer: July and August
• Weekly Programs
• Available in 1 - 8 week options
• Customized group programs available


Academic Year

The School District offers International Students full time programs in Elementary, Middle and Secondary levels. The school year begins in September and runs through to the end of June.A second intake date of January is available for elementary and middle school students. Secondary students may start in February.

Our Secondary program includes two 5-month semesters beginning of September to end of January and beginning of February to end of June.

Our Elementary and Middle school programs offer a 10-month Kindergarten to Grade 8 curriculum to International Students starting in early September till the end of June. Again, International students have the option of starting later but they will be placed in a current class as space permits.