Abbotsford School District

Abbotsford’s award-winning public schools and teachers have hosted international students for many years. Students can choose from single semester, academic year, or multiple year programs leading to graduation.  Many of our international students go on to study at good universities across Canada, the United States and around the world.  All schools provide expert ESL instruction.  We teach high level academic, technology, arts and ESL courses in modern facilities using the latest equipment and methods. We offer International Baccalaureate (IB), Advanced Placement (AP) and a wide range of elective courses, including 3D Architecture and Engineering, Aviation, Film (Top program in Canada 2017 and 2019), Animation, Business, Fine Arts, Performing Arts, Sports Academies (Soccer, Golf, Ice Hockey, Baseball/Softball).  Students can enter Academic Competitions or enjoy taking part in our many clubs and recreation activities. Abbotsford has a wide variety of strong sports teams that welcome international students.  We are proud of our unmatched student support – in addition to supportive school counselors, we have 9 full time International Assistants who speak a variety of languages, and who are in constant communication with students, teachers and homestay families to make sure that students are performing their best.

Program Established: 1995

Programs Offered: Full Year, 1 Semester, Short Term, 

Training Specialized Programs: French Immersion, International Baccalaureate, Advanced Placement, Sports, Fine Arts Educational

Language(s) of Study: English

Total number of schools: 45

High schools for International Students: 7

Total Students: 19,500

Total International Students: 450

International Students Accepted for Grades: K-12

Nearest Airport: Vancouver International

Just a one-hour drive from Vancouver, Abbotsford is one of Canada’s fastest growing cities. Surrounded by nearby mountains, rivers and lakes, students live and study in a welcoming suburban community with big city facilities and conveniences, and can visit Vancouver by bus on the weekend.

 Watch our short Abbotsford Video to see what our city has to offer…

Abbotsford Facts:

Local events include the Abbotsford International Airshow at our international airport

We believe that homestay is the most important part of the international experience, so we operate our own homestay department.  International students aged 12 or older can stay with a carefully selected Canadian homestay family while studying in Abbotsford.   (Students younger than 12 must stay with their legal parent(s) or a direct relative such as an aunt, uncle, or grandparent.)

Host families accommodate a maximum of 2 international students at a time.  Students have their own private rooms, and are always from countries that have different languages.  All homestay families must speak only English.  Most students can walk / bus to school in 20 minutes or less

Homestay in Abbotsford includes:

  • Homestay family profiles before students arrive
  • Tips on how to prepare for the home stay experience
  • Homestay orientation meeting before school begins
  • Clean, private, fully-furnished bedroom
  • Food provided for three nutritious meals a day
  • Access to a bathroom, laundry and other facilities
  • A 24-hour emergency contact number

Clear communication is critical

  • Our homestay coordinators works closely with our International Assistants to facilitate clear communication between students and families so that we can find potential challenges and respond to them quickly.

In addition to all the activities that the city has to offer, there are the numerous sports teams and clubs available in schools.  International students at ANY Abbotsford School District High School can participate in exciting activities after school and on weekends with the Outdoor Adventures Program, organized and supervised by Abbotsford School District staff. 

Ski/snowboard – rock climb – mountain hike and camp – whitewater raft – mountain bike – play paintball – paddleboard / kayak sail and swim…

International students can also take part in full day excursions offered each semester to:

 Whistler Mountain … one of the top ski destinations in the world. 

Vancouver region sightseeing, including Chinatown,  Gastown, Stanley Park, and free time for shopping / lunch.  (When scheduling allows we may also include Vancouver Canucks (professional ice hockey) or Vancouver Whitecaps (professional soccer))

 Victoria City – students take the ferry to visit the beautiful capital city of British Columbia, Victoria including the Inner Harbour, Royal BC Museum Fisherman’s Wharf, Government street, and provincial government buildings

Optional 3rd Party Spring Break Trips:  4 day/3night trip to the spectacular Rocky Mountains and later in the spring 3 day / 2 night excursion to Tofino on Vancouver Island


Entrance Dates: September & February 

Application Deadlines: No specific deadlines

Application Fee: $200 non-refundable

Full Year Tuition Fee: $16,500 (including medical)

One Semester Fee: $8,250 (including medical)

Homestay Placement Fee: $450 non-refundable

Homestay Monthly Fee: $1,085

Annual Custodianship Fee: Free

Airport Pick-up: $220

All prices are in effect for the 2024/2025 Academic Year.

All funds are in Canadian dollars

Website: http://international.abbyschools.ca

Email: international@abbyschools.ca

Mailing Address: 2790 Tims Street

City: Abbotsford

Province: British Columbia

Postal Code: V2T 4M7

Phone: 604-851-4585

Fax: 604-504-7629

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