Cowichan Valley School District

School District No 79, an integral district of the British Columbia public school system, offers one of the best educations in the world. Our District has four high schools, four middle schools, and twenty-one elementary schools with a combined enrollment of about 8300 students.

The academic, sports, and performing arts (particularly film, drama and music) programs are some of the best in Canada. Computer technology programs and equipment are up-to-date and excellent, providing a cutting edge foundation for students to build on.

We have been hosting international students for over 21 years, and host a variety of International Students (from Belgium, Brazil, China, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Macau, Mexico, Spain, Switzerland, Thailand, Taiwan, and Turkey).

We are one of few programs that have ESL specialist teachers who work only with our international students. This ESL support is included in tuition costs, and is available throughout the regular school year.


Program Established: 1999

Programs Offered: Full Year, 1 Semester, Short Term, Summer Camp, Winter Camp, Teacher Training

Specialized Programs: French Immersion, Advanced Placement, Equestrian Academy

Language(s) of Study: English, French

Total number of schools: 27

High schools for international students: 5

Total Students: 8,000

Total International Students: 185

Nearest Airport: Vancouver International Airport, Nanaimo International Airport

The Cowichan Valley, situated on Vancouver Island, is a safe, beautiful rural area with a number of small communities nestled between Victoria and Nanaimo. It is very close to Vancouver, being just a scenic ferry ride away. The Valley has the warmest average temperatures in Canada. Its summers are very warm and sunny, and the winters very mild with little or no snow. Wine grapes, fruit trees, and peppers are just a few among many things that grow here, as well as an array of flowers and shrubs.


All of our students stay in approved homestays. We have one of the most experienced homestay programs in Canada, and have a full-time homestay manager to oversee the needs of our students.


Activities include horseback riding, sailing, rowing, soccer, volleyball, field hockey, ice hockey, basketball, and many other sports. There are also very active theatre and musical programs, providing a balance of choices.

The following fees apply to one year programs:

Application Fee:  $300

Homestay Placement & Management Fee:  $450

Medical Insurance:  $1,100

Tuition Fees: $ 14,250

Homestay Fees:  $10,000

Transportation Fee:  $450.00

Total: $26,550

One Semester Fees:

Application Fee: $ 300

Homestay Placement & Management Fee: $450

Medical Insurance:  $550

Tuition:  $7,125

Transportation Fee:  $225

Homestay Fee: $5,000

Total: $13,650

All funds are in Canadian dollars

General Inquiries Email: akeple@sd79.bc.ca

Website: www.studyincowichan.com

Mailing Address: 2652 James Street

City: Duncan

Province: British Columbia

Postal Code: V9L 2X2

Phone: 250-746-0744

Fax: 250-746-0757

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