Edmonton Public Schools

Edmonton Public Schools’ International Student Program welcomes and educates international students from around the world. We have over 25 years of experience in serving international students with comprehensive academic programming that includes a strong emphasis on preparation for university and post-secondary entrance. Our schools offer exciting choices in courses and activities to meet the diverse needs and interests of all of our students. 

In addition to the rigorous Alberta Curriculum, we offer an Advanced Placement (AP) Program. Students may receive credits for exceptional performance in this program that can be applied towards entry into post-secondary institutions worldwide. English as a Second Language (ESL) support is available at all levels; communication skills through reading, writing, listening and speaking are emphasized, as students are introduced to the rules and principles of the English language. Edmonton Public also offers a wide range of optional courses – students may choose from over 100 options based on their talents and interests. All of our international students are integrated into classrooms with Canadian peers.

Program Established: 1995

Programs Offered: Full Year, 1 Semester, Short Term

Specialized Programs: Advanced Placement, Sports, Fine Arts

Language(s) of Study: English, French, Other

Total number of schools: 213

High schools for international students: 14

Total Students: 102,000

Total International Students: 700

International Students Accepted for Grades: K-12

Nearest Airport: Edmonton International Airport (YEG)

Edmonton is a friendly, clean and safe city of about one million people, and is also the capital of the province of Alberta.

To support international students beyond school, we also offer a safe, competent Homestay Program. Relationship managers as well as international student advisors in each school, provide ongoing support to students as they adjust to life and school in Edmonton.


There are many opportunities for students to participate in sports at the school and inter school levels, and Sports Alternative Programs are available for more elite athletes who wish to pursue their individual sport, while keeping up with their academic studies. The academic programming provided for elite athletes facilitates their training and participation in competitions by providing flexible scheduling of their courses of study. Sports alternatives include dance, fencing, tennis, alpine skiing, golf, soccer and hockey training.

Entrance Dates: September & February

Application Deadlines: No deadline, recommend 3-4 months in advance of start date

Application Fee: $250 CAD

Full Year Tuition Fee: $12,500 CAD (2019/20)

1 Semester Tuition Fee: $6,250 CAD (2019/20)

Annual Health Insurance Fee: $500 CAD

5 Months Homestay Fee: $6,105 CAD (2019/2020)

10 Months Homestay Fee: 10,755 CAD (2019/2020)

Effective for the 2019/20 school year, the homestay program will now offer all-inclusive pricing. Costs will appear on the student’s Homestay invoice as “Homestay Fees” for five or ten months periods. All-inclusive Homestay pricing includes: registration, placement, orientation, monthly monitoring, custodianship, airport pick-up and drop-off, a $500 emergency deposit (refundable at the end of the student’s stay, if not used) and monthly Homestay fees. 

General Inquiries Email: isp@epsb.ca

Website: internationalprograms.epsb.ca/

Mailing Address: Centre for Education, One Kingsway

City: Edmonton

Province: Alberta

Postal Code: T5H 4G9

Phone: 780-429-8249

Fax: 780-425-6405

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