The Greater Victoria School District’s Victoria International High School Programs has a long-standing reputation for offering high-quality academic and short-term programs to international students from around the world.
As part of the public education system, our programs are approved and accredited by the British Columbia Ministry of Education and include the following:
Academic High School Program – Students may choose to enroll in this program for one semester, one year, or stay until graduation. In addition to required courses, we offer ESL support, and a broad range of elective subjects, allowing students to tailor their studies to suite their individual interests and career goals.
Uplands Academic Transition Program – This innovative academic program supports international students with their transition into the Canadian public school environment. Instruction is offered in core subjects and students who successfully complete the program are eligible for credits and are guaranteed entrance into one of our high schools.
Short-Term High School Experience Program – The Short-Term program allows students to experience high school classes with Canadian students. In addition to ESL, students are integrated into classes that are more interactive (drama, art, physical education, etc.) giving them the opportunity to make Canadian friends and improve their English skills in less formal settings. Academic subjects are also available to those students who want an extra challenge.
Camp Victoria ESL Summer Program – Camp Victoria gives students the opportunity to improve their English in a fun supportive environment, make new friends and discover exciting cultural, sports and tourist activities in beautiful Victoria. This is a six-day a week program, offered in the months of July and August.
Program Established: 1992
Programs Offered: Full Year, 1 Semester, Short Term, Summer Camp, Teacher Training
Specialized Programs: Advanced Placement, French Immersion, Sports Academies
Language(s) of Study: English
Number of Schools: 45
High Schools for International Students: 7
Total Students: 19,000
â€‹Total International Students: 900
International Students Accepted for Grades: 7-12
Nearest Airport: Victoria International Airport
Victoria, British Columbia’s capital, enjoys a year-round moderate climate and ranks among the sunniest cities in the country. Situated at the south end of Vancouver Island off the west coast of Canada, its beautiful setting and friendly, community environment have made it a popular destination for tourists worldwide.
Victoria is vibrant and rich with culture. It has two renowned universities and a college, a world-class museum, symphony, opera company, professional theatre company, a variety of sporting facilities and many places for shopping and entertainment.
With only 325,000 people, Victoria offers the benefits of a small centre, with large-city amenities and a cosmopolitan atmosphere. Our city is clean, welcoming and safe – the perfect place to study and experience Canadian culture.
We operate our own homestay department which places visiting students into supportive, stable homes with active Canadian families. Each homestay family is carefully screened to ensure it meets our expectations and high standards for hosting young people from around the world. Host families receive training and are supported and supervised by our homestay coordinators.
We strongly encourage homestay with Canadian families. Homestays provide an invaluable, authentic insight into the Canadian way of life and opportunities to improve English language skills. As a result, students move with ease and confidence in Canadian society.
We encourage international students to take part in the extracurricular activities available at their school. Joining extracurricular clubs and sports teams is a great way for students to enrich their Canadian high school experience, as well as make new friends with similar interests.
The selection of extracurricular activities offered at our schools is different at each school, and may change from year to year. Here is a sample list of activities that have been offered within our District:
Anime, aquarium, band strings, bridge, chess, choir, dance, drama, environmental, fitness and conditioning, fishing, gay/straight alliance, improvisational theatre, jazz band, juggling, knitting, leadership, outdoors/camping, musical theatre, peer mentoring/tutoring, photography, politics, rowing, sailing, slam poetry, speech and debate, student newspaper, youth for change
Sports – students enrolled for at least one semester of full classes may try out for school sports teams. These include:
Badminton, basketball, bowling, cross country running, curling, cycling, field hockey, golf, rowing, rugby, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, track and field, volleyball, wrestling
Entrance Dates: September & February
Application Deadlines: December & May
Application Fee: $250
Full Year Tuition Fee: $14,000
1 Semester Tuition Fee: $7,000
Annual Homestay Placement Fee: $325
Homestay Monitoring Fee: $500 full year/$300 1 semester
Homestay Monthly Fee: $975
Annual Health Insurance Fee: $600
Annual Custodianship Fee: 0
All funds are in Canadian dollars