Hastings & Prince Edward District School Board

Each secondary school has a dedicated guidance counsellor to assist ISP students with academics, career choices and selection of, and application to, universities.  The counsellor also acts as a daily contact for any concerns or questions. 

Each school offers daily English as a Second Language classes.

Schools have dedicated international staff to support the students with integration, cultural activities and social events.

Program Established: 2000

Programs Offered: Full Year, 1 Semester

Specialized Programs: French Immersion, International Baccalaureate, Advanced Placement, Sports, Fine Arts, Several Specialist High Skills Major Programs, Computer Science & Technology, Outdoor Education

Language(s) of Study: English, French

Total number of schools: 40

High schools for international students: 4

Total Students: 15,000

Total International Students: 120

International Students Accepted for Grades: 8-12

Nearest Airport: Pearson International Airport (Toronto)


Belleville is a small secure city with conveniences of a large city. Our city population is 49,000, the area population 150,000. Our community is 99% English speaking and is popular tourist area in summer. Belleville is conveniently located within easy access to 3 of Canada’s largest cities including Toronto, Montreal and Ottawa. Ontario has several prestigious universities, 14 of these schools are within 3 hour drive.


The International Student Program selects local families to participate in a unique international experience by inviting an international student into their family to provide a caring, supportive & inclusive Canadian home. This environment assists students to develop their English skills, complete their studies and engage in activities with the host family to learn more about Canadian culture. Students are provided with a private room and three meals a day, seven days a week. Students and families are carefully matched to accommodate interests and hobbies to ensure a positive experience.

Families are personally selected and interviewed, along with a criminal background and reference check. Each host family participates in an in-home interview, an orientation session, annual review meetings and ongoing program communication and support. The homestay coordinators support the families with regular communication/feedback, social events and professional learning opportunities.

Each week the homestay coordinator visits the students to check on their academic progress, homestay experience and social/personal well-being. Every effort is made to accommodate interests and hobbies to ensure a positive cultural and learning experience.


Our program offers a full range of extra activities including planned monthly activities, cultural activities and trips such as Niagara Falls Toronto Ottawa and Montreal.

Entrance Dates: September & February

Application Deadlines: Nov 30th and May 30th

Administration Fee: $500

Full Year Tuition Fee: $14,000 program fee (all costs included in program fee except for homestay & airport pick up & drop off)

1 Semester Tuition Fee: $7,000

Program Fee: $1,250 (includes custodianship & emergency services, medical and health insurance, academic and homestay monitoring, orientation program, some cultural and social events, ESL instruction & ELL support)

Annual Homestay Placement Fee: $500 (one time)

Homestay Monthly Fee: $1,075/month

Airport Pick up and Drop off: $575

Validation (per document): $150

All funds are in Canadian dollars

Prices are subject to change, please confirm fees during the application process.

General Inquiries Email: isp@hpedsb.on.ca

Website: hpedsb.on.ca/isp

Mailing Address: 156 Ann Street

City: Belleville

Province: Ontario

Postal Code: K8N 3L3

Phone: 613-966-1170 ext. 62415

Fax: 613-966-1363

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