Nanaimo Ladysmith School District


  • Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada
  • Beautiful seaside city on Vancouver Island
  • Population 90,500
  • Safe and clean community
  • Mildest climate in Canada
  • Easy access to Vancouver and Victoria
  • Closest airport is Nanaimo Airport


  • High school program, Grades K to 12. Ages 6-19
  • 6 modern high schools; total population of 13,700 Canadian students
  • Every school has an International Student Advisor to tend to academic issues of International Students
  • ELL offered as required; no minimum English requirements
  • Integration with Canadian students in academic and elective subjects
  • Brazil, Chile, Columbia, Germany, Italy, Turkey, Mexico, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam, Austria all represented
  • 2 semesters per year: September to January; February to June
  • Graduates are guaranteed admission to Vancouver Island University in Nanaimo or are qualified to apply at other universities in Canada and the USA
  • In-house homestay program carefully matches students to excellent homestay families – their happiness and well-being are carefully monitored. Homestay Coordinators meet each week with the students to discuss any homestay issues.

Excursions include trips to Victoria, Seattle, Whistler, Long Beach, Vancouver and the Rocky Mountains.

Program Established: 1998

Programs Offered: Full Year, 1 Semester

Language(s) of Study: English, French

Total number of schools: 34

High schools for international students: 6

Total Students: 14,300

Total International Students: 306

International Students Accepted for Grades: Our high school program is grades 8-12, public school system. Our elementary program is from grade k-7 but a parent must accompany the child.

Nearest Airport: Nanaimo Airport YCD

Nanaimo is located in the center of Vancouver Island and is the therefore known as the gateway of Vancouver Island. Nanaimo has easy access to Vancouver, Victoria, Pacific Rim National Park, the West coast trail, as well as many other attractions and cities up and down the island.

Nanaimo has a world of adventures awaiting newcomers. There are musical and live theatre shows, symphonies, restaurants, sporting events, as well as many activities around holidays, such as Halloween, Christmas, Canada Day. Any time of year, Nanaimo is a wonderfully exciting place to be. Whether you like hiking, diving, kayaking, sailing, swimming, soccer, hockey, golfing, camping or wide life watching, Nanaimo has it all.

The Homestay Program is a service offered to foreign students through the International Student Education Department of School District #68 (Nanaimo-Ladysmith). In the Homestay Program, Nanaimo and Ladysmith families provide caring homes, including room and board, and emotional and academic support for off-shore students. The homestay family takes the place of the student’s family for a time. It also plays an important role in the improvement of the student’s English and understanding of Canadian culture.

We would like to invite our International Students to enjoy the following activities with us this year:

September:  McNabb Corn Maze – Tour the corn maze, see the various animals and have lunch.

October:       Vancouver City Tour –includes Stanley Park, Grandville Island, Robson shopping, Flying over Canada – All Day Event

November:  Victoria City Tour & Gold Stream Park – shopping and the Imax theater and at Gold Stream Park view Salmon spawning in their natural habitat

                       Ladysmith Light Up, Spaghetti Dinner and watch the parade, light up and fireworks

December: Whistler Ski Trip, Stay two nights in Whistler for skiing and snowboarding.

​                       Vancouver Canucks Hockey game

February: Learn to Skate and Play Ice Hockey See what our National passion is all about.

March:       5 Pin Bowling

April:         Surfing – Tofino, Chesterman Beach – All students will get a surfing lesson

May:           Whale Watching –   Tour runs out of Cowichan Bay

                     Rockies – Four days three-night road trip to various spots in Alberta and B.C.

June:          Transfer Beach – Farewell Celebrations

Entrance Dates: September 5th, 2016 and January 30, 2017

Application Deadlines: December 15 & June 30

Application Fee: $500

Full Year Tuition Fee: $12,500 Secondary – $13,000 Elementary

1 Semester Tuition Fee: $6,300

Annual Homestay Placement Fee: (included in application fee)

Homestay Monthly Fee: $850 

Annual Health Insurance Fee: $1000; $500 one semester

Annual Custodianship Fee: 0

All funds are in Canadian dollars

General Inquiries Email: ISE@sd68.bc.ca

Website: ise.sd68.bc.ca/

Mailing Address: E201 – 6135 McGirr Road

City: Nanaimo

Province: British Columbia

Postal Code: V9V 1M1

Phone: 250-751-0197

Fax: 250-751-0967

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