Richmond School District

Created in 1906, the Richmond School District is the 5th largest school district among 60 in the province of British Columbia. Richmond students consistently exhibit unmatched levels of achievement demonstrated through consistently high graduation rates, provincial government examination results, scholarships, and university entrance acceptance rates.

The Richmond International Student Programs offers international students of all ages a wide variety of challenging and exciting study options throughout the year:

  • British Columbia Secondary School Graduation Program
  • One-Year Secondary School Experience Program
  • Single Semester Secondary School Experience Program
  • Short-Term School Immersion Experience Program
  • Customized Group Programs
  • Teacher Training and Education Professionals Programs
  • Summer Camp
  • Elementary School Year Program

The Richmond School District has extensive experience in supporting students that are English Language Learners (ELL). Across Canada, Richmond is considered the leading school district in the development of ELL curriculum and assessment. International students in Richmond have been very successful in obtaining English fluency while at the same time, completing their secondary schooling with excellent grades.

International students benefit from the extensive and diverse range of course options available to them in Richmond. In addition to core curricular academic courses – English, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies– international students can also choose from a variety of elective courses including: Modern Languages, Physical Education, Technology, Information Technology, Visual and Performing Arts, Music, Recording Studio Technology, Desktop Publishing, and Computer-Aided Design & Drafting (CADD).

Specialty programs provide international students with opportunities for advanced enrichment. In Richmond, international students can participate in the following specialty programs: International Baccalaureate (IB) Senior Years Program (IB-SYP); International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program (IB-SYP);Advanced Placement (AP) in the Sciences, Mathematics, Modern Languages, English, and Theatre Arts. Academies are offered for Table Tennis, Golf, and Soccer.

There are also a number of other unique course options available to international students in Richmond schools: Engineering; Fashion Design; Aviation; Tourism and Hospitality; Environmental Biology; Computer Animation; Music Composition; Chef Training; and various Apprenticeship Programs.

Program Established: 1998

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

Specialized Programs: French Immersion, International Baccalaureate, Advanced Placement, Sports, Fine Arts, Engineering, Sports Academies, Chef Training, Leadership.

Language(s) of Study: English, French

Total number of schools: 48

High schools for international students: 10

Total Students: 22,000

Total International Students: 1000

International Students Accepted for Grades: K-12

Nearest Airport: Vancouver International Airport (YVR)

Ideally located within 22 minutes of downtown Vancouver and 40 minutes from the ski hills on the North Shore Mountains, few communities are as well served by public transit – bus and SkyTrain – and superbly maintained public services. A temperate West Coast climate means that Richmond residents enjoy comfortable temperatures all year round. Unlike anywhere else in Canada,flowers bloom in February and last well into autumn.

Richmond is home to 14 of the top 100 high technology companies in the province of British Columbia including Microsoft and Nintendo.In addition to the high technology industry, the core of the Richmond economy comes from aviation and airplane-related businesses, information and computer system technologies, biotechnology development, hospitality and tourism, and education.

Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) and the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) both have vibrant Richmond campuses.The University of British Columbia (UBC), Simon Fraser University (SFU), and Langara College (LC) are all within short commutes.

Richmond is world famous for its welcoming and nurturing multicultural community, and is nationally and internationally recognized for its accessibility to people of all backgrounds and abilities. Its livability and healthy environment contribute to Richmond residents having Canada’s lightest life expectancy.


International students have the option of staying in one of our warm, welcoming Canadian host families while studying in Richmond schools. All homestay families are within a short distance of school. Families are carefully selected and prepared to ensure the best possible match for both the international students and homestay families. Providing quality homestay experiences is a priority for the Richmond International Student Programs.

A variety of cultural and sporting activities are available to international students at school and in the community, including: festivals,sporting events, music, museums, art galleries, 2010 Winter Olympics legacy programs and events, basketball, volleyball, table tennis, badminton, soccer, rugby, tennis, ultimate Frisbee, football, hockey, swimming, curling, lacrosse, and golf. In addition, the school district sponsors a variety of activities for international students at no cost, such as skiing, bowling, ice skating, and day trips to the USA.

Entrance Dates: September & February

Application Deadlines: No Deadline

Application Fee: $200

Documentation Fee (includes wire transfer): $150.00

Tuition Fee: $15,000 (one year)

Tuition Fee: $7,500 (one semester)

ELL Assessment: $100.00

Homestay Placement Fee: $500 (one time fee)

Homestay Monthly Fee: $950

Medical Insurance and Administration: $975

Custodianship Fee: $300 (one time fee)

All funds are in Canadian dollars

General Inquiries Email: study@sd38.bc.ca

Website: studyinrichmond.sd38.bc.ca

Mailing Address: 7811 Granville Avenue

City: Richmond

Province: British Columbia

Postal Code: V6Y 3E3

Phone: 604-668-6092

Fax: 604-233-0520

Skype ID: ssephton