Rocky Mountain School Districts

The Rocky Mountain International Student Program (RMISP) provides students from around the world with the opportunity to live and learn in beautiful British Columbia, Canada. School districts participating in the program include School District No. 5 (Southeast Kootenay), School District No. 6 (Rocky Mountain), and School District No. 19 (Revelstoke). RMISP is designed to maximize the study abroad experience by fostering friendships between Canadian and international students in dedicated host schools committed to academic excellence and nurturing the whole student. While students generally begin in the program in September or February, other start dates can be accommodated in certain regions.

Within RMISP, there are 5 world class ski resorts, mountain biking and hiking trails, and hundreds of rivers and lakes. It is truly an outdoor paradise! Students have easy access to unique recreational opportunities in all of our communities and through RMISP-run activities for students. Unique elective courses like Outdoor Education, Mountain Biking and Musical Theatre offer our international students amazing experiential learning opportunities. Other popular elective courses include Culinary Arts, Robotics, Leadership, Film & Television, Media Design, SuperFit, Tourism, and Hockey Skills and Outdoor Education Academies.

Program Established: 1987

Programs Offered: Full Year, 1 Semester, Short Term

Specialized Programs:  French Immersion, Advanced Placement, Outdoor Education Academy, Hockey Skills Programs

Language(s) of Study: English

Total number of schools: 51

High schools for international students: 7

Total Students: 13,000

Total International Students: 150+

International Students Accepted for Grades: 8-12 In addition, younger students can be accepted if they are accompanied by a parent or qualified relative, or by special permission of the Director of International Education.

Nearest Airport: Canadian Rockies International Airport (YXC) or Kelowna International Airport (YLW) 

Students are placed in the communities of Revelstoke, Golden, Invermere, Kimberley, Cranbrook, Fernie and Sparwood. All seven mountain towns/cities have easy access to world-class recreational opportunities including amazing downhill skiing and snowboarding at Revelstoke Mountain Resort, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Panorama Mountain Resort, Kimberley Alpine Resort and Fernie Alpine Resort. Our area of British Columbia is famous for its natural beauty and quality of life.


Students requiring homestays are placed with carefully-selected host families within walking distance of their schools or a designated school bus stop. Our host families are an integral part of the study-abroad experience in the Rocky Mountain International Student Program. Their active and enthusiastic participation in our program enhances each student’s cultural experience and ensures they maximize their time in Canada. Placements are supervised and supported by a designated Homestay Coordinator in each community.

Twice a month, RMISP students participate in the program’s Included Activities. Activities this year included river-rafting, skiing or snowboarding, overnight trips to Calgary, winter camp, curling, hiking, visits to hot springs, BBQ party, an optional trip to Vancouver as well as pumpkin carving for Halloween, decorating Gingerbread houses for Christmas and various smaller activities during the school week.  

Entrance Dates: September/February and November/April space permitting

Application Deadlines: variable

Application Fee: $500

Full Year Tuition Fee: $15,000

1 Semester Tuition Fee: $8,000

Annual Homestay Placement Fee: $500

Homestay Monthly Fee: $1,250

Annual Health Insurance Fee: $1000

Annual Custodianship Fee: N/A

All funds are in Canadian dollars

General Inquiries Email: info@RMinternational.ca

Website: rminternational.ca

Mailing Address: 8676 Highway 95A

City: Kimberley

Province: British Columbia

Postal Code: V1A 3M3

Phone: 250-427-2245

Facebook Page: facebook.com/rmisp

Twitter: twitter.com/rmisp

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