The program can range from full time English Enhancement Program to a full time Academic Credit Program all within a public high school in Eastern Ontario. Each student will be provided with a individualized placement plan. All new students will participate in an orientation program which covers many topics related to their upcoming school program and life in Canada. All students receive ongoing support and assistance in school and are assigned an experienced homestay coordinator to monitor the home life. Our caring and supportive school staff monitor each student’s academic pathway and progress and keep them on course to achieve their academic goals. We offer a range of optional services as part of the student assistance program (extra cost). We have also designated 10 high schools to provide enhanced English Language Support for those students who need the extra help. This includes a full time English as a Second Language (ESL) Instructor available during the entire school day and who monitors progress of international students in all their classes, an ESL credit course each semester and system program staff that work with all teachers to implement strategies for curriculum accommodations for our international students.
Program Established: 1999
Programs Offered: Full Year, 1 Semester, Short Term, Winter Camp, Teacher Training
Specialized Programs: Hockey Academy, French Immersion,
Language(s) of Study: English, French
Total number of schools: 21 Secondary 65 Elementary
High schools for international students: 21 (10 with full ESL support)
Total Students: 25,000
Total International Students: 450
International Students Accepted for Grades: K-12
Nearest Airport: Ottawa International Airport or Montreal Pierre-Elliot Trudeau
The Upper Canada District School Board is located in Eastern Ontario. The Board serves 30,000 students over a region of 12,000 square kilometers – comprised of both rural and municipal communities. The mighty St. Lawrence River forms the southern border and provides shipping vessels from around the world access to Canada’s Great Lakes. The Upper Canada District School Board’s region is well served by international airports in Ottawa and Montreal and is connected to the main VIA railway line providing daily service to Ottawa, Montreal, Toronto and beyond. Cornwall is only a one-hour drive from both the cosmopolitan city of Montreal and our nation’s capital, Ottawa. People in Eastern Ontario are friendly and involved in their communities. Our small towns and cities are vibrant and our citizens are involved in local sports, politics, clubs and charitable events. Our international students enjoy the security and the care of living with a Canadian family in a small-city setting.
We partner with Canada Homestay International (CHI), the largest and most experienced homestay company in Canada. Each host family is interviewed, screened, and approved by CHI staff prior to student placement. Each student has his/her own private bedroom with a suitable study area, access to the Internet and to the entire home’s facilities, including meals and transportation. The homestay families will give students from other countries an opportunity to experience Canadian culture, customs, and language, and also provide the encouragement and the support required to help their students throughout their stay. Many of them are our teachers! Students are expected to become part of the family and to participate in leisure activities. Spending money is the responsibility of the student and his/her natural parents. The family contribution will come from the heart by caring for the student as their own child and making him/her feel like a true member of the family. Our homestay coordinators provide ongoing support to our students and host families throughout their stay. They act as custodians for the students under 18 years of age and also provide the student medical insurance and airport pickup & drop off.
There are many different activities and clubs that are available to students both at school and outside of school hours. They include, but are not limited to: Baseball, Basketball, Biking, Board Games, Computers, Concerts, Cooking, Dance, Fishing, Fitness, Golf, Hiking/walking, Hockey/Skating, Horseback Riding, Martial Arts, Music: listening, Music: playing, Paint/Draw, Photography, Reading, Skiing/Snowboarding, Soccer, Swimming, Tennis, Video Games. Note that some activities may only be available by season (summer or winter).
Entrance Dates: Our academic year is divided into two semesters with intake for full semester or year program at the beginning of September and the beginning of February. We also offer short term (4 – 12 week) programs with continuous intake.
Application Deadlines: Continuous
Application Fee: N/A
Full Year Tuition Fee: $13,000
1 Semester Tuition Fee: $6,500
Annual Homestay Placement Fee: N/A
Homestay Monthly Fee: $900
Annual Health Insurance Fee: $800 (included with registration in our Homestay Program)
Annual Custodianship Fee: included with registration in our Homestay Program
All funds are in Canadian dollars
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