Winnipeg School Division

Winnipeg School Division is the largest and most diverse of the 6 school metro divisions in Winnipeg, Manitoba. With 78 schools, including 12 high schools, offering both English and French immersion experiences, Winnipeg has a history of graduating some of Canada’s most distinguished alumni, from Rhodes scholars, business leaders and famous philosophers to professional athletes, human rights activists and Grammy award winners. Winnipeg School Division is most proud of its exceptional teaching staff. The Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching Excellence honours exceptional elementary and secondary school teachers. This top honour is only awarded upon evidence of remarkable achievement and Winnipeg’s teachers have repeatedly earned these awards.

Winnipeg offers not only traditional academic programming, including International Baccalaureate Program and Advanced Placement from grade 7 to 12, but also superior English language development instruction as well as many specialty programs. From performing arts to culinary arts, aviation and aerospace technology, applied commerce, medical professional programs and more, there is something for everyone at Winnipeg School Division!

Beginning with application, through attendance and completion of studies, the International Education Program staff provides committed, caring student support. The Program arranges medical insurance, airport transportation, and orientation, as well as assistance with students’ course selection, school registration and tours. During their studies, the Program will arrange for educational support, transfer of credits and communication with the students’ agent, natural parents or guardians.

Our educational mission is to help every student become engaged, confident, inspired, and successful. Our school communities have had tremendous success welcoming international students and newcomer families from all over the world. Winnipeg is not only an excellent, economical choice, but it is 100% committed to cultural diversity, equity and inclusion.

“C’est si bon tout ensemble!” – “It’s better together!”

Program established: 2017

Programs Offered: ​Full Year, Semester, 4-Month Short Term

Specialized Programs: ​French Immersion, International Baccalaureate, Advanced Placement

Language(s) of Study: ​English and French

Total Number of Schools: 78

High school for International students: 8

Total Students: 33000

Total International Students: ​130

International Students Accepted for Grades: K-12

Nearest Airport: Richardson International (Winnipeg Airport)

The City of Winnipeg is located at the “heart of North America” in the province of Manitoba. With longer days in summer and shorter days in winter, Winnipeg experiences all four seasons: hot summers, beautiful autumns, chilly winters and balmy springs. The best Winnipeg experience is to be in a bustling downtown environment one minute, and after a 60 minute drive, to be able to relax or take a nature hike at one of dozens of lakeside towns and beaches.

Winnipeg School Division’s catchment encompasses many cultural hotspots – Winnipeg Concert Hall, Bell MTS Center (home of the Winnipeg Jets), Osborne Village, and many more within walking distance or a short bus ride. The City of Winnipeg is well known for culturally diversity and the city’s arts scene, and its entertainment and food reflect that. Regardless of where they come from, Winnipeg’s international students will find a store, restaurant or market that caters to their cravings from home.

Winnipeg School Division (WSD) operates its own Homestay Program designed to immerse international students in Canadian culture and support their English/French language learning. Families are carefully selected and interviewed. A home inspection is completed before a family is approved and a criminal record search must be completed and reference letters submitted. Students are supported by dedicated program staff and their host families to ensure a successful experience in Winnipeg!


Winnipeg students are active and engaged. There are numerous school-based activities offered by our schools and International program:

·       Liberal Arts clubs such as Drama and Performing arts, Photography, Leadership and Social Justice, Film, Chess

·       Academic clubs including Science, Debate, Reach for the Top and Math support

·       Sport teams and clubs for traditional sports such as football, hockey, soccer, basketball, and other more “Canadian” sports like curling and fishing

·       School-based field trips to a variety of cultural activities in and around Winnipeg.

Of course, Winnipeg is famous for its Winter. During the winter, people do not hide indoors – they celebrate the season with sports and cultural events. Festival du Voyageur celebrates historical French Canadian Culture and is the biggest winter festival in Western Canada. Winter means cheering for home hockey teams: Winnipeg Jets and Manitoba Moose, and Winter is a great time to skate, walk, run, or sled along the Guinness Book of Record-holding Red River Mutual Trail. Winnipeg is home to many museums and galleries, and the only National Museum located outside of Ottawa, the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. International students have many opportunities to enjoy city life and culture and the essence of what it means to live in the heart of Canada.

Entrance Dates: High School (for credit) entrance dates are in September and February. Continuous entry is available to students in Elementary and Short- 

Term (non-credit) programs.

Application Deadlines: May 1 for September intake and October 1 for February intake

Application Fee: $250

Full Year Tuition Fee: $12,000

Homestay Monthly Fee: $925

Annual Health Insurance Fee: $400 for one semester, $600 for the full school year

Annual Custodianship Fee: incl.

All funds are in Canadian dollars

General Inquires Email: international@wsd1.org

Website: winnipegsd.ca/wsdinternational

Mailing Address: 1577 Wall Street East

City: ​Winnipeg

Province: ​Manitoba

Postal Code: R3E 2S5

Phone: 001-204-789-8086

Fax: 204-772-6464

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