We welcome approximately 120 students to our schools each year from as many as 15 different countries. This provides our students an opportunity to learn about and develop an appreciation of other cultures. International students participate in a full range of courses and extra-curricular activities. Supports for students include tutorials, planned social activities, English as a Second Language courses, university preparation and regular visits from our homestay coordinator.
The Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board (HPEDSB) invites students from around the world to study with us. Our International Student Program offers qualified students, from Grades 7-12 the opportunity to study in Canada in a small beautiful city in southeastern Ontario. Students may begin their program either in February or September and study for a short period of five months, one year or until the completion of secondary school.
The International Student Program’s (ISP) core purpose is to provide a positive educational and cultural experience for international students and offer an opportunity for our Canadian students, teachers and local community to experience a diverse environment in which to learn about and develop an appreciation of other cultures.
To further enhance the international student’s cultural experience the ISP program offers a full range of extra activities including planned monthly events, with trips to Niagara Falls, Toronto, Montreal and Ottawa.
The ISP program offers an enhanced support system for students by providing English as Second Language courses, free after school tutoring program, university preparation, TOEFL tutorials and weekly school visits to students to ensure a rewarding Canadian experience.
Students will experience a world class education in Ontario. To learn more about excellence in education please click the following link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f2Xw_Dlf4E8 In addition to Ministry of Education Curriculum, HPEDSB offers the International Baccalaureate Program, AP (Advanced Placement) and French Immersion along with a wide range of programs guaranteed to assist students as they plan for their future. Everything from Theatre, Music, Environmental Studies, Technology, Business, Physical Education, Cooperative & , Outdoor Education and Fashion Design can assist young people to determine their destinies.
Join us at HPEDSB where our excellent programs and support assist students to thrive academically, become global citizens and prepare for the Possibilities of Today & Tomorrow.
Interested in applying? It’s easy!
Just follow the easy steps outlined below.
Step 1: Please complete and return the ISP Program Application Form along with the Homestay Application Form.
You can send it by fax, mail or email.
Application for Admission (Pdf)
Application for Homestay (Pdf)
Please review our student orientation manual:
Orientation Manual (Pdf)
Be sure to include:
Official copies of report cards for the past two years (translated versions)
Students must possess a minimum B average to be eligible for consideration
Signed participation agreement
Step 2: Preliminary acceptance will be based on academic records and the student’s knowledge of English.
Step 3: Upon academic acceptance, an invoice will be sent to the student; payment is due before an official Letter of Acceptance and Custodianship Documents are issued.
Step 4: The student will receive homestay information from the ISP Coordinator. If airport pick up is required arrangements will be confirmed. The cost is $250CAD per person, initial pickup only. (add $150CAD for a return to airport ride)
Step 5: The ISP staff will register the student and school and confirm their course selections. It is recommended that students arrive one week prior to the first day of classes in order to attend our orientation session.
Payment of Fees
Tuition is $12,600CAD and is to be paid after preliminary acceptance. Tuition fees include medical insurance and custodianship.
Homestay program fees are $800CAD per month. The first five months of the Homestay fees plus the Homestay Program Placement Fee of $250CAD are due with the tuition payment. The remaining $4,000CAD is due by December 15th.
There is also a one-time Administration Fee of $250CAD for new applications.
Payment can be made by direct deposit, certified cheque, bank draft, money order, or wire transfer.
Please contact the ISP office for payment instructions.
If Canada Immigration does not approve a student, a full refund of tuition fees, minus a $250CAD administration fee and the Homestay Program Placement Fee of $250CAD, if applicable, will be granted upon written proof from Immigration of such refusal. After a Study Permit has been granted, no refund of paid tuition fees will be made if the student withdraws. No refund of paid tuition fees will be granted if the student is found in violation of school and/or program rules and regulations and asked to withdraw from the ISP Program.
Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board serves approximately 15,100 students each day at 38 elementary and 8 secondary schools. Supporting student achievement and well-being is the goal of approximately 1,800 teaching and support staff who, in addition to the contributions of caring volunteers and community partners, share their passion for teaching and learning. Our Vision is for all students to be prepared and empowered for the possibilities of today and tomorrow. Our Mission is to create dynamic inclusive educational experiences that develop capable confident learners, who thrive and contribute to their communities.
Currently, four secondary schools host international students, each offering ESL credit courses and academic support. To provide a quality program for all, limits are placed on the maximum number of international students accepted to each school, and the number of students from each country are balanced.
Our schools offer diverse and innovative programming in welcoming, inclusive learning environments. All schools offer modern computer and science labs, libraries complete with internet resource tools, indoor and outdoor athletic facilities. Courses of study include all core academic subjects with specialized programs including arts, technology, business and cooperative education. Some specialized programs include Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), French Immersion, Specialist High Skills Major and Cooperative Education.
Secondary school students may begin studies in September or February.
Our full athletic program (up to 18 different sports) and extracurricular activities are open to all students. For more specific information on school programs and activities please select a secondary school:
Bayside Secondary School – bss.hpedsb.on.ca
Centennial Secondary School – css.hpedsb.on.ca
Eastside Secondary School – ess.hpedsb.on.ca
The homestay environment is a critical part of the international student’s experience. The HPEDSB International Student Program is proud to operate their own homestay program. Our Homestay Coordinators take great care to place international students with families that best match the needs of the student.
Host families provide a warm and welcoming environment, where students are integrated into the family events and activities. The homestay environment also provides an excellent opportunity for developing English language skills and participating in Canadian culture.
The ISP program strongly believes in a positive cross cultural experience for both students and host families. The ISP provides ongoing communication and support for our valued host families. To further support international students in having a successful educational experience, our Homestay Coordinators visit the students weekly at their school.
Interested in becoming a Homestay Family?
If a cross cultural experience sounds interesting and you would like to host an international student during their studies in HPEDSB, please contact 613-966-1170 ext. 62415
Before joining our program, interested families must first attend an information session.
Our next homestay information session is on Tuesday April 23 from 5-6pm at the Education Centre, 156 Ann Street – Please call 613-966-1170 ext. 62415 for details.
Once a family decides to join the program, each host family participates in an in-home interview, an orientation session, and undergoes a criminal background and vunerable sector and reference check.
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If you would like further information about the Homestay Program, please contact one of our homestay coordinators:
Janet Furmidge firstname.lastname@example.org 613-966-1170 ext. 62389
Ron Terpstra email@example.com 613-966-1170 ext. 62236
Homestay Program fees are $800CAD per month. The first five months of fees plus a Homestay Placement Fee of $250CAD are invoiced with tuition and are due prior to arrival.
Students are provided a private room, three meals daily (seven days a week) and access to laundry facilities.
Our community is situated on the beautiful Bay of Quinte, and is centrally located with easy access to Toronto, Montreal and Ottawa. With an area population of fewer than 100,000, Belleville has all the conveniences of a large city with the security and comfort of a small city.
Belleville and the surrounding area is known as a destination for outdoor fun, including skiing, boating, fishing, hiking and camping.
We have several museums, cultural organizations, shops, restaurants and a thriving arts community. We are surrounded by numerous universities, such as University of Toronto,
Queen’s University, University of Western Ontario and several community colleges.
The climate is moderate with four distinct seasons. The average winter temperature is about
-8 °Celsius and the average summer temperature is about 25 °Celsius.
To learn more about our region please click on the link, http://bayofquinte.ca/tourism/ or watch a video, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7won-e3XqMU
Phone: 613 966-1170 extension 62416
Fax: 613 966-1363
After hours student emergencies only: 613 771-3211