Canada

Canada is a multi-dimensional country loved for its slick and sophisticated cities like Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal that exude a cool and friendly vibe whilst its stunning natural landscapes and wildlife attract millions of visitors each year. From polar bears, grizzly bears, friendly moose and breaching whales, you’ll want to strap on your snowboard or jump in your kayak and explore the exquisite beauty that surrounds you.

Throughout my trip I made many amazing friendships and bonds that I'll keep for life. My exchange was definitely the most tough, fun and exciting thing I have ever done and it has given me so much more confidence and hunger for life and travel. I would definitely recommend an exchange to anyone who is thinking about studying abroad or travelling and doing their high school over there. It was just an amazing opportunity and I couldn't even begin to explain the things that I got out of it personally. Go do it, go apply, because it will honestly be one of the best things you'll ever do.

Georgia Bryers - Semester to Canada (Scholarship Winner)

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Program Options to Canada

You have 2 program options available for your student exchange to Canada:

  1. Hybrid Exchange Program – Choose a school district for a 2 month, 3 month, Semester or Year program duration.
  2. High School Choice Exchange Program – Choose from a range of regions, school districts and schools for a Semester or Year program. Fully participate in athletics, clubs and other extracurricular activities whilst on exchange.

Scroll down to see the next available departure dates, a list of available school districts and to understand the differences between these programs.

Hybrid Program Fees & Departure Dates

The Hybrid program allows students to select their preferred school district to live in during their exchange.

Preference for a specific school or town/city within the school district may be requested, however specific town/city placements within the school district cannot be guaranteed, as placement is based on host family availability and student/family personality matching.

Please find the Hybrid program prices and list of available school districts below.

Next available departures for Canada

Length Departure Fee Application deadline Early Bird deadline Scholarship deadline
Length2 months DepartureMar 2023 FeeAU $10950 Application deadline19/01/2023 Early Bird deadline31/10/2022
Length3 months DepartureMar 2023 FeeAU $10950 Application deadline19/01/2023 Early Bird deadline31/10/2022
Length2 months DepartureApr 2023 FeeAU $12950 Application deadline16/02/2023 Early Bird deadline31/10/2022
Length3 months DepartureApr 2023 FeeAU $13950 Application deadline16/02/2023 Early Bird deadline31/10/2022
LengthSemester DepartureAug 2023 FeeAU $18950 Application deadline30/04/2023 Early Bird deadline31/10/2022 Scholarship deadline31/10/2022
LengthAcademic Year DepartureAug 2023 FeeAU $27450 Application deadline30/04/2023 Early Bird deadline31/08/2022 Scholarship deadline31/08/2022
Length3 months DepartureSep 2023 FeeAU $13950 Application deadline30/04/2023 Early Bird deadline31/10/2022
Length2 months DepartureNov 2023 FeeAU $12950 Application deadline31/07/2023 Early Bird deadline31/03/2023
Length3 months DepartureNov 2023 FeeAU $13950 Application deadline31/07/2023 Early Bird deadline31/03/2023
LengthSemester DepartureJan 2024 FeeAU $18950 Application deadline30/10/2023 Early Bird deadline31/03/2023 Scholarship deadline31/03/2023
LengthAcademic Year DepartureJan 2024 FeeAU $27450 Application deadline30/10/2023 Early Bird deadline31/03/2023 Scholarship deadline31/03/2023

Important Hybrid Program Information

Please note that

  • Students must be at least 14 years of age, but not more than 18 years when their program starts.
  • Gap year students are eligible and need to depart no more than 3 months after completing their final year. Canada applicants must also be younger than 18 and 8 months whilst on the program. There are no formal language requirements for Canada.
  • Please contact our office if you are interested in a program in French speaking Canada for a 5 month program (only). There are strict language requirements for students applying for French speaking Canada. Students applying for French speaking Canada will need to have completed at least 2 years of continuous language studies prior to departure. Students will also need to undergo an interview in French, with our overseas partner.  Fees can be provided upon request. 
  • High school hours are usually from 8.30am until 2.30pm. Extracurricular activities and sports are scheduled after school hours. Lessons in public schools are held from Mondays to Fridays and there are no lessons on Saturdays or Sundays.
  • Click here to view the list of the compulsory vaccines and required number of doses for students applying for Canada (i.e. unless the applicant has already had the illness).
  • Optional Program Extras are available. Please contact our office for further information.
    • Arrival orientation held in Toronto at an additional cost for January and September arrivals. 
    • Included  - Local orientation with the Coordinator after arrival into exchange location.
  • Students could be requested to depart up to 3 weeks around our set program dates. Program dates are dependent upon the district that you are placed in. We will confirm your program dates well in advance to avoid any confusion or disruption.
  • You will travel on a student visa and will need to lodge your application in person at the Canadian Consulate serving your area. We will help you prepare your application.

Hybrid Program - Available School Districts

Students applying for our Canada Hybrid program can pick the school district they would like to live in during their exchange. Preference for a specific school or town/city within the school district may be requested, however specific town/city placements within the school district cannot be guaranteed, as placement is based on host family availability and student/family personality matching.  Here is a sample of the school districts on offer: 

PROGRAM TYPE

SCHOOL / DISTRICT

PROVINCEREGIONSCHOOL DISTRICT WEBSITE HIGH SCHOOLS
Program TypeHybrid School / DistrictThunder Bay Catholic District School Board ProvinceOntario RegionGreater Calgary Region School District Website www.tbcschools.ca High Schools2
Program TypeHybrid School / DistrictRenfrew County District School Board ProvinceOntario RegionArnprior, Pembroke, Deep River, Barry’s Bay, Douglas, Renfrew, Petawawa School District Website www.rcdsb.on.ca High Schools5
Program TypeHybrid School / DistrictSchool District of Whiteshell ProvinceManitoba RegionPinawa School District Website www.sdwhiteshell.mb.ca High Schools1
Program TypeHybrid School / DistrictChinook International Program – Hazlet School ProvinceSaskatchewan RegionHazlet School District Website www.chinooksask.ca High Schools1
Program TypeHybrid School / DistrictChatham Christian School ProvinceOntario RegionChatham School District Website www.chathamchristian.ca High Schools1
Program TypeHybrid School / District Near North District School Board ProvinceOntario Region North Bay, Parry Sound, Mattawa, South River, Sturgeon Falls School District Website www.nearnorthschools.ca High Schools7
Program TypeHybrid School / DistrictNipissing-Parry Sound Catholic District School Board ProvinceOntario RegionNorth Bay School District Website www.npsc.ca High Schools1
Program TypeHybrid School / DistrictBruce Grey Catholic District School Board ProvinceOntario RegionOwen Sound, Walkerton School District Website www.bgcdsb.org High Schools2
           

Canada High School Choice Program

Pick the school you would like to study at during your exchange

Students who are looking to go on exchange to Canada have the option to apply for a semester or academic year program and choose from a range of regions, school districts and schools in Canada.

Students can fully participate in athletics, clubs and other extracurricular activities whilst on exchange.

International students in Canada are eligible to earn a diploma, as long as they meet graduation requirements for the high school they are attending.

With the High School Choice programs you can customise your study abroad by choosing:

  • Your destination
  • A lifestyle you love – a school in a big city, near the beach, close to the mountains, warm weather all year round and more!
  • How long to study – international students can study at a public school for a year, semester or even a short term program!
  • A school based on a sport you love or want to try
  • A school based on a unique art program – like multimedia, acting, dance, journalism, architecture, music and more

Click here to find out more about Canada High School Choice.

See above for our Hybrid Canada Exchange Program.

High School Choice Departure Dates*

  • Year Program - August/September
  • Semester Program - August/September or January

*Departure dates may vary depending on choice of school district.

The full Canada High School Choice Program cost is the combined total of the School and Accommodation Fee and the Program Management Fee. These costs will be invoiced separately, and the Schools and Accommodation Fee is invoiced directly from Canada, in CAD dollars.

Note that SEANZ reserves the right to make adjustments to Program Fees should circumstances beyond SEANZ's control warrant such a change. SEANZ also reserves the right to change or alter travel plans, program dates, program components or other arrangements including cancellations of programs or groups. Late applications may be considered. Some program destinations are subject to availability. Cancellation Penalties do apply.

High School Choice - Available School Districts

Below is a sample of the school districts available.

PROGRAM TYPE

SCHOOL / DISTRICT

PROVINCEREGIONSCHOOL & ACCOM FEE - YEAR (CAD)SCHOOL & ACCOM FEE - SEMESTER (CAD)PROGRAM MANAGEMENT FEE - YEAR (AUD)PROGRAM MANAGEMENT FEE - SEMESTER (AUD)
Program TypeHigh School Choice School / DistrictLivingstone Range ProvinceAlberta RegionRocky Mountain Region School and Accommodation Fee (CAD)- Year$19,850 School and Accommodation Fee (CAD)- Semester$10,175 Program Management Fee (AUD)- Year $4995 Program Management Fee (AUD)- Semester$4995
Program TypeHigh School Choice School / DistrictMedicine Hat School District ProvinceAlberta RegionGreater Calgary Region School and Accommodation Fee (CAD)- Year$17,800 School and Accommodation Fee (CAD)- Semester$9,300 Program Management Fee (AUD)- Year $4995 Program Management Fee (AUD)- Semester$4995
Program TypeHigh School Choice School / DistrictPacific Rim ProvinceBritish Columbia RegionVancouver Island School and Accommodation Fee (CAD)- Year$25,570 School and Accommodation Fee (CAD)- Semester$14,100 Program Management Fee (AUD)- Year $4995 Program Management Fee (AUD)- Semester$4995
Program TypeHigh School Choice School / DistrictMaple Ridge and Pitt Meadows District ProvinceBritish Columbia RegionGreater Vancouver Region School and Accommodation Fee (CAD)- Year$25,800 School and Accommodation Fee (CAD)- Semester$13,200 Program Management Fee (AUD)- Year $4995 Program Management Fee (AUD)- Semester$4995
Program TypeHigh School Choice School / DistrictGulf Islands School District ProvinceBritish Columbia RegionIslands between Vancouver and Vancouver Island School and Accommodation Fee (CAD)- Year$26,400 School and Accommodation Fee (CAD)- Semester$13,500 Program Management Fee (AUD)- Year $4995 Program Management Fee (AUD)- Semester$4995
Program TypeHigh School Choice School / DistrictQualicum School District ProvinceBritish Columbia RegionVancouver Islands School and Accommodation Fee (CAD)- Year$23,950 School and Accommodation Fee (CAD)- Semester$12,225 Program Management Fee (AUD)- Year $4995 Program Management Fee (AUD)- Semester$4995
Program TypeHigh School Choice School / DistrictRocky Mountain School District ProvinceBritish Columbia RegionRocky Mountain Region School and Accommodation Fee (CAD)- Year$27,000 School and Accommodation Fee (CAD)- Semester$14,000 Program Management Fee (AUD)- Year $4995 Program Management Fee (AUD)- Semester$4995
Program TypeHigh School Choice School / DistrictNewfoundland and Labrador – Metro Placement ProvinceNewfoundland RegionSt John’s School and Accommodation Fee (CAD)- Year$19,775 School and Accommodation Fee (CAD)- Semester$10,225 Program Management Fee (AUD)- Year $4995 Program Management Fee (AUD)- Semester$4995
Program TypeHigh School Choice School / DistrictNova Scotia School Board ProvinceNova Scotia RegionAtlantic School and Accommodation Fee (CAD)- Year$18,525 School and Accommodation Fee (CAD)- Semester$9,575 Program Management Fee (AUD)- Year $4995 Program Management Fee (AUD)- Semester$4995
Program TypeHigh School Choice School / DistrictUpper Canada School District) ProvinceOntario RegionEastern Ontario School and Accommodation Fee (CAD)- Year$25,000 School and Accommodation Fee (CAD)- Semester$13,000 Program Management Fee (AUD)- Year $4995 Program Management Fee (AUD)- Semester$4995
Program TypeHigh School Choice School / DistrictBurnaby School District ProvinceBritish Columbia RegionGreater Vancouver School and Accommodation Fee (CAD)- Year$30,455 School and Accommodation Fee (CAD)- Semester$15,980 Program Management Fee (AUD)- Year $4995 Program Management Fee (AUD)- Semester$4995

View the High School Choice Program Options, Inclusions & Terms & Conditions.

 

Find out more - Attend one of our Info Sessions

If you would like to find out more information on our programs, please attend one of our free LIVE Online sessions. 

  • Meet our staff
  • Hear comprehensive information on all aspects of exchange
  • Ask questions
  • Listen to questions asked by other students and parents
  • Meet other students who are considering going on exchange

Information evenings run for about an hour. They are friendly and free and are the best way for us to address your specific questions in person.