If you don’t like festival-packed cities like Toronto and Montreal that offer the world’s best quality of life, take a double dose of history in St John’s, Newfoundland, North America’s oldest city. Not enamoured with the prospect of hiking, skiing or snowboarding over the cloud-poking mountains of Banff & Jasper National Parks? Then try a slow ride through the wheat-waving prairies of Saskatchewan.
Throughout my trip I made many amazing friendships and bonds that ill 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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Next available departures for Canada
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|Length2 months||DepartureEarly Nov 2018||FeeAU $8800||Application deadline15/08/2018||Early Bird deadline31/03/2018|
|Length3 months||DepartureEarly Nov 2018||FeeAU $9300||Application deadline15/08/2018||Early Bird deadline31/03/2018|
|Length5 months||DepartureJan 2019||FeeAU $11750||Application deadline02/09/2018||Early Bird deadline31/03/2018||Scholarship deadline31/03/2018|
|Length5 months||DepartureAug 2019||FeeAU $TBC||Application deadline26/03/2019||Early Bird deadline31/10/2018||Scholarship deadline31/10/2018|
|Length2 months||DepartureEarly Nov 2019||FeeAU $TBC||Application deadline15/08/2019||Early Bird deadline31/03/2019|
|Length3 months||DepartureEarly Nov 2019||FeeAU $TBC||Application deadline15/08/2019||Early Bird deadline31/03/2019|
Please note that
Our standard Semester & Year programs departing in January 2019 are full.
- We have limited spots available on our January 2019 hybrid semester program. Please contact us for further information.
- Our short programs are still open.
- Please scroll below or contact us if you would like to find out more about our new Canada High School Choice program or click here to view other destinations available.
- Students must be at least 14 years of age, but not more than 18 years when their program starts.
- Students interested in French speaking Canada are only eligible to apply for the 5 month program.
- 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.
- 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 August arrivals.
- Included - Local orientation with the Coordinator after arrival into exchange location.
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
See above for our standard Canada Exchange Program.
You can choose a 2 or 3 month program departing in November, or a 5 or 10 month program departing in either January or August each year.
Host families come in all different types, sizes and backgrounds, and could live just about anywhere in Canada. If you have French language skills you can choose to be placed in a French speaking location of Canada.
All host families undergo a Criminal Background Check, are interviewed in their home and referenced checked before they are approved to host.
Schools in Canada
In high schools, 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.
Age and Eligibility
To be eligible for an exchange to Canada you must be between the ages of 14 and 18 and be enrolled at school when applying. 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.
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.
Application deadlines are typically 4-5 months prior to departure but don’t leave it to the last minute to apply. Check the program dates below or give us a call. You may like to take advantage of our scholarships or early bird discounts and secure your spot even earlier! For details on the deadline for our 2WayExchange Experience, please click here.