Canada High School Choice Programs

Explore your options

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.

Recent studies report that high schools in Canada are some of the best performing in the world (especially in math, science and reading). Other great things about attending high school in Canada:

  • Schools encourage students to have fun and show school spirit!
  • International students can study for multiple years at either a public or a private school
  • You can fully participate in athletics, clubs and other extracurricular activities
  • Making friends and building close ties to the community is easy!

When you’re not going to school and studying, there’s a lot to do in Canada! You can visit its big cities or commune with its beautiful natural habitats. If you like festivals, Canada has many internationally famous ones including the Toronto International Film Festival and stand up comedy’s “Just for Laughs” in Montreal. If you like outdoor activities, you’ve come to the right place! Ski the mountains in Whistler, British Columbia or surf in the Bay of Fundy, Nova Scotia. Explore the famous destinations of Niagara Falls, Bywater Market in Ottawa, Old Town Montreal, Lake Louise Alberta, the Toronto Islands, and the beaches along Vancouver Island...the list goes on and on!

As part of our High School Choice program, you pick where you want to study based on factors such as location, course subjects, sports, languages, arts and hobbies.

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Students can choose one of the listed school districts from the following provinces. Simply click on the province below to view more information and the available school districts;

Alberta

Alberta is a province in Western Canada. Its landscape is made up of mountains, desert badlands, prairies and extensive coniferous forests. Alberta has over 600 lakes, and rich mineral deposits. In the west, the Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks have glaciers in the Columbia Icefields. The Waterton Glacier International Peace Park is a biosphere reserve that straddles the southern border with the USA. 

British Columbia

British Columbia is Canada's most western province and is defined by its mountain ranges and Pacific coastline. Areas such as the Glacier National Park offer biking and hiking trails, plus campgrounds. Whistler Blackcomb is a major ski resort that hosted the 2010 Winter Olympics. The scenic Sea-to-Sky Highway links Whistler with Vancouver, a city known for its film industry, at the province's southern US border.

Manitoba

Manitoba is bordered by Ontario to the east and Saskatchewan to the west. Its landscape consists of rivers and lakes, forests, mountains and prairies that stretch from the northern Arctic tundra to Hudson Bay in the east, down to the southern farmland. A lot of wild life is protected in more than 80 provincial parks, where activities such as canoeing, hiking, camping, biking and fishing are popular.

Available School Districts

Newfoundland and Labrador

Newfoundland and Labrador is the most easterly province of Canada. On Newfoundland Island, the Norse archaeological site L'Anse aux Meadows is the believed settlement of Viking explorer Leif Erikson. There are cliffs, glacial fjords and waterfalls at Gros Morne National Park, on the Gulf of St Lawrence. The southeastern capital city St. John’s is known for the 17th-century Signal Hill citadel and its hillside walking trail.

Available School Districts

Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia is one of eastern Canada's Maritime provinces on the Atlantic. Consisting of a peninsula and offshore islands, it’s home to seals and puffins.  Kayaking is a popular water sport. The Bay of Fundy is famous for its extreme tides and whale-watching opportunities. A star-shaped Citadel dominates Halifax, the capital city which is known for its bustling waterfront and Victorian-era Public Gardens.

Available School Districts

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Ontario

Ontario is a province in east-central Canada that borders the Great Lakes and the US. It is home to Ottawa, Canada's capital, known for Parliament Hill’s Victorian architecture and the National Gallery. Toronto, Ontario's capital, is home to the 553m-high CN Tower, with extensive views from its revolving restaurant and High Park the site of a rare oak savannah habitat.

Available School Districts

More information and the application process

If you would like to find out more about our Canada High School Choice Program, please complete our online enquiry form or contact a Program Manager on 1300 135 331 from Australia or 0800 440 079 from New Zealand to discuss your interest in this program.

Please note that:

  • This program has a specific application form and application process for each school district.
  • Our scholarships and discounts are not available for the Canada High School Choice program.

Next available departures for Canada

Year Program - departing August / September - Apply by 30 April

Semester Program - departing August / September - Apply by 30 April

Semester Program - departing January - Apply by 30 September

Departure dates may vary depending on the choice of a school district. Application deadlines are open and flexible; please contact our office for more information.

High School Choice - How to Apply 

  1. There is a separate application form for each school district. The easiest way to start your Canada High School Choice application process is to contact us.
  2. Select up to three schools you would most like to attend. You have options! 
  3. Participate in a selection interview with one of our local coordinators.
  4. Depending on your school of choice, you may be asked to complete further school specific documentation, and/or participate in an interview. 
  5. We will submit your application to our agency in Canada.
  6. Our overseas agency will then officially apply to your chosen schools on your behalf.
  7. If you’re accepted by the school, you will then be required to complete further enrolment documentation.
  8. We will send you information about your school and host family.
  9. Attend our departure orientation. 
  10. Start your Canada High School Choice experience!