About Us - Why Choose New Westminster?

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Why Choose the New Westminster International Education Program?

Leaders in International Education

The New Westminster School District is a leader in Canadian international education. We hosted our first international students in 1987 making us one of Canada’s longest running public school international education programs. Today, we welcome students from all over the world into various long-term and short-term programs. With close to 30 years of experience and “know-how” parents can chose New Westminster for their son or daughter knowing that they are receiving the support required to be successful away from home.

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Dedicated International Education Staff

Located on site in New Westminster Secondary School (NWSS) to assist students with making their experience with us as enjoyable as possible.

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Step-by-Step English

We feature a variable level ELL program that accommodates English Language Learners (ELL) from beginner to advanced levels. Our Program allows students to start at any level of English and still be integrated with local Canadian students.

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Academic Excellence

Since 1987 NWSS international student graduates have been accepted to top universities in Canada, the United States and countries around the world.

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Welcoming Community

New Westminster is a small friendly city of only 65,000 citizens only 25 minutes from Vancouver International Airport and downtown Vancouver.

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Comfortable Climate

The climate of South Western British Columbia is the warmest in Canada. Unlike other parts of Canada the temperature seldom goes below zero or over thirty degrees.

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Homestay Experience

We offer our New Westminster School District organized and administered homestay program to place students with a suitable family and monitor their experience there. Our program features a full time Homestay Manager based in NWSS as part of the International Education team.

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100’s of Course Offerings

The size of New Westminster Secondary School allows for classes ranging from university entrance academic preparation to fine arts electives to technical education.

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Activities

New Westminster Secondary School features around 100 clubs and sports teams that international education students are welcome and encouraged to join.

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Experienced Program

The New Westminster School District International Program began in 1987 making it one of the most experienced, developed student-centered programs in Canada.

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Semester System

New Westminster Secondary School is a semester system school allowing international students to arrange their schedules to best suit their graduation plans.

Highlights at New Westminster School District 40

Ministry of Education FAQs March 25th, 2020

Ministry of Education FAQs March 25th, 2020

For information and frequently asked questions regarding learning following the spring break, marks, assessments and graduation please view the attachment from the Ministry of Education.  This document was updated on March 25th. Please click "more" to view the attachment. more

March 24th, FAQs for Students

March 24th, FAQs for Students

Please view the FAQ attachment for updated information.  The FAQs have been updated to provide information on re entry to Canada for students with a valid student permit and for assistance for students offered by Guard Me.  Please click "more" to be able to view the attachment. more

Covid 19 Update from Superintendent Hachlaf, March 20th, 2020

Covid 19 Update from Superintendent Hachlaf, March 20th, 2020

Parents, students and agents can view Superintendent Hachlaf's Covid-19 update message in this attachment.  Please click "more" to be able to link to the letter. more

Online Application Status

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Please contact iepsd40.bc.ca if you have any questions.