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

Return t o School Plan

The New Westminster School District has been preparing for students to safely return to school from next Monday, January 10th.  Please see the message from Superintendent Hachlaf explaining the measures taken for students to return to school.  Please click "more" to be able to click on the message. more

Extension of Winter Break

The return of in-person learning will be delayed until January 10th to allow for enhanced safety measures.  Please see the message from Superintendent Hachlaf for complete details. Please click "more" to be able to acces the link. more

Winter Vacation Office Hours

The International Education Office will be open 9:00 to 2:00 Monday, December 20th to Thursday, December 23rd. The office will be closed from Friday, December 24th and reopen with the return to school on Tuesday, January 4th.  for student emergencies only please call 604.356.4980 or What's App at 604.802.7001. For all other inquiries please contact the international office at 604.517.6285 or email to iep@sd40.bc.ca. We wish everyone a very safe and happy holiday season and all the best for 2022. more

Online Application Status

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Our online application is currently unavailable. You may apply using the PDF paper application form.

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