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

Rocky Mountain Spring Break Trip March 18th to 21st

Rocky Mountain Spring Break Trip March 18th to 21st

Registration is now open for our most popular trip of the year! If you are interested in visiting the Rockies please visit the Discover Canada Student Adventures site to register and submit your payment.  Please note that you must make your payment to guarantee your spot more

Schools Closed Wednesday, January 15th

Schools Closed Wednesday, January 15th

Due to extreme weather conditions all schools in the New Westminster School District are closed today. The International Office will also not be open today. more

New Student Orientation January 20th to 24th

New Student Orientation January 20th to 24th

Welcome to New Westminster Secondary School! New student orientation will begin on Monday, January 20th at 9:00 AM in the high school library. Lunch will be provided.  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.