Programs - Long Term Programs - Introduction

Long Term Programs

The International Education Program provides long-term academic studies for students from Kindergarten to Grade 12 (ages 5-18) who wish to study for one semester, one year, or to complete high school.

The regular school year begins every September and ends in June. International students may enter the school in either September or January/February.

Long-term students have a deep immersion experience. Their spoken and written English improves rapidly, and they become comfortable with the Canadian lifestyle, culture and education system.

In addition to a first-rate education, the International Education Program offers students many opportunities to join in school service clubs, recreational activities and sports teams. Our long-term programs provide a balance of academic study and school activities to ensure students enjoy a complete education experience.

For more information on the Canadian education system, go to our New Westminster School District, Organization page.

Academic Year Abroad – One Year Will Change Your Life

Live and study for a year in New Westminster, and make a lifetime of friends and memories! In our Academic Year Abroad program, students are integrated into regular classes and activities with Canadian students. The year-long program also includes ELL (English Language Learning) sessions to help improve in English.

High school students can register for one semester or one year (two semesters).

High School Completion – Prepare for Your Future

Students can also choose to live and study in New Westminster until they graduate with an official British Columbia High School Diploma. While enrolled in a New Westminster school, you are integrated into academic classes and activities with Canadian students.

Completing high school in New Westminster is an excellent way to prepare for university or college. Many of our graduates go on to top universities across Canada, the U.S.A. and around the world.

Our Schools – New Westminster Secondary School page

Middle School

The New Westminster School District recognizes that the needs of children between the ages of 10-13 are unique and specific. To better cater to these students, the school district has introduced the Middle School concept.

Our Schools – Middle Schools page

Elementary School

The New Westminster School District has eight elementary schools to welcome students from Kindergarten to Grade 5. Students are immersed in a regular classroom and are expected to participate fully in all activities offered. English language help is provided where available.

Our Schools – Elementary Schools page

Highlights at New Westminster School District 40

July 29th Return to School Update from Superintendent Hachlaf

July 29th Return to School Update from Superintendent Hachlaf

Superintendent Karim Hachlaf has provided an update to parents regarding the Ministry of Education Return to School. (Click more to link to the information.) As well, the Ministry of Education Restart Plan is available for review. more

Covid-19 Student Arrival Guide

Covid-19 Student Arrival Guide

International students returning for fall, 2020 who are outside Canada and have a study permit issued before March 18th, 2020 as well as new students waiting for Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) regulation changes to allow travel to Canada for study permits issued after March 18th should have received the Covid-19 Student Arrival guide. (Click more to view or download the guide). more

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada Updates

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada Updates

To manage the outbreak of Covid-19 and to protect Canadians, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is maintaining travel restrictions to Canada. Please note, International students who have a valid Study Permit issued before March 18th, 2020 are able to enter Canada.  more

Online Application Status

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