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Canada is the world’s second largest country and is known for diversity, natural beauty, and friendly nature. Whether you are exploring the Rocky Mountains or hitting the slopes in Whistler, your exchange to Canada is sure to be an unforgettable experience.

Classic High School
Choose from 2 or 3 Months, a Calendar Year (12 months) or an Academic Semester or Academic Year – no choice of school, placements are all over Canada.

High School Choice
Choose from a range of regions, school districts and schools for an Academic Semester or Academic Year. It’s all about choice and there are even options to attend school and a ski academy as part of your educational experience! This is a full fee paying program and we recommend you book a chat with our team to create the best program for your journey to Canada.

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Program Summary:

Canada Program Options

Classic Exchange Program

Choose to be placed with a host family and attend a local school on an Academic Semester or Year program.

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Classic Exchange Short Program

Immerse yourself into Canadian life for 2-3 months. Experience the culture and make lifelong connections.

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High School Choice Programs

Choose from a range of regions and school districts for an Academic Semester or Year program. Your exchange, your way!

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Classic Program

Our Classic program will match you with a welcoming host family and place you in a nearby school. We find the host family and choose the school, and you can enjoy immersing yourself in local culture & community. These are perfect for students who:

​* Flexible about location, and the academic experience
​* Want to have a cultural experience​
​* Interested in joining sports, clubs, and activities
​* Grow as a person and improve language skills​

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Classic Program Information

Age and eligibility

Students must be at least 14 years of age, but no more than 18 years when their program starts. Canada applicants must also be younger than 18 and 8 months whilst on the program.

Students who are gluten-free or vegan will be charged an extra CAD$200 per month, while those who are both gluten-free and vegan will be charged CAD$300 per month. This covers the cost of additional food to meet the student’s dietary requirements.

Vegetarian or pescatarian students must live in homes where meat is consumed and will incur a CAD$150 monthly stipend to allow for their dietary needs. They should be self-sufficient in managing their diet.

Language criteria

There are no formal language requirements for Canada.

Program length

Programs are available for 2 or 3 months, Academic Semester, Academic Year (10 months), or a Calendar Year (12 months).

Schools

High school hours are usually from 8:00 am until 3:00 pm. Extracurricular activities and sports are scheduled after school hours. Lessons in public schools are held from Monday to Friday and there are no lessons on Saturdays or Sundays. Some students attend summer school. All schools are provincially accredited, follow a standard curriculum and publicly funded. High school is from Grade 9-12, September – June (Academic Year). There is no choice of schools on the Classic Program.

Vaccinations

All Outbound students are required to be fully vaccinated for Meningococcal (MenACWY) and standard childhood vaccinations.

Covid-19 Vaccination
It is no longer a requirement to be vaccinated for Covid-19 from September 2024 programs onward. The Canadian Government continues to recommend Covid-19 vaccination and information can be found here.

Your Program Coordinator can advise if any additional vaccinations are required. Please be sure to note all vaccinations you have received in your application.

Visa

For students under 6 months, there is no visa required, just an online eTA form to be completed. For students staying longer, you will need to apply for a study permit. Further information will be provided by your program coordinator.

Students traveling on Australian & New Zealand passports, with programs up to 90 days, generally travel as “tourists” and do not need to apply for a visa prior departure. However, for programs extending beyond the 90-day period (including Semester & Academic Year programs), students are usually required to apply for the necessary visa.

Program Coordinators will provide the essential visa documents so students can lodge their visa application. Please note that Program Coordinators are not Registered Migration Agents and cannot represent the applicant. Program Coordinators will provide “guidance” where possible, however the responsibility of lodging the visa falls upon the student/parents. Visa application requirements differ per destination and, on top of the visa documents provided by your Program Coordinator, students will need to provide additional documents such as birth certificate, bank statements, police check certificate, passport photos, letter of parental consent, etc.

Visa application fees (set by the foreign Authority) fluctuate depending on the destination and may vary from $180 to $700. These costs exclude expenses such as translations, official stamps (Notary Public stamp, Apostille stamp), national police certificate, passports photos, express post envelopes, etc. In some cases, students must attend an in-person consulate / visa agency appointment, which may incur additional personal expenses for travel such as purchasing flights (Interstate flight or international flight if no representation in your home country), petrol costs, tolls, accommodation, etc.

The budget allocated for flights to Canada is NZ$3,200 of the program price listed below. We may need to charge a flight surcharge if we cannot obtain a flight within this budget. For more information, please see our Flight Surcharge Policy on our Money Matters page.

Friends skiing in Canada

High School Choice Program

Students who are looking to go on exchange to Canada have the option to apply for an Academic Semester or an 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.

With the High School Choice programs you can customise your study abroad by choosing your destination, or a lifestyle or sport you love – a school in a big city, near the beach, close to the mountains, warm weather all year round and more! International students can study at a public school for a year, semester or even a short term program!

Classic Program Prices for Canada

LengthArriveDepartProgram fee
NZD
Application deadline
Academic SemesterAug 27,
2024
Feb 1,
2025
$19,950Apr 30, 2024
Academic YearAug 27,
2024
Jun 28,
2025
$29,950Apr 30, 2024
3 monthsAug 27,
2024
Nov 23,
2024
$13,950Apr 30, 2024
2 monthsNov 9,
2024
Jan 4,
2025
$12,950Jul 31, 2024
3 monthsNov 9,
2024
Feb 1,
2025
$13,950Jul 31, 2024
3 monthsFeb 1,
2025
Apr 26,
2025
$13,950Sept 15, 2024
Academic SemesterFeb 1,
2025
Jun 28,
2025
$19,950Sept 15, 2024
Calendar
Year
Feb 1,
2025
Feb 1,
2026
$32,950Sept 15, 2024

Each destination has a budget for flights included in the fee. If flight costs are above this budgeted amount, a Flight Surcharge may apply. Please see our Money Matters page for program inclusions, the flight surcharge policy and other important pricing information.

Program start dates are indicative arrivals in the destination & students attending the Soft Landing Camp (if available) will depart earlier. Program start dates serve as approximate arrival dates at the destination and subject to change as program dates are dependent upon the district that you are placed in. We will notify you of your confirmed program dates ahead of time to prevent any confusion or inconvenience.

If a student arrives on a date other than the suggested arrival dates, an additional fee will be applied. If a student departs earlier or later than the program’s schedule and requires assistance for transfers, an extra charge will be incurred. In cases where a student is travelling as an unaccompanied minor and needs special assistance at the airport, additional fees will apply. The specific costs will be determined based on the program, arrival and departure details, and any additional services required, such as meet and greet, pick-up service, or private transfers.

Scholarship & Early Bird Discount Application Deadlines
March 31, 2024: classic programs departing between October 2024 – March 2025
October 31, 2024: classic programs departing between April 2025 – September 2025
Find out more about Scholarships and Early Bird Discounts.
Group at Nigara Falls

Soft Landing Camp in Toronto

Price: NZ$1,390 per student (August arrivals only).
The arrival in February also offers a Soft Landing Camp, however the agenda will be variable.

We can’t wait to welcome you to Toronto! Our camp staff are getting ready, the itinerary is set and all that is left is to meet you at the airport!

You will be joining the Canada team for 4 days to explore Toronto & Niagara Falls, learn about Canada, meet new friends and begin your exchange adventure! Your Local Coordinator will meet you once you arrive in the local area.

EXAMPLE OF THE SLC AGENDA

Day 1:

Early-PM: Airport Meet & Greet
Hotel Check-in: Students will be transferred  to the hotel for check-in once student groups have arrived.
PM: Get to Know the Leaders & Participants
6-9 pm: Welcome Dinner & Get to Know You (dinner included).

Day 2:
AM:
Breakfast & Bus. Enjoy breakfast at the hotel (included) before departing by bus to Niagara Falls to visit one of the wonders of the world – Niagara Falls!

AM/PM: Visit the Wonder that is Niagara Falls. Enjoy free time at Clifton Hill, explore the mid-way, stop by the Hershey’s Chocolate World, Ripley’s Believe it or Not, Niagara SkyWheel and more…! (lunch purchased by students). Discover the Falls, photo time and and learn the history of Niagara Falls. Take the Voyage to the Falls Boat Tour and get up close and personal to the Falls. Head back to Toronto for the evening Toronto Blue Jays Baseball Game (dinner purchased by students).

Day 3: Toronto (By land and lake!)

AM: Exploring, Shopping & Selfies

A morning breakfast at the hotel (included)

Students participate in a morning cultural orientation meeting and review the program expectations – prep for success! Then shop ’til you drop and dine (lunch purchased by students) at The Eaton Centre Shopping Mall. Photo time! Get a group photo at the iconic PanAM Games “Toronto” sign. Walk through historic downtown to the CN Tower. Take a trip to the top and view the city from a new height.

PM: Touring on an Evening Cruise.

Board the Yankee Lady Cruise-ship for a Dinner and Dance cruise along the Toronto Harbour (dinner included).

Day 4: Departures – It’s time to meet your host family!

AM: Goodbyes & Hellos – All in One Day!
Enjoy a morning to-go/packed breakfast (included) before departing to your host community. Staff members will assist you to the airport to catch your flights, to the train or bus station or cars awaiting you, to set off to meet your host family and begin your exchange adventure!
A to-go/packed breakfast is provided. (Student’s will purchase lunch on their own (either at airport or en route, depending on transfer details).

Soft Landing Camp fee includes: hotel accommodation, entry into tourist destinations, airport transfers, meals as described in agenda.

Soft Landing Camp fee does not include: domestic transfer to host family community, some meals, personal expenses

LIVE Online sessions

If you would like to find out more information on our programs, please attend one of our free LIVE Online Information Sessions to:

  • Meet our staff
  • Hear comprehensive information on all aspects of exchange
  • Ask questions
  • See questions asked by other students and parents

Information evenings run for about an hour.
They are friendly, free and are the best way for us to address your specific questions in person.

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Canada

Enjoy your exchange experience at an excellent high school in warm, welcoming and diverse Canada, the most multicultural country on earth! Extraordinary nature, vibrant cities and respected academic achievements for your future!

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France

Your high school exchange will show you why France is the world’s top tourist destination: rich historical sites, stunning nature, fantastic food and a vigorous debating tradition in a world language spoken by almost 100 million people!

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Argentina

Argentina is well-known for its natural scenery, modern cities and fashion but also for tradition and hospitality. It is an ideal destination for exchange.

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Denmark

Denmark is one of the happiest nations on earth with some of the best quality of life. Enjoy the hospitality along with an outstanding education system.

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Finland

There’s something pure in the Finnish air and spirit that’s incredibly vital and exciting; with the trendsetting modern capital of Helsinki counterbalanced by vast forested wildernesses in the north and east. Try something different on exchange on Finland.

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Germany

Your high school exchange in Europe’s economic powerhouse is a great opportunity to invest in your future while discovering rich German language and culture, an open, welcoming society and many stimulating experiences!

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Ireland

The Emerald Isle welcomes you in English and in Gaelic, to great schools, warm families, dynamic cities and close-knit small towns. Ireland has become a hotbed of innovation but remains rooted in rich traditions you will love!

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Italy

Spend your high school exchange in astonishing Italy, from beautiful medieval towns to mountains and seashore; discover capital cities of design; enjoy fabulous farm-to-table food, and learn the world’s most romantic language!

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Netherlands

Who hasn’t heard of Amsterdam, the capital of culture, coffee houses and canals? Its mesmerising beauty is hard to overestimate, and yet a surfeit of stunning metropoles are only hours, or even minutes, away by train.

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Australia

Experience the adventure of a lifetime with your neighbours! Australia beckons with its stunning landscapes, vibrant culture, and world-class education. Discover a both similarities and differences, make lifelong friends as a high school exchange student in Australia.

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Norway

Norway is, by any standards, one of the most beautiful countries on earth – discover Norwegian traditions and culture on exchange in Norway

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Spain

Open doors by studying a great world language in a country with mountains, ocean and medieval villages all within reach, and a laid-back culture where you can learn and enjoy at the same time!

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Sweden

Sweden’s progressive society also provides an ideal climate for innovation and economic advancement. Your high school exchange here will also reveal why the country is consistently among the world’s happiest!

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United Kingdom

Some of the world’s best schools are in the UK. Combine rich culture and history, beautiful countryside, enthusiastic sports clubs and exciting excursions during your exchange in the UK.

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USA

Being a high school exchange student in the USA is like embarking on an adventure filled with new friendships, diverse cultures, and a world of educational opportunities. It’s a an experience that broadens horizons and creates lasting memories.

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Japan

Immerse yourself in the captivating blend of ancient traditions and modern innovation. Engage in authentic cultural experiences, attend Japanese high school, and build lasting friendships. This program offers a unique opportunity to broaden your horizons, enhance language skills, and gain a global perspective that will undoubtedly shape your future.

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