Canada

If you don’t like festival-packed cities like Toronto and Montreal that offer the world’s best quality of life, take a double dose of history in St John’s, Newfoundland, North America’s oldest city. Not enamoured with the prospect of hiking, skiing or snowboarding over the cloud-poking mountains of Banff & Jasper National Parks? Then try a slow ride through the wheat-waving prairies of Saskatchewan.

Throughout my trip I made many amazing friendships and bonds that ill keep for life. My exchange was definitely the most tough, fun and exciting thing I have ever done and it has given me so much more confidence and hunger for life and travel. I would definitely recommend an exchange to anyone who is thinking about studying abroad or travelling and doing their high school over there. It was just an amazing opportunity and I couldn't even begin to explain the things that I got out of it personally. Go do it, go apply, because it will honestly be one of the best things you'll ever do.

Georgia Bryers - Semester to Canada (Scholarship Winner)

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Next available departures for Canada

Length Departure Fee Application deadline Early Bird deadline Scholarship deadline
Length5 months DepartureAug 2018 FeeAU $11750 Application deadline26/03/2018 Early Bird deadline31/10/2017 Scholarship deadline31/10/2017
Length10 months DepartureAug 2018 FeeAU $13950 Application deadline26/03/2018 Early Bird deadline31/10/2017 Scholarship deadline31/10/2017
Length2 months DepartureEarly Nov 2018 FeeAU $8800 Application deadline15/08/2018 Early Bird deadline31/03/2018
Length3 months DepartureEarly Nov 2018 FeeAU $9300 Application deadline15/08/2018 Early Bird deadline31/03/2018
Length5 months DepartureJan 2019 FeeAU $11750 Application deadline02/09/2018 Early Bird deadline31/03/2018 Scholarship deadline31/03/2018
Length10 months DepartureJan 2019 FeeAU $13950 Application deadline02/09/2018 Early Bird deadline31/03/2018 Scholarship deadline31/03/2018

Please note that

  • Students must be at least 14 years of age, but not more than 18 years when their program starts.
  • Students interested in French speaking Canada are only eligible to apply for the 5 month program.
  • There are strict language requirements for students applying for French speaking Canada. Students applying for French speaking Canada will need to have completed at least 2 years of continuous language studies prior to departure. Students will also need to undergo an interview in French, with our overseas partner.
  • Click here to view the list of the compulsory vaccines and required number of doses for students applying for Canada (i.e. unless the applicant has already had the illness).

Programs available

You can choose a 2 or 3 month program departing in November, or a 5 or 10 month program departing in either January or August each year.

Click here to find out more about our 2WayExchange program.

Placements

Host families come in all different types, sizes and backgrounds, and could live just about anywhere in Canada. If you have French language skills you can choose to be placed in a French speaking location of Canada.

All host families undergo a Criminal Background Check, are interviewed in their home and referenced checked before they are approved to host.

Schools in Canada

In high schools, hours are usually from 8.30am until 2.30pm. Extracurricular activities and sports are scheduled after school hours. Lessons in public schools are held from Mondays to Fridays and there are no lessons on Saturdays or Sundays.

Age and Eligibility

To be eligible for an exchange to Canada you must be between the ages of 14 and 18 and be enrolled at school when applying. Gap year students are eligible and need to depart no more than 3 months after completing their final year. Canada applicants must also be younger than 18 and 8 months whilst on the program. There are no formal language requirements for Canada.

Visas

You will travel on a student visa and will need to lodge your application in person at the Canadian Consulate serving your area. We will help you prepare your application.

Application deadlines

Application deadlines are typically 4-5 months prior to departure but don’t leave it to the last minute to apply. Check the program dates below or give us a call. You may like to take advantage of our scholarships or early bird discounts and secure your spot even earlier! For details on the deadline for our 2WayExchange Experience, please click here.