International Student Information

Information for International Students

Living in Canada can be a great adventure however you may find life in Canada to be very different from your home country.

Remember, the International Student Program team is always here to answer any questions or concerns you may have.

Getting to Know Your Homestay Family

It is important that you make your best efforts to understand and work with your homestay family. Your experience will be more fulfilling if you embrace your Canadian home. Your homestay family is opening their home to you and will do their best to make you feel welcome.

In turn, your homestay family will do their best to understand your culture. Your homestay family may feel a bit uncomfortable in the beginning as they get to know you. If you hide out in your room during your stay, neither you nor your homestay family will get the experience from this program you both were hoping for.

It is important to keep in contact with your family back home and involve your homestay family with communications. Being homesick is a natural feeling and your homestay family will do their best to help you through this. Making friends at school and taking part in activities either at school or home will help you adjust.

In British Columbia, the legal drinking age is 19 and the use of drugs/marijuana is illegal. As a student in the School District No. 73 International Student Program there is ZERO TOLERANCE to the use of alcohol or drugs as well as smoking (regular or vapor). Although you may have a driver's license back home, driving is prohibited by all students in the program.

This is an exciting opportunity to learn about a new culture, build new friendships and explore a different country. Your family has gone to great lengths to send you on this experience, please make the most of it. We look forward to working with you throughout the program to make sure you have the best experience possible.

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