School Districts Welcome:
Comox Valley Schools welcomes international students from over 20 countries every year. It serves Canadian students from the communities of Courtenay, Comox and Cumberland as well as the surrounding rural areas and adjacent islands of Denman and Horby. An ideal place to become immersed in the "west coast" Canadian lifestyle and learn along side Canadian students. We look forward to seeing you continue your studies in the Comox Valley.
small-town, rural, Island
Get in touch with us:
Your School contact
Our English Speaking Community
98% English Speaking. Study and learn English in an Immersion Environment.
Comprehensive English programs - credit courses and support blocks at no extra cost.
High School and community sports, fine and performing arts, and outdoor recreation.
Safe, friendly, and caring people surrounded by alpine peaks and lush forests and beaches.
Aquatics, cross country running, field hockey (female only), football, volleyball, basketball, curling, skiing/snowboarding, golf, mountain biking, rugby, track and field
Academies, Camps, French Immersion, Trips
Ice Hockey Academy, EXPLORE Outdoor Education, Golf Program, Football Program
iMaker - for students with a passion for technology, programming, coding, robotics, game and digital design
School Operator: State School
Program Established: 2005
Total number of schools: 21
Total Students: 8000
Number of High schools for international students: 3
Total international students grade 9-12: 250
Grades: K - 12
International students accepted for: 9, 10, 11, 12
Foreign Languages: French, French Immersion, Spanish
Info: French is offered in all schools and French Immersion is offered at Mark R. Isfeld Secondary School. Numerous language courses are also offered through our online school called NIDES/Navigate.
Entrance Dates: September, February, flexible entrance upon request and availability
Length of stay: 3 months/Term, 5 months/semester, 10 months/full year, until graduation
Application Deadlines: May 1 & November 1
Application Process: Online Application Forms, Letter of Acceptance
Videos on Youtube: www.youtube.com/channel/UCMJhuajCQeh2ITxjmZ3iZvA
Location: small-town, rural, Island
Info: Our friendly, welcoming community enjoys the warm temperate climate of BC’s West Coast. We offer all modern amenities for medical and dental care, shopping, theatres, and a multitude of community sports programs. There is easy access to Vancouver and Victoria, including a 30 minute flight from the Comox Valley International Airport to Vancouver. Visiting students and their families enjoy outstanding recreational activities including world class skiing and snowboarding on Mt. Washington, golfing, water sports, mountain biking and hiking. It takes only 30 minutes to be skiing and 10 minutes to be at the ocean, lakes and rivers.
Number of courses / system: Semestered, Linear, both - depending on individual school
Info: The High Schools in Comox Valley offer linear grade 8 and 9 and semestered grade 10-12.
Info: A true Canadian cultural experience filled with new activities and foods, is provided in Comox Valley Schools internally operated homestay program. Learn English in your home every day with English speaking parents, brothers and sisters. Comox Valley Schools employed homestay coordinators, recruit, screen and orient homestay families ensuring a warm and supportive home setting.
Homestay family profiles are provided 3 months prior to student arrival and you have the opportunity to communicate with your homestay family via skype, whatsapp, email or phone before arrival.
Summer Camp: www.studyinbritishcolumbia.com/programs/summer/
Student Services & Orientation & Counseling:
The Comox Valley International Student Program, a division of Comox Valley Schools, offers student services including, orientation, 2 International student only activities per month, homestay department and support, and general oversight of you while in Comox Valley.
Within each school, an International Student Support Teacher (ISPST) acts as your counselor, teacher and biggest advocate. Visit them anytime in their International Student classroom.
|High School||Total Enrolment||Website|
|Highland Secondary School||700||www.sd71.bc.ca/school/Highland/Pages/default.aspx|
|Mark R. Isfeld Secondary School||1000||www3.sd71.bc.ca/School/isfeldschool/Pages/default.aspx|
|G.P. Vanier Secondary School||1100||www3.sd71.bc.ca/School/gpvanier/Pages/default.aspx|
|Lake Trail Middle School||300||www.sd71.bc.ca/School/laketrail/Pages/default.aspx|
|Application Fee||CAD 350||EUR 258,76|
|Full Year Tuition Fee||CAD 13,300||EUR 9832,91|
|Semester Tuition Fee||CAD 6,650||EUR 4916,46|
|Annual Homestay Placement Fee||CAD 300||EUR 221,80|
|Homestay Monthly Fee||CAD 950||EUR 702,35|
|Health Insurance Monthly Fee||CAD 100||EUR 73,93|
|Annual Custodianship Fee||CAD 00||EUR 0,00|
|Airport Pick-up Fee||CAD 00||EUR 0,00|
|Total Semester Fees||CAD 12,700||EUR 9389,32|
|Total Annual Fees||CAD 24,750||EUR 18298,09|
Please calculate additional costs for
Airfare approx. Euro 1100 to Euro 1700
Study Permit approx. Euro 170
Pocket money approx. Euro 200 to 250/month
If applicable additional health/accident/third part liability insurance
Health Insurance: mandatory
Info: Activity Fee $300 p.a./ $150 semestervalid for school year 2022/23
Please note that the program description is very much reduced. All information, in particular on the fee-structure, is based on the information provided by the individual Canadian program and is subject to change / as at 09/2021