New Westminster School District 40

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New Westminster's International Education Program was awarded the 2017 "Outstanding Program in International Education " by the BC Council for International Education. For 30 years, students have had access to a variety of study options that allow for Canadian friendships and provide the skills needed to succeed in the global world. Students enrol in a program of academic rigour fully immersed with local Canadian students, or in a 1 or 2 semester long English language program.
New Westminster also provides support services for international students to ensure students are well cared for during their time abroad - all part of the full-service approach for the best education possible.


Nearest Airport:

Vancouver International (YVR)








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Welcome to New Westminster School District 40

3 reasons to choose our International Student Program

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Dedicated International Education Staff - located on site in New Westminster Secondary School (NWSS) to assist students with making their experience with us as enjoyable as possible.

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Hundreds of Course Offerings - The size of NWSS allows for a huge variety of interesting classes including computer graphics, fine and performing arts, and technical and career education.

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Step-by-Step English - We feature a variable level program that accommodates English Language Learners (ELL) from beginner to advanced levels. Most students are fully integrated in regular classes.

Offerings & Activities

School Facilities

Its facilities include: five computer labs, including ones for Internet and multimedia, four gymnasiums, a full-service cafeteria, a large sports field and a 1,260-seat professional theatre, along with specialized classrooms for sciences, art, music, technology and industrial arts. The sports field features a new rubber running track, field lights and operates year round.

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The School Athletic Department focusses on the development of athletic skills, team leadership, competitiveness, and a positive team and personal attitude.
Fall sports (Sep-Nov): Volleyball, Swimming, Running, Boys Soccer & Football (American).
Winter Sports (Nov-Mar): Basketball, Wrestling, Lacrosse
Spring Sports (Mar-Jun): Track & Field, Golf, Frisbee, Girls Soccer, Tennis, Badminton & Football

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Special Offerings & Activities

Academies,  French Immersion,  International Baccalaureate,  Trips

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- The IB program requires an entry exam or transfer in from an existing IB World school.
- French Immersion is for advanced learners who take 50% of their courses entirely in French.
- The International program organizes sightseeing day trips to the provincial capital city of Victoria and to the world-renowned ski village of Whistler twice a year with a 4-day Rocky Mountain excursion during March break.
Trips are arranged yearly and subject to change.




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A variety of activities are offered through school, the community or privately in the city. Ask us for details!


Details & Facts

School Operator: State School

Program Established: 1987

Total number of schools: 12

Total Students: 7000

Number of High schools for international students: 1

Total international students grade 9-12: 250

Grades: other

Info: New Westminster Secondary School (NWSS) offers outstanding opportunities for students of all backgrounds. As the sole high school in New Westminster, it is today home to close to 2,000 students in Grades 9-12, and is one of the largest public high schools in western Canada. It opened its doors in 1949 at the corner of 8th Avenue & 8th Street, and is currently undergoing a complete revival. The new, modern, green NWSS will open in 2019 as the most advanced school ever built in the province.

International students accepted for: 9,  10,  11,  12

Foreign Languages: French,  French Immersion,  Spanish,  Japanese

Entrance Dates: August,  September,  February

Length of stay: 5 months/semester,  10 months/full year,  until graduation

Application Deadlines: April 1 for September; November 1 for February

Application Process: Online Application Forms,  Letter of Acceptance



Location: City

Info: New Westminster is a safe, family-oriented city located just 20 km from downtown Vancouver, British Columbia with easy access to Vancouver International Airport. Almost 70,000 people call this charming and historic community home. Throughout the city, residents and visitors can enjoy a network of greenways, bicycle paths, and walking trails, explore heritage neighbourhoods and local businesses, visit museums and attend live performances at theatres and festivals. The many parks, thriving arts community, and vibrant commercial districts combine to make New Westminster a great place to live, work and play.


Number of courses / system: Semestered

Info: NWSS offers hundreds of courses to meet the needs of all learners in the areas of Mathematics, Athletics, Sciences, Social Studies, Technical Education, Visual and Performing Arts, Marketing & Business, Literature, Home Economics, and Modern Languages.

Accomodation: Homestay

Info: We offer our New Westminster School District organized and administered homestay program to place students with a suitable family and monitor their experience there. Our program features a full time Homestay Manager based in NWSS as part of the International Education team. Students and host families are matched based on their responses to their application questions so that we can ensure a pleasant home-away-from-home experience for all visiting students. One semester students pay $300 application fee and full year or longer pay $500. Monthly fees are $900 and the nightly rate is $30.

Student Services & Orientation & Counseling:

New Westminster provides support services for international students to ensure students are well cared for during their time abroad. At New Westminster School District, services include homestay placement and monitoring, school and neighbourhood orientation, career and emotional counselling, and medical insurance - all part of the full-service approach for the best education possible.
As well, students are asked to arrive one week before the start of school for English language testing, and to meet some of the staff and students, enjoy a sightseeing tour of Vancouver, learn banking and bussing options, and get their class schedules organized.


Our Schools

High School Total Enrolment Website
New Westminster Secondary School 2000

Our Fee Structure

Application Fee CAD 200 EUR 148,24
 Full Year Tuition Fee CAD 15000 EUR 11117,70
Semester Tuition Fee CAD 7700 EUR 5707,09
Annual Homestay Placement Fee CAD 500 EUR 370,59
Homestay Monthly Fee CAD 1100 EUR 815,30
Health Insurance Monthly Fee CAD 110 EUR 81,53
Annual Custodianship Fee CAD EUR -
Airport Pick-up Fee CAD 100 EUR 74,12
Total Semester Fees CAD 14400 EUR 10672,99
Total Annual Fees CAD 28000 EUR 20753,04

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: One semester students pay $300 homestay application fee and full year or longer pay $500.
Monthly homestay fees are $1100 and for any additional homestay nights the nightly rate is $36.

valid for school year 2023/24

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