School Immersion in Golden Hills, Alberta | 10-19 years old | 1 month to 1 academic year

This programme is available to students aged between 10-19 years old who are motivated and looking for an unforgettable experience overseas.

This programme allows students to study for a month, semester or full academic year in a Canadian High School, in a country whose education system is one of the best in the world while being a part of daily life with your host family or in student residences with those of your own age.

This programme allows students to choose the school where they would most like to study. Once they have chosen, our local partner will check availabilities in the chosen school.


Why Canada?

Canada is the second largest country in the world, and has a remarkable amount of geographical diversity. Most importantly, it’s a destination full of advantages and opportunities.

  • Quality and standards of living are among the highest in the world
  • Renowned education system that is compatible with our European systems
  • Warm and welcoming people and a sense of hospitality
  • Incredible amount of culture
  • Beautiful area and stunning environment

Alberta is one of the central Canadian provinces, and the richest in the entire country with numerous rivers and lakes, perfect for a wide range of water sports. The capital city, Edmonton, is known for having the biggest shopping mall in North America. Apart from a multitude of different shops, it boasts a theme park, a water park, an artificial lake, an ice rink and even a cinema.

300km away from this, you will find the natural and lush green area of Calgary, which is the biggest city in Alberta despite not being the capital.

From 1 month up to a full academic year. The preferred arrival date should correspond with the beginning of a semester to ensure the student is able to integrate into the school smoothly.


The school

The district of Golden Hills, located 30 minutes away from Calgary, is composed of a network of our partner schools near Calgary. Students will be placed in one of these. It is our partner who chooses where the student ends up, according to availability and stated preferences.

  • Strathmore: This community is situated east of Calgary and can house 11,000 people. It has many cultural and sports facilities: parks, golf courses, cultural centres, churches…
    Students in grade 9 can be placed in Crowther Memorial College, which takes on 700 students and is reputed for its arts and sports.
    Students in grades 10 to 12 are placed in Strathmore High School, which hosts 750 students and offers photography, business, web-design lessons, foreign language classes and a strong art programme. It also has an indoor swimming pool and particularly good sport programme.
  • Drumheller: This 10,000-strong community is about an hour and a half away from Calgary, and has a particularly striking geography full of canyons, ravines, and other rocky formations. The Royal Tyrrell museum and the numerous paleontologists who work there present an incredible opportunity to learn more about dinosaurs. However, Brumheller is everything but a town which has been stuck in the past: it boasts numerous parks, sport complexes, golf courts and other recreational places. Students in grades 7 to 12 would go to school in Drumheller Valley, which offers high-quality programmes of general and technological education as well as a wide choice of artistic and sport subjects.

* Strahmore High School accepts students for one academic semester or one academic year only.

Rural areas : It is also possible to enrol in other secondary schools in the region of Calgary as the Golden Hills district covers a large geographical area. A school located is a rural area will be smaller which will facilitate the student’s integration and will make the experience even more memorable. Including:

  • Tree Hills School: welcomes 500 students from nursery right up to grade 12, in a warm atmosphere and with high-quality programmes of general and technological education. The school is known for its numerous art and music as well as sport programmes.

Courses

Students can choose around 4 to 5 subjects, out of the those offered by a particular school (each school has its own list).

An overview of the proposed subjects: Business, Science, Tourism, Technology, Arts, Psychology, Maths, English, Physics, Chemistry, Sports etc.

It’s possible for final year students to obtain an end-of-secondary-studies diploma under certain conditions while carrying out a specific curriculum. Please contact us for more information.

EFL Courses

If your level of English is not quite high enough to be able to follow academic classes as soon as you arrive, you will be invited to participate in English language classes in addition to, or instead of your academic classes.

Canadian children study for a minimum of 12 years (Primary school + Secondary school). This programme offers international students the chance to study at a local high school. Junior high school covers the first 3 years of secondary school (7th – 9th grade), while these high schools cover the last four years of secondary studies (from grades 9 – 12).

The Canadian academic year is divided into two semesters. As an international student, you can enrol for a duration which suits you best, from one month to a full academic year .

In many Canadian schools, the choice of subjects is vast. This is a unique chance to discover new subjects, or to progress in an area you already know. Some classes last just one semester, therefore students will have the chance to change subjects part way through the year.

Your choice will also be important for all cultural, sportive, and social activities: football, baseball, tennis, swimming, athletics, basketball, volleyball, charity club, student council, band, cheer-leading, debating club, speech club, year book committee… This school will be a unique chance to explore unknown subjects and activities, and will also be that dream opportunity to dive into Canadian life and get to know local people of your age.

This programme allows you to choose between a host family or residence accommodation.

Host family

Your host family is the defining feature of your study abroad experience, helping you become fully accustomed to the culture and feel part of the local community.

Canadians are renowned for their hospitality, tolerance and openness.

Our partner organization’s host families are carefully screened and regularly inspected. Families take an active interest in choosing a student to host and sharing their homes, lives and culture with their guests.

The host family will be keen to share the Canadian way of life and customs with you.

Residence

Residences are available to students across three districts: Drumheller, Strathmore, and Three Hills. They are secure 24/7, and the staff looking after the students can also be used for academic and psychological support.

Students have the benefit of full board, and stay in a shared room with another student of the same gender. They have access to the laundry facilities, computers, a small equipped kitchen for snacks and a small exercise room.

The organisers offer numerous activities for the students in the evenings and weekends. Tutors are also present to help them with their academic studies or English lessons.

The local coordinator is an experienced member of staff who is well acquainted with the host families, and is in regular contact with the students and their host parents throughout the entirety of the programme. They regularly organize meetings to ensure that your experience is going smoothly, both with your host family and at school. Your local coordinator is on hand to give assistance in case of any issues, and should be your first point of contact on the ground.

Our partner organization’s local coordinators are all experienced and fully qualified to assist international students on the ground, offering support and assistance quickly and efficiently should any issues arise.

An emergency number will be given to you should you have any urgent problems.

In order for your exchange to run as smoothly as possible, and that are up to date on all the formalities of the programme, you have the opportunity to attend an information and orientation meeting.

This meeting is organised by Easy Languages in Brussels at the end of May/beginning of June. This allows students at Easy Languages to meet each other and share questions and experiences with each other and th team at Easy Languages. Those who have previously participated in the programme are also invited to take part and share their experiences. This meeting is also a change to tackle final administrative formalities.

If you do not live in Brussels, you can meet our team in Paris instead. If this is not possible, we can schedule a telephone call to explain all the procedures and details of the programme to you so that your stay is as smooth and easy as possible.

  • Must be aged between 10 and 19 at the time of departure
  • Must have achieved good school results in the last 2 years
  • Must have a good level of English (at least 2 years of study)
  • Must have the will to make new friends and integrate into a host family’s day-to-day life
  • Must be able to justify an interest for discovering new languages and cultures, motivation, maturity, and adaptability

Do you fit the criteria for participation? Think this high school abroad programme is for you?

  1. Send us a registration form as soon as possible.
  2. You will then receive a pre-confirmation form and an application form to be completed. We will invite you to pay €100 in order to take a proficiency test and to provide us with your school results for the past 3 years. The interview fee is non-refundable and is deductible from the final cost if enrolment is confirmed.
  3. We will then invite you to come to our office in Brussels or Paris for this full test and interview. You must come to our office with the first part of the application form filled in.
  4. If the interview is successful, we will ask you to pay a deposit (25% of the total amount, minimum €1,500) and to send us the relevant documents completed. This includes recommendation letters from your teachers, your medical history and other information needed to process your booking. As soon as we receive all the documents and the deposit, we will send the application file to our partner.
  5. The final decision belongs to our partner
  6. Once your application is confirmed, our partner will start to look for your placement in a host family and a school.

The deadline for submitting the aforementioned folder:

  • 04/15 for departures in September
  • 10/31 for departures in February

Please do not hesitate to contact us for more information about the enrolment procedure.

It might still be possible to register after these dates, but we recommend to register at least 3 months before departure to better prepare you for your stay.

For all urgent requests (made after the registration deadline), a fee of 200€ will be charged.

Candidates who do not fulfill the age or academic requirements are welcome to chat with us about other possibilities.

The academic year is divided in two semesters. As an international student, you can take classes for one semester (start in September or February) or for a full academic year. If you go for 1 semester, you will simply need to fill in a travel document “ETA” (Electronic Travel Authorization) to download from https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/study-canada.html

For a full academic year, you must obtain a student visa that will be issued to you for the length of stay. We provide you with all the necessary documents to obtain it and assist you in the process. You can find all information on the website: https://www.canada.ca/fr/immigration-refugies-citoyennete/services/etudier-canada/permis-etudes/presenter-demande.html

WARNING : Since 31/07/2018, when you apply for a visitor visa, study or work permit (except U.S. nationals), or permanent residence you will need to give your fingerprints and a photo. Fingerprints taking costs $CAD 85. You can go to one of these official locations to give your biometrics:

  • visa application centres (VACs) worldwide (find your VAC here )

Click here for more information.

Depending on the location, you may need to make an appointment.

This information is valid for citizens of the European Union. Non-EU nationals please check this page for more information.

Medical insurance is included in the price of the programme.

Dates 2021 – 2022

Stays from one month to one academic year. The date of arrival should preferably correspond to the beginning of a semester, so that integration can take place as smoothly as possible.

  • Academic year: September 2021 – June 2022
  • Academic semester: September 2021 – January 2022 or February 2022 – June 2022

Prices 2021 – 2022

Includes all taxes, registration fees, classes, room and board

WPCS 42.0.1
Classes, room and full board in host family, and registration fees
DurationPrice
1 month 2.295
2 months 4.295
3 months 6.195
4 months 7.995
Semester (5 months) 9.495
Academic Year (10 month) 16.995
Classes, room and full board in residence (deposit of 250 CAD to be paid on arrival)
DurationPrice
1 month 2.445
2 months 4.595
3 months 6.645
4 months 8.595
Semester (5 months) 10.245
Academic Year (10 months) 18.495

Prices include:

  • English language test and preliminary interview
  • All the required documents needed in order to obtain a visa
  • Enrolment fees for registration at the high school
  • Supervision, personal assistance and guidance by a local coordinator throughout the entire programme
  • Complete accommodation with full board
  • Medical insurance
  • Assistance for parents in Europe throughout the students’ stay
  • Regular contact and evaluation reports
  • Official attestation of classes taken and grades achieved
  • Round-trip transfer from the airport to the area of residence

Prices do not include :

  • Round-trip flight to Alberta (Calgary Airport)
  • Excursions
  • Transfers and travel to and from school
  • Pocket money
  • Visa fees (for stays exceeding 6 months)
  • Fees if you change accommodation (CA $100)
  • Exam fees if you are taking final year exams (CA$55 per exam)
  • Optional insurances

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