Why should I choose
to study at the DSBN in Niagara, Canada?
The Niagara Region provides a safe and peaceful living
environment, high proportion of native-English-speaking students in schools,
high-quality Ontario curriculum, wide variety of professional teaching and
support services, magnificent natural beauty including the famous Niagara
Falls, many historical sites, and close proximity (one hour) to/from Toronto’s
international airport and to the U.S.A. international border. See Why Study at the DSBN section.
May I attend any
school of my choice?
The school you choose will have the appropriate level of ESL support for your needs AND will fall within the designated boundary of your home address in Niagara. See School Placement Options section.
What ESL support will
Although all schools of the DSBN have ESL support from a
visiting teacher on a regular basis, DSBN designates 4 of its high schools as
ESL-site schools offering ESL credit courses and 9 of its elementary schools offering
a full-time level of ESL support. Your English
proficiency is assessed at the Welcome Centre and you are then placed into the
appropriate classes. See Our Schools
At what grade level will
I be placed?
You will be placed in the same grade level as DSBN students
of the same age; however, grade placement may be changed where appropriate and
approved by the Principal.
Are there any age
limitations on students?
Students must be at least 10 years of age to study here
without being in the care of a parent.
Students must be no more than 20 years of age as at December 31 of their
final school year.
May I attend school
for a short term?
The minimum period of stay is one semester or term (i.e., 5
months). The DSBN also accepts agent- or
school-organized groups of international students for short-term cultural camps
of 2-3 weeks. See Group Cultural Experience section.
Where will I live
while studying at the DSBN?
You will stay with a caring and responsible Canadian homestay
family or with an immediate relative or family friend. For homestay services, see Student Support& Homestay Services section.
Who offers homestay
services for DSBN students?
The DSBN does not provide homestay or custodian services. We encourage families to do their own research and make their own arrangements. Some students and their families choose living arrangements with relatives; others select agencies to coordinate living arrangements. The DSBN does not recommend any agency, as the selection of a student service provider is the sole responsibility of the parents. For a list of some local service providers, see Student Support & Homestay Services
section. Families may also consult other service providers on their own or use their own resources.
Who Qualifies as a
Custodian for Minors?
Students under the age of 18 years and living in Niagara without a
parent, must live with a Niagara family and also have a legal custodian designated
to act in the place of the parent. The
custodian must be at least 19 years of age, a permanent resident or citizen of
Canada, and reside with or within a reasonable distance from the student.
How do I apply to
become a student at the DSBN?
Submit a completed student application form along with
transcripts/school records for the current and 2 previous years, and pay an
application/administrative fee and full tuition fees. If approved, a
Letter of Acceptance will be issued within 15 business days. See How to Apply section.
Do I need a study
According to Citizenship and Immigration Canada, if the main intent of coming to the DSBN is to study longer
than 6 months, a study permit will be required.
If the main intent of coming to the DSBN is to study in a program that
starts and finishes within 6 months, a study permit is not required to attend the
How do I obtain a
Study permits are issued by Citizenship and Immigration
Canada (CIC) in Canadian Embassies and Consulates around the world. To apply for a study permit, visit the CIC
website in the home country or if in Canada, visit: cic.gc.ca/English/study/study.asp or
to extend a study permit, visit: cic.gc.ca/English/study/study-extend.asp
What is the weather
like in Niagara?
There are four beautiful seasons in Niagara which are each
about 3 months in length. In the Spring,
it’s warm and wet, in the Fall, it’s pleasant and colourful, in the Summer it’s
hot and sunny, and in the Winter, there is snow but with many beautifully sunny
days. All our schools, homes, and public
spaces have central heating and the air quality is consistently high. Varied seasons allow for a wide range of
exciting outdoor activities!
When can I arrive in
You should plan to arrive 1-2 weeks ahead of the start of
school to get settled in. You will
attend your previously-scheduled registration and assessment at the DSBN Welcome
Centre before going in to the school to register and start school. See Arrival and Orientation at Welcome
May I work while I am
studying at the DSBN?
Students attending high school are not permitted
to work while studying in Canada. See
guidelines on the website for Citizenship and Immigration Canada.