How to Apply (New & Returning)

February 2019 entry AND September 2019 entry are now available to apply.

Effective February 1, 2018, a new application process for new and returning students is in place. Please read carefully all instructions (below and on the application forms).

How to Apply (New & Returning Students)

International students (New or Returning) can apply directly online (below) OR obtain the PDF Form (below) and submit. 


If you are a Returning Student to the DSBN, you must complete and submit a Returning International Student Application Form either online or using the PDF Form, and pay non-refundable Administrative Fee and full Tuition Fees. The purpose is to:

  1. Notify us about your intention to return which will generate a new Letter of Acceptance that you will need to extend your Study Permit,
  2. Gather your updated personal information for our files,
  3. Facilitate payment of fees, and
  4. Remind you to submit a valid extended Study Permit and proof of Canadian Healthcare Insurance for the new study period. There is no need to visit the Welcome Centre upon your return, but updated documents are to be submitted to the International Education Office at





If you are a New Student to the DSBN, you must complete and submit an International Student Application Form for New Students. Apply online (below) or via the PDF Application Form (below). You must make an appointment at the Welcome Centre ( well in advance of your arrival in Niagara to schedule an orientation and English assessment at least one week prior to the start of school.

APPLY ONLINE HERE FOR NEW STUDENT (temporarily unavailable)



The following are the steps to apply to study at the DSBN as a New International Student:

Step 1 Submit Application Form,Transcripts, and Application Fee all together

  • Complete the International Student Application Form for New Students online or as a PDF.
  • Specify on the application if you have a preferred school choice or if you wish the DSBN to assign the appropriate school once you provide us with what will be your home address in Niagara.
  • While completing the student application form, contact a student support service provider in Niagara (if applicable) and specify on the application which service provider you will be working with for homestay placement. For a list of regular providers to the DSBN, click here.
  • Submit your completed application to the DSBN by June 1 for a Semester/Term 1 start in September or by December 1 for a Semester/Term 2 start in February. Late applications may be accepted on a case-by-case basis
  • Include a copy of your transcripts (school records) in English for the current and previous 2 years. The records must be in English.  If translated into English, they must be notarized.
  • For online application, DSBN will confirm receipt of application and will email instructions for fee payment.
  • Submit payment of non-refundable Application Fee of CAD$250.
  • Submit this fee in Canadian funds payable by bank wire transfer or credit card authorization, payment instruction will be included in the application acknowledgement. If a 3-day courier service is requested for delivery of the official Letter of Acceptance (LOA), a courier fee of CAD$100 must be submitted along with the fees.
Step 2 Receive Tuition Invoice, Pay full Tuition Fees
  • After receiving complete application information, a copy of your transcripts/school records, payment of the application fee, and the LOA courier fee (if applicable), the DSBN will review the application. If approved, the DSBN will issue an Invoice for the Tuition Fees with a due date.
  • Pay full Tuition Fees indicated on the Tuition Invoice
  • Preferred methods of payment for tuition fees are wire transfer, certified cheque, bank draft, money order, or cash. Write student name in Memo.
    DSBN Wire Transfer Info can be found here.
Step 3 Receive Letter of Acceptance and Receipt of Tuition Payment
  • After receiving the payment of full tuition fees, and the LOA courier fee (if applicable), the DSBN will issue the official Letter of Acceptance (LOA), and a receipt for fee payment.
  • PDF copies of these documents will normally be sent to the email address of the person who paid the fees (and to the service provider if applicable). 
  • Other fees, such as those for mandatory healthcare insurance effective in Canada, homestay services, airport transfer services, and custodianship services for minors, are separate and apart from the DSBN tuition fees and are payable directly to the student support service provider involved. 
Step 4 Obtain and Confirm Study Permit 
  • Obtain an official Letter of Acceptance from the DSBN for any initial or extended study period at the DSBN.
  • Present the Letter of Acceptance when applying to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) for a Canadian Temporary Resident Visa and Study Permit.
  • If you are applying to study in Canada for the first time, see guidelines for applying for a study permit at: 
  • If you need to extend your study period in Canada, you must follow guidelines for applying for a Study Permit extension found at: 
  • It is the student’s (or parents') responsibility to maintain a valid Canadian Study Permit for the duration of attendance at a DSBN school. If your Study Permit expires, you will be asked to withdraw from school until a valid Study Permit is obtained and you may be required to return to your home country to apply again.
  • Once your Study Permit is approved, please communicate this as soon as possible to: DSBN International Office: and the Student Support Service Provider (if applicable)
  • Click here to learn more about your Arrival & Orientation 

The DSBN reserves the right to refuse any application, in its sole discretion.