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. 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 one week prior to the start of school.



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 Fees 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 15 (or late applications by Aug 1) for a Semester/Term 1 start or by December 15 for a Semester/Term 2 start.
  • 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 to English, they must be notarized.
  • Include the non-refundable application/admin fee of CAD$250.
  • Submit this fee in Canadian funds payable by credit card authorization found on the PDF application or which will be emailed to you if applying online. If a 3-day courier delivery service is requested for delivery of the official Letter of Acceptance (LOA), a courier fee of CAD$100 must be submitted along with the application fee.
Step 2 Receive Letter of Acceptance, Receipt, and Invoice 
  • After receiving complete application information, a copy of your transcripts/school records, payment of the application-admin fee and the LOA courier fee (if applicable), the DSBN will review and decide on an acceptance. If approved, the DSBN will issue within one week the official Letter of Acceptance (LOA), a receipt for payment of the application fees, and an invoice for the tuition fees with due dates.
  • PDF copies of these documents will be emailed to your family’s primary email address or to the email address of your service provider/agent (if applicable) depending on who paid the fees.
  • The original copy of the LOA will be placed in the regular mail system to the person indicated on your application form to receive this.
Step 3 Submit Tuition Fees 
  • Tuition fees may be paid in full when you receive the invoice for tuition fees or in two instalments by the due dates of July 15 (or Aug 1 for late applicants) for Semester 1 fees owing or December 15 for Semester 2 fees owing. You may pay fees by credit card authorization, cash, certified cheque, bank draft, money order, or wire transfer to DSBN.
  • Receipts for payment of tuition fees will be issued to whoever paid the fees (e.g. if paid by the student/family, receipt will be issued to the student family; if paid by the Service Provider/Agent, receipt will be issued to the S.P.)
  • 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.
  • Tuition fees, where paid, are refunded if notification of withdrawal is received in writing before October 15 for Semester 1 fees or by March 15 for Semester 2 fees; where a refund is granted, it will be for whole months not attended; no tuition fees will be refunded for a withdrawal after October 31 for fees paid toward Semester 1 or after March 31 for fess paid toward Semester 2.
  • Acknowledge that the DSBN is not liable for losses or expenses related to cancelled classes or programs due to labour disputes, inclement weather conditions, or other causes beyond its control. 

  • No refund of tuition fees will be provided if student is dismissed from the program due to a breach of law, policy or regulation as determined by the Government of Ontario or Canada, the police, or the DSBN.
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 Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) 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