Public schools with host families.
The program of public schools with homestay in Canada has become in the past years one of the highest demanded international academic programs in the world.
The Canadian academic system is considered 3rd best in the world. Combined with an spectacular and unparalleled nature environment, being one of the safest countries worlwide and the possibility of custom design every single part of the program, make the academic year in Canada one of the best possible options to study abroad.
The academic year program allows parents to select the area and climate (Canada is divided in several provinces with very different features and weathers) with extreme cold provinces like Manitoba (-40º winters) or Ontario (-20º) to the moderate winters of British Columbia, Vancouver area, or the mild Newfoundland, the closest destination from Europe. Other key aspect of the area selection is the environment since some students are used to live in big cities, and others prefer smaller or rural towns. For example, Alberta, Calgary is one of the biggest cities in Canada and cleanest of the world, a great option for students used to live in major cities like Madrid, Barcelona, Munich, Paris, etc. Regarding the academic profile, we will select the school based on the student’s interests (exigency, academic strengths, IB programs, French Immersion, etc). The same system applies to other aspects of the program like sports, music, arts and any other extracurricular activities, distance to ski resorts, beaches, forests, parent’s budget, etc.
Subject selection is precisely where the academic program in Canada stands out. Every school we promote at International Academic Programs offers the usual core subjects like: Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Hstory, English, etc, but they also offer a wide range of very atractive academic subjetcs like business, engineering, robotics, mechanics, leadership or public speaking (we always recommend these ones to encourage students to get out of their comfort zone and learn how to speak to audiences). There are many other options for each kind of student: web design, graphic design, culinary arts, visual arts, movie and tv production, fashion design, wood shop, video and audio edition…
Regarding sports, each school offers many alternatives like soccer, rugby, tennis, swimming, basketball, volleyball, lacrosse, ski and snowbarding or Canadian sports like curling or ice hockey.
It’s very important the students make the most of their programs and take full advantage of all these options that will help to keep theirselves busy, integrate in the community, improve their English and make many new different friends.
The academic year program in Canada allows parents to choose the best possible school for each candidate according to their interests so our selection will be based on those parameters to guarantee they have the best possible experience.
The Canadians friendly nature, along with their polite culture ensure the parents and student’s level of satisfaction after completing the program.
The host families are carefully selected in order to match the ideal family for each candidate and their interests: with or without children at home, other international student, pets, sports interests and weekend family activities like traveling, hiking or skiing.
It’s very important to keep in mind that Canada is one of the most diverse countries of the world and therefore many of the Canadian citizens may have different ethnicities, races, cultures or background. In every case, the lenguage spoken at home will be always English.
The program includes all meals and during the week the students will have breakfast and dinner at home. For lunch, the host families will prepare packed lunch for the students to eat at the school (sandwich, fruit, water, etc). On weekends, all meals will be shared at home with the host family, breakfast, lunch and dinner.
The academic year program allows students to return back home for Christmas holidays, but we always recommend they stay in Canada during the entire length of the program so they can experience first hand those family holidays.
On the other hand, parents can always visit the students while in Canada and we encourage them to do so since it’s an incredible experience and they can get to know the area, host family, nature opportunities, etc. We just need to be informed ahead of time in order to notify the host family and the school.
Next you will find an interactive map showing every area we promote in each destination, with links to the specific reports indicated with the symbol .
Once you click in each of these reports you will be able to check our impressions, photos and videos of the best schools we select in each area.