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March 13, 2024

Winnipeg School Division welcomes international students from all over the world! All courses follow the Manitoba curriculum. All schools employ government-certified teachers and ESL/EAL-trained specialists.

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International students typically have one of three learning goals when studying in Canada:

1. Semester or full academic year study: Students attend classes for one or two semesters to transfer credits for Manitoba high school courses to their home high school. The goal is to experience high school life in Canada and practice and improve English or French. A transcript is provided for each semester, and transcripts are validated if necessary. After completing their studies, these students return to their home high schools to continue their education.

2. Short-term experience: The goal is to experience high school life in Canada, practice and improve English or French, and gain real-life experience while learning about Canadian culture. Students attend classes regularly for between 4 and 5 months. No transcript or transcript validation is provided. International students attend regular classes and spend time with local Canadian students. This is an opportunity to practice English or French in a low-stress, no-evaluation environment.

3. Goal to graduate: The goal is to obtain a Manitoba high school diploma. Students earn credits towards a Manitoba high school diploma, just like their Canadian friends. The Manitoba diploma is recognized worldwide, and many Manitoba graduates pursue post-secondary education in Canada or abroad. Credits comprise compulsory (mandatory) and optional courses (electives). Electives are flexible and allow students to take specialized courses or programs matching their interests and learning goals.

The Canadian school year runs from September to June, with most high schools operating on a two-semester system:

  • First semester – September to January
  • Second semester – February to June

There are three intake times for students:

  • September (all levels and programs)
  • January (elementary/middle years)
  • February (all levels and programs)

Early Years and Middle Years 

The Early Years (Elementary) and Middle Years (Junior High) grades follow the Manitoba curriculum. Grades 1 to 8 students can apply for the program, but acceptance will be determined case-by-case. Living with a family member is mandatory for students under 12.

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