International students are those who are not Canadian citizens, permanent residents or Canadian landed immigrants. Their parents do not reside in Canada. Edmonton Public Schools has an established application and registration process for international students, including full payment of fees. Schools are advised that this process must be completed, and status determined, prior to discussing the enrolment of an international student at a school.
International students must apply online to the International Student Program. Applicants must pay a board-approved tuition fee for the duration of their study period. These fees cover all educational programming costs, book rentals, and student union fees. International fees do not cover bus passes, the cost of writing or re-writing diploma exams, the cost of correspondence courses or the cost associated with challenging examinations for language courses. For further information on what is or isn't covered by the international tuition fee, please refer to the International Student Handbook on EPSB Connect. As well if the student is accepted into the program, a Letter of Acceptance (LoA) to Edmonton Public Schools is provided by International Programs and the student must apply for a Study Permit if they intend to study for longer than a 6 month period of study.
Choice of School
In general, international students may attend the school of their choice if the school is able to program for them. However, should they require English as a Second Language, they are referred to a school with English language learning support. Once a student is enrolled in a district school, school staff determine from the student's transcripts what grade level is most appropriate, and which courses are required. As with any other student, schools are responsible for monitoring student progress and attendance and reporting to parents regularly on achievement. For international students residing with families in the district's Homestay program, student progress reports are to be provided to the Homestay families as well as to the students' own parents.
Registering an International Student at Your School
New international students accepted to the International Student Program are provided a Welcome Letter along with their LoA. The Welcome Letter instructs students to e-mail their arrival information/flight itinerary to firstname.lastname@example.org, in order for a school registration appointment to be booked for them.
Upon arrival in Edmonton, students are advised to attend the school registration appointment confirmed for them by International Programs staff. The students are instructed that their legal Custodian or their CHN host parent are to accompany them to this appointment. Students are also instructed to bring the following documents with them to their appointment:
- Passport & Study Permit
- Custodianship Declaration Form
- Letter of Acceptance & Receipt issued by the International Student Program
- School Transcripts (most recent)
- Proof of Address: 2 documents to prove studentís address in Edmonton OR their CHN Homestay Profile (if enrolled in the Homestay program)
International students have already been assigned an EPS ID prior to their arrival. Schools must not assign a new EPS ID to an international student. If you are unable to identify your studentís EPS ID, please refer to the International Student Handbook on EPSB Connect or contact the International Programs office.
Schools are responsible for entering the following information in PowerSchool:
- Authorization Expiry Date on the Province Page
District staff can access more information on EPSB Connect, including:
- A list of District staff responsible for the International Student and Homestay Programs
- Information on Study Permits, Visa Requirements, Letters of Acceptance, Custodianship, and what international student fees cover
- Information on registering and coding international students
- Information on exchange students
- Information on Non-Resident Canadian students
- Information on Parents with a Work or Study Permit
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