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Why Abbotsford?

The Abbotsford International Program offers a great mix of:

World Class Education

According to the OECD PISA results, high school education in British Columbia ranks #3 in the world. Our schools provide a wide variety of courses and programs where International Students study alongside Canadian students, allowing them to make friends while being immersed in an English speaking environment. Abbotsford students have achieved academic and professional success in many areas.

Study Options

In Abbotsford International Students age 5 – 17 will have a Canadian English Immersion study experience. 

Students can study for

  • One 5 month semester (Sept - Jan) or (Feb - June)
  • One 10 month academic year (Sept - June) or (Feb - Jan)
  • Multiple Academic years

All schools offer English Language support.  Each student is individually assessed and receives either a dedicated block of ELL, or higher performing students may instead meet periodically with an ELL support teacher.  Right from the first day of school all students are in regular classes with Canadian students so they can start learning, practicing and making friends right away.  

Students who satisfy the BC Graduation requirements are eligible to receive the BC Dogwood Graduation Diploma

**Please note students younger than 12 years old must reside with a parent or direct relative**

Program Choices

We have Programs and courses to fit every student, from intensive academics to sports academies to the arts. Programs include: International Baccalaureate, Advanced Placement, Aviation, Business, Film and Broadcasting, 3D design for Architecture and Engineering, Sports Rehab Medicine, Fine Arts and performing arts, 3D Animation and more. 

A Great Location and a mild climate

Just an hour from Vancouver, Abbotsford is located in the beautiful Fraser Valley. Surrounded by scenic mountains, our warm, dry summers and mild winters make Abbotsford a comfortable place to live. Our city and surrounding region has a lot to offer.  Tourism Website

Activities

We want students to study hard, but we want them to have fun too. Every semester we take our students to Victoria (the Capital of BC), Downtown Vancouver, professional ice hockey or soccer games, as well as skiing at world famous Whistler Mountain. Each high school provides additional field trips and activities, and all international students can participate in awesome outdoor activities in our Outdoor Education Program. We end the year with a big International Festival.

But the REAL reason to choose Abbotsford is... STUDENT SUPPORT

Happy students are successful students. We believe that taking care of our students is even more important than providing a great education. We have our own Homestay program and a unique Student Support system. We make sure that students are closely monitored and supported throughout their stay.