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Student Support

Well supported students are successful students!

No matter how good a school is, if students are not well taken care of it can be difficult to succeed.  Abbotsford School District International Student Program offers outstanding international student services and support to help make our students' experience in Canada as enjoyable and educational as possible.  

Our dedicated full time team of International Assistants provide a full range of services, including:

  • Assistance with orientation and language assessment
  • Monitoring of academics, attendance, homestay and overall wellbeing
  • Assistance with meeting your academic goals
  • Providing information about field trips and events
  • Help with any issues outside of school
  • Assistance with document renewal
  • 24-hour emergency contact

Our International Assistants may also speak your first language, and can facilitate communication between students, parents, school staff and homestay parents.  IA's visit their students' schools 2 - 3 times each week on a regular schedule, so students can visit them during office hours, or can call their cell phones / send questions by text/WhatsApp.

Checkmyprogress

Checkmyprogress is an online reporting tool that allows students and parents to monitor academic progress by accessing marks and attendance in realtime.  International Assistants also check students' progress and connect with students to make sure they are on track for success.

Student Orientation

Before beginning a study program in Abbotsford, you’ll attend a three-day orientation to help you adjust to life in Canada, evaluate your ESL needs, and meet our International Assistants and other students. Orientation topics include:

  • How to achieve academic success in Canadian schools
  • What to expect while attending school in Abbotsford
  • What living with a Canadian family will be like
  • How to share your culture with Canadians while you study in Canada
  • How and where to get help
  • Information about school trips and activities

Before school begins, students have a chance to visit the school they will be attending to familiarize themselves with their new surroundings.  A counsellor will work with students to finalize their course schedule.

More information about why it is important to attend orientation

 

Questions about our international student services and support? Please contact us.