The Waterloo Catholic District School Board, Kitchener, Ontario


The Waterloo Catholic District School Board is offering a wide variety of education programs to international students both in our schools and through strategic partnerships with other education institutions around the world. 

The Waterloo Region, located in Canada’s Technology Triangle and 100 km from Toronto, is a Canadian hub of post-Secondary education with 14 excellent universities and colleges within a 90 minute radius—University of Waterloo, St. Jerome’s University, Wilfred Laurier University, Conestoga College Institute of Technology, University of Guelph, University of Western Ontario, Mc Master University, York University, University of Toronto, Brock University, Fanshaw College, Senneca College, Humber College, George Brown College.

Since the Waterloo Region is one of the top four destinations of choice for new immigrants in Canada and one of the top two destinations of landed immigrants who bring their families to Canada from abroad, Waterloo Region Catholic Schools are well experienced at helping new Canadians and Visa students successfully learn English as a Second or as a Foreign Language.

The WCDSB is available to assist with both custodial and home-stay placement for students. The home-stay services are coordinated with, and offered by, two local service providers.

Home Stay Services Includes:

  • Welcoming family atmosphere
  • Private bedroom and study area
  • 3 nutritious meals each day
  • Supervised internet access
  • Accompanying student to necessary appointments and services.

Note: Home-stay coordination is offered by two local 3rd party companies who handle all aspects of the program delivery and communicate with custodian on an ongoing basis. The school board only facilitates the arrangements to support the best interest of the students.

Schools For International
Education Students 2020 - 2021

Secondary schools offer programs from Grade 9 through to Grade 12. To receive an Ontario Secondary School Diploma, students need to complete at least thirty (30) credits in secondary school (one credit is normally one course). Students planning to attend university can include the required six university/college preparation courses in their senior level of studies in order to meet university entrance requirements. 

The Waterloo Catholic District School Board will try to accommodate the student's preference for placement, provided that the requested school has space and an appropriate program. The Waterloo Catholic District School Board reserves the right to make the final decision regarding the student’s placement. Should a student decide not to indicate any school preferences, the Waterloo Catholic District School Board will place the student in the most appropriate school.

The Waterloo Catholic District School Board will make every attempt to find a school close to where the student will be living in the Waterloo Region.

International Certificate Program

Through the International Certificate Program, high school students become informed, engaged and active global citizens, by putting into practice the Catholic social teaching including peace, justice and equity for all.

Participants earn the certificate by completing three components:

  • Studying an international language
  • Taking internationally-focused courses
  • Demonstrating an understanding of global issues to further transform the world
  • Participating in internationally focused projects of their choice
  • Developing global competences and citizenship

Fees 2020-2021

CAN$ 13,900 Full Year for a maximum of 8 courses

CAN$   6,950 One Semester for a maximum of 4 courses

CAN$      850 per month homestay

plus Student Activity Fees and Health Insurance

* Includes all textbooks* Does not include additional Secondary night school, virtual, or summer courses

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