Please contact us if you have any questions about becoming an international student in Halton.
Is there an application deadline?
Applications must be received before the end of December (for the upcoming year) and before the end of November for a February start. We do understand that some students might be delayed getting their visa and might need to start slightly late. However, to receive secondary school credits a predetermined number of hours is Ministry of Education course requirement.
Can an international student start school anytime during the school year?
For Secondary school, classes start at the beginning of September and the beginning of February. New students are asked to arrive one-two weeks prior to the beginning of school to complete their English-Second-Language assessment.
How do I make payment to the school board?
Local payment can be made in over 50+ currencies by visiting Global Pay by Western Union. There is a link to Global Pay on the website.
How long does it take to get the letter of acceptance from the school board?
Once the fees are paid in full, the application is processed and LOA is generated. We attempt to get this done as soon as possible so families can continue with the student visa application.
How do I apply for a Study Permit?
Please visit the Citizenship and Immigration Canada website for
Study Permit application
information and processing times for your country.
Is a parent required to live in while their child studies?
Secondary school students only require a legal custodian or guardian. Please check the website for information regarding the
expectations of a guardian
. Elementary students must live with an immediate parent (mother or father).
Can homestay accommodation be arranged by HDSB?
Currently the HDSB doesn’t provide homestays for international students. Here is a list of local homestay companies
that help find homestays or arrange guardians. There is also
a list of questions
under the "Online Support and Resources" page where families can ask home stays on the HDSB website.
Who can I choose as a custodian for an international student?
The HDSB does not act as the custodian for international students. Please use caution in choosing a custodian. The custodian should be someone who has the best interests of your child in mind, speaks English fluently, and lives nearby. Please check the website for information regarding the
expectations of a guardian
Does the HDSB provide transportation?
If HDSB requires students to attend a school outside of their address catchment area, then transportation will be provided.
Can I attend any school in the HDSB?
We do our best to match students with their preferred schools. However, not all schools offer the full ESL curriculum and students may need to start in one school and then transfer at a later point. HDSB reserves the right to limit the number of international students at one school and sometimes students might not be accepted to their first choice of schools.
Do I need to have any special technology to study in HDSB?
Most of our students bring a computer to help their research and homework. Please see the list of the programs and Apps that are commonly used in the Halton District School Board.
Please contact us if you have any question about becoming an international student in Halton.
Halton District School Board
International Students Program
HDSB Welcome Centre
215 Ontario Street South
Tel: 905-335-3665, ext 3435
Toll free: 1-877-618-3456