Thank you for your interest in the Halton District School Board
For the 2022-2023 school year, we anticipate opening the application portal in early December. We recommend having all the
necessary documents ready before starting your online application to avoid disappointment. The application portal will open on an appointment basis. Please contact Moxda Yanjik-Harlos (email@example.com) to set up an appointment.
Covid-19 has certainly changed the ways we operate. HDSB is committed to keeping students safe. We are not sure how things will be in September 2022. Future applicants should anticipate slower times to obtain study permits, the continued requirement of quarantine or self-isolation upon arrival, and on-going wearing of masks in all school buildings. New students are not permitted to participate in their learning from their home countries. All families and students should monitor HDSB, and national and provincial websites for up-to-date information regarding vaccine requirements and Covid protocols.
Last year we introduced our new online application system. Students will need to submit both a photograph of themself and a completed
Letter of Intent. Also, vaccination records are required as part of the application. Applications without a photo, a letter of intent, and vaccination records will not be processed.
Students entering grade 8 will need to complete the online Pre-Arrival English Assessment and Orientation package. Students will need their own email in order to complete the assessment and orientation. Elementary schools offered to grade 8s will reflect the student’s language proficiency and the expected secondary school assignment.
HDSB uses Western Union Global Pay to process all international payments and direct pay from approved Canadian financial institutions. Payments made through other companies such as Motion Pay will not be accepted and this will delay the processing of your application.
Halton District School Board is continuing its partnership with the
Canada Homestay Network to manage homestays for international students. All new students are expected to use Canada Homestay Network for their custodian and homestay services. Please refer to our
Homestay resources page for more information.
- A credit card is necessary to pay the application fee and complete the application.
- Secondary students must complete an online English assessment and orientation and have their own email address. Students will be contacted through this email to set up a brief “Welcome Interview”.
- Students 12 (students born in 2005) need to submit an IELTS result of at least 5.5.
- HDSB health insurance is mandatory and will be charged with the school tuition fees.
- Please see the
admission criteria for detailed information for the International Student Program.
These schools are open to international students
These schools have limited availability for international students
The following schools are closed to international students
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Information on Studying in Ontario is Available in the Following Languages
Please contact us if you have any question about becoming an international student in Halton.
Halton District School Board
International Student Program
HDSB Welcome Centre
215 Ontario Street South
Tel: 905-335-3665, ext 3435
Toll free: 1-877-618-3456