Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How does the application process work?
  2. When is the application dead line?
  3. Do I have any choice as to where I will study?
  4. Must my child begin school in September and end in June?
  5. Do I need to purchase emergency travel medical insurance for my child?
  6. Does my child need a visa to enter Canada or to attend this program?
  7. Does Canada have any restrictions on the number of Study Permits (visas) given to international students?
  8. Does my child need to write an entrance exam?
  9. What is the minimum level of English required in order to apply to a Canadian School?
  10. Who will receive my child when he/she arrives at the airport?
  11. When can students start the program? What is the duration of the program?
  12. What is a typical school day in Canada?
  13. Does my child need to wear a uniform at school?
  14. How do students travel to and from school?
  15. Do students have to maintain a certain grade point level to remain in the program?
  16. My child needs to co-validate his/her transcripts at the end of the stay. Is this possible?
  17. Can students graduate from a Canadian high school?
  18. I am very involved in sport teams and social clubs. Will I have this opportunity in Canada?

How does the application process work?

1. Review our selection of communities and discuss with your MLI Coordinator the best options for you.

2. You must complete the MLI application form. Then forward it to your MLI Coordinator, along with transcripts from the past 2 years, and if required, a test score from TOEFL, SLEP or SSAT exam.

3. MLI then forwards the application to the schools or region of choice, and maintains continuous correspondence with you regarding acceptance and/or further required documentation.

4. If you are not accepted at your first choice, MLI will continue to work with you to find an equally suitable placement.

5. Upon acceptance, MLI will forward the invoice for full school fees including tuition and accommodation, MLI guardianship and required additional school fees.

6. The invoice must be paid in full to MLI. Full payment is required in order for the school to release the Letter of Acceptance which is required for Study Permit application. Please allow 4-6 weeks for payment to be processed and for all required paperwork - including the notarized custodial declaration - to be finalized.

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When is the application dead line?

The recommended application deadlines to allow for ample time to get visa documents ready are as follows:

Public, Public Catholic School For first semester September enrollment the deadline is May 15th and for second semester February enrollment the deadline is October 15th. Any applications that are received after these dates will be accepted however placements are based on school and region availability. For Quebec, these deadlines are month earlier due to the additional CAQ application that must be submitted to immigration.

Private School - Most schools are accepting until May however we urge clients to send in their application as early as possible, since some schools fill up one year in advance.

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Do I have any choice as to where I will study?

Yes, once you decide on the Public school or Private school program, then you may select the province and region as well as the length of time you will be studying in Canada (short term, one semester or full year).

Private School – the student may select the actual school to which he/she wishes to apply. Private schools have more limitations for length of study, typically accepting full year only.

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Must my child begin school in September and end in June?

Yes. The private school programme is not as flexible as our public school programme, and many schools - especially boarding/residential schools - will only consider full year students. The reason is that most schools still operate on a full year / 3-term system, whereby a student must complete the full year to obtain a credit. However, in recent years, some schools have been moving toward a semester system, allowing some flexibilty in terms of stay. As well, day schools may also consider half-year students. It is unlikely, however, that a private schools will accept any request for less than 1 semester as this takes a space away from a potential full year (or semester) student.

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Do I need to purchase emergency travel medical insurance for my child?

All students attending a school programme in Canada must be covered by medical insurance. Most boarding/residential schools require that students purchase insurance as provided by the school, as this facilitates doctor or hospital visits. Day schools require simply that students arrive with their own insurance, which can be obtained either in the student's home country or through a Canadian insurance provider. MLI works closely with a Student Insurance Company offering a comprehensive and affordable plan.

Please discuss with your agent the requirements prior to arrival in Canada.

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Does my child need a visa to enter Canada or to attend this program?

All students attending a study program with a duration of six months or longer require a Study Permit to enter Canada. Campers and students who come for a summer program (or any program with a duration of six months or less) do not require a Study Permit. Certain nationalities will require a Temporary Resident Visa (TVR). Please refer to the Canadian Citizenship and Immigration website for a complete listing of countries that require a TVR, and complete details about travelling to Canada: www.cic.gc.ca.

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Does Canada have any restrictions on the number of Study Permits (visas) given to international students?

No. Unlike other countries where the government restricts the number of study visas allocated for public school placement, Canada does not impose such restrictions. Provided the student satisfies the requirements of Immigration Canada, he/she will be granted a visa. This visa can be extended for continued study past the first year.

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Does my child need to write an entrance exam?

Many private schools do require an entrance exam: either one provided by the school, or a general language proficiency test such as the SLEP (Secondary Language of English Proficiency), TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or the SSAT (Secondary School Admission Test). Your representative will advise on the requirements once you select your choice of schools.

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What is the minimum level of English required in order to apply to a Canadian School?

MLI recommends that students have at minimum an intermediate level of English proficiency to fully participate in a school program. However, we do offer schools with comprehensive ESL programs. Student may still apply if they have lower English but they can expect to have the majority of their classes in an ESL environment. In some schools students will take one period of ESL class and regular subjects with Canadian students. For private schools, each school sets its own minimum level and the student level is assessed after submitting the application, writing the assessment test and having the interview with the school.

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Who will receive my child when he/she arrives at the airport?

MLI Staff or your child’s host family will meet our child at the airport upon arrival.

If your child is registered as an Unaccompanied minor (UM), the person MLI has designated during the UM registration will be on hand to personally receive your child.

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When can students start the program? What is the duration of the program?

In Public and Public Catholic School boards the students can choose what his/her program duration will be:

  • Short-term programs can start at any time and go from four weeks onwards
  • Semester programs (five months) run from first semester September to January and second semester start from February to June.
  • Full year program, the students start from September to June or February to January.

Private School: the private schools have more limitations for length of study. Typically, they accept students for the full year only and their program starts in September and end in June.

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What is a typical school day in Canada?

Schools in different provinces and regions have slightly different time schedules. In general however, students will follow a timetable similar to this:

Monday – Friday

  • School begins between 8:30am and 9:00am
  • Classes typically are 70-80 minutes in length (Students usually take 4-5 classes daily)
  • Lunch usually 1 class period or 1hour in length – between 10:00 am and 2:00pm
  • School ends between 2:30pm and 3:30pm

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Does my child need to wear a uniform at school?

Most private schools require that students wear a uniform on a daily basis. Often, schools have 1 - 3 uniform types, ranging from Full Dress (for formal occassions and including a blazer, tie etc), to Class Dress (simplied version without blazer required). Each school has its own requirements. Students should pre-order uniforms as most schools require all students to arrive to classes on their first day in uniform.

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How do students travel to and from school?

If the student is attending a day school (either public or private), he/she will take scheduled transportation. This may be a school bus arranged by the school or local public transportation. In case where the student lives close to the school, he/she will walk. For students attending a private residential school, they live and study on the school campus.

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Do students have to maintain a certain grade point level to remain in the program?

The minimum standard in Canadian schools is 50% – 60%. Anything less is considered a failing grade. Provided the student maintains over 50% in most of his/her classes, the student will be able to remain at the school. If the student wishes to return for another year, some schools (especially private schools), may require a grade point of 60% or higher to consider the student for re-enrolment.

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My child needs to co-validate his/her transcripts at the end of the stay. Is this possible?

Provided your child has attended one full semester or a full year at their Canadian school, has written all necessary exams, has successfully completed all required work, and obtained a passing grade, he or she will be granted with a credit for each class completed. These grades will be provided to you on an official transcript. MLI will assist with the co-validation process here in Canada.

Please allow six to eight weeks from the end of the school year/semester for this process to be finished in Canada.

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Can students graduate from a Canadian high school?

Yes, students can graduate from high school in Canada provided that he/she completes the required components for the high school diploma. Student should expect to spend between 2-4 years in Canadian high school to complete the required components for high school diploma. Students’ home country credit will be assessed by the Canadian school board prior to arrival and may be used toward the diploma.

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I am very involved in sport teams and social clubs. Will I have this opportunity in Canada?

Yes. All schools encourage international students to become involved in school teams and clubs. In many private schools, this is a mandatory component of school life. Selection of sport teams and clubs will depend on when the student arrives in Canada and how long he/she stays. School teams may require that the student is enrolled for the entire duration of the sport season. In all cases, students must “try out” or audition for school sport teams, and show sufficient skills to be selected as a team member.

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