Thank you for your interest in the Halton District School Board
The online application portal will open on December 1, 2020 at 9:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time. The portal will close periodically to process pending applications. Please check the website regularly to see if the application portal is open.
Apply to Halton District School Board - International Students
Please note: our application process has changed.
Review the fields and required documentation carefully to ensure your application can be processed quickly.
Key Messages for 2021-2022
Covid-19 has certainly changed the ways we operate for the 2020-2021 school year. We have moved to a Quadmester system for high school with smaller cohorts of students. HDSB is committed to keeping students safe. We are not sure how things will be in September 2021. 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. At this point, 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. More specific information will be shared at a later date.
In December, HDSB is launching our new online application portal through True North. It will look familiar, but it is easier to navigate and is more comprehensive. Starting this year, 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 now 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 2004) 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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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