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HWDSB welcomes international students to live and learn in our safe, diverse and welcoming community. Students visiting Hamilton from abroad have a great opportunity to get a high-quality education while learning about other cultures and perspectives. In addition, teachers and staff at HWDSB have experience helping international students adapt to life in Canada.

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Admissions Criteria

All secondary school (grade 9 -12) applicants must have a B average or greater (approximately 70%).

Elementary (Kindergarten to grade 8) students must live with an immediate family member while studying with Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board.

Students studying longer than 6 months must have a valid study permit.

School Placement

Secondary school (grade 9-12) placement will be determined by Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board and is subject to the student’s home address and English assessment result.

Elementary students (Kindergarten to grade 8) will be placed in the grade for which they are age-appropriate. Elementary school placement is subject to the student’s home address.

Application Deadline

Secondary School (grade 9 – 12)

  • First semester: September to January; application deadline – May 31
  • Second semester: February to June; application deadline – Nov 30

Elementary School (Kindergarten – grade 8)

  • First semester: September to December
  • Second semester: January to June
  • Can enroll during the semester. Application deadline is more flexible.

To apply, please download and complete the Application Package.

Fees

Application fee:

$275 Canadian dollars (non-refundable)

Tuition:

  • $14,500 CDN (2 semesters, max 8 credits) – Secondary
  • $7,250 CDN (1 semester, max 4 credits)- Secondary
  • $14,500 CDN (full school year, 10 months) – Elementary
  • $1,812.50 CDN per additional summer/Night/Saturday/online credit
  • Additional fees for IB program
  • Short term (less than one semester) fees are available upon request

Medical insurance:

$659 CDN (12 months)

Payment Options

Option 1: CIBC International Student Pay (Online Portal)

Hamilton Wentworth District School Board has partnered with CIBC to provide students with a fast, easy and more secure way to pay study expenses in your preferred currency from anywhere in the world at any time.

When paying from a foreign bank account outside of Canada, please make a payment through the CIBC International Student Pay online portal via Bank Wire, Visa, MasterCard, China UnionPay, and ACH (Direct Debit).

Go to https://pay.cibc.com/hwdsb to access the portal and follow the steps below.

You may select your preferred language in the top right corner inside the portal.

  1. Log In
    Access the CIBC International Student Pay secure web portal and enter your student details
  2. Provide Payment Details
    Simply enter the amount in Canadian dollars, then select your country and payment currency.
  3. Enter Payer and Student Details
    Enter your student information and the payer details. Your Student ID is the first four-digit number on your invoice.
  4. Initiate Transfer
    Carefully review the Terms & Conditions provided by CIBC, and when ready, click “Accept” and “Submit”.
  5. Track your payment
    Track your payment anytime by selecting ‘track your payments’ on the CIBC International Student Pay portal.

To learn more about how to make a payment, please watch the ‘how to’ video by clicking on your preferred language below:

English; French; Hindi; Chinese (Simplified); Chinese (Traditional);  Spanish

Option 2: Bank Draft or Money Order (when paying from a bank inside Canada)

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we currently do NOT accept money orders or bank drafts. Please contact the Admissions Office at  admissionsoffice@hwdsb.on.ca for further information on payment from a Canadian bank account.

Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board is a large school board located in the province of Ontario. HWDSB services the communities of Hamilton, Ancaster, Dundas, Flamborough, Glanbrook and Stoney Creek.

Secondary Schools

  • Grade 9 to 12 (Full days Monday to Friday for about 6 hours per day)
  • In Ontario, attendance at school is compulsory to 18 years of age.

School Year at a Glance

  • September to June
  • Winter Break in December/January
  • Spring Break in March

Schools provide notification of Professional Activity Days and public holidays such as Thanksgiving Day, Good Friday and Victoria Day. Learn more about the School Year Calendar.

International fee-paying students must make an intake and assessment appointment with the Admissions Office prior to attending school at HWDSB.

All International Fee Paying Students must present the following documentation to the Admissions office at the time of their scheduled intake appointment/assessment.

  • Study Permit
  • Passport
  • Previous School Record
  • Custody Information (if applicable)
  • Proof of valid Health Insurance Coverage
  • Proof of residency in Hamilton (relative or custodian)

The Welcome Centre reviews the student’s understanding of English and Mathematics. During the assessment, the teacher will work one-on-one with the student and observe some of the factors that might affect success in his/her new school.

Updated on Monday, October 05, 2020.
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