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International Student Programs

We look forward to welcoming, in person, our international students for the 2021-2022 school year.

Thank you for your continued support as we work through these unprecedented times due to the global pandemic. We are guided by the Ministry of Education, York Region Public Health – including Ontario Public Health – and the Government of Canada to ensure the safety of all students. Our schools are safe places to learn and we are offering face-to-face learning.

Learning Model for 2021-2022

At this time, we are focused on welcoming new international students to the February 2022 semester and supporting existing students in their educational goals. The expectation is that all students return to in-person face-to-face learning unless there are extenuating circumstances.

Students are expected to be in Canada to engage in learning through a hybrid learning model, which offers both face-to-face and remote learning while in Canada. Please see further details below.

Options for face-to-face learning

All students will attend their home school, in a classroom setting.

Options for remote learning

  • Secondary and elementary international students may engage in remote learning only while they are in Canada.
  • Students must be in Canada in order to participate in remote (online) learning.

Please visit the YRDSB 2021/2022 school year page more information regarding learning models available to our students. Additional information and Frequently Asked Questions are available.

What you must do before coming to Canada

Before leaving for Canada, please refer to the Immigration, Refugee & Citizenship Canada (IRCC) travel directive. 

To be able to enter Canada an international student must meet two requirements:

  • The student must have a valid study permit or a letter of introduction that shows you were approved for a study permit
  • You must be attending a designated learning institution (DLI) with a COVID-19 readiness plan approved by its province or territory. YRDSB is on the DLI list.

We encourage you to make travel plans only when your child has met all the travel conditions outlined above. All travelers entering Canada must follow the travel guidelines established by the Government of Canada. A checklist is available to guide you through the steps.

International students, and accompanying family members, entering Canada must follow the Pre-departure, Travel & Arrival guidelines, and complete and return the Self-Isolation Plan (last page of the guidelines) to prior to departure. The guidelines are available in EnglishChineseFarsi and Vietnamese​.

Upcoming Border Changes (entering Canada)

Fully vaccinated foreign nationals may be allowed to enter Canada if they meet specific criteria:

  • Starting November 30, three additional vaccines have been added to the list of accepted vaccines required to enter Canada:
    • Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Janssen/Johnson & Johnson, Sinopharm (also referred to as Covilo), Sinovac (also referred to as Coronavac), and COVAXIN
  • Fully vaccinated travellers must provide a negative pre-entry molecular test 
  • Effective January 15, 2022, international students, over the age of 18, entering Canada must be fully vaccinated
  • Foreign nationals, including international students who arrived unvaccinated can depart Canada until February 28, 2022 with their current vaccination status. After this date, they must be fully vaccinated to board a flight to depart Canada.
  • Unvaccinated children under the age of 12 accompanied by a full-vaccinated traveller may not attend school, child care or large crowded areas  for 14 days upon their return to Canada.

For up-to-date YRDSB-related information, please visit the YRDSB COVID-19 information page.

York Region District School Board through its International Education Services department is enriched by providing opportunities to live and learn with students from around the world. Our schools foster excellence, celebrate diversity, promote individual competence and champion quality education.

Students from every continent are learning in our schools. 

York Region students and teachers are encouraged to develop a global focus by receiving international students into their classrooms and by taking advantage of the many opportunities to study outside Canada. ​​​

Academic programs are available for students entering JK to Grade 12. 


All information and conditions relating to International Education Services and all of its programs are subject to change without notice. All final decisions with respect to the application of guidelines/policies are at the discretion of York Region District School Board.

International Education Services

Dr. Bette Stephenson Centre for Learning

36 Regatta Avenue

Richmond Hill, ON L4E 4R1