JECBA: Admission of Exchange (and Foreign) Students

Classification: 
J: Students
Code: 
JECBA

Procedure for Admission of International Students to Schools under the Jurisdiction of the Board

The Superintendent of Schools, through his/her designate, shall evaluate all applications from international (foreign) students for admission to schools under the jurisdiction of the Board of School Trustees (the “Board”).

For the purpose of these regulations, an international student shall be deemed to be a student who has moved, or intends to move, from outside of Canada to British Columbia and/or who does not meet the residency requirements of Section 82 of the School Act.

 A.   Admission Documents

  1. Generally, all students who have study permits issued by Citizenship and Immigration Canada should be identified as international students in the Ministry of Education 1701 Report. Provincial education funding will not be claimed for these students. The Board may choose to charge tuition fees to these students.
  2. Exceptions are listed below.  Provincial education funding will be claimed for these students:
  • A student who:
    • is a refugee claimant with an acknowledgement letter from the Immigration and Refugee Board;
    • is a Convention Refugee and can present a letter from Citizenship and Immigration Canada confirming this; 
    • has been admitted to Canada under a letter of permission issued by Citizenship and Immigration Canada;
    • is in the custody of the Ministry for Children and Family Development; or
    • is attending school on a reciprocal and equal exchange program. This exchange must be one in/one out of the same district for the same length of time, with the exchange to be completed within two years.
  • An international student, whose parent or legal guardian(s):
    • has been admitted to Canada for permanent residence (i.e. landed immigrant);
    • holds a study permit from Citizenship and Immigration Canada for one year or more to attend a public post-secondary institution in Vancouver in a program of study leading to a degree or diploma;
    • holds a work permit from Citizenship and Immigration Canada to work in Vancouver for a term of one year or more;
    • has been admitted under a teacher exchange program; or
    • is carrying out official duties as a diplomatic or consular official and is able to substantiate this with a Foreign Representative Acceptance Counterfoil in the guardian's passport.

B.  Students without Study Permits

International students without study permits who wish to enroll, or are enrolled, will be referred to the international education office.  Students who are Canadian citizens or landed immigrants but whose parent or legal guardian is not normally resident in British Columbia will be subject to tuition fees as determined by the Board.

These students are not eligible for Ministry of Education funding.

Admission Procedures

If a student is determined to be an international student, the Board will apply the following procedures:

  • A process will be established by the Board to evaluate all applications from international students for admission to schools under the jurisdiction of the Board. 
Adopted Date: 
Monday August 21, 1978
Revision Date: 
Apr 1987
Feb 1988
Sep 2004