The Victoria International Student Programs (VISP) offer international students the opportunity to access the highest standards of academic rigour provided to Canadian students in Victoria.
Whether your goal is acceptance at a world-renowned university, or simply to improve your English, learn about Canadian culture, have fun and make friends, VISP is an excellent choice for you.
Programs are open to students from Kindergarten to grade 12 (5-18 years old).
Admissions are based on a student's demonstration of their ability to be successful. Prospective students usually supply recommendations, grade reports and a list of extracurricular activities with their application forms to demonstrate their compatibility with the expectations of the Academic School Program.
Our teachers are highly trained, government-certified professionals. Teaching faculty has completed university-level training in education, holding bachelor’s and/or master’s degrees in their particular subject area.
The Academic High School Program instills a balanced and positive outlook in young minds. Students are encouraged to become active and full members of their school and neighbourhood communities through athletics, cultural activities, volunteering and other non-academic pursuits.
Each of our District’s government-certified schools has its own unique character and provides a wide range of course options. The low ratio of international to Canadian students (3% or less), encourages our international students to interact meaningfully with their Canadian classmates, facilitating a rich cultural exchange.
Our years of experience in international education have made us keenly aware of the unique needs of international students. To assist our students and encourage their success, we provide comprehensive support which includes:
- School-based international student advisors at each of our high schools and middle schools
- Our own registered homestay program
- Multi-cultural homestay placement officers
- An orientation for all new international students
- Professional, experienced program staff committed to student success