Nanaimo Ladysmith School District

Program Established: 1998

Programs Offered: Full Year, 1 Semester

Language(s) of Study: English, French

Total number of schools: 34

High schools for international students: 6

Total Students: 14,300

Total International Students: 306

International Students Accepted for Grades: Our high school program is grades 8-12, public school system. Our elementary program is from grade k-7 but a parent must accompany the child.

Nearest Airport: Nanaimo Airport YCD


  • Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada
  • Beautiful seaside city on Vancouver Island
  • Population 90,500
  • Safe and clean community
  • Mildest climate in Canada
  • Easy access to Vancouver and Victoria
  • Closest airport is Nanaimo Airport


  • High school program, Grades K to 12. Ages 6-19
  • 6 modern high schools; total population of 13,700 Canadian students
  • Every school has an International Student Advisor to tend to academic issues of International Students
  • ELL offered as required; no minimum English requirements
  • Integration with Canadian students in academic and elective subjects
  • Brazil, Chile, Columbia, Germany, Italy, Turkey, Mexico, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam, Austria all represented
  • 2 semesters per year: September to January; February to June
  • Graduates are guaranteed admission to Vancouver Island University in Nanaimo or are qualified to apply at other universities in Canada and the USA
  • In-house homestay program carefully matches students to excellent homestay families – their happiness and well-being are carefully monitored. Homestay Coordinators meet each week with the students to discuss any homestay issues.

Excursions include trips to Victoria, Seattle, Whistler, Long Beach, Vancouver and the Rocky Mountains.

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