Brockville – On September 1st, the Upper Canada District School Board (UCDSB) will welcome a group of over 200 new students from around the world to an orientation event at Thousand Islands Secondary School in Brockville. Incoming students will have a chance to attend information sessions, meet other students and learn about the region though a number of games and activities.
The UCDSB’ international education has been bringing students to Canada for the last 10 years. Enrollment in the international program has increased annually with over 400 students expected study at schools across the UCDSB throughout the 2017-18 school year. Many students arriving in September will be in Canada for a period of one school year; however, others come with the intention of obtaining their Ontario Secondary School Diploma and moving on to post-secondary studies in Canada.
“The success and continued growth of this program has been incredibly positive for the region and our local schools”, stated Matthew Raby, the Program’s Executive Director. “Our enrollment continues to climb along with the diversity of our students. In September we will have students from 25 countries studying at 22 schools. Students from around the world are drawn to Canada for both the quality of education and quality of living we offer. As more students enroll with the UCDSB we are improving the international recognition, infusing local schools with diversity and international perspectives and driving economic development throughout our local communities.”
“The majority of international students studying at UCDSB schools live with local families through our partnership with the Canada Homestay Network”, said Matthew. “It’s a great way for the students to immerse themselves into the language and their new home communities. The program would not be successful without the support of families across the UCDSB. We are always looking for more people across all of our communities to get involved. If anyone is interested they can visit http://www.whyihost.ca for more