International Students

Alexander Academy accepts applications directly from interested families, and also works with recruitment agents to ensure successful placements into our program.

Assessment and School Placement
Upon arrival, the assessment(s) will be performed by a designated faculty member. Placement of students is subject to school assessment. Students with low English proficiency will be placed in a combination program of English Language Development support with appropriate academic courses.

Alexander Academy works with reputable homestay agencies in Vancouver to provide both custodianship and homestay arrangements. Students not living with family in Vancouver are required to be placed by an Academy approved agency.

Parents and legal guardians who will not live with their child in Canada are required to appoint a custodian 25 years of age or older, in the Vancouver area, who will take responsibility for their child and will ensure that his or her accommodation and other living necessities such as food, clothing, and transportation are provided. Students must live with a responsible adult who is their custodian or their homestay parent. The Custodianship Declaration Form is available on the Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) website,

Study Permits
International students studying in Canada in a program lasting for more than 6 months (BC Graduation Program) must have a Study Permit. For more information, please visit the CIC website.

Medical Insurance
International students are required to have valid medical insurance while studying at Alexander Academy. The recommended provider of medical insurance is BC provincial healthcare, Medical Services Plan (MSP). After 3 months of residency in British Columbia, international students are eligible for a Care Card under BC’s Medical Services Plan. Alternately, parents may choose private medical insurance. The recommended provider of private medical insurance is Guard.Me. Visit Alexander Academy’s webpage at for full information.