Total immersion: students have the opportunity to fully immerse themselves in a new country and culture, gaining a deeper understanding and appreciation for different perspectives.
High School Abroad Programs
With Orca Education’s high school abroad programs, you have the opportunity to experience life as a local student in Canada for 6 months to a full academic year. By enrolling in a high school in one of our carefully selected destinations, you can fully immerse yourself in a new culture, make lasting friendships and explore all that your chosen location has to offer.
Living as a local student allows you to truly understand the customs, traditions and way of life in Canada. You will have the chance to join clubs and engage in community events, giving you a well-rounded experience beyond just academics.
You will gain independence and develop valuable life skills. You will learn to navigate a new educational system, adapt to different teaching styles and become more self-reliant. These experiences will not only shape you as an individual but also make you stand out on university applications.
Studying abroad in high school is a unique opportunity to broaden your horizons, expand your global perspective and enhance your language skills. It is a chance to step out of your comfort zone, challenge yourself and grow personally and academically.
Do not miss the chance to embark on this incredible journey with Orca Education. Discover a new place, make lifelong memories and set yourself apart.
What are the Benefits of Studying Abroad
By participating in the program, students gain valuable skills such as global perspective, intercultural competence, communication skills, language proficiency, independence and maturity. They also have the opportunity to make lifelong friends from around the world.
Program tuition covers all essential expenses, including:
To learn more about local school placements and host families, you can explore the Your Adventure section on our website. If you have any questions or would like to discuss your options further, you can schedule a call with an Orca Education Enrolment Consultant.
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Why study abroad with Orca Education?
There are several compelling reasons to choose Orca Education for your high school abroad program in Canada:
Canadian owned and based: as a Canadian-owned and based agency, Orca Education has an in-depth understanding of the Canadian education system and culture. This allows us to provide personalized and tailored experiences for all our students.
Carefully-screened high schools and host families: with our exclusive focus on Canada, we have established strong relationships with reputable high schools and host families. We carefully screen and select these institutions and families to ensure a safe and enriching experience for our students.
Years of experience and in-country resources: our years of experience in the industry and in-country resources enable us to provide comprehensive support and guidance to our students. We have a deep knowledge of the local education landscape and can offer valuable insights and assistance throughout the program.
Support from local staff 24/7: our students receive round-the-clock support from our local staff in Canada. This ensures that they have someone to turn to at any time for assistance, advice, or in case of emergencies.
Easy accessibility for parents: we understand the importance of keeping parents informed and involved in their child’s experience. We provide direct and easy communication channels for parents to reach us and stay updated on their child’s progress and well-being.
Safety as a top priority: the safety of our students is our number one priority. We take extensive measures to ensure their well-being, including providing provincial and private medical insurance coverage in case of accidents or illnesses.
By choosing Orca Education, you can have peace of mind knowing that your high school abroad program in Canada is supported by a trusted and experienced organization that prioritizes safety, quality and personalized support.
Can I graduate in Canada?
While it is possible for some students to graduate in Canada through our high school abroad program, it is important to note that not every student qualifies. Here are some of the requirements:
Minimum English Level: students must have a minimum English level of C1 to be eligible for graduation in Canada. This ensures that they can effectively participate in classes and meet the academic requirements.
Full-year program enrolment: students must enrol in the full-year program or longer to have a chance at meeting the graduation requirements. This allows them to complete the necessary coursework and satisfy the necessary criteria.
Meeting Canadian Ministry of Education criteria: Students must meet the criteria set by the Canadian Ministry of Education for graduation. These criteria may vary depending on the province or territory in which the student is studying.
It is important to note that while we strive to support our students in their academic journey, we cannot guarantee graduation. Graduation depends on various factors, including academic performance, grades and completion of required volunteer work hours throughout the year abroad program.
For more detailed information regarding graduation requirements and to discuss your specific situation, we recommend scheduling a meeting with our Orca Education Enrolment Consultant. They will be able to provide you with personalized guidance and answer any questions you may have.
Can I choose my destination?
Yes, at Orca Education, you have the freedom to choose your destination for your high school abroad program at no extra cost. We believe in providing students and parents with the opportunity to select the destination that best suits their preferences and goals.
When you start the application process with Orca Education, you will have the chance to indicate your desired destination. We offer a range of destinations across Canada, each with its own unique culture, attractions and educational opportunities. You can choose the destination that aligns with your interests, academic goals, and personal preferences.
We understand that each student has different needs and desires when it comes to studying abroad. By allowing you to choose your destination, we aim to provide a personalized and tailored experience that meets your specific requirements.
So, whether you dream of studying in the vibrant city of Toronto, the picturesque landscapes of Vancouver, or the cultural hub of Montreal with Orca Education you have the freedom to make that choice.
Start your journey with us and select the destination that will make your high school abroad experience truly unforgettable.
Can I choose my host family?
No, you cannot choose your host family. At Orca Education, we carefully screen and select host families based on your chosen destination and the proximity to the school you have been accepted to. Our priority is to ensure that each student is placed with a suitable host family that can provide a safe and supportive environment during their high school abroad experience.
Our team takes into consideration various factors when matching students with host families, including compatibility, interests and any specific preferences or requirements provided by the student and their parents. We strive to create a positive and comfortable homestay experience for each student, giving both students and parents peace of mind.
Our thorough host family screening process includes background checks, interviews and home visits to ensure the safety and well-being of our students. We maintain regular communication with both the student and the host family throughout the program to address any concerns or provide support as needed.
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