Become a Student

Please complete our secure online application below.

Before you begin the online application process, please make sure you have collected all the necessary information and documents.  You will need the applicant’s complete information and as well that of at least one parent.  This includes names, birthdates, addresses, etc.  Required and recommended documents ( see below ) must be submitted as PDF or JPEG files only and less than 5MB each.  If any document is larger than 5MB, or scanned at too high a resolution must be rescanned at a lower resolution before beginning the application process.

In order to submit an application, the documents listed below are required. If you do not upload these documents into the online application system, you cannot complete the application process. If you do not submit a complete application within thirty (30) days, the partial application will be automatically deleted.

  1. Participation Agreement. The parent(s) and student must sign our agreement. Download is available directly within the application.
  2. Transcripts or report cards. You must have a record of grades for the last two years, translated into English, they must be in PDF or JPEG files only, and less than 5MB in size. You will only be able to upload one document, so please ensure all pages of the records of grades are scanned as a single document.
  3. Course Request Form. 
  4. Passport photo page. Please scan the passport photo page of the applicant’s passport, if they have a passport already. This allows us to double-check the applicant’s information to ensure that all correspondence is correct.
  5. Letter to Host Family.  In your letter of introduction, please write about yourself, your family , your interests and hobbies, and why you have decided to participate in this program
  6. Photo albums.  Please scan the entire album as one document.


Recommended Documents

We recommend that you collect the following documents prior to applying. These documents assist us in making an admission decision should we require additional information. They must be submitted as single documents in PDF or JPEG files only and less than 5MB each.

  1. Custodian document. If the applicant will not be part of our homestay program, they must assign a custodian. This custodian must be a Canadian citizen or Permanent Resident, over 25 years old, and must live full time in the Victoria area.  If the student is under 13 years of age, they must live with a parent while participating in the program.
  2. Other documents. If you have another document pertinent to admission, such as a student interview form, please submit it as a single document.


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Medical Coverage

Medical Insurance is required to be an international student in Saanich. You are welcome to purchase your own medical insurance in addition to the required Guard.Me or MSP coverage.
Returning students: The British Columbia Medical Service Plan (MSP) coverage is required for all graduation program students (10 months or more), provided the student has a valid Study Permit.
10-month students or less: Guard.Me coverage is required for the duration of your study period in Saanich.

 What is MSP and Guard.Me?

BC Medical Services Plan (MSP)

  • MSP is the mandatory public health insurance provided by Health Insurance BC for international students with a valid study permit. 
  • Graduation program students (10 months or more)  
  • Always present your MSP card when you visit a clinic or hospital
  • The SISP office enroll's and maintains graduation program students MSP record as your group plan administrator. You receive MSP coverage after a 3 month waiting period at the beginning of your study period. Guard.Me coverage is provided over the 3 month waiting period.MSP Card Sample


  • is private insurance
  • Access the Saanich School Guard.Me website here:
  • If you have insurance coverage (10 month students or less) and go to a clinic or hospital, keep your receipts, follow the instructions and submit the online claim form.
  • Visit for insurance plan details and frequently asked questions (FAQs)
  • The SISP office enrolls you with before you arrive and provides you with a card during new student JumpStart/Orientation.GuardMe Sample

Speak with your homestay parents about taking you to a Walk-in Clinic or visit medimap to search for the closest Walk-in clinic on the Saanich Peninsula. 

Contact the SISP office at +1.250.655.2720 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with questions about medical insurance.  

Local Attractions

Whether you enjoy strolling through gardens, a walk along a beach, swimming, running or any other outdoors activity - Saanich has it all!

Below is a small sampling of some of the recreational activities students can enjoy while studying. Please see Tourism Victoria's website for more information on event, festivals, hotels and places to visit in Victoria and the surounding area.


 Panorama Golf


Graduation Transition Interviews

International Students Impress at Grad Transition Interviews



Every student who achieves a British Columbia High School Graduation must fulfill the “Grad Transition (GT)” requirement in their grade 12 year. This involves completion of several tasks including thirty hours of work-related experience, a log book of their physical activity schedules and successful participation in the “GT Interview”.

Recently, five Stelly’s International Students who will graduate in January impressed the “GT Interview” team consisting of school staff and community representatives with reflections on their experiences in Saanich and their plans for the future.

Reika and Yurie are from Japan while Even, Winnie and Lingbo come from China. Their time in Saanich ranges from 1.5 to 3 years. In their individual interviews, each student explained why they wanted to study abroad and how they have changed since arriving at Stelly’s.

All five described their determination to attend high school in Canada and how they persuaded their parents to let them go. They each had a vision that experiencing a different school system, living in a different culture, learning a new language, meeting new friends and facing unknown challenges would help them grow as independent individuals.

Read more: Graduation Transition Interviews

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