International Student Program

2020-2021 International Education Update

UPDATE September 9, 2020 - Due to the current global pandemic and to align with both provincial and national travel restrictions and health orders, the Division has canceled the International Student Program for the full 2020/21 school year. We thank you for your interest in Grande Yellowhead Public School Division and we hope that you reach out to us in the spring for possible placement in our schools for the 2021/22 year. We look forward to learning with you in the future!

Receive a World-Class Education in a one of a kind location

Study with us in Alberta, Canada!

International Students:  We invite you to consider the experience of a lifetime - studying English at a high school in rural Alberta. Grande Yellowhead Public School Division high schools follow the Alberta curriculum, which is recognized around the world for preparing students for an exciting and successful future.

Our five host high schools and communities are small enough to be safe yet large enough to offer full academic programs, many unique courses and a range of extracurricular activities. We have hosted students from Brazil, Hungary, the United States, Mexico, Germany, Russia, France, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, and many other countries.

You will live with a caring host family who is interested in getting to know you and your family. Reasonable tuition and homestay fees make our International Student Program attractive to students and families around the world.

Click on a link below for more information, or contact us at We look forward to meeting you!


"Grande Yellowhead is an excellent place to learn, full of nature and nice people.  Courses are hard and expectations are high, but teachers and staff are very supportive and encouraging.  There are also many extracurricular activities including sports teams, yearbook, clubs, and trips.  You will have a good experience in a friendly town."  

- Emi, GYPSD Japanese Student

"I am learning not only English but also the great lessons from nature that I could never learn from any other place I lived. Every morning, biking to school feeling a cool breeze from the Rocky Mountains, I realize how lucky I am to be in this special environment."  

- Jane Lee, GYPSD Korean Student

More Information

Note: This program is for students that are coming to Canada on a study permit; it is not intended for foreign-born students who have:

  • landed immigrant status
  • refugee status
  • parent is here on a work permit
  • parent is studying at university in a two-year program
  • parent has a permanent resident card.

Please contact the international education coordinator at for more information.