Frequently Asked Questions





When should I arrive in Lethbridge, Alberta?
You should plan your arrival so that you are 3-5 days earlier than the first day of school indicated on the school calendar.

Am I allowed to travel by myself to different cities or vacation sites once I get there?
Once you arrive, all travel outside of our city must be with the school, your host family or your custodian.

Who will provide me with support and direction when I arrive?
You will be supported by a number of adults including: your custodian, your host family, International Services Office, school administrator, school counsellor, ESL teachers, and you will be assigned an advisor at your school.

What is an advisor?
Every high school student has an advisor.  This is a teacher who you will see every day, and who will monitor how you are doing.  Your advisor will be there to answer questions and give advice.  You will have the same advisor for your entire stay in Lethbridge, even if your other teachers and classes change from one semester to the next.

Will I take regular classes with Canadian students?
Yes, you will take regular classes with Canadian students.  When you arrive at the school, you will help to decide which classes to take, and your teachers will understand that you may be an English Language Learner.

Will I get help learning English?
Yes, every effort will be made to help you learn English, including providing you with class time in an English Language Learner classroom.

How is the timetable organized?
There are 5 class periods in a day, except for Friday, which has 4 class periods.  Class periods are about 65 minutes long. Each day starts about 8:00 AM and ends about 3:00 PM, except Friday, which ends about 12:45 PM.  Monday through Thursday there will be about a one hour lunch break.

Is pick-up/drop-off at the airport included in the fees?
If you arranged your own homestay, then you are responsible for getting to your Lethbridge homestay on your own.  If we arrange your homestay, your fees will cover pick-up or drop-off at the Lethbridge Airport. If you request an airport pick-up or drop-off from the Calgary International Airport there is an additional fee for this service (see fee sheet). Driving time between Lethbridge and Calgary is about 2.5 hours.  Contact the International Services Office by email to establish your travel dates and to arrange airport transfers.

Who will be my custodian if I need to apply for a Study Permit?
If you arranged your own homestay, then your custodian will likely be an adult from your homestay family.  If we arrange your homestay, your custodian will be the homestay relationship manager.

How should I bring money to Canada?
Do not travel with large amounts of cash.  You can bring Traveller's Cheques, transfer money to a newly opened bank account in Canada, or use a bank card.

Should I bring my own computer?
The schools will have several areas where you can sit and use a computer.  The local public libraries have computers that you could use as well.  If you bring your own computer please keep in mind that it can only be used in common household areas of you host family home.  Students are not permitted to use personal computers in unsupervised areas such as their bedrooms.

How old do I have to be to attend your schools?
Our high schools include grades 9 to 12.  Most of our students are 14 to 18 years old.  We would consider accepting students who are younger if they were to be living with a relative or family member.

What is the weather like in your area?

Autumn or Fall (September 21-December 20): temperature ranges from -9 to +20.  September is almost as warm as the summer but October through to December can often require winter clothing. Buy high-quality winter coats with hoods, long pants, sweaters and waterproof boots or shoes.

Winter (December 21-March 20): temperature ranges from -25 to +3. Snow falls and stays on the ground until we get a Chinook wind. January and February are the coldest months of the year and can be bitterly cold. It can be so cold outside that it is dangerous to go out with any skin exposed. Get thermal underwear tops and bottoms and wool socks. Windproof hats, thick mittens, scarves and warm, waterproof boots are essential. Dress in layers so that you can remove a sweater if you are too warm in our heated buildings.

Spring (March 21-June 20): temperature ranges from -6 to +21. There can be rain during this period. In March and April, you will need to wear sweaters and windproof and rainproof jackets and rainproof shoes. In May and June it gets warm enough to go outside without a coat on.

You can find detailed weather information on the National Climate Data and Information Archive: click here.