When to apply


Application for K-12 (elementary and secondary) education usually happens twice per year: You can apply in either January or September. Deadlines may vary, however, so it’s best to contact the International Education Office at your preferred school or institution.

Language schools

Programs for language schools run year-round. You should call or email the International Education Office of your preferred institution to learn directly about the best time to apply.


Most post-secondary institutions follow a trimester schedule (which means three terms in one year). Knowing when to apply depends on when in the year you would like to study in BC.

     Winter semester: January–April

     Summer semester: May–August

     Fall semester: September–December


Plan ahead, talk to your prospective institution and make sure your application papers are completed properly and on time.