Toronto International Student Programs

A Warm Welcome to the Toronto District School Board!

The TDSB offers a world-class education and unique opportunities to become engaging global citizens within Toronto, Canada’s largest city.

Reasons to Study in Toronto:

  • Friendly and diverse communities
  • Toronto is an international hub and is ranked one of the most livable cities in the world 
  • Opportunities to attend Canada’s best post-secondary institutions located right in the city and the surrounding region
  • Home to Canada’s best-known professional sport clubs, including the Toronto Maple Leafs (ice hockey), Toronto Football Club (soccer) , Toronto Blue Jays (baseball), Toronto Argonauts (football)
  • Canada’s leading center for the arts (music, movies, drama,  performing arts) 
  • Canada’s financial centre 
  • Hundreds of public parks and gardens across the city
  • Home to thousands of Canada’s biggest companies and high-tech firms
  • World’s top hospitals and Canada’s largest medical service centre
  • Host to more than 100 different festivals annually
  • Home to Canada’s largest museums, art centres and exhibitions
  • Convenient public transit system
  • A beautiful city to live in

Toronto International Student Programs (TISP)

The TDSB welcomes students from all over the world. International students coming to study at the TDSB can choose an educational path that best suits their personal interests and academic goals.

Attending school in Toronto is a rewarding experience. Toronto is a beautiful, clean and safe city. International students will learn about other diverse cultures, gain new perspectives and meet new friends while getting a first rate education.

Our teachers and counsellors understand the needs of our international students and know that they often require help adjusting to life in a new country. Our staff speak a variety of languages and they  are always willing to offer friendly guidance on academic and personal issues.

Currently the TDSB has 27 secondary schools designated for international students:

English as a Second Language (ESL)

English language support is available at all the TDSB schools designated for international students. Students are assessed upon arrival and are provided appropriated levels of English language and academic courses depending on their abilities and goals

Supporting International Students

TDSB secondary schools designated for international students have dedicated guidance staff to provide counselling and support, including:

  • Academic counselling
  • Career counselling
  • Personal counselling
  • University application assistance

Application Deadline

  • May 1st for the September entry
  • November 1st for the February entry


International students can live with their parents, relatives or custodians during their stay in Toronto. Students may also choose to live with local families.

Homestay service can be arranged.

All students under 18 must have a custodian living in the Greater Toronto Area, and they must live with a family (may not live on their own).

All students at grade 8 and under must live with their custodians/parents.

SME provide on-going admission application process support and assistance for International students.