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Secondary School Program


Richmond has 10 secondary schools with a combined enrolment of approximately 11,000. Each school in Richmond, without exception, offers students the opportunity to get a world-class education with BC Certified teachers, international student coordinators, modern school facilities and an extensive range of course options. 

In addition to the wide range of academic and technical courses, Richmond schools offer courses in the following:

  • International Baccalaureate-Senior Years (IB-SYP) and International Baccalaureate-Middle Years Program (IB-MYP)
  • Information Technology
  • Business
  • Advanced Placement (AP)
  • Modern Languages
  • Visual and Performing Arts
  • Broadcasting and Recording Arts Technology
  • Engineering
  • all levels of Computer Assisted Design and Drafting (CADD)
  • Environmental Biology
  • Computer Animation
  • Desktop Publishing
  • Music Composition

Grades: 8 – 12

Entry Dates: September or February each year

Credit program: for students who wish to earn credits towards a high school diploma in Canada or to transfer back to their home country

Program Length: one semester to 2+ years.

After School Options

Richmond secondary schools have a number of extra-curricular activities in music, drama, sports, leadership and other areas of personal development for international students to join.  Clubs are a fantastic way for students to interact with others who share common interests, make new friends and enhance their Canadian education.

Sports and Clubs

  • Volleyball
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Golf
  • Field Hockey
  • Swimming
  • Rugby
  • Soccer
  • Table Tennis
  • Tennis
  • Ultimate Frisbee


Application Process

Apply online with the following documents in a PDF format.  Your application will be reviewed within 10 business days. 

Required Documents

  1. A photo of the student taken in the last 12 months
  2. Copy of the student’s passport picture page or personal ID
  3. Certified or notarized School Records/Report Cards translated into English from the current and last year of study
  4. Picture page AND the signature page of parent's passport or personal ID
  5. Signed Declaration of Eligibility
  6. Completed Vancouver Costal Health Form
  7. Immunization record (preferably translated into English and notarized)
  8. $200CAD application fee (non-refundable)

Additional documents (optional)

  1. 1 recommendation letter from current teacher or principal
  2. Letter of Study Intent
  3. Awards and/or certificates in extracurricular activities

Accommodation Options

  • Homestay arranged through the RIE Homestay Program (Grade 8 to 12 only) 
  • Private Accommodation (not arranged through RIE).  Students must live with a Canadian citizen or permanent resident who is 25 years of age or older.

Fees & Dates

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"I spent one year as an exchange student in Richmond and I loved every single moment of my experience abroad. First of all, I had a wonderful homestay that supported me for months and made me feel part of their family. I was a grade 12 student at McMath Secondary and I loved the Canadian way of teaching, which is not too stressful but still very effective. It was nice to see a happier and less competitive environment that genuinely tries to help students learn. I miss every aspect of my life in Canada and can't wait to go back."

Giulia, Grade 12, Italy