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Coquitlam International Education Program


We are currently taking registrations for the 2022/23 school year!

The Coquitlam School District’s International Education Program provides an opportunity for students outside of Canada to enter our school district where they can learn English while pursuing academic and career programs. Students worldwide receive valuable learning experiences by studying abroad, not only through improving their English language skills, but also by making lifelong international friends and absorbing the Canadian culture, all in beautiful British Columbia.

The Coquitlam International program fosters the building of friendships between Canadian and international students and their families through the sharing of experiences and backgrounds. It further enhances school environments by exploring cultural diversity and broadening global understanding.

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Reduce wait time if Vancouver International Airport is your initial entry to Canada!

Vancouver International Airport

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) and Vancouver International Airport (YVR) are collaborating on a voluntary pilot program. The goal of the project is to improve service delivery by facilitating and expediting the issuing of Study Permits for pre-approved permits for new international students arriving in Canada at Vancouver airport. The project is now live and ready for implementation.

Coquitlam School District is a participating institution.

To be eligible, the student must meet the following criteria:

    • Initial entry into Canada MUST be at the Vancouver International Airport (they cannot connect to YVR through a domestic flight); and
    • The student must be in possession of a Letter of Introduction/pre-approved Study Permit application issued by Immigration, Refugee, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC); and
    • They must submit the information through the VC Portal at least 72 hours in advance of their arrival at YVR.


The students will need to submit the following information online:

    • Unique Client Identifier (UCI)
    • Control Document Number (optional)
    • Last Name (as shown in the passport)
    • First Name (optional)
    • Date of Birth (optional)
    • Passport Number (optional)
    • Passport country of issue (optional)
    • Planned Date of Arrival to Vancouver
    • Arriving Flight Number


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Why Study in Coquitlam?

Consistently rated by British Columbia Ministry of Education as one of the best districts in the province

New "state-of-the-art" schools with the latest equipment and technology

Situated between the Pacific Ocean and the Fraser River in scenic natural surroundings - close to Vancouver and Whistler

Tradition of over 56 years of academic excellence and scholarships

Most successful International Education Program in Canada

Long-Term and Short-Term Programs

Many programs are available for International Students throughout the school year. Full year programs for 10 months with students integrated into regular Canadian …

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Our Coquitlam Schools

Coquitlam School District is the third largest of the 60 B.C. districts, and we are the largest employer in the municipalities we serve. We have over 4,000 full-time and part-time employees …

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Impacts of COVID-19

Coquitlam Protocols for Pre-Departure, Travel & Arrival into Canada. Click here

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IRCC – find out what you need before you travel to Canada. Click here

Travel Restrictions Click here



Shawn Silverstone, Coquitlam School District Director of International Marketing and Recruitment, received the BCCIE Excellence in International Education Marketing Award.

BCCIE Marketing Award

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Patricia Gartland, Coquitlam School District CEO/ Superintendent, received the prestigious 2021 BCCIE International Education Lifetime Achievement Award.

View the article here: BCCIE AWARD

Patricia Gartland


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