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Welcome to the Upper Grand District School Board’s
International Student Program!

Why Choose Us?

The Upper Grand District School Board provides a superior and affordable education to our international students, with personal and attentive service and a safe and nurturing environment.  We also provide early-course selection and a guaranteed timetable.  Our ISP students can choose their courses before they arrive. We guarantee that students who apply before the deadline will be provided with a timetable before they arrive in Canada, so their course selection will not be limited to whatever “leftover” courses might be available by the beginning of the semester.

We have schools in both urban and rural communities

Two distinct environments of urban or rural/small town are available, to meet with individual student’s preferences. Guelph is our largest, most urban centre. It is notably multicultural, yet with a 95% English-speaking community. Orangeville is the next largest town in our district, though it and our other surrounding communities do not have as diverse a population. Both Guelph and Orangeville are trendy commuter areas. Many people who work in Toronto choose to live in our district, as it is close enough to the city to commute, yet a safe and wonderful area to raise a family. Indeed, Guelph is rated by MoneySense as one of the best places for new Canadians and by Statistics Canada as one of the safest metropolitan communities in Canada. Orangeville was awarded Great Places in Canada’s 2015 title for “Best Street,” for its exceptional main street, Broadway, which is the heart of the town.