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International Learners 18+

IMPORTANT MESSAGE: The Ontario Government has announced that all Ontario schools (including those in the Toronto District School Board) have been ordered to close for the remainder of the school year.TDSB International Recruitment - Students 18+ Office, will be closed for face to face support until further notice. However, we continue to provide support via email: Thank you for your understanding and patience.




International Adult Learners

As a world leader in public education, the Toronto District School Board welcomes international learners from all over the world into our programs every year. Our top priority is enabling our learners to realize and achieve their goals. We are proud to be Canada’s largest school board, offering high quality programs to international learners of all ages.

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We offer a wide variety of exciting programs to our learners, whether you want to improve your English language skills through our ESL programs, become an ESL teacher through our TESL program, or need preparation to attend a Canadian college or university, we have the program for you.

We are pleased to inform you that all TDSB adult high schools and learning centres are automatically designated learning institutions (DLI's) by Citizenship and Immigration Canada.


Programs for International Adults

Welcome to the Toronto District School Board. We are proud to offer valuable opportunities for language and academic development, including high school credits, English as a Second Language, vocational certificate programs, teacher training, and Canadian experience co-op programs for international adult learners. Find out more below.

Adult High Schools

TDSB's five adult high schools support more than 12,000 learners to find career and post-secondary pathways and meet their academic goals. Our co-op, certificate program, and high school credits are offered through our adult high schools. Find out more about our adult high schools

Post-Secondary Pathway Programs

Toronto District School Board's Academic Pathway Program is available to adult international students who wish to attend a Canadian college or university but do not meet the English language proficiency or other admission requirements.

Pathway Programs 2018-2019

Remedial High School Credit Program for Adult International Students

Toronto District School Board's Academic Remedial High School Credit Program is available to adult international students who wish to earn high school credits, upgrade existing credits, or meet university/college requirements.

Application Form

Co-op Programs


Experience life in Toronto, finesse your English for the workplace and gain valuable Canadian work experience through our 18 week co-op programs.

Co-op Programs brochure

Read our Co-op Programs brochure.


Adult Certificate Programs for International Learners

Get career-building skills, and prepare for post-secondary education, with our technical certificate programs. Courses of study include business, technology, hairstyling, personal support worker and child care assistant.

Adult Certificate Programs brochure

Read our Adult Certificate Programs brochure.

Registration and Fees

Registration for visitors and visa students in Canada

ESL classes start every Monday of every week. To book your appointment for assessment and registration, call 416-393-0528. There is a $60 assessment fee to determine your English proficiency level and to help us place you in the class that suits you best.

Registration for international learners outside of Canada

Visitors to Canada who want to register for programs that are six months or less must:

  1. Obtain a visitor’s visa from your home country
  2. Register directly with our office: 2 Trethewey Drive – 3rd Floor, Toronto, ON M6M 4A8 or call 416-394-6237 / 647-462-5159

As an international student, you must bring your passport and proof of medical insurance when registering for any programs at the TDSB.

International students who want to register for programs that are six months or longer need to:

  1. Have a valid passport and any notarized supporting documents to be submitted along with their signed and dated application form for assessment by the TDSB
  2. Contact us directly at to express interest in joining one of our TDSB programs.
  3. Complete the application form you receive from us by email.
  4. Meet the requirements of the program you wish to join in order for a conditional letter of acceptance to be issued by the TDSB to you or your agency.
  5. Make the tuition payment, payable to Toronto District School Board by: bank draft, money order, or wire transfer, after receiving the Conditional Letter of Acceptance.
  6. Once full payment is received, an Official Letter of Acceptance will be sent to you in your home country within 2-3 weeks.
  7. You can use the Official Letter of Acceptance to apply for a Study Permit at the Canadian consulate or embassy in your home country. (receiving the study permit may take between 2 weeks to 5 months depending on your location – so please apply as early as possible)  
  8. Once you receive your study permit, you can book your flight ticket.

If your visa application is denied, all your tuition fees are returned less your ($200) registration fees.

Cancellation and Refund Policy and Procedure

A full tuition fee refund, less the administration fee ($200), will be granted if Citizenship and Immigration Canada does not issue the Study Permit or if the student decides to withdraw registration at least four weeks before the start date of the semester. There will also be an additional $500 cancellation fee deducted from the tuition refund of $14,000 or more, and a $250 cancellation fee deducted from the tuition fees under $14,000. To obtain a refund, you must provide:

  1. The original Letter of Rejection from Citizenship and Immigration Canada / In the case that a student decides to withdraw from the program with a minimum of four week notice, the letter of rejection is not necessary.
  2. The original TDSB Official Letter of Acceptance
  3. The original receipt of tuition payment
  4. A written refund request by the student including the name and address of the cheque recipient

There will be no refund of the tuition fee in the following circumstances:

  • If the student chooses to withdraw for reasons other than the Study Permit has been denied by Citizenship and Immigration Canada and the semester starts in a period of four weeks or less 
  • If the student does not request withdrawal from the program at least four weeks before the beginning of the semester 
  • If the student is found in violation of school regulations and asked to withdraw from the school
  • If false medical information was given and conditions were not disclosed

In the event that your immigration status changes during the school year, you must contact the Continuing Education Department immediately.


As an international student in Toronto, you have several options for your accommodation. Staying at a homestay is a popular choice among many international students and it’s a great way to get a first-hand experience of Canadian culture. Apartment or room rentals are also options for learners who prefer to be more independent.


Living with a homestay family is an excellent way for international students to familiarize themselves with Canadian culture. Sharing a home with a Canadian family is a great way to learn about Canadian culture and customs. The homestay experience is a valuable one and contributes greatly to raising your cultural awareness and global understanding. Toronto is one of the most multicultural cities in the world and the TDSB invites you to celebrate and share that culture by staying with a homestay family.