Homestay Program

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About Homestay Program

While studying in Newfoundland, students will be immersed in the English Language, supported by approved and accredited English as a Second Language (ESL) classes. These classes are offered outside of regular class time. Students will be part of a safe and relaxed-pace lifestyle while surrounded by clear blue skies that are free from pollution and noise.

This experience will be enhanced through our Homestay Program in which students live with a Newfoundland family who will provide a safe, caring and supportive home. The best way to learn English and Canadian culture is to live with like a local!

Living with a local family provides the student with a full English immersion experience. All host families are carefully chosen and screened prior to their participation in the homestay program. The host families complete an application process that includes a criminal check, a child abuse registry check, and an in-home interview. We are proud of our families, and we take every measure to ensure our students are placed with a loving, welcoming, safe family.
Students will have their own bedroom with a desk, lamp, bed and linens provided. They will receive 3 meals per day with some snacks. Host families treat students as though they are a regular family member. Students will have the same responsibilities as every other member of the family. This includes contributing to the completion of household chores and respecting the rules of the host family.

Host families participate in the program because they want to meet someone from another country. They want to learn about the students’ culture and share our own. It is the perfect exchange and environment to learn. They welcome the student into their home as though they were their own child. Our families welcome the opportunity to host students and share their home with them.

For more information, please review our Host Family Handbook.

School Selection

You can choose a specific school in Newfoundland or have our staff help guide you to a school that's the best fit for you! We have both public and private school options. Select schools offer Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB). You can search and filter all availible schools here: School Selection page

To know which region to apply for, you can learn more about Newfoundland's geography HERE!

If you'd like guidance on your school selection, please get in touch HERE!


We understand the importance of safety while your child is in Canada, so we take extraordinary measures to help ensure that they are safe. In the unlikely event of a medical incident, we provide insurance for your child. Health insurance for NIS students is provided through International Insurance is one of the world's largest insurance providers in international education and is a valuable partner of NIS in assisting in meeting the insurance needs of our students. Information about policies are available HERE.


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