International Students

Welcoming students from around the world

Hamilton District Christian High has welcomed hundreds of international students.  HDCH values the culture and experiences that our international students bring to our school. Interaction among international and Canadian students is encouraged and results in learning and growth for all.

International Program Period

Our practice at HDCH is to invite international students for at minimum a four semester (two year) program, ideally commencing in September, when the majority of our students start their school year.

The minimum two years offers each international student time to integrate into the Canadian school system, as well as the culture, climate and in some cases, language. Our experience is that this sets students up for success in their post-secondary endeavours. 

The learning experience
At Hamilton District Christian High, international students are cared for and experience both personal and academic growth. There are 40 teachers who are certified professionals in their areas. HDCH is a Christian school community. We believe that faith and learning must go together, leading to practical actions and impact on our daily lives.

The Canadian Experience
Frequent field trip experiences are a part of learning. As well, students complete community service hours through exposure to Canadian charities to help build their skills.

Related: Celebration of Culture

A Pathway to University
Since opening our international program in 1990, Hamilton District Christian High has helped hundreds of international students prepare for admission to Canada’s top universities. Our highly trained and well-informed guidance counselors assist students with the university admission process. Our international graduates succeed in professions, business, church and community leadership.

Hamilton District Christian High School has graduated 4500 students since 1956.  Graduates continue to learn at leading colleges and universities such as the University of Toronto, University of Waterloo, Queen’s University, McMaster University, University of Western Ontario and other well-known post-secondary institutions.

Friendships last a lifetime
Relationships are important, and friendships that are built during teen years can last for life.  Many Hamilton District Christian High students stay in contact with their friends for years after graduation.

Related: Student Life


English Language Instruction (ESL)
Hamilton District Christian High has an ESL program to help international students achieve fluency in English.  The program also helps students make the transition to education and life in Canada. An International Coordinator on staff provides support to students. After language placement testing, international students are given a program combining appropriate English language courses as well as courses with their Canadian peers. They are encouraged to participate in HDCH student life.

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