International Exchange Program
Waldorf education is a global phenomenon with high schools in many countries across all continents. This fact allows the Vancouver Waldorf High School to offer an International Exchange Program for students in Grades Ten and Eleven. In addition to providing an excellent opportunity to strengthen a student’s foreign language skills, the exposure to a different culture is an extremely valuable experience for adolescents. An exchange allows a student the opportunity to cultivate new levels of tolerance and understanding and the courage to work through what may be a difficult situation but in a safe context. Students return with a wider view of the world and their lives, and with a deeper appreciation of home and family. Our graduates reflect on this enriching program with gratitude and pride.
In recent years our students have completed exchanges to other Waldorf schools in England, Germany, France, Switzerland, Austria, Japan, Brazil and Australia, and students from these countries have attended the Vancouver Waldorf School in return. Participants from each country experience school and family environments that reflect Waldorf values and educational goals.
In the International Exchange Program, students pay tuition for a full year at their home school and are exempt from paying tuition at the exchange school.
International Homestay Program
Our visiting international program makes it possible for a student from anywhere in the world to attend the VWS. An international student is responsible for paying full school fees; and will not pay for tuition at the home school for the time they are away. Vancouver is considered one of the most beautiful cities in the world, one of the best places to live, and is a well-known multicultural centre with art galleries, museums and theatres. The temperate climate provides year-round activities such as skiing, hiking, biking, sailing and kayaking, a true paradise for outdoor lovers. The Vancouver Waldorf School has gained a worldwide reputation for excellence in Waldorf Education. Our lively and popular International Exchange Program has had many more inquiries from abroad than we have been able to fill. As a result, we offer fellow Waldorf students the chance to gain many of the experiences of an exchange by staying with us for as long as a year while boarding with host families. The International Homestay Program enriches our entire school community.
Vancouver Waldorf School Bursary
Through a very generous donation, the Vancouver Waldorf School is pleased to offer bursaries for both our own students and international students who would like to participate in an exchange but who do not have the financial resources to do so. The Exchange Bursary can be used to cover travel costs, living costs and fees required for exchange.
I was really excited to see a new part of the world. For me, Vancouver is the right place for an exchange because the city is amazing and I can go swimming and snowboarding. I think if you have the chance to go for an exchange, do it. It is the best experience in your life. If you are in the right place you can make friendships forever!!
– Lena Eller, Grade 10,
For more information, contact our Admissions Coordinator
604-985-7435 ext 200