PEI International Student Program Frequently Asked Questions

Find helpful information about PEIISP eligibility, preparing to arrive for study on PEI, attending high school and graduating from grade 12. If you have a question that is not answered here, you can send an email to peiisp@gov.pe.ca.

About the PEIISP eligibility and process

How long does it take before a letter of acceptance is issued?

Every effort is made to process each application as quickly as possible. However, please allow a minimum of 3 weeks once the complete application form, all required documentation and fee payments have been received. The 3 weeks begins after a complete application package has been received. Please do not slow down the process by emailing our office for regular status updates.  

What is the minimum grade average to be admitted to the PEIISP?

Your average should be the equivalent of a B or 80-85%, at a minimum, for academic subjects over the past two years of school.  

Preparing for Study on Prince Edward Island

When should I arrive in PEI?

Students should arrive to Prince Edward Island at least one week before the first instructional day of school. The first day of school for the first and second semester is listed in the school calendar.

The PEIISP cannot guarantee that you will begin school on the first instructional day but our staff will do their best to make this happen.

It is important for you to communicate the date of your arrival to PEI and to schedule a meeting well in advance with the EAL/FSL Reception Centre. Please send your confirmed flight information too.

As an international student, am I required to have medical insurance?

It is mandatory all international students to have medical insurance from an approved provider (e.g., Guard Me or Blue Cross). You will need to provide proof of your medical insurance when you come to our office for your English assessment, and each year thereafter. 

What will happen if I arrive after the first instructional day of school?

It is highly recommended that students arrive before the beginning of the year/semester. Arriving late puts unnecessary pressure on teachers and administrators. If you arrive late, the school administration will decide if you can enroll in their courses for credit or audit only, which means they would not receive credit. It is important to note that students cannot begin school until they have registered with the EAL/FAL Reception Center. Students should also complete their English Language Proficiency Assessment.

What do I do when I arrive in PEI?

When students arrive on PEI, they must make an appointment to register at the EAL/FAL Reception Centre. (Phone: 902-620-3738 or email peiisp@edu.pe.ca) At the appointment students may complete an English Language Proficiency Assessment. Once the assessment is complete, an appointment will be scheduled for school registration. Appointment times before the first instructional day of school tend to fill up quickly. The earlier the student arrives, the better chance appointments can be scheduled for the assessment and school registration.  

How do I know what school I will be attending?

Your school placement will be based on the address of where you will live. Proof of your Prince Edward Island address is required before you will be enrolled.

How is grade placement determined?

Grade placement is determined by age. You can use the table below to determine the grade level based on year of birth. To use the table, find the year you were born which determines the grade level you will be placed in. Note: This table is based on the 2019-2020 academic school year. 

Year of birth Grade level
2014 Kindergarten
2013 Grade 1
2012 Grade 2
2011 Grade 3
2010 Grade 4
2009 Grade 5
2008 Grade 6
2007 Grade 7
2006 Grade 8
2005 Grade 9
2004 Grade 10
2003 Grade 11
2002 Grade 12

About high school in Prince Edward Island

Do any of your schools offer the International Baccalaureate (IB) program?

Currently, there are two high schools in PEI that offer the IB program - Colonel Gray High School and Charlottetown Rural High School.  

Is there an age limit for students to remain in the PEIISP?

Students cannot stay in the high school program after the end of the school year in which they turn 20. Students that have already completed the final grade of high school in their country of origin, are not permitted to come as a fee paying student. 

I need/want to take certain high school courses. Can you guarantee that I will be able to take these courses?

Schools on PEI follow a common provincial curriculum. Schools offer a similar program so students are able to meet graduation requirements, however, there may be some variety in the elective course schools offer. Schools make every effort to match the student’s requests and educational needs with the course offerings at the school, however, there are no guarantees. The wide variety of courses will undoubtedly prove to be sufficient and enriching for our international students. 

What is included in the tuition fee?

The tuition covers transportation, textbooks, and instruction. Many clubs, sports, school events, and field trips are also covered by tuition. There may be additional fees for some specialized courses, clubs, field trips, etc. Also, you will need to provide your own school supplies (e.g., paper, binders, and pens). Some schools charge a fee and in return provide the school supplies that will be needed.  

I want my child to attend one of the best schools. Can you give me the name of an excellent high school on PEI?

All high schools in the Province of PEI follow the mandated provincial curriculum under which the expectations and teaching components are clearly defined. Compulsory courses in Mathematics, Science, Social Sciences and English are offered at each grade level. While every school teaches the same curriculum and is accountable to the same standards, some schools may offer different elective courses depending on their school population. These elective courses comprise arts, technology, humanities and social science courses. Every high school on PEI has seen students graduate from Grade 12 and go to world ranked universities. We do not rank our schools and school registration is based on the zone in which your child will live while on PEI. 

How many schools are on PEI and what is the student population?

The Public Schools Branch and La Commission scolaire de langue française operate 62 schools from kindergarten to Grade 12 on PEI with a total school population of approximately 20,000.

Graduating from a PEI high school

What are the graduation requirements?

Visit graduation requirements for all the details.

I am in grade 11 in my country; can I come to PEI for grade 12 and then go to university?

On Prince Edward Island, grade 12 courses are language-rich and require a high degree of fluency. Students require grade 12 academic English to attend university, along with four other grade 12 academic courses with certain courses that are mandatory depending on your post secondary program of interest (e.g., science, business).

When you arrive, you will need to do a language proficiency assessment. This assessment will determine if you will be place in academic English or EAL. If your language level is exceptionally well developed, it may be possible to complete grade 12 and go directly to university. However, usually it is necessary and appropriate to complete the stipulated levels of EAL courses in order to develop the level of proficiency that will allow future success at a post secondary level. This may take longer than one year.  

Also, the school you will attend will look at your grade 10 and 11 transcripts. Based on that information, you will be issued Out-of-Province Credits (OPCs). You must meet all graduation requirements in order to graduate with a PEI high school diploma. Depending on the courses you have previously taken, it may not be possible to graduate within one year, even if your English proficiency is strong.  

 

Published date: 
September 19, 2019
Education and Lifelong Learning

General Inquiries

Department of Education and Lifelong Learning
Holman Centre
Suite 101, 250 Water Street
Summerside, PE C1N 1B6

Phone: 902-438-4130
Fax: 902-438-4062

DeptELL@gov.pe.ca