Frequently Asked Questions
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Frequently Asked Questions
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When is my application due?
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As a general rule, we recommend submitting your application at least 2 months prior to the start date of your preferred program. Please contact CSBA if the date has passed, as your personal circumstances may be considered. Please note that winter accommodation is very difficult to organize on short notice, so we recommend applying as early as possible if you wish to include accommodation in your program.
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Do I need a visa for studying in Canada?
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If you have dual citizenship then a visa is not required. If you do not have Canadian citizenship, a student visa is required for anyone planning to go to school for 6 months or more within a single visit.
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How long will my student visa application take?
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Unfortunately, we cannot offer any guarantees with regards to acceptance or time frame. The Government of Canada takes full responsibility for the acceptance and approval of your application. In our experience, it takes 3 – 4 weeks from application submission to acceptance.
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Is it possible to enroll right after junior high-school?
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The entrance qualification starts at 17 years of age. You may enroll in a specialized high-school program that is run through a partnership between Whistler Secondary School and CSBA. Extra tutoring, mentoring and sports training is available to students enrolled in the CSBA program. It is possible to attend an interview for special consideration, if you are under the age of 17.
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Can I enroll in the post-secondary program without a high-school graduation certificate?
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Our only entrance qualification is that you must be 17 years of age. Please apply, even if you have not completed a certificate.
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Are there any limits on age or nationality?
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There are no upper limits to age. All nationalities are welcome with an approved student visa.
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How do you select scholarships and special petition schemes? Also, do you have examples in the past?
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It will be selected after taking into consideration the English ability, the level of sports, the achievement in the event. For example to date, one person (demonstrator level) in skiing, one in golf (level where you can compete in a professional tournament) and one in snowboarding (professional qualified person level) were selected as special students It was.
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Other than tuition, what expenses will I need to keep in mind?
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Students should budget accordingly for accommodation, living expenses (like food, transportation and daily essentials), round-trip air tickets, and International travel health insurance. Every program, with regards to what is included in the tuition fee, is different. Some include instructor license fees, lift tickets and more. Please confirm the details of your program.
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Do you have any English competency requirements?
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Don’t worry, it’s fine if you are a complete beginner. English classes are divided into different levels and you are able to progress toward your own English goals. Of course, if you have some English practice this will be helpful in meeting your goals more quickly. Students who wish to attend the high-school program at Whistler Secondary School will be required to meet the school’s English entrance standards.
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What should I bring?
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Bring your favourite sports equipment or purchase it locally – we have many sports shops in Whistler.
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How much baggage can I bring?
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This will depend on your airline. Please check with your airline, you may need to reserve space for extra or oversized baggage.
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Do I have to decide what to do before leaving for Canada?
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CSBA cannot make changes to your program once you have arrived. It is possible for you to extend a short-term program to the seasonal program, but there may be some restrictions. It is best to consult with one of our program counsellors before leaving your home country.
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What about security?
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Like Japan, Canada is one of the safest countries in the world. Whistler has a good reputation and crime is rare.
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Is it possible to have a homestay for a week?
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While it is not impossible to find a week-long homestay, it’s unlikely to be an option in winter months. Please consult with our counsellors to determine the availability.
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Can I stay in a dormitory or find my own homestay?
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It is possible; however, you will be required to manage it yourself. If you are looking to arrange accommodation by yourself, please let the counsellors know as soon as possible.
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Is it possible to refrain from buying International travel health insurance?
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You must purchase International travel health insurance. If you cannot provide proof of purchase, admission to the program will be denied.
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