HOME-STAY SERVICES Q&A
What is a Home-stay and How it Works
Home-stay is an opportunity for students to live with host families in order to increase their awareness of Canadian culture and to accelerate development of their English language skills.
Students and families are matched based on the information received on the home-stay application form.
Each student will have the opportunity to stay in a Canadian home, have his/her own bedroom and study area, have three meals a day, and learn about Canadian culture and lifestyle through interaction with a Canadian family.
The College provides orientation and ongoing counseling throughout the home-stay period, and a Home-stay Coordinator is always available to the students to help them deal with any problems that they might encounter in their new home. Students who are interested in living with a home-stay family should inform the school at least two weeks in advance.
Host Canadian Family
Families are chosen on the basis of their commitment to involve the student in various activities, their interest in inter-cultural communication, and fluency in English. The home-stay family has been carefully selected and interviewed in their home to ensure that they are a suitable family.
Canadian families are not all the same. Your host family might be a married couple with or without children, a retired couple, a single parent family or even a single person. In some families only the father works, while in other families both the mother and the father work out of the home. Canadian families live in different types of homes and in different parts of the city. Your host family might live in an apartment, townhouse or a large house. They might be within walking distance of the school or a 40-minute bus or train ride away.
Living with the Host Family
Both the host family and you, the student, have responsibilities. It is impossible to guarantee that you will establish a good relationship with your host family. Your relationship will depend on how willing you are to try to communicate with one another; personality conflicts sometimes create a problem. The key is to have mutual respect for each other and keep trying! Home-stay is an opportunity for you to become part of a Canadian family. On a typical day at home, you will notice that there are many small tasks that need to be done. These include preparing meals, setting and clearing the table, washing the dishes or loading the dishwasher. Often, in a Canadian family, parents and children all help out around the house to complete these tasks. Your main responsibility will be to keep your bedroom clean and tidy, and clean up the bathroom after use, but any extra time that you spend helping in the home will serve to deepen the feeling that you are more than just a guest and that you are really a member of the family.
Code of Conduct
You must give the appropriate amount of notice to Dorset College and host family before you move out. If you live in home-stay for one month only: Give Dorset College and host family two week’s notice prior to moving out. (i.e. Give notice on your 15th day of home-stay.) If you live in home-stay for two months or longer: Give Dorset College and host family one month’s notice prior to moving out. (i.e. Give notice on the day your home-stay fee is due for the 2nd month.)
How to Apply for a Home-Stay Family
Applications for the home-stay program must be received by Dorset College at least two weeks before you arrive in Canada. Along with the home-stay application form, please submit the home-stay placement fee, the first month home-stay fee and the airport pick-up fee. If the airport pick-up service is required, please send us your flight number, date and time of arrival. Once a home-stay family has been located, the information will be faxed or mailed to you. You may wish to write a letter to your host family and send a photo to introduce yourself. Please note that there is no refund for the first month home-stay fee.
Home-Stay Service Fees
At Dorset College, we understand that parents would like to know how their children are doing while they are away from home. For this reason, we are willing to provide parents with information about their child’s grades and attendance record. In addition, if a student is having problems or has disobeyed school policies, we will notify the parents. For further information regarding your child’s progress at Dorset College, parents are encouraged to contact the Admissions Office via fax or Email.
Home-stay Placement Fee(Non-refundable): CAD 250.00
Short Notice Fee (within 14 days Arrival Date): CAD 50.00
4 Weeks Home-stay fee (Age 17 and over):CAD 791.00
4 Weeks Home-stay fee (Age 16 and under): CAD 889.00
Airport pick-up fee (if required): CAD 70.00
Scholarship & Aids
Every year Dorset College provides at least 30 scholarship and financial aid awards to qualified students. Dorset also provides students the chance to get involved with their community by volunteering at local organizations ñ A great opportunity to help others, gain resume-building experience and learn new skills. If you can demonstrate academic excellence and leadership, you may qualify for a Dorset scholarship at the Dorset College. Contact the Office for further questions.
Dorset College Entrance Scholarships recognize qualities of excellence in Dorset's incoming students and are awarded to individuals who perform well academically and also show outstanding achievement outside the classroom. These scholarships are available to students who have demonstrated an enthusiastic commitment to their school community, who have made contributions to the society around them through participation in the arts, in athletics, or in community service, and who have exhibited strong potential for leadership which benefits others and strives to make the world a better place for all people.
To be eligible for an Entrance Scholarship, students must fulfill the following requirements:
Dorset College's Student Scholarship Committee awards up to 10 In Course Scholarships to qualified Dorset students each semester (30 scholarships per year). The scholarship competition is open to all Dorset students.
In order to qualify for a Dorset College Scholarship, scholarship candidates must:
The Dorset College Scholarship Committee will take all application requirements and the student's current English level into account.
Scholarships will be awarded to the best overall candidates in the amounts of CAD 300 and CAD 500.
All international students must have medical insurance while they are studying in Canada. After three months in British Columbia, students will be eligible to purchase insurance from B.C. Medical Services Plan (MSP). Students with no medical insurance or invalid coverage will not be permitted to attend classes.
For your information: On February 15, 2013, the provincial government replaced the CareCard with a new BC Services Card, which can be combined with your valid BC Driver's License . The BC Services Card has a unique lifetime identifier for health care called a personal health number. This number remains the same, regardless of any changes to personal status. The card is also a valuable way to confirm your identity. Please visit the MSP website for more information.
Our Student Counsellor is a BC Certified teacher who is available to help students with academic and personal issues, and ensures consistent social and cultural development throughout their studies in Canada. To be eligible for the counselling services, students must be registered in and taking courses during the semester in which they wish to access counselling services. Please contact the office for more information.
Besides regular classes, a variety of free elective classes are offered at Dorset. These include dancing, literature appreciation and second language classes. We also hold singing competitions and writing competitions on a regular basis. The College organizes BBQs in summer and ski trips in winter. Dorset also visits local libraries, parks and community centers and other local attractions and events which give students the opportunity to explore and experience Canadian culture.
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ETS Test Center
Dorset College (Test Center ID: ITBC122A) has become an official site for Educational Testing Service (ETS) TOEFL iBT in Vancouver, Canada. Dorset College is now authorized to administer TOEFL iBT tests as an officially approved Test Center. To register for the TOEFL test, please visit ETS TOEFL.
Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT)
Dorset College is also an official SAT test center. Any student who wants to attend an American university or college around the globe must, preferably, take the SAT. SAT is the most widely used entrance exam: more than two million students take the SAT every year in over 170 countries.
SAT is a paper-based test and has many supplementary Subject Tests that allows students to showcase their achievements in specific subjects and demonstrate their knowledge, i.e. Languages, Math, Biology, etc.
Dorset College SAT testing center is located at 395 West Broadway, Vancouver BC (St John’s International School, our sister SAT testing campus). For more information, visit Collegeboard SAT Suit of Assessments.