International Exchange to Canada

As I recently graduated high school and still quite involved in the high school generation, I notice and have noticed a lot of international exchange students from Japan come to my school for exchange to learn English. Even after graduating high school, I hear from others as well as continue to meet students from Japan that study English at local public schools. Throughout their exchange, I have witnessed many individuals really change. Whether it is for the better or for the worse is not my judgement, but they change due to the drastic difference in high school culture. Different from Japan, Canadian high school is very lenient with their rules, and students have access to a lot more, as well as have more freedom. Especially at public schools, students are exposed to the world a lot more than in Japan, thus causing a change in fashion, attitude, language, thinking, and more. Unfortunately, I have seen many individuals being negatively impacted by this shift in lifestyle leading many individuals down a path their parents probably hoped they don’t go down. I noticed that there are students going to private schools and public schools, and I thought, why don’t students go to private schools? Private schools may not be appealing to the parents, but what they don’t know is that it is in a controlled environment where the teachers really care for the students, there are proper rules, and guidance from the staff/teachers, thus helping exchange students learn in a safe environment.

Of course, this does not apply to all individuals, but comparing students who go to private schools to public schools, it seems as if the private school students are well taken care of with good host parents, teachers, friends, and overall a better community to place their children in. As for the price, it does not change much compared to public school students, rather it is much fairer as in public school, local students don’t pay at all to receive education, while international students pay very big amount. On the other hand, at private schools, all students pay a certain fee to be enrolled and the internationals do pay a little more, but not significantly more to receive the same education. 

So, if anyone is thinking of sending their children to Canada, specifically BC, I highly recommend sending them to a Christian school. Through my many years of experience, as well as seeing the drastic difference and the overall advantages of placing students in a private school, I have concluded that it is a lot better learning environment.


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