International Students

Pick Your Program: Prairie Spirit School Division

General Offerings

  • Early Years
  • Middle Years
  • Senior Years

Key Information


Prairie Spirit School Division covers approximately 6000 km2 of south-central Manitoba. The central office is located in the town of Swan Lake.  We are located within an hour of Manitoba's two major cities, Brandon and Winnipeg.

Accommodation Options:

Health Insurance Requirement:
All International Students staying in Manitoba must get Health/Medical Insurance. A second form, the Release Form is to be signed and completed by the parent or legal guardian and returned to the Prairie Spirit School Division. This form gives permission to Prairie Spirit and the Homestay Family to secure medical advice and treatment as may be deemed necessary for the health and safety of the student.

Student Population:
There are approximately 2,000 students in our division. On average, there are 160 teachers employed. The school enrolments range from 10 students in a small school to 200 students in a larger Kindergarten to Grade 12 public school.

Study Periods:
Classes take place Monday to Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. from the beginning of September until the end of June. High school students follow a semester system with 5 blocks/courses scheduled every day. There is a two-week break for Christmas and a one-week Spring break near the end of March.

Institutional Profile

Why stay in Prairie Spirit School Division?

  • beautiful and picturesque area of south central Manitoba located in the central Canada - a "must-see" experience
  • near two provincial parks including Spruce Woods Provincial Park, home of Western Canada's only desert
  • agricultural rural setting where farms are diverse and relatively large with a variety of livestock and crops
  • spectacular view of the stars and Northern Lights (aurora borealis)
  • very safe schools and communities with low crime rates
  • excellent air quality
  • peaceful and quiet surroundings
  • residents are especially friendly
  • distinct cultural groups: Hutterite communities, French communities, one First Nations community as well as many individuals with distinct cultural backgrounds
  • has experience in cultural exchanges from countries such as Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, Germany, Austria, Czech Republic, Australia, Korea, Japan as well as others
  • covers approximately 6000 km2 of south-central Manitoba
  • 29 schools including 13 Hutterite colony schools and 16 public schools (2 schools offer French programs)
  • there are nine high schools with small class sizes and a pupil teacher ratio is 16:1
  • school sports include volleyball, basketball, hockey, curling, soccer, cross country, skiing (downhill and cross country), badminton, baseball, softball, and track and field
  • most schools offer a music, choral or visual arts program
  • Career Technology Studies Program, where students pursue workplace experience in a variety of areas, is available in certain schools
  • leaders in technology and Distance Education

Program Details

  • The Manitoba curriculum is offered by all of our schools. Our high schools offer a wide variety of courses of which many are supplemented through our Distance Education programs.
  • Prairie Spirit School Division enjoys a unique partnership with the University of Winnipeg facilitating a smooth transition from high school to university.

Tuition and Fees

The following fees are based on a 10-month stay from the beginning of September until the end of June.
Application fee, non-refundable: $100.00

  1. Homestay Fee for full academic year at $550/month: $5500.00
  2. Tuition Fee for full academic year at $1300/month: $13,000.00
  3. Medical Insurance: $500.00
  4. Note: All funds are in Canadian dollars.

Contact Information

Prairie Spirit School Division
15 Lorne Ave
Swan Lake, Manitoba, Canada
R0G 2S0
Phone: +1-204-836-2147


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