International Students

Pick Your Program: River East Transcona School Division

River East Transcona School Division logoGeneral Offerings

  • Early Years
  • Middle Years
  • Senior Years
  • Technical/Vocational Program
  • EAL Program

Key Information


River East Transcona School Division, the second largest public school division in the province of Manitoba, is centrally located in the quiet, secure neighbourhoods of northeast Winnipeg near the scenic Red River, with quick, easy access to downtown

Accommodation Options:

Health Insurance Requirement:
Enrolment in our plan is mandatory

Student Population:
In total, there are approximately 16,000 students in the 42 schools of our school division, ranging from Kindergarten to Grade 12. We place students in our 6 senior high schools and our 11 middle schools (junior high schools). International students aged 10 years and younger are placed in our various 25 early years schools. Enrolment of international students is less than 5% of the total student population of our schools.

Study Periods:
Full school year (2 semesters - 10 months) or half year (1 semester - 5 months), beginning in either September or February. International students can enrol for EAL classes and non-credit senior high courses at any time during the school year. Short-term study programs (minimum 3 months) are possible as long as students begin their program of studies at the beginning of a new semester (either in September or February).

Institutional Profile

Please visit our website at for complete program information and testimonials from international students who have studied with us!

  • Many River East Transcona schools have received national and international recognition for their strong academic, music and athletics programs.
  • A large number of our students consistently rank in the top 2% in various provincial, national and international physics and mathematics competitions.
  • We are closely linked to the Canadian and foreign university systems. An education in our schools prepares students for university studies worldwide.
  • A high number of graduates from our schools have consistently excelled in their postsecondary studies in prestigious universities throughout the world.
  • We offer a wide range of innovative and internationally accredited junior and senior high school courses and programs, with internationally-recognized diplomas and certificates.
  • Our teachers are highly qualified, government-certified, experienced and accessible and care about each individual student.
  • We provide intensive EAL classes, integrated into the program of studies at no extra fee to enhance English language acquisition and overall fluency in all of our 5 English program high schools as well as in some middle and elementary schools.
  • We have a world-renowned Music Production Technology Program with state-of-the-art, high school music recording studios.
  • Our schools have many opportunities for advanced training in Information Technology.
  • Current hardware and software in our schools help students conduct research and learn advanced technological skills.
  • We are well known in the city and province for our numerous awards as champions in soccer, football, basketball, volleyball and hockey.
  • There are numerous opportunities to become involved in diverse extracurricular activities such as sports, music and theatre.
  • River East Transcona schools are equipped with a media resource centre, science and computer laboratories, one or two gymnasiums and a fitness room.
  • Large indoor swimming pool facilities are located near our schools for students' recreational use at the end of their day of studies or during evenings and weekends.
  • We provide safe, caring and supportive environments with our approved Homestay families.
  • Staff members who understand the unique challenges international students face when they move to Canada for the first time offer excellent support services.
  • River East Transcona schools are ideally located near the heart of Winnipeg's cultural and recreational centres.

Program Details

Each of our 6 high schools offers all of the required compulsory courses for graduation. In addition, international students can choose from a broad array of innovative, state-of-the-art, specialized academic, technological and vocational course options to focus on their area of interest or enhance their skills in a specific curricular area.

At the senior high level, some examples include the following specialized courses and programs:

  • Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate Programs for students who demonstrate above average skills. These programs offer opportunities to gain advanced credit for courses at a postsecondary level. These credits are recognized internationally.
  • We are acknowledged as leaders in curriculum design and development in many aspects of Information Technology. Some of our unique Information Technology courses include the following: Website Design and Animation, Multi-Media Production, Micro-Computer Technician Skills, Hardware Installations, Input/Output Devices, RAM Installation, and Networking of Digital Devices, to list only a few examples.
  • Music Production Technology: Our students have produced and recorded music and have been showcased internationally.
  • Dramatic and Visual Arts: Graduates of these River East Transcona high school programs have become successful professionals in these fields. Some are well-known across Canada and the USA as performers in major dramatic and musical productions.

The following innovative programs, also available to international students, provide a truly unique educational experience in combination with academic studies:

  • Graphic Communications
  • Metals Fabrication (3-year program)
  • Fashion Design Technology (3-year program)
  • Photography
  • Climate Control Technology
  • Cosmetology (3-year program)

Tuition and Fees

(All fees are listed in Canadian Dollars.)

  • Application Fee: $200 (Non-Refundable)
  • Full Year (2 Semesters) $11,000
  • Half Year (1 Semester) $5,500
  • Medical Insurance (compulsory) $300 / full year and 1-semester
    (Tuition & Medical Insurance Fees are due prior to start of Program)
  • Homestay (Lodging and Food) $700 /month

Please Note: Prices listed are subject to change. Our Refund Procedure can be viewed on our website at

Enrolment Information

Minimum English Requirements: None. We accept students with varying levels of English from novice to advanced levels. We evaluate each student individually for placement in the appropriate level of the EAL Program. International students are also integrated directly into the junior or senior high school program with Canadian students for most of their studies. Advice and assistance is available in our EAL classes to prepare for TOEFL.

Minimum Academic Requirements:
A reasonably high level of academic performance in the student's home country is recommended. Abilities are assessed on an individual basis once the student is accepted into the Program.

An original or certified true copy of official transcripts of the past 2 school years of studies is required.

2 current, passport-sized photographs should be sent along with the application.

Contact Information

Managing Director
River East Transcona School Division - International Education Program
589 Roch Street
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Canada R2K 2P7
Tel: +1-204-667-7130
Fax: +1-204-661-5618


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