Westfield Secondary School provides ongoing support to international students. Our caring student support service team offers three areas of support: Preparatory services, student care and counselling, and university counselling.
In preparation for your experience at Westfield, our support service team will provide you with pre-departure information that includes assistance relating to Visa matters (including extensions and meeting compliance requirements), information on overseas student health coverage, and the appropriate orientation for new international students.
Once the students have arrived they will continue to receive ongoing support by our international student advisers when required. Our advisers provide confidential counselling services and strategies to improve the student’s general well-being. Should a student take ill, our advisers will often drive a student to a medical clinic and provide translation support if necessary.
University counselling begins from the moment the student arrives. Each credit course in a student’s timetable is carefully curated to meet the university requirements for the student’s preferred university program. Westfield actively coordinates university presentations with many of Ontario’s universities such as University of Toronto, York University, Trent University, McMaster University, Queen’s University, Western University, Wilfred Laurier University, University of Waterloo, and many more. When the time comes, our guidance counsellors are prepared to support each student with their university application process beginning with a specialized OUAC seminar for all graduating students.
Arrival and Accommodations: A student support representative from Westfield personally greets every student upon their arrival at Toronto Pearson International Airport to transfer him/her to their selected accommodation. This carefree service eases arrival anxiety and transitions students smoothly into their new home.
Arranging a comfortable, secure accommodation for our students is a top priority. Our student service representative will coordinate accommodations before your arrival. Short-term living arrangements may be assigned if there is insufficient time to find long-term accommodations.
Students who are under the age of 18 are paired with a home-stay family that will provide a comfortable room, three meals a day plus snacks, and transportation to and from the school campus. Our local homestay families are personally interviewed by our accommodation officer and are chosen for their experience and friendliness.
For those students who are over 18 years old, they may rent local accommodations. Parents will need to review and sign all rental agreements.