International Students (High School)

intThe Mentor College High School International Programme welcomes students from all over the world! Students in the International Programme are integrated into the High School Division of Mentor College. For our Elementary ESL programme (Grades 1 – 8), please visit TEAM School.

Key Steps In The Admissions Process

Application & Interview: Prospective students are asked to submit an International Student Application Form. Once all the documents have been reviewed, a decision will be made whether or not to advance to the personal interview (phone or Skype). A school Principal will contact the family, guardian or agent (using the contact information on the Student Information sheet). Admission decisions are usually made based on the interview and the above documentation, including the student essay – which is used as a pre-assessment tool that assists the school in determining a student’s writing ability.

If successful, a conditional letter of acceptance (LOA) will be issued and the family will be given three weeks to decide whether or not to accept the offer. Banking information will be provided at the time of the conditional LOA. If the family wishes for their child to attend, full tuition payment must be made before a formal letter of acceptance can be issued.

Student Visa & Study Permit: Students planning to attend the International Programme for the full year will require a current Student Visa. Annual renewal of the Canadian Student Authorization (Study Permit) will be facilitated by the school through subsequent Letters of Acceptance. Any student who does not have a valid student visa or study permit, or has not been able to renew the student visa or study permit will not be allowed to attend the school.

Depending on the country of origin, students who study less than six months in Canada may not need a study permit or may need a Temporary Resident Visa. Please refer to the Canadian Citizenship and Immigration website for a complete outline of the requirements and policies for study in Canada.

Legal Custodian (Guardian): Mentor College is a day school, not a boarding school. Most students in our International Programme come to Canada without their parents. For those who live with relatives, the relative can be the legal custodian (guardian). All students – regardless of age – must have a custodian who will act as the primary contact between the school and the family. A custodianship agreement (available here or at Mentor College) must be signed and submitted to the school office prior to the start of the school year. For students under 18 years of age, the document must also be notarized.

Letter Of Acceptance: The Mentor College International Programme provides the setting and opportunity for students to gain a solid foundation in English. This academic background will enable each student to accomplish his or her future academic and professional goals. Development of learning skills is stressed above all else to provide the student with the high quality of education you expect.

Formal Assessment (English & Mathematics): For those applicants who are accepted to attend Mentor College, the application fee covers the costs of the English (reading, writing) and mathematics assessments. These assessments are usually completed after the student arrives in Canada and prior to commencing studies. The results are used to validate the course selections made for/by the student and the school reserves the right to make any necessary course changes. Translators are not permitted during the assessments; however, students may ask the proctor for clarification of the question(s). Students are encouraged not to be reliant on calculators in mathematics.

Once the student is enrolled in the school, he/she will have access to the wide variety of courses and extracurricular activities offered at Mentor College.


What if the tuition is paid in full and a study permit cannot be obtained?
In the unlikely event that the Canadian government does not grant a study permit, the tuition fee is refunded less an administrative fee of $1000.

What are the different admission options available?
Most students attend for the full year (September – June). Full-year attendance allows them to earn Ontario credits. Students can also join the school during Term I (September – December) or Term II (February – May) at a reduced tuition rate; these students are not eligible to earn Ontario credits.

If accepted for the full year, when should the student arrive?
Students need to arrive at least 10 days in advance of the start of the school year for registration, orientation and a formal assessment.

Do I need a custodian (guardian) if I am 18 years old?
Yes. All students at Mentor College must have a custodian (guardian), regardless of age.

What is the minimum level of English required to attend Mentor College?
Students must have a minimum ability to read, write and converse at the level of an Ontario Middle School student; this will be determined by the pre-assessment and interview. All students who are offered admission to the International ESL Program will be enrolled in two English courses.

Are IELTS or TOEFL scores required for admission?
No. However, you may submit these test scores, if completed, to strengthen the student’s application.

Is there a school uniform? How do I purchase this?
Yes. The school blazer, kilt (girls) and tie need to be purchased at InSchool Wear; the rest of the uniform can be purchased at most clothing stores. Complete information on the school dress code is available here.

Is busing available?
Yes, at an additional cost, busing is an option that is available through all of Mississauga, Oakville, Brampton and Etobicoke (West Toronto).

What are the hours of the school day?
Classes begin at 8:45 am, and end at 3:15 pm

Does Mentor College offer summer school?
Yes. We offer students the opportunity to take summer English courses at the various grade levels (July).