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The B.C. Ministry of Education (Ministry) is interested in partnering with successful organizations that are known for delivering educational excellence in international settings. B.C. is interested in exploring opportunities worldwide, particularly in the South and Southeast Asia, Latin America and the Middle East regions.

The Ministry has a rigorous application process to ensure that new schools offering the B.C. education program are well suited for success.

  • Contact Ministry staff to request an Expression of Interest form at international.education@gov.bc.ca
  • Upon receipt of your complete Expression of Interest, the Ministry will review your submission
  • If your Expression of Interest is approved, you will be invited to Stage 2: Interview
  • No fees
  • Processing time may take up to 6 weeks

  • Ministry representatives will conduct an in-person interview with you to assess your motivation, your capacity to operate an offshore school, and your goals and plans for your school
  • You may use this interview to ask questions and get more information about the B.C. Offshore School Program
  • Based on the mutual exchange of information, the Ministry will evaluate your responses
  • If the Ministry determines that you have the potential to successfully open and operate a B.C. offshore school, you may be invited to proceed to Stage 3: Application
  • All relevant travel and accommodation expenses for the applicant
  • Processing time may take up to 2 weeks

  • Submit a B.C. Offshore School Program application
  • Submit supporting documents, including:
    • Business plan for the offshore school
    • Audited financial statements and budget forecasts
    • Local government approvals
  • The Ministry will review your application
  • If your application meets all the required criteria, you may be invited to proceed to Stage 4: On-site Application Inspection
  • Application fee
  • Processing time may take up to 6 weeks

  • A Ministry appointed inspection team performs an on-site inspection of your school
  • If you pass the application inspection, you may be invited to proceed to Stage 5: Pre-Certification
  • All relevant travel and accommodation expenses for the inspection team 

  • Sign one-year Pre-Certification Agreement with the Ministry
  • During the first year of operation, pre-certified schools may begin offering BC’s Curriculum
  • A Ministry appointed inspection team performs an on-site certification inspection of your school
  • The Ministry makes a decision whether to certify the school based on the recommendations of the inspection team and whether the school meets the requirements set out in the Pre-Certification Agreement
  • If these requirements are met, you will be invited to proceed to Stage 6: Certification
  • Pay curriculum usage fee, program administration and student registration fee

  • Sign one-year Certification Agreement with the Ministry. To maintain certification, you must meet the requirements in the Certification Agreement, including:
    •  Remaining in good standing with the B.C. Ministry of Education
    •  Passing an annual on-site inspection
  • Pay all annual fees and expenses