Study in Alberta

Orientation Guides ***Very Important***

Please download and read this guide BEFORE you come to Canada, read the copy that was mailed to you or complete our Pre Arrival Learning program that was emailed to you.  Please fill out the forms included in this guide to the best of your ability.  This will speed up the registration process when you arrive in Canada.

To download the Orientation Guide, click here:   International Student Orientation Guide

Go to this link to see a Google Map of Red Deer:

Map Link

IntStu Orientation07.ppt

General Homestay Guides

Please download and read this homestay guide in your own language prior to your arrival in Canada.  It will help you to learn about life in Canadian families.

High School Course Guides
Please read through the course guides and choose 3 or 4 optional classes that you would like to take in addition to English, Social Studies, Math and Science.  Your final timetable will be determined when you arrive.

Lindsay Thurber High School - Web Site and Registration Guide

Hunting Hills High School - Web Site and Registration Guide

Insurance Guides

Please find below information about student insurance coverage while you are in Canada.  You will be given further information and your ID card once you arrive in Canada.

To learm more about your insurance package from Ingle Insurance please visit the following link

To learm more about life in Canada in general please visit

Dear Students for the 2018-2019 School Year,

By now I am sure that you getting excited about your upcoming adventure in Canada.  We look forward to welcoming you to our country, province, city and schools.  Here are some important details:

1.0 Please find enclosed the following documents:

-Orientation Guide    * Very Important!
-homestay guide book in your language
(please read it before you leave together with your parents and  bring this with you)
-homestay family profile (sent in an earlier e mail)
-Guide to Winter  in Canada
-Link to Arrivals App to help you when you travel to Canada (please download to your smart phone before you travel if you are bringing one)

Name: Red Deer Arrival

Google Play link for Arrival App: Android


iTunes link for Arrival App: iPhone


2.0 Please be sure to bring the following information with you:

  • passport
  • study visa
  • travel visa (if required)
  • letter of acceptance
  • medication that you may require on a regular basis
  • copies of immunization records
  • summer and winter clothes
  • pictures and souvenirs of your home country to share with others
  • credit card and bank card

3.0 Please remember tuition, homestay and insurance fees must be paid prior to your arrival.

How to pay for application, homestay and tuition fees:


Red Deer Public Schools has an International Payment Portal to provide you with an easy and secure method to make payments from your home country. This portal allows you to save on bank fees and exchange rates, access multilingual customer support, and track your payment from start to finish, including when your payment reaches our school district.

Payment Instructions:

Go to rdpsd.flywire.com
Select your country of origin and choose your preferred payment method
Follow the instructions provided and track your payment via email/text notifications

For any questions, contact the Customer Support Team at support@flywire.com or via other methods here:  flywire.com/contact


Text books, course supplies and locker rental

Remember you will need extra money for the start up of school to pay for courses supplies, textbook rentals, and locker (approximately $50).   Most international students will be required to take a Math class.  Students are required to have a graphing calculator.  The program does have graphing calculators that can be borrowed for students who require them and if they are not returned at the end of the program, the student will be responsible for the replacement cost (approximately $125)

4.0 Please email or mail us the following information as soon as possible:
email to:    internationalservices@rdpsd.ab.ca

  • Arrival Date
  • Flight Number
  • Arrival Time
  • Airport (Calgary or Edmonton)
  • Preferred option courses

5.0  Semester 1 New Student Orientation Info August 27, 28, 29 and 30, 2018

We will be having a meeting of international students for one day of orientation. Please bring your documents (Passport, Study Permit) to this meeting.

Day 1: General Orientation August 27
8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Lunch provided
Location: Red Deer Public School Board Offices
4747 53 Street
Red Deer, Alberta T4N 2E6
phone 403 343 1405




  • E-mail your flight arrival times to internationalservices@rdpsd.ab.ca as soon as possible.

6.0  Please visit our website for further information:


If you have any questions before you leave home please be sure to ask us or your agent.  We look forward to welcoming you to Canada.  See you soon and have a safe flight!!!!