Our Programs

Formula for Success

Let LIA’s understanding of the North American job market and of Canada’s educational requirements guide you through the first steps of your academic adventure in London, Ontario.

 

High School Program

LIA currently offers a full Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) program for students Grades 9 to 12. Most courses are taught at the university preparation level, as a majority of our students aim to enter North American Universities.

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Short Term Academic Program

LIA’s Short Term Academic program offers students an opportunity to earn OSSD credits while living in Canada. Two, Four, and Six month options available.

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Seasonal Exchange

LIA’s Seasonal Exchange Program is a great way for students to experience a new culture and practice their English in an immersive anglophone environment. Year-round options are available.

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High-School Courses at LIA

Some of our high-school program courses are listed below, with a full listing available for download.

Grade 9

English, Mathematics, Science, Mandarin, and more…

Grade 10

English, Mathematics, Science, Business…

Grade 11

English, Math, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Accounting, Economics…

Grade 12

Advanced Functions, Calculus and Vectors, Communications Technology, Computer Science…

Full LIA course listing is still being tabulated. Please try again at a later date.

 

The Step Program

London International Academy has developed, in agreement with the Ontario Ministry of Education, the STEP program (Steps to English Proficiency). The program defines and develops learning criteria for the improvement of students’ oral, reading, and writing abilities, enabling teachers to provide descriptive, learner-specific feedback to students, helping them to progress systematically through the ESL curriculum while completing their OSSD requirements.

Placement

When a student arrives, the principal and academic staff compare the student’s previous studies with Ontario Ministry of Education requirements to determine a the student’s grade level equivalent. Additionally, English and Math placement tests are provided to ensure that students enter their core courses at the appropriate level.

Credits and STEP

In Ontario, students are required to earn 30 credits to complete secondary school. 18 of these are compulsory credits. Most compulsory credits are earned in grade 9 and 10, allowing more room for elective credits in grades 11 and 12. LIA offers the STEP program in conjunction with the requirements of the OSSD to ensure that all students graduate grade 12 at or beyond the English language equivalent for the province of Ontario. The STEP program is supplementary–it does not replace core curriculum courses required for graduation.

Credit Chart

The following chart summarizes how London International Academy typically grants entry to a course of study based on a student’s previous education.

 

# Previous Education Received Total Credits to Complete at LIA Fall Winter Spring / Summer Notes
1 High School Graduate with 24 Credits 6 3 3 Graduate 4-6 credits to graduate
2 Completed Grade 11 with 22 Credits 8 4 4 Graduate 8 credits to graduate
3 Completed Grade 10 with 16 Credits 14 4 4 2 14 Credits to Graduate
4 Completed Grade 9 with 8 Credits 22 4 4 2 22 Credits to Graduate

 

The STEM Program

LIA’s newest initiative, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) is an integrated, interdisciplinary program that provides students the opportunity to explore advanced technology fields at the high-school level. The STEM program explores trends and techniques in science and technology-related fields, and promotes experiential-based learning, which allows students to earn practical, hands-on experience in their classes. Students taking STEM credits as part of their OSSD requirements learn how to use technology to solve real-world problems, and also how to be responsible, global citizens.

Examples of STEM courses

Stem Courses Include: Science, Math, Engineer, Calculus, Trigonometry etc.

Credits and STEP

In Ontario, students are required to earn 30 credits to complete secondary school. 18 of these are compulsory credits. Most compulsory credits are earned in grade 9 and 10, allowing more room for elective credits in grades 11 and 12. LIA offers the STEP program in conjunction with the requirements of the OSSD to ensure that all students graduate grade 12 at or beyond the English language equivalent for the province of Ontario. The STEP program is supplementary–it does not replace core curriculum courses required for graduation.

Credit Chart

The following chart summarizes how London International Academy typically grants entry to a course of studies based on a student’s previous education.

 

The LIA Advantage

 

A Full Canadian Curriculum

LIA offers a complete Canadian educational experience, leading to an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) and credentials to take on more challenging and competitive post-secondary programs in North America.

Fully-certified and ESL-qualified Teaching Staff

Our outstanding teaching staff brings together knowledge, experience, academic achievement, and a collective passion for their craft. Teachers are qualified by the Ontario College of Teachers (OCT) and are fully dedicated to providing the best learning opportunities as possible to students.

Dedicated Student Services and Career Counselling

LIA’s student services and counselling department are committed to the well-being of all students, taking care to stay in close contact with parents during study periods. LIA’s student services department also organizes college and university open houses, and offers guidance and assistance with college and university applications.

Comfortable Residence Living

LIA’s male and female residences, King’s and Ivy Hall (respectively) are outfitted with modest and modern amenities, including spacious cafeterias equipped with kitchenettes, roomy bachelor sized dormitories, and a homestay program for those interested in a true “travel-abroad” experience–LIA cares about the comfort and well being of all students.

TOEFL, IELTS and COPE Preparation Courses

The TOEFL® test is the most widely respected English-language test in the world, recognized by more than 9,000 colleges, universities and agencies in more than 130 countries, including Australia, Canada, the U.K. and the United States. TOEFL, IELTS and COPE are a primary focus in English language preparation at LIA.

IELTS Test Center

Students can take the IELTS examination at LIA’s very own IELTS testing centre, located on campus.

LIA Seasonal Exchange Program

The LIA Exchange Office is devoted to fostering exchange opportunities for both current and prospective students. Students can participate in international exchanges for one or more terms. For more information, visit our Programs page.

An Encouraging and Safe Educational Environment

At LIA, the integrity of student safety is a top priority–their academic, professional, and personal development depend on safe spaces for their continued learning. With a dedicated student support staff, controlled entry to residences, and closed circuit security system, LIA provides students with the assistance, safety, and support they need to excel.

Diploma Requirements

In order to earn the Ontario Secondary School Diploma, a student must:

 

Summary
Earn 18 compulsory credits (all students at LIA must complete ENG 3U, and ENG 4U)

Earn 12 additional optional credits

Complete 15 (or equivalent) hours of community involvement activities (international students studying in Ontario for only one year are only required to complete 15 hours instead of the standard 40 for Canadian students)

Successfully pass the Ontario Provincial Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT), or the Literacy Course (OLC4O)

 

Compulsory Credits (total of 18)

Students must earn the following compulsory credits in order to obtain the Ontario Secondary School Diploma:

 

Summary
4 credits in English (1 credit per grade)

1 credit in French as a second language (see substitution policy below)

3 credits in Mathematics (at least 1 credit in Grade 11 or 12)

2 credits in Science

1 credit in Canadian History

1 credit in Canadian Geography

1 credit in the Arts

1 credit in Health and Physical Education

1/2 credits in Civics

1/2 credits in Career studies

 

Plus one credit from each of the following:

English, French as a second language, Social Sciences and the Humanities, Canadian and World Studies, Guidance and Career Education, and Cooperative Education

Health and Physical Education, fine arts, business studies, or cooperative education

1 additional credit in Science (Grade 11 or 12 Biology, Chemistry, or Physics), technological education/communications technology, or cooperative education

 

Course Requirements for University Applications

LIA Student who are interested in applying to College or University should contact LIA’s Student Affairs department.
 

Summary

Note: A student applying to college or university must have a minimum of 6 Grade 12 college or university preparation courses (M/U levels). No more than two Grade 12 courses at the “M” level may be used for university acceptance. The majority of universities accept only one “M” level course.(Please check individual University guidelines for accurate admission information.)

For college admission, LIA recommends taking no more than two Grade 12 “M” level courses.

Short Term Academic Program

LIA’s Short-term academic program is a great way for students working towards their high-school diplomas to take credited classes at LIA while experiencing North American education and lifestyle. The short-term academic program is offered for two-, four-, or six-month semesters, and students are eligible to earn two, four, or six credits, depending on their chosen period of stay. Courses are offered as follows:
 

2-month Semester (2 credits): May and July start
4-month Semester (4 credits): September and January start
6-month Semester (6 credits): January and July start
 

Students enrolled in the short-term program can expect to:

Earn OSSD credits

Experience Canadian culture

Develop language-learning skills

Travel North America and make new friends

Learn in a supportive, english-based classroom

 

The Short term academic program features:

Full-Support ESL

Meal-Plan and Residence Accommodations

Morning Classes and Afternoon Extracurricular Activities

 

Accommodations

While visiting LIA, groups may choose to reside in our residence or with homestay families. While traveling throughout Canada and the United States (optional), students are encouraged to stay in carefully selected hotels with dual occupancy.

 

Meals

London International Academy provides each student with a meal card, allowing them to eat at any of our outlet restaurants. Meals are covered during the students’ travels through Ontario and Quebec.

 

Seasonal Exchange

LIA’s Seasonal Exchange Program is great way for students to experience a new culture and practice their English while immersed in an entirely anglophone environment. The Seasonal Exchange Program runs year-round and accepts students between 11 and 18 years of age. Students can choose two-, four-, or six-week camp programs, depending on their preferred length of stay.
 

By attending a Seasonal Exchange, students can expect to

Improve their English

Experience a new culture

Travel around Canada and the United States

Make new friends

Learn English in a culturally rich setting

 

Seasonal exchanges incorporate three types of English language learning:

Academic English

Topic-level English

Stimulating, Conversational English

 

Accommodations

While visiting LIA, groups may choose to reside in our residence or with homestay families. While traveling throughout Canada and the United States, students are encouraged to stay in carefully selected hotels with dual occupancy.

 

Meals

LIA provides each student with a meal card, allowing them to eat at any of our outlet restaurants. Meals are covered during the students’ travels through Ontario and Quebec.