Important Information - New Students arriving August 2018

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

We look forward to welcoming new students to Southern Ontario Collegiate for the 2018/19 academic year. Below please find some information to help you prepare for registration.

Registration and Placement Tests

Registration for new students will take place on August 15, 16 and 17, 2018 (Wednesday, Thursday, Friday). New students should arrive at the school office with their passport, copies of transcripts and immunization records, as well as current contact information to complete the registration process.

Placement tests will take place on each of these days at:

- 10:00 - Math (and ESL, only for students whose first language is not English) and

- 12:30 - English literature

Placement tests for those students who arrive after August 17 will be scheduled around the same hours in the opening week of the semester. If you have questions, please contact us at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Travel Information for Students

It is very important that the school is provided with full travel details for students arriving in Canada, including name of airline, airport departure date and time, expected arrival date and time and the correct terminal at Toronto Pearson International airport. Also provide details of any stopovers. Please forward this to us at least one week in advance of the flight in order that we have sufficient time to arrange airport pick up and home stay.

In addition, please let us know of any delays or changes to flight schedules that may occur en route. Drivers will not be able to remain at the airport indefinitely; the more accurate information you can provide, the better are we able to support arriving students.

For those parents who will be accompanying theirs wards to Canada, please find below links to some of the hotels closest to the school. We recommend that you book early as the demand for hotels is pretty high at this time of the year.

Staybridge Hotel and Suites: https://www.ihg.com/staybridge/hotels/us/en/hamilton/yhmha/hoteldetail

Homewood Suites By Hilton: http://homewoodsuites3.hilton.com/en/hotels/ontario/homewood-suites-by-hilton-hamilton-ontario-canada-YHMHWHW/index.html

Sheraton Hotel: http://www.sheratonhamilton.com/

Hamilton Plaza: https://hamiltonplaza.ca/

Days Inn: http://www.hamiltondaysinn.com/

There is always the option of Airbnb if you are going to be here for more than one week; it is probably more cost effective, and use of the kitchen is likely to be available if you are renting the whole apartment. The website is: https://www.airbnb.ca/s/Bay-St-N-Hamilton--Canada

If you have questions or require additional information, please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

We look forward to meeting all our new students soon!!


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Welcome to Southern Ontario Collegiate

International Students Succeed

Southern Ontario College

Virtually ALL of our graduates are admitted into their University of choice. Your child's success is our success, and we do everything possible to ensure your child graduates and enters the university program of your choice!

International Programs

Secondary School Program
Intensive English ESL 
Pre-University Preparation

A Message from the Principal

Soutrhern Ontario CollegeIt is an honour for me to serve as the principal of Southern Ontario Collegiate, a world-renown educational facility. Being a leader in a private international school is an exciting opportunity for me.

Since 1980, my superlative staff has been providing academic excellence in a safe environment. Indeed, international students are cared for at Southern Ontario Collegiate both academically and socially.

Over 95% of our graduates attain admission in the best and most prestigious universities in Canada and abroad; many of them with scholarships. It is my privilege to be a part of their journey and an honour to represent Southern Ontario Collegiate: an international educational institution of pre-university excellence for students from around the world.

- Prof. Trish Nanayakkara

Student Services

  • Airport Pickup and Arrival Assistance

    International students are picked up at the Toronto airport and are given an international calling card so they can phone home to let you know they have arrived safely; they will then be transported to their homestay / residence destination.
    In their first week at SOC, students participate in various information sessions (community activities, Canadian law, public transportation, school code of conduct, homestay/residence rules) to orient them to their new program of studies.

    Help with Visits Home

    Our administrative staff helps international students with everything that they need to visit their homes on holidays, including travel arrangements, renewing passports, study permits or re-entry visas.
  • University Tours and Seminars

    Specialized university presentations on campus allow students the opportunity for personal interviews with key university representatives. University tours are also available.

    On-Campus Tutors

    SOC is proud to provide full time on-campus tutors. We understand that international learners often need additional help with curriculum issues and language acquisition.
  • Exceptional Homestay Arrangements

    SOC provides students with exceptional living arrangements with local Canadian families who have been pre-inspected, screened and interviewed. Students find these accommodations to be a perfect environment to study comfortably and effectively. Internet service is provided by the homestay family with unlimited access up to 11:00 pm (exceptions for assignments). In most cases, homestay families host 2 students (exceptions are possible).

    Living in Residence

    At the residence, between 5 to 8 students of the same gender are placed in homes dedicated exclusively to students. There, they receive supervision, meals, cleaning service, privately appointed rooms, and common areas for meals and TV.
    At SOC, our host family program provides students with a home away from home!
  • Health Insurance

    SOC provides health insurance for all international students. In addition, staff are also available for transportation to medical facilities (doctors, hospitals, clinics) if needed.


    Students under the age 18 require a custodian/guardian. SOC provides this service and facilitates the process.

Academic Success

Academic Success

Wisdom and Knowledge

We consider each student as a unique individual with diverse abilities, strengths and needs. Our staff cares for your child's success and we provide academic excellence to help your child develop the skill set they need to achieve intellectual and social success.


Excellent Education

Universities Recruit on Our Campus

SOC is the only school that offers students small class sizes (the student-teacher ratio is 15 students per teacher) and a full time on-campus tutor. Plus, key university recruiters come to our campus for personal interviews with our students.


Safe and Secure Environment

We Take Care of your Child

SOC provides health insurance for international students. In addition, staff is always available for transportation to medical facilities (doctors, hospitals, clinics) should the need arise.


Summer Camp

Perfecting English Language Skills

Our Summer Camp combines formal classes and cultural activities to provide a unique learning experience for international learners to improve their English language skills while interacting with English-speaking Canadians.


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Southern Ontario Collegiate

28 Rebecca Street

Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, L8R 1B4

Tel: 905.546.1500 or 905.546.1501;

Fax: 1-866-875-2619