Maple Leaf Schools - Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU)

Maple Leaf School – Kwantlen Polytechnic University (MLUS-KPU) is the second Maple Leaf school to open in Canada, building on the great success of our schools in China and our first Canadian school which opened in Kamloops, BC in 2016. Our schools in British Columbia are accredited as Independent Schools by the BC Ministry of Education.

Located on the expanding campus of Kwantlen Polytechnic University in Richmond, BC, this learning environment offers students the opportunity to immerse themselves in English and in a Canadian educational environment. Students complete the BC graduation program curriculum preparing them for further studies at KPU and in universities around the world. While focusing on academic achievement and studies in English, our students also have the option to enroll in Mandarin language and Chinese social studies. This gives them an academic advantage in their post-secondary applications.


Our University Partner - Kwantlen Polytechnic University

Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) is a Canadian polytechnic university that integrates teaching, research and innovation in preparing students for fulfilling careers. Established in 1981, KPU offers degrees, diplomas and certificates in more than 120 programs.

The Richmond campus is located in the heart of a vibrant and very ethnically diverse community on a 10 acre urban site. The campus has classrooms, state-ofthe- art graphic design computer labs, interior design work studios and fully equipped science labs. The campus also includes a cafeteria, student lounge areas, indoor and outdoor courtyard spaces, a library and learning centre.

Our Location in Canada

Vancouver, a major city on Canada’s west coast, is often referred to as Canada’s gateway to the Pacific. It is among Canada’s most ethnically diverse metropolitan areas with a population of 2.5 million people. Vancouver is consistently named as one of the top five worldwide cities for livability and quality of life. It is well known as an urban centre surrounded by nature, making it a major tourism destination. In addition to active film production studios, gaming and high tech companies, Vancouver is also a centre of higher education. It is home to 11 public post-secondary institutions including universities, technical institutes and colleges, and dozens of private specialty institutions.

From Vancouver’s major international airport to:

  • Toronto - 4 hours 15 minutes
  • Los Angeles - 2 hours 45 minutes
  • Beijing - 11 hours 30 minutes
  • Seoul - 11 hours


MLUS - KPU Advantages

  • Small classes, great teachers, excellent curriculum.
  • Outdoor adventure activities throughout the year included as part of the school program.
  • Located in Canada’s beautiful Sea to Sky region near beaches, parks and mountains.
  • Dynamic, supervised evening self-study program.
  • Academic advising and university application assistance.
  • Community homestay living near the campus.
  • Urban campus location and access to the university’s state-of-the-art facilities.
  • Opportunities for advanced dual credit courses with the university.
  • Optional trips organized to major university campuses in Canada and the USA.

Brad Helgason, Principal of MLUS-KPU

Our Principal, Mr.Brad Helgason, worked in China with Maple Leaf Educational Systems for 14 years. His educational journey began with degrees at the University of Victoria in Commerce and the University of British Columbia in Education. He went on to complete his master’s degree in Education at the University of British Columbia, Okanagan Campus. He began his teaching career with Maple Leaf International School – Dalian, China in 2003. Mr. Helgason taught economics and business courses for eight years before taking an administrative position at the school. He’s served as registrar, deputy principal and for the past three years as principal. Mr. Helgason lead the Dalian Campus with great success and is now leading MLUS-KPU campus in Vancouver, Canada. He is enthusiastic about the unique learning and personal development opportunities that MLUS-KPU can offer to all its students.

MLUS-KPU Teachers and Support Team

At MLUS-KPU all of our teachers are BC certified and have experience teaching in international school settings. They use best practices to promote academic success with all students. Our support team provides career and personal counselling to students and maintain regular contact with parents. MLUS-KPU has Mandarin speaking staff on-site and can provide support in other languages with assistance from the university.

MLUS-KPU Admission Requirements

Students are admitted in grades 10, 11 and 12 based on their previous grade completion, academic and English readiness and a strong commitment to their studies. Please see the additional documents for more information on the Admission Process, Application Form and Student Fee Structure.

Fee Schedule: 2017/18

Basic Fees
Tuition Fees 1/2  
• International Students 3 $18,000
• Canadian Citizen and PR Students 3 $15,500
Application Fee 4 $300
Custodian Declaration 5 $350
Uniform Fee 6 $500
Graduation Fee 7 $300
Medical Insurance 8 $750*
Recreation Fee 9 $450
Additional Fees
Homestay 10 Approx. $700 - $1000 month
Dormitory 11 Approx. $500 - $700 month
Meals 12 Approx. $3000/year
Airport Pick Up – Vancouver to Kamloops 14 Approx. $200

1 All fees are in Canadian dollars and include applicable taxes.
2 Maple Leaf School - Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) is bonded with the British Columbia Ministry of Education.
3 Upon registration, all students are required to pay the tuition fee for the full school year.
4 The non-refundable application fee is required at the time the application form is submitted.
5 MLES-TRU provides a Custodianship Declaration for students under 19 years of age, as requested.
6 The uniform fee covers the cost of the standard uniform only. Additional optional school uniform items are charged on a per item basis. Students from MLES schools in China may choose to wear their MLES school dress uniform as their standard uniform.

7 A Graduation fee is charged during the term in which the student will graduate, to cover costs of the ceremony, dinner, yearbook and other souvenirs.
8 Medical Insurance includes 3 months of Private Insurance followed by the B.C. Medical Services Plan for those on a valid study permit. *Coverage varies, please consult for details.
9 The Recreation fee covers access to the local recreation centre for activities organized by the school during or beyond class time and for the student’s own use on weekends. Optional weekend and holiday trips not included in the school’s program are charged separately based on participation.
10 Homestay fees vary depending on school location. At MLUS-TRU the fee is approx. $700/month for bed and breakfast and weekend meals. Weekday meals are at the school and charged separately. Final homestay fees will be provided at time of admission.
11 Dormitory fees vary depending on the school location. At MLUS-TRU the fee is approx. $500/month for a private bedroom in as quad dorm. Meals are not included. Weekday lunch and dinner meals are at the school and charged separately. Final dormitory fees will be provided at time of admission.
12 Lunch and dinner meals are taken together at the school and in the university cafeteria.
13 Transportation from the Vancouver Airport to MLUS-TRU in Kamloops is organized based on fixed arrival dates. This service is provided for students arriving at the beginning of the school year only. Transportation from Kamloops to the Vancouver airport during holiday times and at the end of the school year are the student’s responsibility.

Fees Payment and Refund Policy

Payment of Fees

For school year 2017/18 school fees are due in full by June 30, 2017.

FULL payment of fees must be received before the official Letter of Admission, Custodianship or other required Immigration documents will be issued for international students.

Tuition Refund Policy

  • Students who withdraw up to thirty (30) calendar days before of the first day of classes will receive a 70% refund of fees (minus all non-refundable fees).
  • Students who withdraw within thirty (30) calendar days before the first day of classes and thirty (30) days after the start of classes will receive a 50% refund of fees (minus all non-refundable fees).
  • Students who withdraw after thirty (30) calendar days of the first day of classes are not eligible for any refund amount.
  • No refund or partial refund of fees will be issued for temporary non-medical absences, suspensions, or expulsions for any reason.
  • No partial fees refunds will be issued for any missed days of school due to delays in obtaining a Canadian Student Authorization.

Refund due to Study Permit Denial

Occasionally, a student’s application to obtain their Canadian Student Authorization is denied. In these cases, the student must submit official proof of this denial. Upon receipt of this document, the School will refund all tuition fees, less the non-refundable application fee and custodianship declaration fee.

Refund due to Medical Concern

If the student develops a medical illness whereby it is determined by the parents, the medical professionals or the school that the student should return home to their parents care the school will offer a partial refund of tuition fees. A minimum 50% of the annual tuition fee will be retained by the school.

Non-Refundable Fees

These one-time only fees cover the application fee, notarized Custodianship Declaration, letters of admission, and any international courier fees. The total non-refundable amount is $650.00 (Application fee = $300.00, Custodianship Declaration fee = $350.00.

Homestay Fees Refund Policy

Homestay placements and management are provided by a third-party homestay provider through a contract agreement with Maple Leaf Education North America Ltd. The Homestay refund policy of the contracted agency will apply. Details will be provided with the Homestay application forms.