Ottawa-Carleton District School Board (OCDSB)

Welcome to the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board  (OCDSB) located in the capital of Canada. Vibrant and colourful, Ottawa is the 6th largest city in Canada with a population of just over 1 million people. Ottawa celebrates its diversity and with its welcoming attitude is a safe, family oriented city with many indoor and outdoor activities to enjoy in all four seasons.


The OCDSB has been welcoming international students to Canada’s capital for the last 20 years.  Engaging students in global learning at 147 schools in urban, suburban, and rural settings, the OCDSB provides a diverse and dynamic learning community and a rich variety of educational, cultural, athletic, and social opportunities. Our international student alumni have distinguished themselves at colleges and universities throughout the world.


Whether here to graduate or for a short-term experience, OCDSB international students benefit from being part of an international education program that prioritizes their well-being, their academic advancement, and their personal growth.  Integration with Canadian students is embedded into our programs and is recognized in our unique International Certificate Program (ICP).  International students can also choose to participate in Intensive English classes to upgrade their academic English or in a summer English Experience camp of two to six weeks that offers students an opportunity to experience life in Ottawa, improve their English and have fun.


The OCDSB works closely with Canada Homestay Network (CHN), Canada’s most trustworthy homestay provider, to provide students with safe, caring, and enriching homestay experiences. We look forward to welcoming more students from around the world to our schools and to Ottawa each year. For detailed information, please visit us at



Programs Offered:

  • Full Year
  • 1 Semester
  • Short-term Immersion
  • Summer Program
  • Programs offered in English
  • International Certificate
  • French Immersion

Specialized Programs:

  • International Baccalaureate (IB)
  • Advanced Placement (AP)
  • Summer Credit
  • Winter Camp
  • Adult High School
  • Teacher Training
  • TESL Certificate

Age Limit: 6
Universities & Colleges in Area:

  • University of Ottawa
  • Carleton University
  • Saint Paul University
  • Université du Québec en Outaouais
  • Algonquin College
  • La Cité collégiale


  • Parliament Buildings
  • Rideau Canal
  • National Art Gallery of Canada
  • Canadian War Museum
  • Canadian Museum of Nature
  • Canadian Aviation Museum
  • Notre Dame Cathedral Basilica
  • National Arts Centre
  • Gatineau Hills

440 Albert Street, Room 315
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
K1R 5B5

Airport: Ottawa International Airport

Entrance Dates: September & February

Application Fee: $400

Full Year Tuition Fee: $14,800

1 Semester Tuition Fee: $7,400

Homestay Fee: $7,222 for one semester or $12,807 for 2 semesters

Annual Health Insurance Fee: $600

All funds are in Canadian dollars

Geoff Best
Director, International Education Programs

Phone: 613-796-8556
Fax: 613-239-0608