The Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario International Education Program (CDSBEO) offers global views and perspectives that enhance the education of students who have chosen to explore cultures and languages through education abroad. The International Student Program allows students from around the world to study and learn alongside Canadian students of the same age. The program encourages cultural awareness and international understanding by bringing students together and enabling them to experience similar social and academic opportunities.
International students can choose between multiple schools and are assisted in finding the best match for their educational needs and other interests. Students may attend for a short term of 3, 5 or 10 months, with an emphasis on English language acquisition and cultural experience, or they may participate in the program for more than one year, and work toward attaining an Ontario Secondary School Diploma.
In addition to standard Ontario secondary curriculum, CDSBEO is proud to offer the following specialized courses to international students:
Program Established: 2015
Programs Offered: Full Year, 1 Semester, Short Term
Specialized Programs: French Immersion
Language(s) of Study: English
Total number of schools: 42
High schools for international students: 8
Total Students: 13,000
Total International Students: 140
International Students Accepted for Grades: 7-12
Nearest Airport: Ottawa International
The Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario has a vast geography that surround the capital city of Ottawa. Students will enjoy the comfort of our safe and welcoming communities as well as the rich culture the surrounding areas have to offer. The region is ideal as it is central to some great Canadian cities such as Ottawa, Toronto, and Montreal as well as its proximity to North Eastern American states such as New York, Maine, and Vermont! The area is located near several major educational institutions including Ottawa, Carleton and Queen’s University, as well as Algonquin and St. Lawrence College. Eastern Ontario has so much to offer! You will find a little something for everyone: sports, a vibrant art community, politics, as well a magnificent landscape to interact with! Our hills, lakes and forests provide a magnificent playground for outdoor enthusiasts as well as artists! We look forward to sharing the beauty of our country with you!
The Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario’s homestay program brings international students and Canadian families together to share their cultures with each other. Our staff members in partnership with Muskoka Language International take pride in their commitment to providing caring, reliable and trust-worthy homestay families for their visiting students. They are all dedicated to creating opportunities for homestay students and Canadian families to develop long-lasting friendships. Ensuring the personal well-being of our international students is a priority for us and is crucial to the academic success of students while studying abroad.
Being a part of a Canadian homestay family is an enriching experience for an international student. Students will be living with an English-speaking family allowing them an opportunity to practice their English while learning about the Canadian lifestyle and culture. Overall, the student’s whole educational experience is enhanced and they will quickly grow in their English communication skills and learn about Canadian culture. Supportive families are there to help students navigate the cultural differences they will see in everyday life and in the Canadian education system.
Our schools offer a wide range of programs to meet the needs of all students and we encourage our international students to get involved as it is a great way to meet new friends and become involved outside the academic setting.
Our schools offer many outstanding sports programs that compete at the local and provincial level.
Soccer, Cross country running, Football, Volleyball, Basketball, Rugby, Hockey, Track and Field, Badminton, Downhill skiing
Our schools have a vibrant Arts community often performing throughout Ontario and the United States.
Vocal Music, Band, Dance, Drama, Visual Arts
Schools offer a variety of clubs that allow students to explore their interests
Social Justice, Environmental, Fitness, Sports, Theatre, Computer, Yearbook, Student Council, Technology plus many more
All schools have a student council that plan spirit activities throughout the year. These activities often happen afterschool and on the weekend and allow students the opportunity to get to know each other outside of the classroom
Dances, Spirit Days, Winter Carnival, Ski Trips, Athletic tournaments, Excursions (Toronto, New York, Ottawa, etc.)
Entrance Dates: ongoing
Application Fee: $250 non-refundable
Full Year Tuition Fee: $13,300 Secondary and $12,500 Elementary
1 Semester Tuition Fee: $6,650 Secondary and $6,250 Elementary
Annual Homestay Placement Fee: $375
Homestay Monthly Fee: $800
Annual Health Insurance Fee: 500
Annual Custodianship Fee: $1,275 (monitored custodial guardianship)
Airport Transfer (one way): $165
All funds are in Canadian dollars