Ottawa-Carleton District School Board

OCDSB schools provide instruction from Kindergarten to grade 12. Secondary schools offer courses of varying levels of difficulty designed to prepare the student for university, college or the workplace. Students requiring extra English instruction will benefit from the school board’s integration of English as a Second Language (ESL) programming within the regular secondary school curriculum. 

Students have a wide selection of courses from which to choose and are encouraged to take courses that will prepare them for postsecondary studies. OCDSB secondary schools offer courses in a variety of subjects, including computer studies, business, biology, physics, geography, economics, international languages, music, physical and health education, calculus, accounting, algebra, law and more. Students who are not confident in their English ability are able to study English intensively and acculturate before starting school at the Young People’s Language School of Canada (YPLS). In association with the international student program, YPLS offers students English for Academic Purposes and introduces the organizational and social skills that give them a foundation to help them better adjust and succeed at a high school or university in Canada.

Program Options

  • Graduation with an Ontario Secondary School diploma (OSSD)
  • Academic/Cultural experience for one or two semesters
  • Elementary School 
  • Credit ESL courses 
  • Intensive ESL study- Young People’s Language School
  • University and College Preparation
  • International Baccalaureate
  • Advanced Placement
  • Summer programs
  • Group programs

Program Established: 1997

Programs Offered: Full Year, 1 Semester, Short Term, Summer Camp, Winter Camp, Teacher Training

Language(s) of Study: English

Total number of schools: 147

High schools for international students: 25

Total Students: 70,000

Total International Students: 525

International Students Accepted for Grades: K-12

Nearest Airport: Ottawa International Airport

Ottawa, the nation’s capital, is a showcase for Canadian history and culture and a leading centre for education, high technology, life sciences, medical sciences and biotechnology sectors. The reputation of its universities and colleges attracts students from across Canada and from around the world.

More Reasons to Study in Ottawa

  • Friendly, safe and family-oriented community
  • Bilingual community (English and French)
  • Opportunity to attend post-secondary institutions located in the area
  • Many outdoor activities within 15 minutes of downtown (skiing, hiking, canoeing, etc.)
  • World class hospitals including the Ottawa Civic, General and the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario
  • Over 100 embassies and diplomatic missions
  • 29 museums, including 12 exhibiting national treasures
  • Fourth largest metropolitan area in Canada

In order to be successful in school, it is important that students have a stable, caring and comfortable home life. The goal of the homestay program therefore is to provide students with a home-away-from home by placing them with families who:

  • provide a friendly, nurturing and supportive environment
  • encourage and take an interest in the student’s life and school work
  • enjoy sharing their lifestyle and culture with others

Each of our host families is visited and interviewed by the homestay coordinator and undergoes a background check. The homestay coordinator monitors students throughout their stay and provides support to both students and host families.

Benefits of Homestay

  • An excellent way for international students to learn about the customs and culture of Canada
  • Provides a great environment for students trying to improve their English
  • Students are placed in a safe, secure and stable home
  • Students will have a private bedroom
  • Three meals per day provided to student

Students are welcome to participate in competitive and non competitive sports, including: badminton, baseball, basketball, golf, hockey, rugby, soccer, track and field, football, rowing, and volleyball. Students can also join a wide variety of clubs and activity groups such as band, chess, choir, computer, drama, homework, photography, skiing & snowboarding, and the student council.

Entrance Dates: September & February

Application Fee: $400

Full Year Tuition Fee: $14,800

1 Semester Tuition Fee: $7,400

Annual Homestay Placement Fee: $400

Homestay Fee: $7,222 for one semester or $12,807 for the full year

Annual Health Insurance Fee: $600 

Annual Custodianship Fee: included in tuition

All funds are in Canadian dollars

General Inquiries Email: ocenet@ocdsb.ca

Website: www.studyottawa.ocdsb.ca

Mailing Address: C315 – 440 Albert Street

City: Ottawa

Province: Ontario

Postal Code: K1R 5B5

Phone: 613-239-0314

Fax: 613-239-0608

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