International Certificate Program

Advisors: Ms. Jen Pattison, Mr. Chris Dales

The OCDSB International Certificate Program is still running, despite the restrictions caused by the pandemic. There are still many opportunities to learn more about different cultures and global citizenship. Sean Oussoren, the International Education Coordinator, has prepared some introductory slides and a 5-minute presentation explaining the program.

Cover slide for ICP slide presentation

The OCDSB International Certificate Program is designed to recognize and honour students who demonstrate a commitment to being motivated, engaged, and active global citizens. Participants earn the certificate by:

  • Studying an international language
  • Taking internationally-focused classes
  • Understanding global issues
  • Participating in an internationally focused project of their choice
  • And much more!

Visit the OCDSB's International Certificate Program website for detailed information, or speak to Ms. Pattison or Mr. Dales.

International Certificate Program Enrollment Form


Graduate .pngCongratulations to our 2020 ICP Graduates!

Once again South Carleton is proud to have 6 students graduating from the International Certificate Program. Congratulations to An Bui, Katie Collins, Owen Lok, Chelsea MacDonald, Amatur Rahman Salam-Alada, and Ava Stevenson.

Illustration Of A Gold Star.pngCongratulations to Aria Mann. Aria attended the Jeju Youth Forum in Jeju, South Korea from October 31 to November 4. Their slogan is "Empower the youth, the leaders of the future". According to ICP supervisor Ms. Jen Pattison, "Aria was an amazing ambassador for our school, our Board, and our country." Aria was one of 4 ICP students from across the OCDSB who attended the 10th annual Jeju International Youth Forum. Our students were the only Canadians within a group of 160 students who represented 29 different cities from around the world. Aria worked with other students exploring the topic and possible solutions for “the global responsibility of poverty reduction and peace building.”

Students and supervisors in traditional Korean dressStudents holding passports from various countriesGroup photo of students

Graduate .png South Carleton is proud to have 6 students graduating from the ICP program in 2019. This year's graduates are Tia Zubryn, Lily Xie, Mitchell Montero, Cassidy Boyle, Emma Crogie, and Emily Herasimenko. Tia, Lily and Emily all graduated with honours.

Congratulations to all of you!

SC's ICP grads for 2019

South Carleton's ICP grads for 2018 Graduate .png Congratulations to our newest ICP graduates. Avery McQuirter and Hannah Daly were celebrated June 21, 2018 at the ICP graduation ceremony. The ceremony was held at the beautiful Aga Khan Foundation at the Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat. Both girls plan to continue their international studies at university in the fall. We wish them luck in their future endeavours.

Illustration Of A Gold Star.png Congratulations to Avery McQuirter who was selected as one of four students from the OCDSB to participate in the Jeju Youth Forum in South Korea, November 2-6, 2017. This youth leadership forum is by 'invitation only' for cities that have a formal international relationship with the Jeju (South Korea) Government & Provincial Office of Education. The forum hosted 160 students from around the world and this is the first time Ontario has participated! 

Avery was part of a selection process, which included submitting an essay. The students worked in diverse groups from around the world at the forum based on their essay topics, all connected to the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Avery's topic was How to Eradicate Inequality and Injustice in Society.

Avery in Korea Avery and other visiting students in traditional Korean dress


 Some Benefits of the Program Possible Career Opportunities
 Global awareness Economics
 Global competency Language Tanslation & Interpretation
 Cultural proficiency Education
 Leadership skills Health Care
 Personal growth Environmental Studies
 Educational achievement Political Science
 Student engagement International Business
 Career pathways Public Administration
 Language development International Development
   Social Work
   International Law
   Peace & Conflict Studies
   Language Arts
   International Relations





To receive the Certificate, students must successfully complete the following three components and the summative portfolio task.

Component 1: International Languages and Intercultural Communication


This component requires you to complete one credit in a language other than English or French, and to participate in an intercultural awareness workshop.

Component 2: International Coursework


This component requires you to complete four grade 11 or 12 courses with a specified international focus, and to complete at least two major summative tasks with a specific internationalized focus in any other courses between grades 9 and 12. There is a list of courses with a specified international focus available on the OCDSB's International Certificate Program website.

Other credit courses may be eligible to meet the coursework requirements. Prior approval of your guidance counsellor, the International Certificate Adviser, and the International Education Coordinator is required. Courses not available at South Carleton may be completed via elearning.

Component 3: International Experience and Engagement


This component requires you to commit to an international experience and engagement of at least 100 hours (locally or abroad) between grades 9 and 12. This experience may be:

  • a long-term international student exchange or study abroad program
  • a series of short-term overseas experiences
  • active engagement in local activities or organizations with an international focus
  • a combination of the above options



The International Certificate Portfolio


After successfully completing the three required certificate components, you have the opportunity to demonstrate and reflect upon your commitment as a "global citizen" by compiling a portfolio. This will consist of the Student Learning Passport, a comprehensive log sheet that documents all the requirements of the three components; a Portfolio Presentation, eg. a multimedia presentation, an e-portfolio scrapbook, a photo essay, or other possibility; and finally a Personal Reflection.

This information has been adapted from OCDSB International Certificate Program program information booklet, published by Communications and Information Services, OCDSB, in collaboration with the Ottawa-Carleton Education Network, June 2014.

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