international certificate program

International Certificate Program

Advisors: Mr. Sean Manks, Ms. Jen Pattison

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!

icpVictoria Chamberlain and Tanner Armstrong are our first ICP graduates! Both were celebrated June 15 at a ceremony at Sir Robert Borden H.S. with 54 other ICP graduates from across the OCDSB.  Congratulations Victoria and Tanner! 

Some Benefits of the Program Possible Career Opportunities
Global Awareness Economics
Global Competency Language Translation and 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 Social Work
International Law
Peace and Conflict Studies
International Relations
International Development


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 at Many 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.

Visit the website for more information, or speak to Mr. Manks or Ms. Pattison.

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


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