International Certificate Program

Advisors: Ms. Jen Pattison, Mr. Chris Dales

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

Graphic of the French flag in the shape of a heart Are you interested in studying in France? Consider the 6-week Reciprocal Homestay Exchange Program, open to students who are studying French.

Students from Aix-Marseille-Nice will come to Ottawa from October 12-November 23, 2019 to stay with students here. The students from Ottawa will go to Aix-Marseille-Nice from March 28-May 9, 2020.

Application forms may be downloaded from the ICP website, and are due by Wednesday, May 8, 2019. Please note there are limited spots available and not all applicants are guaranteed acceptance.

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.

Next year is already shaping up to be a great year for the International Program. Five students from South have been selected to take part in a new exchange program in Marseilles, France. The board is only sending 15 students for the inaugural year of this program so we are really pleased that South is so well represented.

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

SC grads from ICP
Graduate .png  Victoria Chamberlain and Tanner Armstrong are our first ICP graduates! Both were celebrated June 15, 2017 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 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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