About the Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario
The Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario welcomes students from around the world to come and enjoy a true Canadian experience. Our school board is located between the major cities of Ottawa, Montreal and Toronto and spans a very large geographical area with a diverse natural environment including forests, hills, rivers and lakes. The Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario serves approximately 13,000 students each day at 32 elementary and 10 secondary schools. The Board boasts a reputation for academic excellence (English and French), student support, strong athletics programs, outstanding performing and visual arts, exceptional computer technology programs, specialized secondary learning opportunities and a Catholic commitment to social justice.
The Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario International Education Program 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.
International Students are well supported during their stay with dedicated teachers, English as a Second Language support as required, and counselling support. Students will stay with caring homestay families that are well educated, English speaking, and be part of communities which are some of the safest in Canada. Eastern Ontario has very low ESL populations, so international students will learn English quickly in immersion environments.