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International students and temporary residents

The Ottawa Catholic School Board proudly embraces diversity and welcomes students from all countries. We welcome international students at all grade levels in our schools, from Kindergarten to Grade 12. Students from abroad enjoy this opportunity to learn about our culture and make new friends while receiving a quality education in Canada.

Submit your application form and fees

International students wishing to study in Ottawa should first complete the application form. You can complete the form and email it to Admissions@ocsb.ca, or visit our Admissions office at 570 West Hunt Club Road in Nepean if you need help completing the form. Our friendly staff can make sure your form is filled out correctly to avoid delays in processing your application. Applicants must also submit a $300 non-refundable application fee before they can be considered for admission.

Complete the application form


Provide payment of tuition fees

International students pay annual tuition fees in order to attend one of our quality OCSB schools. These fees cover the costs of important programs, such as English as a second language (ESL) instruction, if needed. The fees also help pay for essential transportation services, given that the student's residential address meets eligibility requirements. Transportation will be also provided to our high school ESL Centres, even if they are outside the student's attendance boundary. 

Tuition fees do NOT apply to:
  • a student whose parent is in Canada on a Citizenship and Immigration Canada work permit
  • immediate children of Diplomats (nieces and nephews must pay fees)
  • refugees or permanent residents of Canada
  • a person awaiting determination of their permanent residence application who has obtained a "Stage 1 Approval Letter" from Citizenship and Immigration Canada
  • a person whose parent is in Canada taking certain university or college programs


Get your letter of acceptance for a study permit

Once you have completed the application form and paid the necessary fees, we will issue a letter of acceptance. International students need this letter in order to obtain a Study Permit from Citizenship and Immigration Canada. A study permit is required for all fee-paying international students, unless they are in Canada for less than six months. 

Visit the Family Welcome Centre for Newcomers

Accepted international students will be directed to our Family Welcome Centre for an assessment to ensure they receive program options appropriate to their needs.

Payment of fees

All payments should be made payable to the "Ottawa Catholic School Board" and should include the name of the student on the method of payment.

Application fee: $300 
(one-time, non-refundable)
Medical insurance: $386
(mandatory, per 12-month period)
Tuition fees for Kindergarten to Grade 8
$11,000 per year
Tuition fees for Grades 9 to 12
$12,000 per year 
(or $6,000 per semester)

Additional resources

Review the policy in our Tuition Reimbursement Application before applying for a refund.

Complete the Student Renewal Form to re-register for another year in an OCSB school.

Temporary residents

If you're living in Canada as a temporary resident in any of the following categories, you will need to register your child for school through our Admissions Department. Call 613-224-4455 Ext 2308 or email Admissions@ocsb.ca.

  • work permit
  • study permit
  • diplomatic status, or official in an Embassy
  • visitor to Canada


Exchange students

Many of our high schools participate in student exchange programs with organizations approved by the Board. Fees do not apply to these exchange students. For more information, contact your high school's Student Services office.