Understand the entire process of applying to an OCSB school all the way to choosing a place to call home.

Application Process

Ottawa is a safe, bilingual city filled with parks, museums, galleries, sports teams, shopping, restaurants, the Rideau Canal, nearby sky hills and hiking, world-class hospitals, and embassies. Best of all, Ottawa offers the opportunity to prepare for and attend post-secondary institutions in the area.

Step 1

Submit your application form. In your application, you will need to upload a recent transcript and signed copy of the International Student Agreement. If you are approved, we will send you a letter of acceptance. This process usually takes one week.

Step 2

Apply for a Study Permit. To study in Canada, you will need a study permit from the Government of Canada. You cannot apply for a study permit until we send your letter of acceptance.

Step 3

Pay international student fees. All payments are made payable to the “Ottawa Catholic School Board” and should include the name of the student on your method of payment. Payment options from within Canada are a bank draft, money order, or certified cheque. Make a payment outside Canada.

“At OCSB, I learned to study independently in a relatively relaxed environment and learning has become a happier thing. Secondly, I became more cheerful and participate in volunteer activities… even a speech on stage!”

Cindy, China

International student fees

Fees 2024-2025Kindergarten to Grade 8Grade 9 to 12
Application fee (non-refundable)$400 CAD$400 CAD
Tuition$15,000 CAD per year$15,000 CAD per year
($7,500 CAD per semester)
Medical insurance$540 CAD per year$540 CAD per year
MLI HomestayNot applicable$14,721 CAD per year (approximate)


Students in Grades 9 to 12 can participate in a homestay program that places them with a Canadian host family. This program offered by MLI Homestay allows students to learn about Canadian culture while giving them the opportunity to share their culture with a Canadian host family.

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Apply now

If you are ready to apply for you or your child to study at the OCSB, click the link below to take you to our secure portal that will start the application process.

“I was nervous at first that I would not be able to communicate with the teacher, but that disappeared quickly because the teachers here are very patient, kind, and take the time to solve any difficulty I encounter. What I love most is that my classmates are very, very friendly.”

Aaron, China


Are you ready for a world-class education?

Contact us today to learn more about enrolling you or your child at the OCSB.