International Education

In such a rapidly changing and increasingly complex global environment, it is tremendously beneficial for our students, staff and school communities to be provided with opportunities to celebrate diversity and experience other cultures and educational systems. For our students, most specifically, initiatives related to international education broaden horizons and perspectives, promote inclusivity and respect for others, and develop a wide array of knowledge and skills that will serve them well as they become responsible global citizens.

The RCDSB has established a series of partnerships and projects – both at home and abroad – in order to provide genuine, engaging, teaching and learning opportunities in an international context for staff and students alike.


Airport welcome

Through the Embassy of France in Ottawa the RCDSB recently entered into partnerships with L’Academic Clermont Ferrand, France to promote the expansion of International Education in our Board. In addition, we have a number of existing agreements with organisations that are approved to provide student exchange experiences. 


The RCDSB is currently host to 11 students through our YESCanada partnership, with more to arrive this coming December. These students are from France, Italy, Australia, Japan and Norway. Students are currently posted at Arnprior District High School, Mackenzie Community School, Opeongo High School, Renfrew Collegiate Institute, and Valour JK-12 School.

The RCDSB also has two students participating in three-month exchanges through the Canadian Education Exchange Foundation (CEEF) in Arnprior District High School and Fellowes High School. These particular exchanges are based on a three-month reciprocal hosting agreement - students stay with each other's families for a threemonth period of time in each of their home countries.


The RCDSB's partnership with L'Academic Clermont-Ferrand aims to promote staff and student interactions between France and Canada for the educational benefit of all.

For Students: Facilitating student-to-student interactions, including technologymediated interactions, as well as short-term educational exchanges.

For Staff: Sharing information, knowledge, expertise and general practices related to education and system, particularly in establishing dialogues on second-language pedagogy, assessment and evaluation, intercultural skill development, and the growing diversity of students facilitating teacher and administrative interactions (technologymediated interactions, exchanges, study tours, job shadowing, etc.) for the purposes of exchanging information, materials, approaches, ideas and expertise.

Governance: Encouraging and facilitating twinning or partnerships between schools and the system in order to promote language learning and intercultural skill development, and to create better learning experiences for students, teachers and administrators.


The RCDSB is a member of CAPS-I, Canadian Association of Public Schools - International. CAPS-I is a not-for-profit organisation of 128 publicly funded school districts/boards who offer International Student programs. CAPS-I sets the standard for quality programs in Canada.


All international students coming into the RCDSB go through an application process. The organizing agency will assess the application and often interview the student to determine their suitability to study abroad for a period of time.

Durations for all exchanges and international study opportunities range from long-term (two semesters) to short term (one week). Durations are based on the type of exchange or international study opportunity and can be influenced by the organization arranging the opportunity, as well as student commitments and affordability.

RCDSB students taking part in L'Academic Clermont-Ferrand French exchange can apply individually and are recommended for the program by their teachers. Students from RCDSB and L'Academic Clermont-Ferrand are then matched based on their similar interests.

International Students on Parliament Hill

Board Approved Student Exchange Organizations

The RCDSB has existing arrangements with six student exchange organizations including:

  1. Rotary Club International;
  2. Canadian Education Exchange Foundation (CEEF);
  3. Student Travel Services (STS) High School Foundation;
  4. EF Tours;
  5. International Student Exchange - Ontario (ISE); and
  6. Society for Educational Visits and Exchanges in Canada (SEVEC).

These not-for-profit student exchange agencies are the only student exchange organizations supported by the RCDSB. They have established reputations and documentation that support a commitment to reciprocal exchanges without requesting payment of tuition fees.

Secondary school students who would like to participate in a student exchange should contact their principal or guidance office for more information.

International Students Parliament Hill