Prospective students

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Degrees obtained from the University of Ottawa are recognized worldwide and graduates enjoy successful and prosperous careers. All academic programs offered by the University are regularly reviewed to ensure the highest quality standards. Designated Learning Institution Number (DLI#): O19397188593 

Why study at uOttawa?

uOttawa at a glance
  • The largest English-French bilingual university in the world—you can study in English, French or both.
  • Among the 10 most research-intensive universities in Canada and ranked as one of the top 200 universities in the world.
  • 10 faculties offering more than 450 undergraduate, graduate and professional degree programs to some 40,000 students from across Canada and 150 countries.

 

Welcome to Canada

The United Nations has repeatedly named Canada one of the 10 best countries in the world in which to live. Canada is proud of its multicultural character and has both a tradition and a policy of encouraging cultural diversity. This openness means that whatever your origin, religion or nationality, you can easily integrate in Canada.

Studying in Canada makes financial sense. The cost of education and living is reasonable when compared to many other countries, and the quality of education is outstanding. Moreover, degrees and diplomas from Canadian postsecondary institutions are widely recognized and respected for the high level of education they represent.

City of Ottawa

Ottawa, Canada’s capital, is located in the province of Ontario on the border with the province of Quebec, in central Canada. Its location, 350 kilometres east of Toronto, 200 kilometres west of Montreal, and just a short 90-minute flight from New York or Boston, makes travel to other centres easy. The National Capital Region has a population of over one million. It is the country’s fourth-largest city and one of Canada’s most bilingual communities—nearly half a million people speak both English and French.

And Ottawa isn’t just a government town. It’s a high-tech city, a tourist city, a big-time sports city, and a university city. Make yourself at home!

Please visit ottawatourism.ca for more information on Canada’s capital.

International opportunities

Many students dream of studying abroad for an academic session or even a full year. The University of Ottawa allows international students to participate in international student exchange programs, except in their home country.

Choose from a variety of exciting locations at nearly 250 universities in 45 countries around the world. You could receive a mobility scholarship of up to $2,000, depending on your destination and the duration of your studies or internship abroad.

Co-operative education

Alternate between work and study!

Take your academic training to the next level by engaging in paid, professional, career-related, employment opportunities specific to your discipline. By taking part in the CO-OP program, you can both work and study. Your work terms, which last four months, allow you to explore different work environments and career options in your field. They alternate with study sessions. You have a valuable learning experience while fulfilling your four-year degree requirements. Your impressive resumé will help you secure work after you graduate.

CO-OP is an excellent way to finance your studies while developing your professional skills in Canada.

Student Academic Success Service (SASS)

Here are a few of the many services at your disposal through SASS:

  • Orientation and University 101 programs
  • Student Mentoring
  • Academic Writing Help Centre
  • Counselling and personal development services
  • Career Mentorship/Services
  • Access Services
Study in English, French or both

All courses at the University of Ottawa are given in either English or French, or in both languages. To gain admission, you must therefore demonstrate proficiency in either one of these languages. You are not required to speak both languages to study at uOttawa.

Visit the Language requirements page to find out if you need to take a language test.

Improve your English and/or French
Students also have many opportunities to improve their skills in English (ESL) and French (FLS).

Admissions essentials

Program Information

Depending on the undergraduate program of study, a bachelor's or undergraduate degree usually takes four years to complete. An honours degree is generally a prerequisite for admission to graduate studies. Depending on the graduate program of study, a master's degree usually requires at least one or two years of full-time study (after an honours degree). A doctoral degree, or PhD, requires at least three or four years of additional full-time study.

Language requirements

Most courses at the University of Ottawa are given in English, French or both languages. Therefore, you must master one of the two official languages to be admitted.

Immigration (Study permits, visas)

For all immigration questions we invite you to visit the Citizenship and Immigration Canada website (CIC). The CIC Call Centre can also answer questions, in English and French, about CIC services and programs, or applications in process inside Canada (1-888-242-2100). Students may also e-mail the Call Centre with questions.

Housing

Newly admitted first-year students are guaranteed housing on campus provided they meet the Housing Guarantee Criteria. On-campus residence is occupied primarily by first-year students. Please visit the Housing Service website for more information regarding on and off-campus housing.

Meal Plans

Students can benefit from a wide range of dining options, from fresh and healthy home-style meals to franchise favourites.  You can find information about meal plans on the uOttawa card website, including which meal plan is best for you.

University Health Insurance Plan (UHIP)

UHIP (University Health Insurance Plan) is a compulsory insurance plan for international students (and their dependants) that covers medical and hospital expenses during your stay in Canada and standard medical visits. It also helps you obtain certain medical devices, as needed, such as wheelchairs, hearing aids, etc. Please visit our Newly Admitted Students page for more information about UHIP.

Application Deadlines

Undergraduate
For the Fall session, you must send your application by April 1 and all supporting documentation by April 30. For the Winter session, you must send you application by November 1 and all supporting documentation by November 30. Some programs have earlier deadlines; therefore, see the deadlines for your program of interest and prepare your application accordingly.

Graduate
Application deadlines vary depending on the program of studies. Please consult the Graduate programs of study page.

Advanced Standing

When we evaluate your application, we may grant you advanced standing if you have a special secondary school background, if you have studied in a lycée or if you have taken courses in another postsecondary setting, such as a college, CEGEP or other university.

uPass

From the beginning of September until the end of April, full-time students will have unlimited access to OC Transpo Services. The U-Pass is a gateway to the City of Ottawa, as it provides access to the entire OC Transpo network during the eight-month academic year.

Preparing a budget

It is important to plan a budget in order to make sure that you can cover all the costs related to your university life. Here is a budget example including many expenses that you will have to assume

Tuition and incidental fees* Non-exempt international student International student with a tuition fees differential exemption
Undergraduate  $26,300 - $35,400 $7,100 - $10,700
Master’s and diploma, PhD $21,500 - $25,500 $10,200 - $15,500

*You can use the search engine on the university fees page for the exact calculation of your tuition according to your faculty

Textbooks and supplies

Arts, Health Sciences, Science, Social Sciences $800
Civil Law, Telfer School of Management, 
Engineering
$1,200
Transit pass (U-Pass)
Arts, Health Sciences, Science, Social Sciences, Civil Law, Telfer School of Management,
Engineering
Included in
incidental fees

Housing 

Traditional residence $6,159 – $9,116
Apartment-style residence $10,085 – $17,468
Suite or studio $6,494 – $9,587
Off-campus apartment (shared) $6,000 and more

Food

uOttawa meal plan (including Flex Dollars) $3,100 – $4,600    
Groceries $2,400

Other expenses

Clothing, social activities, miscellaneous items $1,500
Communications (telephone and internet)  $1,200

Amounts are based on fees for the 2017-2018 academic year (September to April) and are subject to change.

Find out about university fees financial aid.

Attend an information session.

How to apply ?

Undergraduate Studies
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Law
  • Education
  • Medicine

Apply for Undergraduate studies

Graduate Studies
  • Master's
  • Doctorates

Apply for Graduate Studies

Combined Programs (3+2 or 3+1+2)

Combined Programs (3+2 or 3+1+2)

Chinese Description (PDF)

Discover the testimonial of an international 3+2 student (transcript available here)

Step 1

Students complete years one to three of a four-year undergraduate program at their home university (or years one and two in the case of a three-year undergraduate program).

Step 2

Students submit an application for admission to a master’s program at the University of Ottawa. Admissible students with an excellent academic record will receive a conditional offer from the University of Ottawa. The student must successfully complete the last year of the undergraduate program, which is done at the University of Ottawa. The courses for this year are selected jointly by the two universities prior to the institutions signing the agreement creating the combined program.

Step 3

Students complete two full-time sessions at the University of Ottawa, where they will complete the courses required to receive their undergraduate degree. In some cases, these courses can count towards a qualifying year or as a preparatory year for a master’s program. In other cases, students can get permission to take one or two courses at the master’s level. These courses can then count towards the student’s undergraduate and master’s degree requirements if both partner universities agree. Students pay their tuition fees for the two sessions to the University of Ottawa. Diplomas are awarded by the home university.

Step 4

Students are accepted into a master’s program if they have completed their courses at the University of Ottawa and are awarded their degree by their home university.

  • In the 3+2 option, students begin the master’s program in either May or September. Typically, students can complete their master’s program in three additional sessions (12 months). A master’s degree at the University of Ottawa must be completed within a maximum of four years. Students must be registered full time for the entire program and pay their tuition fees to the University of Ottawa. Students are awarded their master’s degree by the University of Ottawa.
  • In the 3+1+2 option, students begin the master’s program in either May or September as well. Typically, students can complete their master’s program in six additional sessions (24 months). A master’s degree at the University of Ottawa must be completed within a maximum of four years. Students must be registered full time for the entire program and pay their tuition fees to the University of Ottawa. Students are awarded their master’s degree by the University of Ottawa.

 

  3+2 Lettres françaises 3+1+2 École supérieure d’affaires publiques et internationales (ESAPI)
Partners
  • Lanzhou
  • SISU
  • UIBE
  • Wuhan University (3 places)
Language requirements
  • Meet the language requirements for the French and English programs
  • For students studying in French, the GSPIA master’s program requires students to pass at least one course given in English. The oral presentations given in class must also be given in English. Papers and exams can be written in French.
  • For students studying in English, the GSPIA master’s program requires students to pass at least one course given in French. The oral presentations given in class must also be given in French. Papers and exams can be written in English.
Academic requirements
  • Be registered full time at the home university
  • Have completed three of four years at the home university by the time student begins studies at the University of Ottawa
  • Have a minimum 70% average at the time of application
  • Be in good standing
  • Must be willing to take part in numerous debates and give various oral presentations
  • Be registered full time at the home university
  • Have completed three of four years at the home university by the time student begins studies at the University of Ottawa
  • Have a minimum 80% average at the time of application
  • Be in good standing
Application for admission (deadline is December 1)  

 

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