International Applicants

You are an international applicant if you are neither a Canadian citizen nor a permanent resident, you live outside of Canada and you are not enrolled in an Ontario secondary school (in Ontario or abroad) in a day program.

Studying at the University of Ottawa

To study at the University of Ottawa, you can

Information IconIn either case, while you may not have to be interviewed, you must hold a Canadian government study permit.  Learn more about Canadian government requirements.

A prestigious Canadian university

The University of Ottawa is the largest English-French bilingual university in the world. Every year, students from over 150 countries are attracted by our educational choices and the career possibilities they lead to.

We are among the top 2% of universities in the world, and we offer some of the most sought-after research opportunities thanks to cutting-edge facilities.

Located in the heart of Canada’s capital, the University of Ottawa is close to all the services you’ll need during your studies. You can easily find housing a short walk from campus or apply for a place in residence.

Studying and living in Ottawa is an affordable choice, quite reasonable compared to choices in other countries. If you study in French, you can receive a differential tuition fee exemption. If you’re registered full time, you can also work off campus and gain the Canadian work experience highly sought after by the multinational corporations that recruit on Canadian campuses.

Your University of Ottawa degree will be recognized worldwide and open career pathways for you.

Planning to study in Canada

Glossary of terms used at the University of Ottawa

Admission vs. registration

Understanding the difference between these two terms will be very useful for you. “Admission” is the formal process through which you apply to the University of Ottawa to accept you in a program of study so that you can receive a degree. “Registration” refers to registering for a course, that is, reserving your place in the course.  You can only register once you’ve received and accepted an offer of admission. The University determines the date your registration period begins.

Undergraduate and graduate studies (bachelor’s, master’s, doctorates, etc.)

These terms refer to levels of study at the University of Ottawa. Undergraduate studies include bachelor’s degrees and some certificates. Graduate studies include master’s degrees and graduate diplomas, as well as doctorates.

Advanced standing

Courses you don’t have to take as part of your University of Ottawa program because you have already completed courses in your country of origin that are considered equivalent.

Credits

Units measuring your progress in your program of study. At the University of Ottawa, most courses are worth three credits and an honours bachelor’s program is worth 120 credits, usually spread out over four years.

Term

Normally the academic year is divided into two terms, the Fall term (September to December) and the Winter term (January to April). You can also take courses during the Spring-Summer term (May to August), but most undergraduate students take a break from their studies during this time. 

Full time

Most full-time undergraduate students take five courses per term during the fall and winter and take a break during the Spring-Summer term.

Maximum course load

Most courses require three hours’ class time per week. If you’re registered full time (in other words, for five courses), you spend 15 hours a week in class. However, you have to add in at least two hours of independent or team work for each hour in class. Discussion groups and laboratories also add to course hours.

Grades and exams

Most courses include research papers or lab reports and exams. Other assignments depend on the nature of the course. Grades are awarded as percentages and converted into letter grades at the end of the term. For example a grade of 90% or higher is equivalent to an A+.

Requirements specific to your country of origin

See the level of the studies completed in the following countries that is required for you to study at the University of Ottawa.

University of Ottawa programs of study

The University of Ottawa offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral programs that lead to degrees recognized and respected worldwide for the high level of education they represent. Our honours bachelor’s programs take four years to complete. They can lead to promising opportunities in numerous fields, such as administration, finance, politics, communication, engineering, health care and science.

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