A blend of tradition and innovation. “Tomorrow’s University of Ottawa will be more Francophone and Francophile.” — Sanni Yaya, vice-president, international and Francophonie. Indeed, the Francophones and Francophiles in our community contribute to a dynamic, bilingual campus.

Studying in French

The Francophonie holds a special place in our programs of study. WOur programs offered in French language enable Francophones and Francophiles to pursue their studies entirely in French.

Where do our international Francophone students come from? (2022–2023)

Our Francophone student community is like a patchwork, where cultures and accents from near and far mingle in a joyous mix.

Origin of the domestic students who enrol in programs taught in French : 69.9% (9,856).

44.4%

Ontario

22.4%

Quebec

3%

other French-speaking Canadian communities

Origin of international students who enrol in programs taught in French: 30.1% (4,253).

23.5%

Africa

2.8%

Europe

0.2%

North America (excluding Canada)

1.8%

Asia

1.3%

South America, Central America or the Caribbean

0.4%

Not specified

Scholarships and bursaries

The University offers many scholarships and bursaries, and other financial aid, to assist students in their university studies.

  • French Studies Bursary
  • Société des Amis Canada-France Scholarship
  • Huberte Bourbonnais Scholarship
  • Concours provincial de français de l’Ontario
  • French for the Future Essay Contest Scholarships
  • Concours de français langue seconde
  • Explore — Second Language Spring/Summer Program
  • Doctoral Student Mobility Scholarship — Francophone International Student
  • Canadian Francophonie Scholarship Program
  • Differential Tuition Fee Exemption Scholarship

To view eligibility requirements and apply, visit Online Scholarships and Bursaries.

Anglophone and allophone students who wish to study partially in French can do so through our French Immersion Stream.

Working in French

Our Francophonie is embodied by the diverse accents and cultures of our Francophone staff. It also refers to the right to choose to work in French, within a bilingual environment.

The University is also home to the Chaires de recherche sur le monde francophone program, which brings together over 15 researchers who work to promote studies on the Francophonie here in Canada and at the international level.

Researcher working on a microscope