Our priority for today and tomorrow.

With more than 4,000 students from Africa enrolled here, the continent has been and will continue to be a priority for the University of Ottawa. Through the promotion of programs tailored to Africa, initiatives, African scholarships, partnerships, research, and events (webinar and other), the University of Ottawa offers strong relationships with African institutions, increases career opportunities for uOttawa students/alumni across the continent, and attracts the best and the brightest African students and scholars to the university. 

Meet Serge Mushinzimana

Hi! My name is Serge and I’m the Manager of International Partnership Development for Africa.

Feel free to contact me if you are interested in developing a partnership with the University of Ottawa.

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Serge Mushinzimana

Tailored programs

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African Studies Option

The 12-course-unit cross-disciplinary option in African Studies focuses on increasing your knowledge about the main societal, cultural and demographic forces at play on the African continent (Maghreb and sub-Saharan).

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Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL)

Gives professors a chance to create a virtual teaching space to promote cross-cultural communications with a view to improving their students’ international perspective. This teaching approach uses distance learning to provide students with cross-cultural experience. Several African Universities have participated in COIL, enabling enhanced cross-cultural learning between African and Canadian students.


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A promising partnership

For several years now as part of its mission to promote bilingualism and the Francophonie, the University has been working to create deeper relationships with organizations across the African continent.

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Open AIR – The Open African Innovation Research Network

A unique collaborative network of researchers in more than 20 African countries, Canada and elsewhere in the world, with a primary goal of uncovering new insights about the balance between control and access to knowledge. 

Differential Tuition Fee Exemption ScholarshipIn keeping with our commitment to the French-speaking world, the University of Ottawa offers a Differential Tuition Fee Exemption Scholarship to international Francophone and Francophile students enrolled in a bachelor’s or master’s program given in French, or in the French Immersion Stream. This major assistance in funding their studies reduces their tuition fees considerably.

Africa Community Service Fund – Provides financial assistance to students to travel to Africa to plan and implement their own community service initiatives or to participate in field courses or unpaid COOP placements. 

Canada-Africa Exchange Scholarships (OSOTF)– Provides financial assistance to Canadian students in medicine or health sciences in order to give them an opportunity to do clinical internships in Africa. 

Entrance Scholarship for African Students Studying in English – Offered to all newly admitted undergraduate international students for the Fall 2022 term, who are African citizens, studying in English, and are enrolled in a specific undergraduate program in the Faculty of Social Sciences, the Faculty of Science and Faculty of Engineering. Up to $100,000 in total scholarship funds are available.

International Doctoral ScholarshipThis scholarship is intended for international doctoral students. An important contribution to the financing of their studies.

Some of our most recent Partnerships include:

Egypt: Canada to train the next generation of Egyptian engineers – University of Ottawa became the first university in Canada to sign a strategic partnership with the Egyptian government to train the next generation of 300 Egyptian engineers in digital technologies.

Tanzania: uOttawa Medicine students in Tanzania: Global health, innovative teaching, and knowledge sharingThanks to a partnership agreement signed between the Faculty of Medicine and the Kilimanjaro Christian Medical University College, students have a unique opportunity to learn and gain critical experience abroad.

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Tabaret Hall, Room M386
550 Cumberland Street
Ottawa, Ontario
K1N 6N5

Tel: 613-562-5847
Fax: 613-562-5100
Email: [email protected]

Hours of operation

September 1 to May 31: 
Monday to Friday: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

June 1 to August 31:
Monday to Friday: 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Please note that the University of Ottawa offices are closed during statutory holidays and during the winter break. Visit the Important academic dates and deadlines page for more information.