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Official Languages and Bilingualism Institute (OLBI)

The Official Languages and Bilingualism Institute is an integral part of the University of Ottawa, where excellence in teaching and innovation complement uOttawa’s commitment to bilingualism.
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OLBI offers language courses for all levels, from beginner to advanced.

Students from all faculties may enrol in French as a Second Language (FLS, Français langue seconde) and English as a Second Language (ESL) courses. Staff and professors have access to FLS and ESL courses through the Language support program for employees. OLBI also offers accelerated FLS and ESL programs.
For more information and to enrol in a FLS or ESL course at OLBI
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English or French as a Second Language

Courses in English as a Second Language (ESL) and French as a Second Language (FLS) are meant to help anyone wishing to improve their French and English language skills. Courses are offered from a beginner level to an advanced level.
Register now to a second language course!

Canadian Centre for Studies and Research on Bilingualism and Language Planning (CCERBAL)

The CCERBAL fulfills the research mandate of the Official Languages and Bilingualism Institute. The Centre’s key research themes include language teaching and learning, new technologies, language assessment, and language policy, including family language policy.

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More to Discover at OLBI

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Why did you choose uOttawa?

“I chose uOttawa for the French opportunities on and off campus. I was attracted to the French program’s courses and small class sizes, uOttawa’s bilingual campus, and the city’s bilingual culture.”

Valerie Binder

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The University of Ottawa is a key player in the field of higher education and research in French, both in Canada and internationally.
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May 4 to May 6

CCERBAL 2023 Conference – Bilingualism and Multilingualism: Transversal Compete…

Bilingualism and Multilingualism: Transversal Competences, Mobility, and Well-Being May 4, 2023 to May 6, 2023
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Francophonie at OLBI
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Contact the Official Languages and Bilingualism Institute

Official Languages and Bilingualism Institute (OLBI)

70 Laurier Avenue East
Room 130
Ottawa, ON  K1N 6N5

Tel.: 613-562-5743
Fax.: 613-562-5126
[email protected]

Office hours | Monday to Friday

September to May
9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

June to August
9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Indigenous affirmation

We pay respect to the Algonquin people, who are the traditional guardians of this land. We acknowledge their longstanding relationship with this territory, which remains unceded.

We pay respect to all Indigenous people in this region, from all nations across Canada, who call Ottawa home.

We acknowledge the traditional knowledge keepers, both young and old. And we honour their courageous leaders: past, present, and future.

Learn more.