Are you looking to improve your English skills? Do you want to spend the summer meeting new friends from around the world? Do you want to learn more about Canadian culture? Then the uOttawa English Experience Program is for you!

uOttawa English Experience Program

The uOttawa English Experience summer program focuses on practicing English through participation. Students will develop their language skills and acquire intercultural communication skills for everyday life. During the 3- or 4-week program, you’ll be fully immersed in an English-speaking environment in Canada’s capital. Through active learning with our highly-qualified instructors you will enhance your English by completing task-based assignments focusing on practical, non-academic language skills. You’ll have the opportunity to interact inside and outside the classroom with other students coming from all over the world. Join us for a summer of fun discovering Canadian history and culture in Ottawa!

Our goal is to help you:

  • Communicate effectively outside the classroom with both native and non-native English speakers
  • Complete engaging tasks connected to your everyday life in the community
  • Notice and appreciate similarities and differences between cultures
  • Gain confidence speaking English in real world interactions
  • Develop strategies for effective reading, writing, listening, and speaking using English
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Day Trips!

Language practice doesn’t only happen in the classroom! An important, fun part of our program is the activities outside of class. The University of Ottawa campus is perfectly located for a fun-filled summer. Exciting cultural, outdoor, and social activities are right at our doorstep!

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Certificate of Completion

All students who successfully complete the program will receive a University of Ottawa Certificate of Completion, recognizing their participation in the uOttawa English Experience program at the University of Ottawa.

Course content

Through the uOttawa English Experience Program, you’ll experience English in the real world and use it to:

  • Learn about Canadians, other nationalities and their cultures
  • Effectively communicate with native speakers and classmates, using the right vocabulary and grammar
  • Complete everyday tasks
  • Discuss your ideas and experiences

Here are some of the tasks you’ll do:

  • Create, conduct and report on a survey on Canadian culture
  • Make a video comparing different countries’ cultures
  • Interview a uOttawa employee to understand university culture
  • Produce a play incorporating different language styles
  • Create a travel blog to share your Canadian experience
  • Complete our everyday communication challenge task with members of the community

Living in Ottawa, Canada's Capital

Ottawa is one of the safest and most beautiful capital cities in the world. A major centre for the visual and performing arts, it offers a wide variety of urban attractions, while maintaining the atmosphere and charm of a smaller centre, with easy access to spectacular parks and wilderness. Visitors can enjoy many of Canada’s best museums, theatres and music festivals, or bike along the city’s many trails and pathways.



  • 4 weeks: July 8 – August 2, 2024
  • 3 weeks: August 6 - August 23, 2024

The schedule for the uOttawa English Experience Program is the perfect balance of class work (approximately 21 hours per week) to improve language skills, day trips to discover the Canadian culture, and free time to enjoy the campus and the city. 







8:30 a.m.
11:30 a.m.        

Integrated Language and Task-based Skills

Integrated Language and Task-based Skills

Integrated Language and Task-based Skills

Integrated Language and Task-based Skills

Integrated Language and Task-based Skills

11:30 a.m.    
1:00 p.m.


Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch

1:00 p.m.
2:30 p.m. 

English Enrichment

English Conversation Skill Development

Sociocultural Outing

English Enrichment

Independent Study

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Register now for the uOttawa English Experience Program!

Get started with our registration form


Term Dates Duration Tuition Residence
Summer 2024 July 8 to August 2, 2024 4 weeks $2,999 $1,100
  August 6 to August 23, 2024 3 weeks $2,299 $878

The tuition fee must be paid in full by the first day of class. The fees cover the tuition, health insurance and the weekly sociocutural activities.

Fees are subject to change without notice. A non-refundable deposit of $350 is required for you to receive a letter of admission and to take the program placement test. Once you have completed the placement test, we will determine which level to place you in the uOttawa English Experience Program.

How to enrol

Planning to join us? Super! Here’s what you need to do:

Step 1: Complete the online application form. We will then contact you with more information. 

Step 2: Pay your full tuition or a $350 non-refundable deposit and reserve your accommodation.

Step 3: Once we receive your payment, we will send you a letter of acceptance.

Step 4: Book your trip to Ottawa! 

Step 5: Pay your full tuition fees by the first day of class.

We will follow up with you throughout this process to help when necessary!

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Ask us!

Contact us

Centre for Language Learning

70 Laurier Avenue East, Room 101
Ottawa, ON K1N 6N5 Canada

Tel. : +1-877-868-8292

[email protected]

Office Hours

Monday to Friday

September to May
8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

June to August
8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.