Stephanie Renaud, student
“Economics helps me understand how the world works. It is complex, ever evolving and it has always fascinated me. This program is particularly interesting because of its diverse course offering. By choosing to add the co-op option, I was able to really put my knowledge into practice and it’s proving to be a huge advantage since I’m gaining the required skills to secure my career in this field. Also, I love the idea of being able to take my classes in both official languages because bilingualism is quite an asset for any budding economist who hopes to work within a federal ministry.”
Gloria Mukonkole, student
"The University of Ottawa has the reputation of welcoming lots of international students and, as a Francophone, I found it offered the right framework to help me practice English and to perfect it as my second language."
"The Faculty offers so many opportunities to its students. In Economics, it’s always a good idea to acquire practical experience. That’s why I decided to sign up for a COOP placement. This will allow me to put into practise what I have studied in my classes and therefore, once I finish my studies, I will be all the more capable of adapting to the job market.”
Teagan Gran-Ruaz, student
“I chose this program because I wanted to combine two of my passions: the environment (expanding my knowledge of key issues such as sustainability, pollution, climate change and conservation) and business (gaining a broader understanding of both private and public sectors). The program’s course sequence offers a great balance between environmental and economics classes. In addition, I can really personalize my degree by taking advantage of a large number of electives.”
Katherine Aciro, student
"I wanted to keep up with my French from high school, so uOttawa was the perfect place to be! The International Development program is so amazing! I love how interdisciplinary it is, you get a feel of multiple fields and you get to learn a lot of different things!"
“I used to want to be a doctor but then I got interested in International Development. I’m hoping to do a minor in health sciences and then focus more on global health.”
Leslie Shiell, professor
“If you want to change the world… hurry up and get into economics! It’s so much more than that “stock markets” stereotype! It’s about health economics, it’s aboriginal economics, and it’s complementary to so many other disciplines! It adds a strong statistical component to your studies that helps you go beyond your own opinion so your perspective has more weight and power. You may or may not yet have the quantitative skills, but you can acquire them. The mathematics you employ in Economics is not like the math you took in high school. Here, you apply it to real world scenarios that matter. For example: how will people respond to a tax on carbon emissions?”
Aggey Semenov, professor
“In this course, students take a look at certain aboriginal issues, through the economic lens. We talk about history, development and questions of equality. We look at welfare, at the cost of goods, at taxation. Ultimately, we try to analyze how economics may help solve some of the poverty and inequality issues currently faced by Aboriginal peoples.”