Computer labs

The Computer labs VNR2008, VNR2015 and VNR2025 in Vanier Hall are open 7 days a week from 7 am to 11 pm. The computer labs are available to students unless a course is in this room. Please consult the class schedule posted on the door.

The Faculty of Social Sciences offers its students about 120 modern computers equipped with software such as Microsoft and Macromedia suites that are commonly found in the administrative offices of industries, businesses and governments. Specialized software such as SPSS, AMOS & Nvivo complete the package. Students have the choice to work in French or English.

Login accounts and passwords are mandatory. You do not need to ask for an account since they are created automatically.

Enter your username and password.
Your user id is the prefix of your email from the University of Ottawa. Ex-mail:; type xxxxxx.

List of available labs on campus.


Students can pick-up their works and other documents under their names in the secretariat of the School, FSS6005. The folders are in the two bottom drawer filing (grey) cabinet and are accessible during opening hours of the secretariat.


Students who must submit assignments or other documents to the school administration or professors outside office hours can do it in the dropbox # 102 opposite the room FSS6085.

Language requirement


Students admitted to the program of Public and International Affairs (MA) must have a passive knowledge (i.e. reading and oral comprehension) of the second official language, as described in the program requirements.

During their program, students must successfully complete a course in their second official language.

See the website of the University of Ottawa for more information on language requirements.

The Institute of Official Languages and Bilingualism (OLBI) offers language training to enable students to improve their language skills during their graduate studies.

In compliance with the policy of the University of Ottawa, students can complete assignments (exams and research) in English or French, regardless of language teaching the course.

ESL and FSL courses

Elementary, intermediate and advanced English and French second language courses (ESL and FSL), are offered during the fall and winter by the Institute of Official Languages and Bilingualism.

To register, you must first complete the placement test on line to find out which course you should enrol in. You should be able to register in Rabaska.

If you cannot register, come to the School's secretariat to complete your registration.

For more information on the proficiency tests and course offerings, consult the website of The Institute of Official Languages and Bilingualism.