A culture of discovery

Located in the capital of Canada, the University of Ottawa enjoys ready access to the great institutions of our country. Our research breakthroughs in science, health sciences, social sciences, and the humanities make uOttawa a unique place to learn, grow and excel.

Nearly all our programs are offered in French and in English. This allows students to study in their preferred language, or take a different path to study in both languages simultaneously. Students who are interested in the latter are encouraged to learn more about our bilingual programs and courses.

If you are interested in a career in health care, we invite you to consult the Consortium national de formation en santé (CNFS) website (in French only). Our close collaboration with the CNFS contributes to improve access to health-related study programs in French.

We also offer language training to our staff members to help them improve their second-language fluency so that they can better serve our students in both official languages.

Academic Success

A course to help students improve their French writing skills was developed to improve retention of students studying in French. This three-credit bridging course (FRA 1705) is taken over two terms to help students who are having trouble writing in French.

We also have many tools to help students improve their French writing skills, including the Visez juste en français website, which is tailored to meet the needs of those studying in a bilingual environment, as well as the help provided by Student Academic Success Service (SASS), whose Academic Writing Help Centre provides mentorship and writing assistance, including Outils de rédaction, a practical guide to university studies in French.

Student Experience

Our students have access to a regional mentoring program. Ambassador-mentors are the cornerstone of this program. They are students registered at the University of Ottawa who come from outlying regions. They play an active role in recruiting Grade 12 students from their home region. Once students from their region have been admitted, the ambassador-mentors contact them by email or through social media and keep in touch with them until they arrive on campus. This allows new students to receive answers to their questions on a variety of topics. This contact is especially important at the beginning of the academic year since our ambassador-mentors help new students with their integration to academic life.

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