Gain valuable professionals skills with top employers through our CO-OP, internship, and work-study programs; become a global citizen by taking part in an international exchange; or start doing research right away as an undergraduate. Learning by doing is the best way to leverage your skills in your chosen field. Nine out of 10 ten uOttawa students participate in hands-on learning.
Make the most of your studies
At uOttawa, we pride ourselves on making sure you are ready for the workplace.
Keep up your French or become completely fluent through uOttawa’s French Immersion Stream. Bilingual workers earn 10% more on average in Canada than English-only workers.
CO-OP: Paid work experience
Learn it. Know it. Do it. Live it. Add value to your degree and get your dream job. When you enroll in our renowned CO-OP program, you complete paid work terms in your field of study through our extensive network of top employers in the Ottawa-Gatineau region, elsewhere in Canada, and abroad. Develop the work-ready skills that employers seek, test drive your career interests, and gain 16 months of valuable experience.
largest CO-OP program in the country
Leverage your studies
Internships, field placements & practicums
We offer many practical internships and field placements linked to courses to reinforce what you’ve learned in class and help you gain experience in a variety of work environments. We also offer practicums designed to give future teachers, nurses, dietitians and food scientists the practical experience they need to get ready for the workplace. You can get course units credited and valuable experience with these options!
Help others while you gain valuable work experience helping yourself through socially responsible community engagement. Express your drive to change the world by putting what you learn in the classroom to good use as a volunteer. We offer a range of volunteer opportunities in Ottawa and around the world. You can even replace some course assignments with professor-approved volunteer placements.
Go beyond your academic experience with uOGlobal
Gain in-demand job skills while learning about global citizenship through the uOGlobal Recognition. The program takes a unique approach to developing global and cross-cultural skills through online courses, training, reflection exercises, and hands-on experiential learning opportunities. The recognition is open to students from all programs and levels at the University of Ottawa. With these skills, you’ll stand out for employers everywhere!
Explore the world
Get a taste for research
Get a taste for research at one of the top 10 research-intensive universities in Canada! No matter which faculty you’re in, the Centre for Research Opportunities will help you gain research experience as early as your first year at uOttawa. Every year more than 250 undergraduate students receive a $1,000 scholarship to devote 75 hours to a research project. You could also receive up to $6,000 to do research placements in Canada or around the world.
Work on campus
Step out of the classroom and be right at work: how’s that for an easy commute! Help pay for your education with a part-time job on campus that fits your course schedule. With the work-study program, you can earn up to $7,000 over the summer and up to $4,000 working part time during the school year. Add valuable uOttawa job experience to your resumé as you work 10-to-12 hours a week.
Your uOttawa learning experience doesn’t have to end when you graduate. You can specialize further and pursue a master’s. It’s an excellent way to improve your long-term earning potential and stand above the crowd in the job market. The University of Ottawa recently introduced new short-duration master’s programs that can be completed in 12 months! In all, we offer more than 200 master’s, doctorates and graduate diplomas.
Programs to upgrade your English or French
Designed with international students’ needs in mind, our second language intensive programs offer custom-made courses for you to upgrade your English or French before starting your studies at the University of Ottawa. With an added Canadian culture component, our second language intensive programs put the odds of success at uOttawa in your favour!
Parliamentary page program
See Canadian politics up close by working as a page in the House of Commons or Senate. Every year, the program accepts the best and brightest students from across Canada. You can earn over $18,000 by participating in the program. Our campus is a short 1 km walk from Parliament Hill, which means you’ll be able to get there quickly after class!
September 1 to May 31:
Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
June 1 to August 31:
Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.