South African students have a guaranteed place in residence for their first year. Most of our residences are centrally located on campus, close to over 1,100 teaching and research laboratories featuring cutting-edge technology.

If you’re a South African citizen, you could be eligible for an international scholarship for African students studying in English.

Beware of fraud: Unless your agency is in our approved list.

*The University of Ottawa does not recommend using the services of an agent to submit your application. If you decide to use the services of an agency, please ensure that you have access to your account information. Make sure you have access to the email address used for your application. Follow up closely with your agent. Be vigilant. If in doubt, please contact InfoAdmission at [email protected] to confirm the information your agent is giving you.

If you are an applicant originally from South Africa currently studying in a Canadian institution, please select your current or last school system for information specific to your profile.

Minimum admission requirements

Required documents


Determine whether you're eligible for admission to our undergraduate programs.
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Prerequisite courses

Before applying, make sure you meet the admission requirements. Check the minimum averages and prerequisite courses you need for your chosen program.
Check minimum averages and prerequisite courses.

Transfer credits

If you’ve completed some postsecondary studies, you’ll be evaluated on them, even if you’re applying for an undergraduate program.

We may grant you transfer credits, depending on the program to which you apply. Faculties that grant transfer credits will base their decision on the discipline, the courses you have completed, and the length of your studies.

Your uOttawa representative

Hi! My name is Thierno and I’m the University of Ottawa international representative for your region.

My team works with world-renowned student recruitment partners in multiple locations around the globe, to guide students from their application through their transition to Canada, Ottawa and the University of Ottawa. 

Contact us
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Continue your application process

Review the steps and watch our videos.
Continue reading the application steps for international students

Contact information


Tabaret Hall  (map)
75 Laurier Avenue East, Room 109
Ottawa, ON K1N 6N5

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Helpful links

For admission to Common Law or Medicine, contact the faculties offering these programs. For graduate studies, contact the academic unit of the faculty offering the program you are applying to.