We invest in the latest technologies, research labs and facilities to make sure you’re at the cutting-edge before you enter the job market.
Last year, we opened a brand new $115 million Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Complex that doubled our space for research, experiential learning and entrepreneurship. Other new infrastructure includes: the Learning Crossroads building, with over 1,000 study spaces, spacious classrooms and advanced multimedia suites; the LabO black box theatre with four rehearsal studios; an Advanced Research Complex with an accelerator mass spectrometer to pioneer research in photonics and Earth sciences; and a Social Sciences Building that features a six-story living wall and is gold-level certified under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) program.
You can also challenge your body as well as your mind by working out at our Olympic-sized swimming pool, two skating rinks, FIFA 2-star outdoor playing field, gyms, dance studio and more!
Innovation, creativity and research are at the heart of the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Complex.
With 18 state-of-the-art laboratories, the complex unites research on campus. On the basement level, for example, researchers use a wave tank that simulates tsunamis to test the resistance of critical infrastructures to extreme weather conditions. Numerous design workshops, which boast a total of 50 3D printers, provide the perfect setting for transforming ideas into reality. With dedicated spaces for prototyping, commercialization and entrepreneurship, the STEM Complex provides a space where students and researchers from all disciplines can convene and create the future of tomorrow.
An experiential learning hub at its finest, the STEM Complex is open to students, professors, researchers, entrepreneurs, uOttawa staff and members of the community alike.
One reason why Andrea, a third-year health sciences student, decided to leave Winnipeg and study at uOttawa was that she wanted to be a House of Commons page. Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need to study political science or dream of becoming the next prime minister to be a page. For Andrea, her interest in politics actually grew as result of her page experience.
What does a page do? A page helps parliamentary sessions at the House of Commons run smoothly by delivering messages between MPs and distributing documents. “It’s the perfect job for a first-year student because Parliament is so close to campus. You can just walk to work!’’
As an out-of-province student, Andrea felt the page program helped her transition to a new city and university life.
“I made many friends though the page program. Now, I have connections across the country.”
Students in the page program have a floor reserved for them in the 90U residence and an academic adviser to make sure they receive all the support they need for their classes.
“First-year students already have a lot of support but, as a page, you get a little extra help!” Andrea says.
Andrea says the page program was key to her finding a job. It offers many opportunities to work with MPs or as a parliamentary guide. She is still working at the House of Commons as a proceeding and verification officer, in charge of recording the sessions. ‘’I loved the experience (as a page) and the opportunities that it gave me.”
Justin Trudeau, Barack Obama, Malala Yousafzai, kings from around the world and Canadian Olympians are just some people Andrea had a chance to see. “As a page, you watch history every day. All the big news that you see in print in newspapers later — you see it live!”
Five good reasons to study political science
Studying political science at the University of Ottawa means gaining concrete skills thanks to one of the largest political and governmental studies departments in Canada!
Five things that make the Political Science program stand out:
- Politics are everywhere in our lives! There’s no better place than the home of the Canadian government to equip yourself to better understand the power relationships and principles that shape life in society.
- You can grow at the University of Ottawa in a bilingual academic setting, and thanks to our French immersion program, even add a key skill for the Canadian job market.
- You have access to the CO-OP program during your bachelor’s so you can gain up to 16 months of paid experience in the field!
- The program encourages you to think critically about fundamental issues like citizenship, identity, political participation, globalization and development, governance and the state, ethics and democracy!
- Through this program, you can deepen your knowledge of four areas of political science: political thought, Canadian politics, comparative politics and international relations and global politics.
Three good reasons to study mechanical engineering at uOttawa
1. Our focus on entrepreneurship and design means that you can enjoy the following opportunities:
State-of-the-art prototyping and manufacturing facilities
Competitive design teams
Programs to help you grow your start-up
2. Ranked second in Ontario and fifth in Canada, our co-op program boasts very high placement rates in top sectors, including:
- Defence and security
- Automotive and transportation
- Engineering consultancy
- Biomedical engineering
3. Our engineering programs, which are certified by the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board, allow our graduates to become world leaders in engineering.
Five good reasons to study communication
When you study communication at the University of Ottawa, you embark on an extraordinary journey. Regardless of whether you choose communication, digital journalism or public relations, each of these options is exceptional for several reasons.
1. Students enrolled in communication programs can participate in the second-largest co-operative education program in Ontario, which is also ranked among the top five in Canada. These students can acquire sixteen months of full-time, paid experience in government agencies or leading companies before they graduate.
2. Communication graduates are plugged into and supported by a solid network of contacts. Several career options are available: communication consultant, media relations officer, marketing officer, event planner or web content manager, to name a few. As Tristan says in the video: "Communication is such a general program that actually has a lot in it."
3. The digital journalism program and the public relations program are continually adapting to new digital technologies. The University of Ottawa provides theoretical, analytical and critical foundations while the colleges (La Cité in French and Algonquin College in English) focus on practical training. This unique combination of theory and practice gives these students an edge over peers who graduate from more traditional programs.
4. Communication is vital to nearly every organization, including corporations, governments, healthcare facilities, universities, industries or even professional sports teams. Communication is everywhere, so employment opportunities are numerous.
5. Our professors have a very understanding attitude towards students who are taking classes in their second language, whether it be English or French. Working conditions are such that they are very skilled in teaching the subject matter in both languages.