Admission requirements

Before submitting an application, you must meet or intend to meet all of the admission requirements, namely, have a secondary school diploma (or the equivalent if you’ve studied outside Canada), attain the minimum average, meet the language requirements and take all the prerequisite courses for the program. To find out more about admission requirements, select the statement below that best describes your situation.

Information IconThe following information represents minimum admission requirements. If you have already completed university studies, your grades will be evaluated for admission, even if you are applying for an undergraduate program.

Admission to a direct-entry faculty

Students can apply to pursue a bachelor's degree from one of the following direct-entry faculties:

  • Faculty of Arts
  • Faculty of Engineering
  • Faculty of Health Sciences
  • Faculty of Social Sciences
  • Faculty of Science
  • Telfer School of Management
Required level of study

Students in Canada

You must have at least a secondary school diploma from a Canadian province or territory, or the equivalent.

International students

See the table below to find out what level of study is required for admission as an international student according to the country where you completed your studies.

Required level of study by country
Country Level of study required for admission
Afghanistan Baccaluria
Albania Dëftesë Pjekurie/Maturity Certificate
Algeria Baccalauréat de l’enseignement secondaire
Andorra Batxillerat
Angola Secondary School Leaving Certificate/Habilitaçës Literarias
Argentina Bachillerato
Armenia Mijnakarg Krtutyan Attestat or Hasunutian Vkaiakan
Australia Senior Secondary Certificate of Education (Year 12 Certificate)
Austria Reifezeugnis Maturity Certificate
Azerbaidjan Certificate of Complete Secondary Education
Bahamas GCE or freshman year at college of the Bahamas
Bahrain Tawjihiyah/General Secondary Education Certificate
Bangladesh Higher Secondary Certificate
Barbados Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) Certificate (EDGE) or Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Certificate (CAPE)
Belarus Certificate of (Complete) Secondary Education
Belgium Certificat d’enseignement secondaire supérieur/Certificate of Higher Secondary Education or Getuigschrift van Hoger Secundair Onderwijs
Belize Secondary Education or General Certificate of Education Advanced Level (GCE “A” levels) or Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE)
Benin Baccalauréat de l’enseignement secondaire
Bermuda Bermuda Secondary High School Diploma
Bhutan Bhutan Higher Secondary Education Certificate
Bolivia Bachillerato
Bosnia - Herzegoniva Certificate or Diploma of Completion of Secondary Education
Botswana Botswana General Certificate of Secondary Education
Brazil Diploma/Certificado de Ensino Médio
Brunei Darussalam Brunéi/Cambridge Advanced Level Certificate of Education (GCE "A" Level)
Bulgaria Diploma za Zavurcheno Sredno Obrazovanie /Diploma of Completed Secondary Education
Burkina Faso Baccalauréat
Burundi Diplôme d'État et non le Diplôme d'humanités général
Cambodia Certificate of Completion/Baccalaureate
Cameroon Baccalaureate or Cameroon General Certificate of Education Advanced Level (G.C.E “A” Level)
Cape Verde Certificado da Habilitacöes Lilterarias/Certificate of Literary Qualifications
Cayman Islands Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Certificate (CAPE) or General Certificate of Education Advanced Level (GCE “A” level)
Central African Republic Baccalaureate
Chad Baccalaureate
Chile Licencia de Educacion Media (LEM)
China Upper Middle School Graduation Certificate or The Senior High School Graduation Diploma
Colombia One year of university studies
Congo Baccalaureate
Costa Rica Bachillerato
Cote d'Ivoire Baccalauréat de l’enseignement secondaire général / Diplôme de bachelier de l’enseignement du second degré
Croatia Matura/Maturity Certificate and final exam= 4 years of Gimnazija (gymnasium/high school)
Cuba Bachillerato
Cyprus Apolyterion from a Lykion
Czech Republic Vysvědčení o maturitní zkoušce/Secondary School Leaving Certificate
Democratic Republic of Congo Diplôme d’État d’études secondaires du cycle long
Denmark Studentereksamen (Upper secondary school leaving Examination or Hojere Forberedelseksamen-HF (Higher Preparatory Examination)
Djibouti Baccalauréat de l’enseignement secondaire
Dominica (Commonwealth) General Certificate of Education Advanced Level (GCE "A" level)
Dominican Republic Bachillerato or Bachillerato en Ciencias y Letras
Ecuador Bachillerato
Egypt Thanaweya a’Amma/General Secondary Education Certificate
El Salvador Bachillerato General
Eritrea Eritrean Secondary Education Certificate Examination (ESECE)
Estonia Gümnaasiuimi löputunnistus/Secondary School Leaving Certificate
Ethiopia Ethiopian Higher Education Entrance Examination (EHEEE)
Fiji Form 7 Certificate/Higher School Certificate
Finland Matriculation Examination Certificate (university entrance exam after Upper Secondary Completion Certificate)
France Baccalauréat
Gabon Baccalauréat
Gambia West African Examinations Council Senior Secondary School Certificate
Georgia Sashualo Ganatlebis Atestati (Certificate of Secondary School Education)
Germany Abitur ou Zeugnis der allgemeinen Hochschulreife or (Certificate of General Maturity for Higher Education)
Ghana Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination (SSCE)
Great Britain or United Kingdom General Certificate of Education Advanced Level (GCE “A” Level)
Greece Apolytirion of Lykeian or Apolytirio Gymnasiou
Guatemala One year of university
Haiti Baccalauréat 2e partie or Diplôme d’enseignement secondaire
Honduras Bachillerato en Ciencias y Letras
Hong Kong Hong Kong Advanced Level Examination (HKALE) or Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE)
Hungary Secondary School Leaving Certificate or Maturity certificate or Erettsegi Bizonyitvany
Iceland Studentsprof
India Higher Secondary School Certificate
Indonesia Sekolah Menengah Unum Tingkat Atas (SMA)
Iran Peesh-daneshgahii/Pre-university year (after 11 years of secondary school)
Iraq Adadiyah/Sixth Form Baccalaureate
Ireland Ardteistiméireacht/Leaving Certificate
Israel Teudat Bagrut
Italy Diploma di maturità or Diploma di Esame di Stato
Jamaica Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) ou Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE)
Japan Kotogakko Sotsugyo Shomeisho/Upper Secondary School Leaving Certificate
Jordan Tawjihi/General Secondary Education Certificate
Kazakhstan Diplom o Srednem Spetsialnom Obrazovanii ou Attestat
Kenya Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE)
Kuwait Shahadat Al-Thanawiya-Al-A'ama or Secondary School Diploma
Kyrgyzstan Attestat o Srednem Obrazovani
Laos Baccalauréat II (EDGE) or Upper Secondary School Diploma
Latvia Atestāts par Vispārējo Vidējo Izglītību/Certificate of General Secondary Education
Lebanon Baccalauréat libanais/Lebanese Baccalaureate
Lesotho Cambridge Overseas School Certificate
Liberia West African Examination Council (WAEC) Certificate
Libya Secondary Education Certificate
Liechtenstein Matura/Maturazeugnis
Lithuania Brandos atestatas/Maturity Certificate
Luxembourg Diplôme de fin d’études secondaires
Macau Senior Secondary Certificate
Macedonia Secondary School Leaving Certificate
Madagascar Baccalauréat de l’enseignement secondaire
Malawi Malawi School Certificate of Education (MGCE)
Malaysia Sijil Tinggi Pelarajan Malaysia (STPM) (Malaysian Higher School Certificate)
Maldova Diploma de Bacalaureat
Mali Baccalauréat Malien/Secondary School Leaving Certificate
Malta Matriculation Certificate
Martinique Baccalauréat de l’enseignement du second degré
Maurice General Certificate of Education Advanced “A” Level or Higher School Certificate
Mauritania Baccalauréat
Mexico Bachillerato
Mongolia Gerchilgee (School Leaving Certificate)
Montenegro Diploma o zavrsenoj srednjoj skoli/Diploma of Acquired Secondary Education
Morocco Baccalaureate
Mozambique Secondary School Leaving Certificate or Certificado de Habilitacäo es Literarias
Myanmar (Burma) Basic Education Standard X Examination Diploma A (Matriculation)
Namibia General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) or Namibian Secondary School Certificate (NSSC)
Nepal Higher Secondary Certificate
Netherlands Higher General Secondary Education Diploma/HAVO
Netherlands Antilles Voorbereidend Wetenschappelijk Onderwijs/VWO/University preparatory Education Diploma
New Zealand National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) Level 2 or Level 3
Nicaragua Bachillerato en Humanidades or Ciencias
Niger Baccalauréat
Nigeria Senior School Certificate (SSSC)
North Korea Secondary School Leaving Certificate
Norway Vitnemal Fra Videreqaende Skole
Oman Thanawiya Amma ou General Secondary School Certificate
Pakistan Certificate of Completed Secondary Education or Higher Secondary School Certificate or Intermediate Certificate Examination
Palestine Tawjihi (Academic)
Panama Diploma de Bachiller
Papua New Guinea Higher School Certificate
Paraguay Bachillerato
Peru Certificado de Educacion Secundaria Comun Completa
Philippines Two years of study at the university level
Poland Maturity Certificate of the General Lyceum/Swiadectwo dojrzalosci lyceum
Portugal Diploma de Ensino Secundario
Qatar Al-Thanawiya Aama Qatari/General Secondary School Certificate
Romania Diploma de Bacalaureat
Russia Attestat O Srednem (Polnom) Obschem Oobrazovanii
Rwanda Diplôme de fin d’études Secondaires/Secondary Education Advanced Level Examination Certificate
Saint Kitts and Nevis Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Certificate (CAPE) or GCE “A” level Examinations
Samoa Pacific Senior Secondary Certificate (PSSC) or South Pacific Form 7 Examination
San Marino Diploma di Maturità
Saudi Arabia Tawjihiyah/General Secondary Education Certificate
Scotland Scottish Qualifications Certificate Advanced Higher Grade or Scottish Certificate of Education Higher Grade
Senegal Baccalaureate
Serbia Diploma o zavrsenoj srednjoj skoli/Diploma of Acquiqred Secondary Education
Sierra Leone Senior School Certificate Examination or General Certificate of Education Advanced Level “A” levels
Singapore Singapore-Cambridge General Certificate of Education (GCE) Advanced "A" Level Examination
Slovakia Secondary School Leaving Certificate/Certificate of Maturity Examination from a Gymnazium
Slovenia Maturitetno spricevalo/Maturity Exmination Certificate
Solomon Islands Pacific Senior Secondary Certificate
Somalia Somaliland Secondary School Leaving Certificate
South Africa Senior Certificate Examination
South Korea High School Certificate or Diploma
Spain Titulo de Bachiller and PAU (Prueba de Accesso a la Universidad) or before 2002 the Curso de Orientacion Universitaria
Sudan Sudan Higher Secondary School Certificate
Sri Lanka Sri Lankan GCE A Levels
Surinam Voorbereidend Wetenschappelijk Onderwijs/VWO
Swaziland General Certificate of "O" Level
Sweden Avgångsbetyg från Gymnasieskole or Slutbetyg från Gymnasieskole/Leaving Certificate
Switzerland Maturitaetszeugnis/Certificat de Maturité/Baccalauréat/Attestato di Maturità/Matura
Syria Al-Shahâda Al Thânawiyya-Al’Amma/Secondary School Leaving Certificate/Baccalaureate
Taiwan (China) Senior High School Leaving Certificate
Tajikistan Diploma of Completed Specialized Secondary Education/Attestat
Tanzania Advanced Certificate of Secondary Education/ACSE
Thailand Higher Secondary School Certificate (Mathayom Suksa 6)
Timor Leste Ensino Secundario Diploma
Togo Baccalauréat de l’Enseignement secondaire (2e partie)
Tonga South Pacific Board Educational Assessment’s Form 7 Certificate or South Pacific Foundation Certificate Form 7 level
Trinidad and Tobago Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) or GCE "A" Level
Tunisia Baccalauréat
Turkey Lise Diplomasi
Turkmenistan Minimum of three years of study at the university level
Uganda Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education (Form 6)
Ukraine Atestat/Certificate of Complete General Secondary Education or Matriculation Certificate
United Arab Emirates Shahadat Al-Thanawiya Al-Amma/Secondary School Leaving Certificate
United States of America High School Diploma
Uruguay Bachillerato Diversificado de Ensenanza Secundari
Uzbekistan Certificate of Completed Secondary Education or Certificate of Secondary Education or Attestat o Srednem Obrazovanii
Venezuela Bachiller
Vietnam Band Tôt Nghiêp Trung Hoc Pho Thông
Yemen The Al Thanawiya examination/General Secondary Education Certificate
Zambia Zambian School Certificate Examination or Certificate of Education “O”Level
Zimbabwe Cambridge Higher School Certificate or CGE "A" Level Certificate
Prerequisite courses and required averages

All the prerequisite courses for a program must be equivalent to Grade 12 courses to be considered. To see these prerequisites, select where you’ve studied.

Language requirements

Courses at the University of Ottawa are given in English, French or both languages. To be admitted, you must therefore master one of the two official languages as demonstrated by a satisfactory score on one of the language tests recognized by the University. The University of Ottawa reserves the right to request the result of a language test at any time, if necessary.

English-language programs

If you're applying for an English-language program and you have not completed at least three years full time in an institution where English is the only language of instruction (aside from in language courses), located in a country where English is an official language, you must provide your official score in one of the English-language tests recognized by the University

French-language programs

If you are applying for a French-language program and you have not completed at least three years of full-time study in an institution where French is the only language of instruction (aside from in language courses), located in a country having French as an official language, you must provide us with your official results in one of the French language tests recognized by the University.

Requirements for re-admission

The University of Ottawa can require students to improve their academic standing after they have had to withdraw from their faculty or have been refused admission. Before re-applying, such students must meet the academic upgrading conditions required by the faculty and fulfill current admission requirements.

See the Requirements for re-admission following mandatory withdrawal from a faculty or refused admission.

Admission to a professional program

If you’re applying to a professional program, contact the faculty responsible for it: 

Ready to apply? Follow the steps according to your current situation.


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