International applicants — France and French lycée
Each year, many French students come to the University of Ottawa for a Canadian degree. They come because of the reputation the Canadian education system enjoys, and in particular, because of the University of Ottawa’s unique multicultural and bilingual (English and French) environment.
Located in the heart of Canada’s capital, the University of Ottawa offers the best of both worlds: you can live and study in English or in French, with the opportunity to become fully bilingual.
Understand terms used at the University of Ottawa and in Canada
|In France, you say…||At the University of Ottawa and in Canada, it's…|
|Baccalauréat||High school diploma|
|Brevet de technicien supérieur||College or CEGEP diploma|
|Licence / bac + 3||Bachelor’s (university degree)|
|Master 1 / bac + 4||Honours bachelor’s|
|Master 2 / bac + 5||Master’s|
|Doctorat||Doctorate or PhD|
|Grande école||University (in Canada, there are no grandes écoles)|
|Classe préparatoire aux grandes écoles||Does not exist in Canada|
|Concours||Does not exist in Canada|
Determine whether you're eligible for admission to our undergraduate programs
|FRENCH LEVEL OF STUDIES COMPLETED||PROGRAMS YOU CAN BE ACCEPTED INTO AT THE UNIVERSITY OF OTTAWA||BENEFITS AND REQUIREMENTS|
Baccalauréat (général or technologique)
Honours bachelor’s with major
Joint honours bachelor’s
Integrated honours bachelor’s
|Bachelor of Education||
Check the minimum admission requirements
If you are applying from a French lycée, you must meet the following conditions for admission to an undergraduate program:
- Have obtained, or be in the process of obtaining, your baccalauréat
- Have achieved a minimum average of 11/20 (requirements can be higher depending on your chosen program)
- Successfully complete all required prerequisites for your program of choice (minimum of 10/20)
- Submit an English proficiency test if you are applying to a program offered in English
Space is limited and admission is competitive and not guaranteed. The University of Ottawa reserves the right to deny admission even if an applicant meets all requirements.
If you are currently studying in the GCE curriculum or an American High School, please consult the pages specific to your situation.
Check the prerequisites courses for your program
It’s possible to complete all prerequisite courses during your première or terminale for your chosen program of studies, unless otherwise indicated.
Prepare your required documents
Once you have submitted your application and received your acknowledgment of receipt, you can submit your documents in uoZone. If you are currently in your classe terminale, submit the following documents:
- Transcript from the three trimesters of classe première
- Transcript of results from the first trimester of your classe terminale
If you have already graduated, submit the following documents:
- Baccalauréat results
Determine whether you're eligible for an early offer
Lycée students applying for the fall term may be considered for an early offer before mid-December.
Early offers are possible for candidates with an excellent academic record and for whom the following documents are received before December 1st:
- anticipated results of the baccalauréat
- Transcripts from classe première
In order to be considered, you must submit your documents before December 1st, have an average of 13/20 in classe première and have completed all the prerequisites required for your chosen program.
Determine whether you're eligible for advance standing
You may be eligible to receive credit transfers for some of your first year courses. To be considered, you must obtain a minimum of 12/20 for the given subject (10/20 for français) on the baccalauréat examinations. A maximum of 18 credits (6 university courses) can be granted. Your credits will be granted after your baccalauréat results are received. Please submit your results by mail as soon as they become available.
If you have completed some postsecondary studies, you will be evaluated on this basis, even if you are applying for an undergraduate program.
We may grant you advanced standing (i.e., transfer your credits), depending on the program to which you apply. Faculties that grant advanced standing will base their decision on the discipline, the courses you have completed, and the length of your studies.
Budget for your studies
Tuition fees can vary depending on your program. The figures below are based on costs for the 2019-2020 academic year.
Estimated tuition fees for an international student doing a bachelor’s (two terms)
|Program||In Canadian dollars||In euros|
|All bachelor’s (some exceptions apply)||37,000 to 54,000 CAD||25,160 to 36,720 EUR|
Differential tuition fee exemption
The University of Ottawa's differential tuition fee exemption for international students lets those who wish to complete a bachelor's or master's in French pay the same tuition fees as Canadian students and permanent residents.
Estimated tuition fees (with exemption) for an international student doing a bachelor’s (two terms)
|Program||In Canadian dollars||In euros|
|All bachelor’s (some exceptions apply)||7,300 to 11,100 CAD||4,964 to 7,548 EUR|
Bank of Canada exchange rate at time of publication: 1.00 CAD = 0.68 EUR.
Events in France
- COVID-19: The University of Ottawa has suspended international in-person recruitment activities until further notice.
Your uOttawa representative
Hi! We are François and Martin and we are the University of Ottawa’s international representatives for your region. Come meet us at one of our admission events. Send an email to François to find out about our next visits to France.
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