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

Baccalauréat (général or technologique)

Honours bachelor’s

Honours bachelor’s with major

Joint honours bachelor’s

Integrated honours bachelor’s

  • 4 years
  • Direct entry after secondary school
  • Option to study more than one discipline in certain programs by adding a major or minor
  • Allows access to the co-operative education program
  • Allows admission into law or education programs
  • Allows admission to graduate diploma or master’s programs
  • 3 years
  • Direct entry after secondary school
  • General education giving grounding in a field of study in arts or social sciences
  • Does not allow access to the co-operative education program
  • Allows admission into honours bachelor’s programs
  • Allows admission into law or education programs


Civil Law
  • 3 years
  • Must have completed some university studies (Civil Law: 1 year | Common Law: 3 years)
  • Option to study in Civil Law, in Common Law (JD) or both
  • Allows admission to graduate diploma or master’s program
Common Law
Bachelor of Education
  • 2 years
  • Can lead to teaching in Ontario primary or secondary schools or accreditation in other Canadian provinces.
  • Allows admission to graduate diploma or master’s programs

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.

If you have taken postsecondary courses (whether or not you have received a degree) and you meet the following conditions, you can be considered for admission to an undergraduate program. You must:

  • Have a minimum average of 70% (requirements might be higher depending on the program of study you choose).
  • Have passed the prerequisites (see “1. Prepare to apply”) for the program of study (minimum of 10/20 required). Unless otherwise indicated, you must complete all prerequisites in your final year or at the postsecondary level.

You must ensure that you meet the minimum admission requirements before applying. If you have any questions about these admission requirements, contact InfoAdmission.

Please note that the requirements listed are minimum requirements only and are subject to change. Required minimum averages may also be different for English and French programs. Meeting these minimum requirements does not guarantee admission.

Check minimum averages and prerequisite 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.

Health Sciences
Civil Law
Common Law
Social Sciences

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

Lycée applicants

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.

University applicants

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.

Events in France

Events will be added to the list in the coming weeks.



Your uOttawa representative

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

Come meet me at one of our admission events or book a 15 minutes one-on-one meeting with me.

Contact InfoAdmission if you have any question about admission to uOttawa. 

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