Lycee français in Canada
1. Make sure you're ready to apply
If you have completed the classe de première at a lycée français recognized by the Agence pour l’enseignement français à l’étranger, you are eligible for admission to the first year of university. However, please note:
- You must have the minimum average required and have passed the prerequisite courses with a grade of 10/20 (8/20 for the French prerequisite for applicants in the classe de terminale).
- Students in civil law at a lycée français must have a baccalauréat français.
- Classe de première students can sometimes be exempt from taking the French course required in their program (depending on the program) if they have a grade of 10 or higher.
If you are in the classe de terminale, your admission average is calculated based on final grades of all première courses (annual grades) and interim grades (or final grades if available) from the terminale, excluding physical education, civic education, law and social studies.
We do not usually consider grades from baccalauréat exams, unless it is to your advantage.
Check minimum averages and prerequisite courses for your program
Applicants with classe de première require an admission average of 80% or higher.
Good to know
- Lycée français students can apply as early as mid-October for the following fall term. While most programs accept applications for admission until June 1, several have earlier deadlines. Check the deadlines and available programs.
- We reserve the right to stop accepting applications before the deadline.
- If you have been studying in Canada for less than three years, you might have to provide us with your official results in one of the following University-approved language tests. We reserve the right to request the result of a language test at any time, if necessary.
- You must also decide whether to apply to the Co-operative Education Programs, and whether to take a program in French, English or both.
- You need prior university studies to be admissible to programs in Education and Medicine.
Applying to CO-OP
You can gain 16 months of hands-on work experience with top employers as you study by joining our CO-OP program, the fifth largest in Canada.
- Applicants in the classe de terminale need an average of 75% to be admitted to the CO-OP program, whether you are admitted into first or second year. Applicants in the classe de première need a minimum average of 80%.
- Joining a CO-OP program is entirely up to you and has no impact on admission decisions.
Choosing your language of study
- We are the largest English-French bilingual university in the world. We are so bilingual that you can take a course in French and hand in your work in English, or vice-versa! You have the right to produce work and answer exam questions in English or French.
2. Apply online
- Lycée français students must apply online through the Ontario Universities’ Application Centre (OUAC), by completing form 105.
- Declare all current and previous postsecondary studies, completed or not, even if they are not related to your current application. Failure to do so may result in the cancellation of your application or the withdrawal of your offer of admission at any time.
- You must pay application fees for all admission applications. Visit the OUAC website to find out which fees you need to pay.
- OUAC is not part of the University of Ottawa. It handles applications to Ontario universities and transfers your application to us.
3. Log into uoZone to track your status
- You should receive an email acknowledging receipt of your application within two weeks of applying. If you do not receive it within two weeks, email admissions@uOttawa.ca.
- Be sure to save the acknowledgement of receipt email. It tells you how to log into the uoZone student portal to track the progress of your application. It also includes your student number, user ID and password.
- Once you have logged into uoZone, check your Admission file for the list of supporting documents you need to submit to complete your application.
4. Submit necessary documents
- Upload any required documents to uoDoc in uoZone.
- Transcripts submitted through uoDoc are not considered official. If you are admitted, you must submit your official transcript with final grades.
- We may request any other document necessary to evaluate your file. All documents become property of the University and will not be returned to you.
- Submit all required documents on time. Check the deadlines.
- We process your application as soon as we have received all required documents and your file is complete.
5. Know about advanced standing
If you have completed the classe de terminale of a lycée français in Canada recognized by the Agence pour l’enseignement français à l’étranger, (AEFE), you can receive advanced standing for up to one year of undergraduate studies (10 courses). The advanced standing we grant you depends on the program you’ve chosen and you must have achieved a grade of at least 10/20 (70%) in the relevant courses.
Advanced standing available
|Faculty||Number of units|
Telfer School of Management
|Up to 30 units|
For Computer Science: Up to 30 units
For other disciplines: Very limited advanced standing
For Human Kinetics and Health Sciences: Up to 30 units
For Nutrition Sciences and Nursing: Up to 21 units
What marks do entrance averages at the University of Ottawa correspond to in the French (lycée) system?
|Entrance averages at the University of Ottawa (percentage)||Corresponding marks (out of 20) in the French (lycée) system|
|98 and above||17 and above|