Secondary V

If you’re already in CEGEP, find out how to apply directly to the University of Ottawa.

Read on to know how to make the jump from high school to university like I did!

Are you about to finish high school in Quebec and interested in going straight to university? It’s possible! Read on to start the admission process!


1. Make sure you're ready to apply

You must have a Quebec Secondary School Diploma and have passed at least five Secondary V courses to be admitted into first year of university. Please note:

  • All prerequisite courses for your chosen program must be Secondary V courses, unless otherwise indicated.
  • We use your top five grades in Secondary V courses, including the prerequisites for your chosen program, to calculate your admission average.
  • If one of your prerequisites is a Secondary IV course, you must have successfully completed this course but we do not include this grade in your admission average.
  • Please note that the requirements listed are minimum requirements only and are subject to change. Meeting these minimum requirements does not guarantee admission.

Before applying, make sure you meet the admission requirements.

Check minimum averages and prerequisite courses for your program

Health Sciences
Civil Law
Common Law
Social Sciences

Good to know

  • Quebec Secondary V students can apply as early as mid-October for the following fall term. While most programs accept applications for admission until June 1, some programs have different deadlines. Check the deadlines and available programs.
  • For some programs, you may have to provide additional supporting documents or pass an audition or exam.
  • We use your admission average to determine your eligibility for admission scholarships.
  • 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.
  • In some programs, you can apply to the Co-operative Education Program or French Immersion Stream. Just indicate your choice on the application form.

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.

  • You’ll need an admission average of 80% to be admitted to the CO-OP program.
  • 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.

Choosing French immersion

You can boost your future earnings by learning or perfecting your French through our French immersion and extended French streams.

  • If you have attended a French-language high school, you are not eligible for French Immersion. You are eligible if you took French immersion, extended French or core French in an English-language school.

2. Apply online

  • Apply online through the Ontario Universities’ Application Centre (OUAC), by completing form 105.
  • On the form, 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 one week of applying. Keep an eye on your junk mail inbox just in case. If you do not receive it within two weeks, email
  • 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

Submit your transcripts through uoDoc(in uoZone). Also, please note:

  • Transcripts submitted through uoDoc are not considered official. If you are admitted, you must submit an official copy of your final Achievement Record issued by Quebec’s Ministry of Education and Higher Education (MEES).
  • An official transcript must be printed and stamped with an official seal and sent by the institution in question, or a copy certified by a notary, lawyer or commissioner of oaths.
  • The University of Ottawa may request any other document necessary to evaluate your file. All documents become property of the University and will not be returned to applicants.

Submit your documents on time. Learn more about deadlines and available programs.

Virtual events

Virtual Fall Open Houses

We've uploaded most of the 25-45 minute recorded presentations from our November 14 and 21 events on our Open House website. Whether you were able to take part in our virtual event or not, these videos will provide you with valuable information.

For the latest videos, check out the Open House page regularly

Book a one-on-one virtual meeting

Book a one-on-one virtual meeting with Dominique, the University of Ottawa representative for CEGEP students. You will have the chance to speak to her for 20 minutes and ask her all your questions!

Did you know?

  • Over 6000 students from Quebec attend the University of Ottawa.
  • In 2017-2018, of all the Quebec students enrolled in undergraduate and graduate courses across all faculties at uOttawa, over half (3598) received scholarships. 
  • According to the 2020 Times Higher Education World University Ranking, the University of Ottawa is among the top ten Francophone universities in the world.
  • Through the University’s co-op program, students can earn between $35,000 and $45,000 over the course of four co-op terms.

Your uOttawa representative

Hi, I’m Dominique, the University of Ottawa representative for Quebec Secondary V students. Feel free to send me an email.

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Immersion and Extended French

Immersion français

Studying in a language that’s not your mother tongue isn’t easy. But we think that if anyone can do it, it’s you!

That’s why we pull out all the stops to help you succeed: mentors, academic support, pass/fail grades that don’t count for your average, flexible paths, as well as a whole campus and city where you can practise!

French immersion: A challenge that pays off!

Being in French immersion means taking at least a third of your courses in French. You can take accompanying language courses to help you succeed in courses in your program. It’s almost like two for one!

Automatic scholarships

Admission scholarship
based on your pre-university grades
$1,000 to $4,000 for your first year at university
Admission average Scholarship
95% to 100% $4,000
90% to 94.9% $3,000
85% to 89.9% $2,000
80% to 84.9% $1,000
Merit scholarship
based on your university grades
$1,000 for each full-time term
82.5% minimum average
Up to $10,000 during your studies


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