Differential Tuition Fee Exemption Scholarship for international students studying in French

In keeping with its commitment to the Francophonie, the University of Ottawa will offer a Differential Tuition Fee Exemption Scholarship to international Francophone and Francophile students who are enrolled in a bachelor’s or master’s program as of September 2021. This significant contribution means that tuition fees paid by these international students will be nearly the same as those paid by Canadian students.

International students enrolled in a PhD program are eligible for the International Doctoral Scholarship.

Students who began their studies at the University of Ottawa before September 2021 should check the Differential tuition fee exemption webpage (before September 2021).

Undergraduate programs

Value of the scholarship

The value of the Differential Tuition Fee Exemption Scholarship depends on the program. For example, if you enroll in the Faculty of Arts and tuition fees for international students are $18,080.39 for the Fall term, you will receive a scholarship of $13,500. This means you would only pay $4,580.39 in tuition fees.

Faculty Program Value of the scholarship per eligible term

Telfer School of Management

All programs

$17,000

Faculty of Arts

Faculty of Education

Faculty of Social Sciences

All programs

$13,500

Faculty of Law, Common Law Section

All programs, including droit canadien

$21,000

Faculty of Law, Civil Law Section

National Program (Civil Law)

$11,000

Other programs

$13,500

Faculty of Engineering

All programs

$19,000

Faculty of Medicine

Translational and Molecular Medicine

$13,500

Faculty of Science

Biotechnology, Physics/Electrical Engineering

$19,000

Other programs

$13,500

Faculty of Health Sciences

All programs except Integrated Food Sciences

$13,500

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible for the Differential Tuition Fee Exemption Scholarship, international students must:

  • accept an offer of admission into a program offered in French; and
  • be enrolled full time and take at least three courses taught in French per term (9 units).

OR

  • accept an offer of admission into a program offered in English with a French immersion option; and
  • meet the admission requirements of the French Immersion stream; and
  • be enrolled full time and take at least three courses taught in French per term (9 units).

The Differential Tuition Fee Exemption Scholarship can be combined with the President’s Scholarship or Chancellor’s Scholarship but not with the Education Bursary for International Students.

Conditions for maintaining the Differential Tuition Fee Exemption Scholarship

In order to continue to receive a Differential Tuition Fee Exemption Scholarship until the end of an undergraduate program (maximum 5 years, equivalent to 10 payments), international students must:

  • be enrolled full time every term (except for the Spring-Summer term, during which part-time enrolment is allowed);
  • enrol in at least three courses taught in French per term (9 units).
  • remain enrolled in a Faculty each term and not withdraw before the end of the program.

Note that CO-OP students will not receive this scholarship during their CO-OP placement terms.

You can also see the Terms of reference of the Differential Tuition Fee Exemption Scholarship – Undergraduate Degree for more details.

Master’s programs

Value of the scholarship

The value of the Differential Tuition Fee Exemption Scholarship depends on the program. For example, if you enroll in the Faculty of Science and tuition fees for international students are $8,490.60 for the Fall term, you will receive a scholarship of $5,500. This means you will only have to pay $2,990.60 in tuition fees.

Faculty Program Value of the scholarship per eligible term

Telfer School of Management

Business Administration – Intensive MBA (in English)

$11,000

Business Administration – Professional MBA (in French)

$5,500

Business Administration – Professional MBA (in English)

$5,500

Management

$7,000

Health Administration – Fast-track program

$4,000

Health Administration – Full-time program

$7,000

Health Systems

$7,000

Faculty of Arts

Faculty of Law

Faculty of Science

Faculty of Health Sciences

Faculty of Social Sciences

All programs

$5,500

Faculty of Education

All programs

$7,000

Faculty of Engineering

Master of Engineering programs (MEng)

$5,500

Other programs

$5,500

Faculty of Medicine

All programs except Public Health

$7,000

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible for the Differential Tuition Fee Exemption Scholarship, you must:

  • accept an offer of admission into a program of study offered only in French;

OR

  • hold a secondary or postsecondary diploma attesting to a minimum of two years of study in French; and
  • for programs that offer compulsory courses in both official languages (English and French), enrol in the compulsory courses offered in French.

The differential tuition fee exemption scholarship cannot be combined with the Education Bursary for International Master’s Students.

The following programs are only offered in French:
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  • Audiology (MHSc)
  • Occupational Therapy (MHSc)
  • Lettres françaises (MA) (including specializations)
  • Speech-Language Pathology (MHSc)
  • Physiotherapy (MHSc)
  • Social Work (MSW)

Conditions for maintaining a Differential Tuition Fee Exemption Scholarship

In order to maintain a Differential Tuition Fee Exemption Scholarship until the end of their graduate program (maximum 2 years, equivalent to 6 payments), students must:

  • be enrolled full time every term, and
  • for programs that offer compulsory courses in both official languages (English and French), enrol in the compulsory courses offered in French.
  • remain enrolled in a Faculty each term and not withdraw before the end of the program.

You can also see the Terms of reference of the Differential Tuition Fee Exemption Scholarship – Master's Degree for more details.

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