University of Ottawa


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Join our international hub of over 46,000 bright and engaged individuals driven to make the world a better place. Located in the heart of Canada’s capital, we offer the highest quality undergraduate and graduate education. Take advantage of state-of-the-art labs, innovative programs, expert professors and student mentors to make your university experience an unforgettable one.


At the University of Ottawa, we offer the space, expertise, tools and technologies to push the boundaries of knowledge and help you become your best future self. Join a community of bold, caring and engaged people like you to build a better society and a more sustainable world.

Requirements and Admissions

Over 9,600 international students from 145 countries choose uOttawa for its superior quality of education, lower tuition and its location, in the heart of Canada’s capital. Degrees awarded by the University of Ottawa are recognized around the world and graduates enjoy successful and prosperous careers.

At the University of Ottawa, we offer undergraduate and graduate programs.

Interested in undergraduate studies?

Get started by visiting our international applicants webpage and watching our videos. If you are still deciding what to study, explore our programs (Opens In A New Tab). Follow our step-by-step guide when you are ready to apply (Opens In A New Tab)!

Interested in graduate studies?

Follow the steps to apply (Opens In A New Tab) on our graduate studies website for international applicants.


  • Arts, entertainment, and media management
  • Audiovisual communications technologies/technicians
  • Bilingual, multilingual and multicultural education
  • Biochemical engineering
  • Biochemistry/biophysics and molecular biology
  • Bioengineering and biomedical engineering
  • Biology, general
  • Biomathematics, bioinformatics, and computational biology
  • Biotechnology
  • Cell/cellular biology and anatomical sciences
  • Chemical engineering
  • Civil engineering
  • Civil engineering technology/technician
  • Communication and media studies
  • Communication, journalism and related programs, other
  • Computer and information sciences and support services, general
  • Computer engineering
  • Computer programming
  • Computer science
  • Computer systems analysis/analyst
  • Culinary arts and related services
  • Curriculum and instruction
  • Drama/theatre arts and stagecraft
  • Ecology, evolution, systematics and population biology
  • Electrical, electronics and communications engineering
  • Engineering chemistry
  • Engineering mechanics
  • Environmental/environmental health engineering
  • Film/video and photographic arts
  • Finance and Financial Management Services
  • Fine arts and art studies
  • Food science and technology
  • Genetics
  • Human Resources Management and Services
  • Information science/studies
  • Journalism
  • Law (LLB, JD, BCL)
  • Legal professions and studies, other
  • Legal research and advanced professional studies (post-LLB/JD)
  • Legal support services
  • Marketing
  • Materials engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Mathematics and statistics, other
  • Mechanical engineering
  • Mechanical engineering related technologies/technicians
  • Medicine (MD)
  • Microbiological sciences and immunology
  • Molecular medicine
  • Music
  • Natural resources management and policy
  • Neurobiology and neurosciences
  • Pharmacology and toxicology
  • Pharmacy, pharmaceutical sciences and administration
  • Physiology, pathology and related sciences
  • Public health
  • Public relations, advertising and applied communication
  • Radio, television and digital communication
  • Registered nursing, nursing administration, nursing research and clinical nursing
  • Statistics
  • Systems engineering
  • Visual and performing arts, other
  • Visual, digital and performing arts, general

Student Experience

You’ll grow so much as a person and have a blast as you take part in our vibrant and diverse range of sports, social activities, student clubs and on-campus events. Cheer for our competitive or varsity Gee-Gees teams, join an intramural sports league or sign up for one of our many on-campus recreational activities.

Scholarships and Bursaries

Our scholarship program is one of the most generous in Canada. It rewards not only your pre-university academic achievements, but also your achievements every term of full-time study at University. A scholarship is awarded for academic achievements while a bursary is awarded based on financial need. The University of Ottawa offers on average $12 million per year in scholarships to international students.

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Students enrolled in a program taught in French or in the French Immersion Stream are eligible for a Differential Tuition Fee Exemption Scholarship. This generous contribution to tuition fees paid by these international students will significantly reduce their cost of study. The value of the Differential Tuition Fee Exemption Scholarship depends on the program.


Did you know that living in residence during your first year of undergrad can improve your GPA and your chances of graduating? Living in residence comes with lots of academic and practical support, plus:

  • Furniture
  • Utilities, wireless internet and 24-hour on-site assistance
  • Being a short distance from everything you need on campus
  • Organized events to make it easier to form new friendships
  • Designated residences for first-year undergraduate students
  • Guaranteed housing for all first-year students who apply by the deadline

We have lots of different residences and options for new students. With so many choices, you’re sure to find the perfect home for you!

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Student Testimonials

Read about the experiences of past international students.

  1. I found strong academic training from the professors and researchers, along with programs that allowed me to have a fully multicultural experience, with the support to grow and keep being authentic to myself.

    Daniela Quintero Morales, International student from Mexico
  2. It’s the perfect place to meet people from all over the world, or if you want to study in English or French while learning the other language.

    Gishleine Oukouomi Djouonang, International student from Cameroon
  3. The word-class curriculum and the CO-OP program bridge the gap between academics and industry, which makes it a perfect fit for international students like me who are motivated by sharing new insights and continuously pursuing knowledge.

    Kaustubh Dutta, International student from India

Have questions about admissions?

To learn more about the admissions criteria for each of our programs please contact the admissions office.

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