101 – University of Ottawa

Last updated: September 14, 2021

University program information changes regularly. View the application for the most up-to-date details.

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About the University of Ottawa

Founded in 1848, the University of Ottawa – ranked the 145th best university in the world and 7th best in Canada by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2021 – offers limitless possibilities.

With over 43,000 students, we have 10 faculties and offer over 550 undergraduate and graduate programs in more than 100 disciplines, allowing you to design a degree as unique as you are.

Boost your future earnings by learning or perfecting French at the largest French-English bilingual university in the world. With our unique bilingual nature, which allows our students to learn, work and live in English, French or both, we are committed to academic excellence and value cultural diversity, equity and inclusion. Our diverse community brings together thousands of students from more than 150 countries, offering opportunities to explore new cultures and ideas every day.

Last year, more than $42 million dollars in scholarships were allocated to undergraduate students, making our scholarship and bursary program one of the most generous in the country.

We run the 5th largest co-op program in Canada with a 96% placement rate. Its French Immersion program is also one of the best in the country and students have access to top-notch internships, field placements and practicums, as well as international exchange opportunities. Around 90% of our students participate in hands-on learning. We also rank 6th among the most environmentally friendly universities in Canada.

Our vibrant campus is located in the heart of the capital of Canada — a G7 country. Students choose our university to enjoy a superior quality of education and generous scholarships, while living and studying in downtown Ottawa, walking distance from the Parliament of Canada and Supreme Court of Canada and near many international organizations, including dozens of non-governmental organizations, embassies and consulates.

Ottawa consistently ranks as one of the best cities in the world to live in because of its cultural diversity, cost of living and vibrant student life. There is something for everyone in Ottawa. For fans of arts and culture, several national museums, the National Gallery of Canada and the National Arts Centre are within walking distance. Outdoor enthusiasts will find stand-up paddling, canoeing and over 250 kilometres of outdoor trails nearby.

The great thing about our campus is that it offers the best of both worlds: An urban campus with great access to the outdoors. This is part of what makes our student experience unparalleled.

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Entry Points

We offer 3 admission terms at the undergraduate level:

Find deadlines and available programs for each term.

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Deadlines for Submitting Applications

March 1, 2022:

  • Biomedical Mechanical Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Computer Science and Mathematics
  • Data Science
  • Health Sciences
  • Nursing
  • Social Work (offered in French and French Immersion only)
  • Software Engineering

April 1, 2022:

  • Acting (BFA)
  • Music (BMus)
  • Music and Science (Integrated Program)
  • Visual Arts (BFA)

June 1, 2022:

  • All other programs

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Language of Instruction

All our programs, with a few exceptions, are offered in English and French. This provides the possibility to study in English, French or a mixture of both.

If you wish to apply to programs where the language of instruction is French, you must refer to the French section of the 101 application and use the appropriate program codes.

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Second-language Proficiency

Proficiency in French does not affect admission. With the exception of language courses, you write your work and answer exam questions in the official language of your choice. Second-language courses are optional.

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French Immersion

The French Immersion Stream is designed for students who have followed a French-as-a-second-language program in high school. This provides an opportunity to improve or perfect your French-language skills and obtain your bachelor’s degree with the “French immersion” designation in over 75 programs.

This option is not available to students who have completed their studies in a French-language high school or who have never studied French before.

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Language Requirements for International Applicants

If you are applying for an English-language program and have not completed at least 3 years of full-time study in an institution where English is the only language of instruction (aside from in language courses) in a country where English is an official language, you must submit your official score in 1 of the language tests noted on our website. The official results must be sent directly to us online from the test centre.

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Study Permits for International Applicants

We recommend that you visit the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada website before applying for details about application procedures and the length of time required to process a study permit application. A study permit is required to study in Canada.

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Contact Information

InfoAdmission – University of Ottawa
Tabaret Hall
75 Laurier Avenue East, Room 109
Ottawa ON  K1N 6N5

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