105 – University of Ottawa

University program information changes regularly. For the most up-to-date details, view the online application.

Last updated: September 19, 2019

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About the University of Ottawa

The University of Ottawa – ranked the 176th best university in the world and 7th best in Canada by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2019 – offers limitless possibilities.

Design a degree as unique as you are. Get a head start on a stellar career by joining the fifth largest co-op program in Canada. Boost your future earnings by learning or perfecting French at the largest French-English bilingual university and one of the top 10 universities in the world that teaches a large number of disciplines in the French language. Benefit from one of the most generous scholarship programs in the country, with $42 million awarded to undergraduate students each year.

The University is located in the heart of Ottawa, the nation’s capital. You are within walking distance of the Parliament buildings, national museums, the Supreme Court of Canada and the National Arts Centre.

You will enjoy a safe and friendly campus, and have easy access to the resources of the capital.

Ottawa is one of the most beautiful cities in North America, only a few hours away from Montreal and Toronto.

Over the years, numerous links have been established between the University, research institutes, teaching hospitals, government agencies and employers from the private sector. As a result, University of Ottawa students receive cutting‑edge scientific and intellectual training.

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Entry Points

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Deadlines for Submitting Applications

March 1:

  • Ophthalmic Medical Technology (admission in third year)

April 1:

  • Acting (BFA)
  • Biomedical Mechanical Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Music (BMus)
  • Music and Science (integrated program)
  • Nursing
  • Social Work (offered in French and French Immersion only)
  • Software Engineering
  • Visual Arts (BFA & Major)
  • All other programs for international applicants who are not currently completing their studies in Canada

May 1:

  • Civil Law (offered in French only)

June 1:

  • All other programs for Canadian applicants

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Language of Instruction

All of 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 105 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/Extended French Stream

The French Immersion Stream is designed for students who have attended high school in a language other than French, but who, while in high school or CEGEP, have followed a French-as-a-second-language program.

This stream provides an opportunity to obtain your bachelor’s degree with the “French immersion” designation for many programs, or the “Extended French Stream” designation for programs offered by the Faculty of Science.

This option is tailored to the personal linguistic objectives of all students aspiring to improve or perfect their French-language skills. This option is not available to students who have completed their studies in a French-language school.

Read more about the French Immersion Stream.

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Supplementary Administrative Fee

All applicants (except those who are currently attending their final year in a Canadian high school or a CEGEP program in the province of Quebec) are required to pay a $90 non‑refundable administrative fee directly to the OUAC.

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Language Requirements for International Applicants

Test Required Overall Score Required Score in Written English Section
TOEFL Internet-based: 86
Paper-based:
Listening: 20
Reading: 20
Internet-based: 22
Paper-based: 22
University of Ottawa CanTEST Averaged listening and reading: 4.5 4
IELTS 6.5 6.5
EPT (MELAB) 90 85
CAEL 70 60
PTE 60 60

If you fall short of the required scores, you might be admitted conditionally, subject to increasing your mastery of English by taking compulsory intensive or semi‑intensive courses offered by the University of Ottawa Official Languages and Bilingualism Institute.

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Study Permits for International Applicants

We strongly recommended that you contact your local Canadian Embassy or High Commission before applying for details about the application procedures and the length of time required to process a study permit application. A study permit is required before you arrive to study here.

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Contact Information

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

Telephone: 613-562-5700
Toll‑free: 1‑877‑868‑8292

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