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International students

Degrees awarded by the University of Ottawa are recognized around the world and graduates enjoy successful and prosperous careers. The University of Ottawa is proud to welcome a large community of international students every year.

uOttawa at a glance

  • One of the top ten research-intensive universities in Canada and ranked among the top 200 universities in the world
  • Largest English-French bilingual university in the world, allowing you to study in English, in French, or both
  • Ten faculties offer more than 450 undergraduate, graduate, and professional degree programs to some 40,000 students from across Canada and 150 countries
  • Over 160 graduate programs (diplomas, master’s and doctoral degrees) to choose from
  • Home to over 160 research chairs and more than 1600 researchers who are approved to supervise theses
  • Welcomes over 7000 graduate students, a number that is increasing every year.
  • Located in the heart of Canada’s capital: students have access to world-renowned labs and institutions
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Financial sense

Studying in Canada makes financial sense. The cost of education and living is reasonable and the quality of education is outstanding.
Learn more about funding and finances

A downtown campus in the heart of Canada's capital

Ottawa is located in the province of Ontario. Its central location makes it easy to travel to other major centres, like Toronto, Montreal, New York, or Boston. Ottawa is the country’s fourth-largest city with a population of over one million. It is also one of Canada’s most bilingual communities—nearly half a million people speak both English and French. Ottawa is home to the federal government, but it also hosts a burgeoning high-tech industry, major tourist attractions, international sports venues, and academic institutions.

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Top quality of life

The United Nations has repeatedly named Canada one of the 10 best countries in the world in which to live. Canada is proud of its multicultural character and has both a tradition and a policy of encouraging cultural diversity.

Academic opportunities

All courses at the University of Ottawa are given in either English or French, or in both languages. To gain admission, you must demonstrate proficiency in either one of these languages. 

Do I need to take a language test? Learn more about submitting proof of language proficiency.

You can also take this opportunity to improve your skills in English (ESL) and/or in French (FLS).

Second Language Intensive Program (courses are not credited)

The French Immersion Studies Program

Master of Arts in Bilingualism Studies (MA)

Add value to your academic training by engaging in paid, professional work opportunities specific to your discipline. Our CO-OP program allows you to alternate between study terms and work terms so that you can explore various work environments, build your professional network, and learn more about different career options. Full-time international students with valid Canadian work permits are eligible to take part in the CO‑OP Program.

Learn more about master’s programs that offer a CO-OP option

Get a student work permit (Government of Canada)

Add value to your doctorate through cotutelle

A cotutelle doctoral program offers you the opportunity to complete your doctoral studies at the University of Ottawa as well as at another university (outside of Ontario, and outside of the Ottawa-Gatineau region). 

Learn more about cotutelle
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