Each year, many students from Europe come to the University of Ottawa for a Canadian degree. They come because of the reputation the Canadian education system enjoys, and in particular, because of the University of Ottawa’s unique multicultural and bilingual (English and French) environment.

Located in the heart of Canada’s capital, the University of Ottawa offers the best of both worlds: students can live and study in French or English and still have the opportunity to become fully bilingual.

In France, you say… At the University of Ottawa and in Canada, it's…
Baccalauréat High school diploma
Brevet de technicien supérieur College or CEGEP diploma
Licence / bac + 3 Bachelor’s (university degree)
Master 1 / bac + 4 Honours bachelor's
Master 2 / bac + 5 Master's
Doctorat Doctorate or PhD
Grande école University (in Canada, there are no grandes écoles)
Classe préparatoire aux grandes écoles Does not exist in Canada
Concours Does not exist in Canada
  • Have obtained, or be in the process of obtaining, your baccalauréat
  • Have achieved a minimum average of 11/20 (requirements can be higher depending on your chosen program)
  • Successfully complete all required prerequisites for your program of choice (minimum of 10/20)
  • Submit an English proficiency test if you are applying to a program offered in English

Space is limited and admission is competitive and not guaranteed. The University of Ottawa reserves the right to deny admission even if an applicant meets all requirements.

If you are currently studying in the GCE curriculum or an American High School, please consult the pages specific to your situation.

If you have taken postsecondary courses (whether or not you have received a degree) and you meet the following conditions, you can be considered for admission to an undergraduate program. You must:

  • Have a minimum average of 70% (requirements might be higher depending on the program of study you choose).
  • Have passed the prerequisites for the program of study (minimum of 10/20 required). Unless otherwise indicated, you must complete all prerequisites in your final year or at the postsecondary level.

You must ensure that you meet the minimum admission requirements before applying. If you have any questions about these admission requirements, contact InfoAdmission.

Please note that the requirements listed are minimum requirements only and are subject to change. Required minimum averages may also be different for English and French programs. Meeting these minimum requirements does not guarantee admission.

Once you have submitted your application and received your acknowledgment of receipt, you can submit your documents in uoZone. If you are currently in your classe terminale, submit the following documents:

  • Transcript from the three trimesters of classe première
  • Transcript of results from the first trimester of your classe terminale

If you have already graduated, submit the following documents:

  • Baccalauréat results

Lycée applicants

You may be eligible to receive credit transfers for some of your first year courses. To be considered, you must obtain a minimum of 12/20 for the given subject (10/20 for français) on the baccalauréat examinations. A maximum of 18 credits (6 university courses) can be granted. Your credits will be granted after your baccalauréat results are received. Please submit your results by mail as soon as they become available.

University applicants

If you have completed some postsecondary studies, you will be evaluated on this basis, even if you are applying for an undergraduate program.

We may grant you advanced standing (i.e., transfer your credits), depending on the program to which you apply. Faculties that grant advanced standing will base their decision on the discipline, the courses you have completed, and the length of your studies.

Your uOttawa representatives

Hi! My name is Philippe and I’m the University of Ottawa international representative for your region. Come meet me at one of our admission events.

Contact InfoAdmission if you have any question about admission to uOttawa. 

Learn more about uOttawa — or connect with other future uOttawa students:





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September 1 to May 31:
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For admission to Common Law or Medicine, contact the faculties offering these programs. For graduate studies, contact the academic unit of the faculty offering the program you are applying to.