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.
France and French lycée
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.
Understanding terms used at the University of Ottawa and in Canada
|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|
Check the minimum admission requirements
- 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 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 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.
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.
Check minimum averages and prerequisite courses for your program
Prepare your required 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
Determine whether you’re eligible for advance standing
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.
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.