Each year, many Nigerian students come to Canada for a postsecondary degree. In fact, Canada welcomes more than 10,000 Nigerian students annually, making this beautiful country the main source of international students from sub-Saharan Africa in Canada.

Did you know that as a Nigerian citizen, by choosing the University of Ottawa, you may be eligible for an Entrance Scholarship for African Students Studying in English? 

  • Have obtained, or be in the process of obtaining, your West African Examinations Council Senior School Certificate (WAEC) or West African Senior School Certificate of Education (WASSCE).
  • Have a minimum average of 75% (requirements may  be higher depending on the program you select).
  • Have completed, or be in the process of completing, the prerequisites (scroll to “Prepare to apply”) for the program you select. Unless otherwise indicated, you must complete all prerequisites at the secondary school senior level.

Space is limited. Admission is competitive and not guaranteed. We reserve the right to deny admission even if you meet all requirements.

If applicable, see the page specific to your study situation: 

If you have started or completed postsecondary studies and meet the following conditions, you can be considered for admission to an undergraduate program. You must:

  • Have a minimum average of 70% (requirements may be higher depending on the program you select).
  • Have completed, or be in the process of completing, the prerequisites (scroll to “Prepare to apply”) required for the program you select. Unless otherwise indicated, you must complete all prerequisites at the secondary school senior or the postsecondary level.

Make sure you meet the minimum admission requirements before applying. If you have any questions, contact InfoAdmission.

If you’re currently studying for your West African Examinations Council Senior School Certificate (WAEC) or West African Senior School Certificate of Education (WASSCE), submit the following documents through our uoZone portal:

  • Transcript of the past three years of secondary studies
  • Transcript of results from the first term of your final year 

If you’ve already graduated, submit the following documents through uoZone:

  • Your WAEC or WASSCE results
  • Proof of diploma

If you’re applying with your postsecondary education started or completed, submit the following documents through our uoZone portal:

  • All postsecondary transcripts
  • Your WAEC or WASSCE results 
  • Proof of diploma

Language requirements

Courses at the University of Ottawa are given in English, French or both languages. You must master one of the two languages to be admitted.

If you’re applying for an English-language program and haven’t completed at least three years of full-time study in an institution where English is the only language of instruction (except for language courses), in a country where English is an official language, you must submit your official score after taking one of the language tests we recognize.

Learn more about our language requirements.

Nigeria Student Express study permit program

Depending on what you study, you may be able to get your study permit faster through the Nigeria Student Express program. For more, learn about study in Canada as an international student.

If you’ve completed some postsecondary studies, you’ll be evaluated on them, even if you’re applying for an undergraduate program.

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

Scholarships for international students

Our scholarship program is one of the most generous in the country. There are many entrance and excellence scholarships available to you. Learn about our scholarships.

Your uOttawa representative

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

If you have any questions about admission to uOttawa, contact InfoAdmission (scroll to bottom of page). 

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Contact information

InfoAdmission

Tabaret Hall  (map)
75 Laurier Avenue East, Room 109
Ottawa, ON K1N 6N5
Canada

See wait times and secure a spot in our virtual line for in-person services. 

Send us a request

Tel.: 613-562-5700
Toll free: 1-877-868-8292

Office hours

September 1 to May 31:
Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

June 1 to August 31:
Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

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.