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The University of Ottawa is the world’s largest English-French bilingual university. The university is among the top 150 universities in the world climbing up to the 141st spot in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2020.

The University of Ottawa is based in the heart of the capital of Canada, strategically located close to NGOs, consulates, embassies, and other international resources. Its campus covers over 40 hectares of land, featuring state-of-the-art facilities and over 1,100 teaching spaces and research labs.

The University of Ottawa is home to over 42,000 students, with international students from over 155 countries, of which many are Indian, making for a unique multicultural environment. The university offers over 550 programs across its ten faculties and houses Canada’s largest law school.

The university’s advances in health, social sciences, engineering, humanities, and science make it a unique place to learn, excel, and grow. The University of Ottawa is a member of the U15 Group of Canadian Research Universities, known to comprise top research-intensive universities.

Indian applicants who’ve completed their last three years of study with English as the medium of instruction do not need to produce scores of standardized language tests. If they’ve completed the CISCE or CBSE senior English subject with a 75 percent passing grade, they may be exempted from meeting the English language requirements.


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What's new

What's new

uOttawa Climbing in the World University Rankings 2020

In the 2020 Times Higher Education World University Rankings, the University of Ottawa climbed to 141st place. This is up from 176th in 2019. The university remains the seventh best university in Canada for research intensity for the third consecutive year.

uOttawa will continue to expand its excellence in research, partnerships and talents in the coming years. It has opened five new state-of-the-art facilities in the last five years to support this objective and has over 1,100 teaching and research labs.

The recently launched Learning Crossroads, a dedicated space to study between classes, offers video walls with 8K screens, virtual reality equipment, group study rooms, multimedia rooms and equipment to borrow.

The university prioritizes peer-to-peer support teams: in addition to the faculty-student mentors who can help with academic questions, it has a dedicated team of 14 international mentors to help students with their integration in Canada.

Coming in fall 2020, the Integrated Food Science program, created in collaboration of Le Cordon Bleu culinary school joins experts from two world-renowned institutions to deliver one unique programme that is timely and fills a knowledge gap in the industry. "Graduates will have the skills and experience to be leaders in any industry where food plays a role”, notes Stéphane Frelon, Le Cordon Bleu Ottawa Chef Instructor. This program will give graduates new skills for the job market in order to succeed.

At the graduate level, it launched a series of short duration course-based masters to maximize job prospects and to further specialize the knowledge and skills of students.

To support our international PhD students and to recognize their contribution to the research intensity of the university, lower tuition fees are available to all PhD students, through the International Doctoral Scholarship or the Differential Tuition Fee Exemption for Francophone students.

Teaching quality

Teaching quality

The University of Ottawa is a stand-out institution for its teaching excellence. Many awards have been won by professors across faculties for the high-quality education that they teach. Professors are known to be friendly, supportive and willing to help outside of class hours. There are around 25 students for each staff member, and classes encourage collaboration and discussion.


As well as excellent teaching, uOttawa is well-known for its outstanding and creative research that covers a wide range of disciplines. It’s one of Canada’s top ten research-intensive universities and is home to many centres and institutes, including:

  • Centre for Environmental Law and Global Sustainability
  • Human Rights Research and Education Centre
  • uOttawa Brain and Mind Research Institute
  • Éric Poulin Centre for Neuromuscular Disease
Graduate outcomes

Graduate outcomes

With a 95% employment rate for graduates and a network of over 210,000 alumni around the world, the University of Ottawa helps its students best prepare for life after graduation with support and initiatives.

Career Development Centre

The Centre offers resources and services are available to help students prepare for the world of work. This includes career counselling, career fairs, networking events and job search tools.

There is also the Career Development Program for International Students. This consists of several workshops in both English and French where students learn about networking, interviews, employability in Canada, job search strategies, immigration and more.

Co-operative Education Programs

Students can choose a CO-OP program where they alternate between studying and work placements. They’ll gain 16 months of practical industry experience and earn money to support their studies. These placements are excellent opportunities to develop skill sets, build professional networks and learn more about the professional world.

Department structure

Department structure

International students have a choice of more than 550 undergraduate and graduate programs, where they can earn bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees, diplomas or other qualifications. The university consists of ten academic faculties.

Direct-entry faculties (a faculty that offers undergraduate programs that do not require prior university studies):

  • Faculty of Arts
  • Faculty of Engineering
  • Faculty of Health Sciences
  • Telfer School of Management
  • Faculty of Science
  • Faculty of Social Sciences

Professional faculties:

  • Faculty of Education
  • Faculty of Law – Civil Law Section
  • Faculty of Law – Common Law Section
  • Faculty of Medicine (graduate studies only)

There are also a range of language programs, including intensive English and French language programs, uoPAL and Academic English Accelerated. Academic English Accelerated is an integrated course where students develop their listening, reading, speaking and writing skills for academic purposes. It can be completed in eight weeks and prepares international students for undergraduate study at the university.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

You can study at the University of Ottawa in English, French or a combination of both languages. International students must meet the proficiency levels for one of these languages to be accepted.

Students applying for a program taught in English or in French and who have not completed at least three years of study in an institution where English or French is the language of instruction will have to submit language test scores. Students will need the following minimum scores or equivalent for admission to uOttawa:

  • IELTS overall score of 6.5 with 6.5 in writing
  • TOEFL iBT overall score of 86 with 22 in writing
  • TOEFL PBT score of 22 in writing and 20 in listening and reading

Those who don’t meet the language requirements may be able to enrol onto a second-language course or an intensive language program before being admitted to the university.

Student support

Student support

Student Academic Success Service

The Student Academic Success Service (SASS) is a free support network where students can receive the resources they need for success at uOttawa. Services include:

  • Orientation events
  • University 101 programs
  • Student mentors
  • Counselling
  • Personal development support
  • Career mentorship
  • Academic Writing Help Centre

International Office

Dedicated support tailored to international students is at the heart of the International Office. The team is committed to ensuring an inclusive and enriching experience for all international students at the university and making international students’ transition to Canada easy and stress-free. Services include:

  • Mandatory orientation, integration events and support
  • Airport meet-and-greet
  • Immigration and visa support
  • Mandatory University Health Insurance Plan (UHIP)
  • Buddy program
  • International Student Success Centre
  • 14 international mentors at the International Mentoring Centre

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Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2022
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