University of Ottawa

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The University of Ottawa is the largest bilingual (English-French) university in the world, where it is possible for students to study in English, in French, or in both languages. Located in the capital of Canada, it has ready access to the great institutions of the country.

The proximity to Canada’s parliament, government departments and agencies, non-government and non-profit organizations, major libraries, research institutions and health centres adds to its character as a unique place to study. Since 1848, the University of Ottawa has offered students a place where French and English Canada come together, share ideas, information and viewpoints.

The University of Ottawa is uniquely positioned to draw support from leaders in government, industry and academia, and attract the best students and researchers. Its research breakthroughs in health, science, social sciences and the humanities attract global attention, reflecting the university’s ranking among Canada’s top 10 research universities and its ongoing drive to discover.

The university has ten faculties: Arts, Education, Engineering, Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, Health Sciences, Law, the Telfer School of Management, Medicine, Science and Social Sciences. Its faculties and schools offer approximately 5,000 courses in more than 300 programs at the undergraduate level, more than 70 of which offer a cooperative education option allowing students to gain valuable work experience and prepare for their future career.

The cooperative program is one of the most successful in Canada and boasts a 98 percent placement rate. Students can also build on their first degree by continuing at the master’s or doctoral level, or select an intensive, highly specialized graduate certificate program.

The university’s commitment to research excellence and its interdisciplinary approach to knowledge creation attract the best academic talent from across Canada and around the world. The university, equipped with an impressive infrastructure, provides a dynamic and nurturing environment, one that fosters creativity and innovation. It generates close to $275 million annually in total research funding.

University research is significantly enhanced by developing strategic regional research networks around the world, creating solid partnerships with researchers and highly qualified scholars from all corners of the globe. The University of Ottawa’s strategic areas of development in research include Canada and the world, health, e-society and molecular and environmental sciences.

In today’s rapidly evolving global community, students depend on an educational system capable of providing robust academic preparations, and awareness of the surroundings and the knowledge and cultural values of other societies. The University of Ottawa is an ideal place to acquire cross-disciplinary knowledge and develop cross-cultural experiences.

Student fees

Canadian student fees  2012-13 *
Undergraduate tuition fees: $5,665
Graduate tuition fees: $7,074 - $9,448

International student fees  2012-13 *
Undergraduate tuition fees: $18,446
Graduate tuition fees: $16,334

* Source: Statistics Canada. Fees for general programs in arts and humanities.

Note: In addition to tuition fees, universities generally charge fees for goods and services supplied to students. This includes areas such as student associations, sports and health. These additional fees vary widely per university and per student and can run from a few hundred dollars to a few thousand dollars. Check with the university for details.

Student enrolment

2012 rounded preliminary fall enrolment *
Full-time (undergraduates): 30,000
Full-time (graduates): 5,200
Part-time (undergraduates): 6,000
Part-time (graduates): 1,500

* Source: Council of Ontario Universities (includes University of Saint Paul)