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University of Ottawa

Ottawa, On

Located in Canada's capital city
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About This Campus

Founded in 1848, the University of Ottawa is the largest bilingual (English-French) university in the world. Located at the heart of Canada’s capital, uOttawa is a research intensive university that offers over 450 programs in 9 faculties (colleges). It boasts the largest law school in Canada, with both Civil Law and Common Law streams. Students enjoy the flexibility of the University's programs by combining majors and minors across faculties to apply a more global approach to their studies. Due to its proximity to some of Canada's greatest institutions, uOttawa draws experts from various fields to its classrooms to offer world class teaching. It boasts a designated service to help keep students on track to achieving their academic goals. uOttawa is also focused on its students' overall experience, and offers a wide variety of activities, clubs, sports teams and more to ensure personal enrichment. personal enrichment.

Location Information

The beautiful downtown location of the uOttawa main campus appeals to urban adventurers and nature lovers alike. You’ll love Ottawa’s easy-going lifestyle. The Byward Market, Parliament Hill and the world’s largest skating rink are right at our doorstep. Students have easy access to festivals, theatre and art. For sports lovers, catch NHL hockey, CFL football, and Premier League soccer, among other great sports in the capital.

Helpful Information

uOttawa offers a variety of French courses including disciplines courses, French as a Second Language courses, French literature courses designed for anglophones and immersion courses. Students must have completed the equivalent of one full year of studies at the home campus prior to applying for exchange with uOttawa. Students must have completed one year of full time study at the home campus prior to applying for exchange with uOttawa.

2023/2024 Placement

Host Payment
Home Payment

2024/2025 Placement

Learn more about Chance of Placement
and choosing alternate options.

Fast Facts

Location | Ottawa
Population | 1,000,000
Enrollment | 40,856
Language | English
Calendar | Semester
Canada | Home & Host
Term Dates
Fall | 09/07-12/22
Spring | 01/09-04/27
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  • Priority: After campus students
  • Syllabus Request for Course Pre-Approval: Contact Host Campus instructor or department
Closed Programs
You cannot enroll in classes from the Telfer School of Management (course codes ADM or MBA), the Faculty of Medicine and the Faculty of Education (Undergrad level)

Music - Bachelor of Music requires audition Visual Arts - Bachelor of Fine Arts requires portfolio submission Language courses - courses in languages other than English or French require a placement test (online) prior to enrolment

Undergraduate Majors Open to NSE Students

American Studies, Anatomy, Ancient Studies... ++ show all


GPA and Other Academic Requirements
  • 2.5 GPA
  • Students must have completed the equivalent of one full year of studies at the home campus prior to applying for exchange with uOttawa.
Exchange Preferences
  • Full-year exchange Accepted
  • Single term exchange Accepted
Non-Native English Speakers
  • TOEFL: must have a score of 580.00 paper, N/A computer or 86.00 Internet
  • IELTS: must have a score of 6.50
Summer Exchange
  • Not available
International Students (Visa Students)
  • Will accept on Home Pay
Canadian Students
  • Will accept Home/Host Pay

Tuition / Finances

Figures per Semester are current as of 03/23/23

  • Campus Budget
  • Fees are subject to change without notice.
  • Two semesters = one academic year
  • Three quarters = one academic year
Tuition and Fees - Home Payment Students
  • No tuition/fees are paid to the host campus.
  • Figures do not include costs you will incur for course specific enrollment (e.g., laboratory courses, student teaching, studio art)
  • See below for credit hour restrictions and/or miscellaneous fees applicable to Home Payment students.
Maximum Credit Hours Per Semester
  • Home Payment: 15

Financial Aid for NSE Students
Regardless of Payment Plan, financial aid is awarded by and disbursed from your home campus.

Miscellaneous Fees - Per Semester

Purpose Amount Period Plan Status
Housing Deposit $700 Year Home Optional
Activity Fee $20+ Year Home Optional
Parking Fee $17.50 Year Home Optional
Transportation Fee $240 Semester Home Mandatory

Important Notes: Under optional status, this means the service is optional (ex. housing and transportation). If you opt into those, the fess are compulsory.

Room / Meals

Figures are current as of 03/23/23

On-Campus Housing Per Semester Off-Campus Housing
  • Off-Campus Housing
  • Approximate monthly cost: $
  • Proximity to campus: 0.6
  • Local Public Transportation Available to Campus
Meal Plans Notes About Meal Plans
More information about meal plans can be found on the website: https://www.uottawa.ca/uottawacard/meal-plans or meal prices: https://foodservices.uottawa.ca/dininghall


Figures per Semester are current as of 03/23/23

Purpose Amount Period Plan Status
Health Insurance $252 Semester Home Mandatory

Important Notes about Health Insurance

Exchange with Canada - Health Insurance
Students do not need to purchase health insurance.


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