The University of Ottawa is the world’s largest bilingual (English-French) university, where students can choose to study in French, English or both.

Located in the nation’s capital, the university offers ready access to major Canadian institutions. Its proximity to the Parliament of Canada, federal 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.

Founded in 1848, the University of Ottawa now has more than 42,000 students enrolled in nine faculties: Arts, Law, Education, Engineering, Medicine, Science, Health Sciences, Social Sciences and the Telfer School of Management.It offers some 450 programs of study, including more than 65 that offer the option of work terms within one of Canada’s five largest university CO-OP programs, one which boasts a 95 percent placement rate and enables students to gain practical work experience, build professional networks and prepare for their future careers. The university also gives students the opportunity to build on their knowledge by earning a master’s or doctoral degree, or to follow an intensive, highly specialized graduate certificate program.

The University of Ottawa is among the top 10 research universities in Ontario, Canada. Thanks to leading-edge infrastructure and world-renowned researchers, it attracts close to $300 million in research funding each year. Its focal areas of research include health, e-society, Canada and the world, and molecular and environmental sciences.

The University of Ottawa is also a standout choice for international students according to major international surveys. In fact, international students have ranked Ottawa the world’s top student city in the QS best student cities survey, because of its lively student life, diversity and friendliness. As well, the University of Ottawa ranks as one of Canada’s top 10 universities according to many key surveys, including the 2018 U.S. News & World Report Best Global Universities, the 2018 Times Higher Education World University Rankings, the 2017 Academic Ranking of World Universities and the 2017 CWTS Leiden Ranking.


Full-time (undergraduates)

Full-time (graduates)

Part-time (undergraduates)

Part-time (graduates)

Source: Source: Council of Ontario Universities (2017 rounded preliminary fall enrolment) (includes Saint Paul University).






Undergraduate tuition fees:

Graduate tuition fees:
$7,074 – $8,664


Undergraduate tuition fees:

Graduate tuition fees:
$16,334 – $20,809

Source: Statistics Canada. Fees for general programs in arts and humanities (2017-18)

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.