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UNIVERSITY OF OTTAWA - [UOTTAWA], OTTAWA, ONTARIO - ADMISSION

Ottawa, OntarioLOCATION
UniversitySCHOOL TYPE
Estd 1848Established Year
  41951Enrollment

University of Ottawa 2020-2021 Admissions, Entry Requirements, Deadlines, Application Process

Bhavya Rawal Bhavya Rawal
Study Abroad Expert

In the Fall of 2018, the University of Ottawa received more than 75,000 applications for admission into the various programs offered by the university. The University of Ottawa offers more than 450 programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels. It also offers various Doctorates, Certificates, and Associate programs through its 10 faculties.

uOttawa has a total enrollment of around 42,000 students, including graduates and doctoral students, out of this around 17% are international students. The university invites application from international applicants for fall and winter sessions.

  • The undergraduates and graduate applicants are requested to apply at the University’s Application Portal
  • International Applicants must provide proof of English Language & French Language Proficiency depending on the language they are opting for.
  • Most sought after disciples offered are Social Science, Law, Education, Arts & Health Sciences.
  • Applicants must make sure to upload all the required documents before or by the date required.
  • Official copies of all transcripts and test scores must be sent to the University of Ottawa directly from the previous institutions/testing agency after receiving an offer of admission

Highlights

Application ModeOnline
Application PortalUG: University Application Portal
PG: Ontario University Application
Application FeeUG: 19 USD
PG: 83 USD
Acceptance Rate(2018)UG: 13%
PG: 18%
Mode of PaymentOnline
Academic CalendarSemester based
Intake SeasonFall and Winter
Student to Faculty ratio12:1
Language Proficiency requirementEnglish and/or French

University of Ottawa Admission Deadlines

The University of Ottawa accepts applications for admission from International students only during Fall and Winter intakes. International applicants are advised to apply as soon as possible because it can take up to six months to obtain a student permit to study in Canada depending on the applicants’ country.

The deadline date to submit the application and the documents to Ottawa are mentioned in the table below

TermApplication Deadline Submission of Documents
Fall 2020April 1, 2020April 30, 2020
Winter 2021November 1, 2020November 30, 2020

Application deadlines for programs taught in French, courses under the Faculty of Education, and all the Graduate courses vary from that of the undergraduate courses.

University of Ottawa International Student Admission

As of 2019, the University of Ottawa is home to more than 7000 international students studying at various levels in the university. International applicants who desire to complete their higher education in Canada at uOttawa will have to satisfy certain additional requirements to gain admission.

Country-Specific Academic Requirements

uOttawa provides the equivalent of the academic qualification of a student who has completed his/her high school outside of Canada. Some of the minimum admission requirements according to the relevant country has been given in the table below:

CountryLevel of study required for admission
AfghanistanBaccaluria
AustraliaSenior Secondary Certificate of Education (Year 12 Certificate)
BhutanBhutan Higher Secondary Education Certificate
ChinaUpper Middle School Graduation Certificate or The Senior High School Graduation Diploma
Great Britain or the United KingdomGeneral Certificate of Education Advanced Level (GCE “A” Level)
IndiaHigher Secondary School Certificate
MalaysiaSijil Tinggi Pelarajan Malaysia (STPM) (Malaysian Higher School Certificate)
PakistanCertificate of Completed Secondary Education or Higher Secondary School Certificate or Intermediate Certificate Examination
Sri LankaSri Lankan GCE A Levels
United Arab EmiratesShahadat Al-Thanawiya Al-Amma/Secondary School Leaving Certificate
United States of AmericaHigh School Diploma

Language Proficiency Requirements

All international applicants applying to study in Canada at the University of Ottawa must be proficient in either English or French to be eligible for admission at the University of Ottawa.

English Language Requirements

International students applying for English-language programs and have not completed at least three years of full-time study in an institution where English is the only language of instruction must submit an official score in one of the English language tests.

TestOverall ScoreWriting SectionListening SectionReading Section
IELTS6.56.5--
TOEFL iBT8822--
TOEFL PBT-222022
CAEC1---
PAE6060--

TOEFL and IELTS code for uOttawa: 0993

French Language Requirements

TestMinimum Required Score
DALFC1/C2
DELFB2
TEF EtudesB2
TCFB2
TestCan4

Document Requirements

  • Official transcripts of all the school, college, universities previously attended(translated into English)
  • English and/or French Proficiency Tests score
  • Copy of passport
  • Financial Support
  • Valid student permit or a visa issued from the Canadian government.
  • Health Certificate

Visa Requirements for International Students

International applicants who receive their acceptance letter from the University of Ottawa are advised to apply for the required visa/student permit as soon as possible. To study at uOttawa or any other Canadian institution, applicants need a Canadian student visa also known as a Study Permit and a temporary resident visa.

Applicants are required to provide the following documents for both the study permit and the temporary visa:

  • Valid passport
  • Specified application fee (billed in CND)
  • The offer of admission received
  • Evidence of sufficient funds
  • Medical exam
  • Biometrics

Applicants must note that while the required documents are the same for both permits, their applications have to be submitted separately. Moreover, this whole process may take up to six months.

University of Ottawa Undergraduate Admission

The University of Ottawa offers more than 100 undergraduate courses in the field of Art, Education, Engineering, Health Science, Law, Management, Science, Medicine, Social Sciences. Some of the courses are available in both English and French.

Applicants must also keep in mind that the programs offered by the faculty of law, education, and medicine have a different application process and applicants must contact the respective Faculty before applying

Where to Apply: University of Ottawa Undergraduate Application Portal / University’s online application system

Application Fee: 19 USD

Admission Requirements

  • Official transcripts
    • Translated in English or French based on the program applying for.
  • SAT Score is recommended
  • Letter of recommendation
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Audition tape(music programs)
  • Portfolio(Arts programs)

Each program has specific prerequisites. Applicants are required to fulfill these requirements to secure admission to the undergraduate program offered by the University of Ottawa.

CourseSpecific Admission Requirement
AccountingMaths & Calculus in Senior Secondary
ActingLetter of Motivation Audition
B.Sc or Chemical Engg.Maths & Calculus in Senior Secondary Two of the following: Physics,
Chemistry or Maths A combined average of at least 70% marks
Biochemistry or BiologyMaths & Calculus in Senior Secondary Two of the following: Physics,
Chemistry or Maths A combined average of at least 70% marks
Chemical EngineeringMaths & Calculus in Senior Secondary Two of the following: Physics,
Chemistry or Maths A combined average of at least 70% marks
B. ComMaths & Calculus in Senior Secondary
Computer EngineeringMaths & Calculus in Senior Secondary Two of the following: Physics,
Chemistry or Maths A combined average of at least 70% marks
EconomicsCalculus is strongly recommended
Electrical EngineeringMaths & Calculus in Senior Secondary Physics, Chemistry A combined average of at least 70% marks
Health SciencesBiology and Chemistry
Integrated Food ScienceBiology, Chemistry, & Maths Letter of Motivation, A combined average of at least 65% marks
Mathematics & EconomicsMaths & Preferably Calculus A combined average of at least 70% marks
NursingMinimum 65% marks in Chemistry and Biology

University of Ottawa Graduate Admission

University of Ottawa offers a diverse range of courses in the field of communication, Physics, Computer Sciences, Earth Sciences, Health Administration, Law, Mathematics, Music, Microbiology, Philosophy, and more. The requirements and deadlines of every graduate program vary.

Basic Requirements

Applicants applying to Master’s and graduate diploma programs must:

  • Hold an honors bachelor’s degree of 3/4 years from a recognized university.
  • Applicants must have an average of 70%, or B grade (calculated using your last 20 courses)

Where to Apply: OUAC Applications

Application fee: 83 USD

Some popular PG courses offered by the University of Ottawa along with the deadline for international applicants and requirements are mentioned below

CourseApplication deadlineAcademic RequirementEnglish Language Proficiency
MBA Professional(24 Months )Fall: Feb 1Three years of work experience, Interview, GMAT/GRE/TAGE-MAGE Score,
Two Letter of Recommendations, Interview Statement of Interest
TOEFL iBT: 100
IELTS: 7
PTE: 68
Master of Chemical EngineeringFall: Jan 31
Winter: April 30
Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field,
Two Letter of Recommendations
TOEFL PBT: 550
TOEFL iBT: 79-80
IELTS: 6.5
MA in CommunicationFall: Jan 15Two Letter of Recommendations,
Telephonic interview, Letter of intent
TOEFL PBT: 600
TOEFL iBT: 100
IELTS: 7.0
Master of Computer ScienceFall: Jan 31
Winter: April 30
B+ or higher in a related honor’s bachelor’s degree;
Two Letter of Recommendations, Preference Form.
TOEFL PBT: 570
TOEFL iBT: 88-89
IELTS:6.5
Master of NeuroscienceFall: March 1
Spring: Aug 1
Winter: Jan 1
Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field with B+ or higher,
Two Letter of Recommendations, Letter of Intent of max 3 pages
TOEFL PBT: 600
TOEFL iBT: 100
IELTS: 7.0

Note: IELTS score represents the score applicants must have overall and at least in three components of the papers

Additional requirements:

  • Official Transcripts of all the previous academics
  • CV/Resume
  • Health Certificate

Most of the graduate programs are highly competitive and meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission. In the Fall of 2018, the university received around 8600 applications for admission into graduate programs out of which only 1600 were offered admission.

The admission office of uOttawa reviews each application comprehensively. Applicants are encouraged to focus on each aspect of their application. The admission decisions are notified via official email.

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