University of Ottawa Profile
The University of Ottawa (uOttawa), located in the capital of Canada, is the largest bilingual (English-French) university in the world. It ranks among the top 10 research universities in Canada, due to its breakthroughs in health, science, social sciences and the humanities. It is a vibrant centre of learning, with over 48,000 students, and teaching and support staff. Its faculties and schools offer approximately 5,000 courses in over 300 programs at the undergraduate level. Read more about the University of Ottawa.
Admission requirements differ depending on the university and the academic program you choose. In this section you will find information about the University of Ottawa’s admission requirements, policies and supports that are available to you.
To find out about uOttawa’s requirements for entrance into each academic program, please visit the uOttawa admission website.
Aboriginal Learner Policy
In the Faculty of Health Sciences, the School of Nursing offers a collaborative Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program that provides a supportive learning environment for First Nations, Métis and Inuit learners. The School of Nursing works closely with uOttawa’s Indigenous Resource Centre to ensure that Aboriginal students achieve success and fulfillment as nursing professionals.
The Faculty of Medicine has established a dedicated admission process for candidates of Aboriginal ancestry to improve accessible health care for First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples, and to better serve society’s needs. Learn more about this admission process.
At the Faculty of Law, persons of First Nations, Métis and Inuit ancestry may apply as either general or discretionary applicants. Check out how to apply to uOttawa’s Faculty of Law as an Aboriginal applicant.
If you are interested in transferring to uOttawa from another university or college, uOttawa’s website gives you helpful information on its transfer policies and supports. You can also check out your eligibility for course transfers through the Ontario Council on Articulation and Transfer (ONCAT), an organization that provides information on credit transfers in Ontario.
Academic Programs and Supports
Academic Programs and Supports
You can choose from a variety of academic programs at uOttawa and will likely find a program that sparks your interest. This section provides some examples of the academic programs you can take at uOttawa.
The Faculty of Arts helps you advance the boundaries of the creative arts and humanities through new programs and experiential learning opportunities. You can choose from programs that includes Aboriginal Studies, Communication, French Studies, Digital Journalism and more.
The Faculty of Education offers a 2-year Teacher Education program in English and French for aspiring teachers. This program provides the opportunity to join a specialized cohort in 1 of the following areas: Comprehensive School Health, French as a Second Language, Developing Global Perspectives and Urban Education Community.
The Faculty of Science brings together creative and inventive minds to explore the mysteries of science and advance fields such as medicine, telecommunications and green chemistry. Programs you can take include Biochemistry, Environmental Science, Mathematics and Statistics.
The Faculty of Engineering leads you in your exploration of engineering and computer science, and prepares you to adapt to the needs of a constantly changing society. Programs you can take include Biomedical Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering.
The Faculty of Health Sciences offers you innovative training to help you ensure and promote the well-being of individuals and communities. You can choose programs from its 5 academic units: Nursing, Nutrition Sciences, Rehabilitation Sciences, Human Kinetics and the Interdisciplinary School of Health Sciences.
The Faculty of Social Sciences explores the major issues we face today in development, international affairs, economic policy, public administration, governance, climate change, language rights, gender equality, mental health and social justice. Programs you can take include Anthropology, Economics, Global Studies, Psychology and Public Administration.
The Telfer School of Management strives to shape influential leaders and responsible managers who have a positive impact on the lives of people, organizations and communities. You can choose from programs such as Commerce, Management and Human Resources Management. Also offered are graduate programs in Business Administration, Management and Health Administration.
The Faculty of Law equips you to interpret and change law, thanks to research and opportunities for practical experience. An emphasis on critical-thinking skills will prepare you for legal careers in Canada or abroad. Programs you can take in English or French include Aboriginal Law, Advocacy, Business Law and Environmental Law.
The Faculty of Medicine believes that a great medical school is defined not only by its achievements but also by its commitment to serve the public good. The University of Ottawa accelerates promising research, recruits top talent and enriches medical education. Each year, the Undergraduate Medical Education Program reserves 7 seats for candidates of Aboriginal ancestry.
The Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies offers diplomas and master’s and doctoral degrees in a variety of programs, including Bioinformatics, Environmental Sustainability and Women’s Studies. Check out graduate programs you could pursue.
Mashkawazìwogamig Indigenous Resource Centre is a student support service dedicated to helping Indigenous learners succeed in their studies. A variety of both academic and cultural support services is available, such as peer mentoring, career counselling, professional development opportunities and cultural events designed to provide Indigenous students with tools to succeed at uOttawa. The name Mashkawazìwogamig means “Place of Strength” in Algonquin and was gifted to the Indigenous Resource Centre by the Elders Circle at Kitigan Zibi.
Investing in your future may require some help along the way. The University of Ottawa offers financial aid to eligible students, as well as a number of scholarships and bursaries specifically for Aboriginal learners.
Scholarships and Bursaries
Financial aid is available to you through scholarships, bursaries, government loans and Aboriginal-specific scholarships and awards. Here are 2 examples of awards available at uOttawa.
The Indigenous Leadership Scholarship is awarded to an Aboriginal student who has demonstrated excellent academic performance and outstanding leadership skills.
The Education Bursary for Indigenous Students is given to Aboriginal students who are pursuing undergraduate studies at the University of Ottawa and who demonstrate financial need.
You can find a list of uOttawa’s scholarships and bursaries. You can also visit the Indigenous Resource Centre (IRC) website for information about financial aid available to you.
Work Study Program and Part-Time Work
The Work Study Program at uOttawa can help eligible students to find part-time work at the university. Some jobs available to you might include helping professors with research or working at campus organizations such as the Aboriginal Student Centre.
Aboriginal Student Services
Aboriginal Student Services
Mashkawazìwogamig Indigenous Resource Centre is a home away from home for Indigenous learners. You can talk with Traditional Knowledge Keepers, meet other students and join in activities and cultural events. This section lists some of the services you can find at Mashkawazìwogamig.
You can access academic guidance and counselling to discuss university life, personal matters, your studies or schedule and living arrangements, among other things. You can also meet one-on-one with Traditional Knowledge Keepers to discuss your emotional, physical, mental and spiritual wellness.
You can get peer support and referrals to support services on campus to help you with writing papers, developing study skills or exploring future careers.
IRC hosts a number of social and cultural events you can participate in. Plus, at the centre, you have access to a computer lab, fax machine, telephone and printer for academic purposes. Check out the Mashkawazìwogamig Indigenous Resource Centre’s complete services.
At university, you can explore your interests, inside and outside of the classroom. You will have opportunities to attend social events or join a student club. You might also like to play extracurricular sports or, if you live on campus, become involved in your residence community. In this section you will find more about student life at uOttawa.
Welcome Week is your time to discover uOttawa. The week is packed with activities to make your first week on campus truly memorable: A back-to-school concert (uO Show), uO Picnik, street shows, BBQ, movie nights and more.
Mashkawazìwogamig also hosts an Indigenous Orientation for 2 days, including campus tours, talks from current students, a meet and greet with Traditional Knowledge Keepers, complimentary breakfast and lunch, beading circles and games to help students learn about uOttawa and win prizes.
Clubs and Societies
With over 175 student clubs on campus, you have many opportunities to explore your interests and meet new people. If you can’t find a club that suits you or if you have an idea for a new club, feel free to create your own. Student clubs you could join include Fashion by uOttawa, the Ski and Snowboard Club, and the Coffee and Biscotti Literary Society.
The Indigenous Student Association also meets at Mashkawazìwogamig and helps to organize the annual powwow. There is a variety of positions and roles in the ISA for Indigenous students.
Your student union plays an important role at university. The union advocates on behalf of students on campus and in the community. Members may also organize your Orientation Week and student clubs. At uOttawa, you are represented by the Student Federation of the University of Ottawa (SFUO).
The university is home to the Gee-Gees varsity sports that range from basketball to swimming. The uOttawa Gee-Gees participate in both Ontario University Athletics (OUA) and Canadian Interuniversity Sport. Get more information on varsity athletics at uOttawa that includes try-out dates
Recreation and Intramurals
You can explore recreational sports and leagues regardless of your skill level. Recreational sports include ball hockey, ultimate Frisbee and volleyball. They are a great way to meet other people and stay active, whether you are continuing to play a sport or starting a new one.
If you have a disability that requires academic accommodation and support, Access Service is available to help. It is important that you reach out to the office as soon as possible to ensure the appropriate supports are in place for you at the beginning of the school year. For information about supports you can access, visit uOttawa’s Access Service website.
Career Development Centre
The Career Development Centre offers services and resources in career development, such as career counselling and job search tools to assist you in your job search during school and after graduation.
You can find information about accessing child care services in the City of Ottawa that includes how to apply for and reserve a spot for your child.
Housing and Transportation
Housing and Transportation
Where you live and how you get to your classes are important to your university life. uOttawa gives you information to help you decide whether you should apply for residence or seek housing off campus. If you live off campus, you’ll also get information on public transportation options and availability of parking services to help you with your commute.
uOttawa offers 6 different types of accommodation in 10 residence buildings and a few houses. Eight are located on the main campus, and most residents live in single rooms. Read more about uOttawa’s residences and fees.
uOttawa’s off-campus housing website provides rental listings, helpful checklists and information about renting and living off campus to help you in your housing search.
Whether you live in residence or off campus, finding a place to eat is made easier with the university’s meal plans, which give access to both on-campus and off-campus vendors. Read more about meal plans and prices.
Residence life is about more than where you live – it is where you will find a community. With a senior student mentor to guide you, you will have the chance to participate in exciting programming that builds on what you’re learning inside the classroom while getting to know students from different programs. Read more about residence life at uOttawa.
Getting to uOttawa by bus is a convenient option for many students. The transit way is a big part of the OC Transpo (Ottawa’s public transit system). It provides rapid transit service across the entire city on bus-only roadways and intersects with the O-Train. Read more about public transportation options.
Paid and permit parking is available on campus to students and visitors. Visit the Parking Services website for information about permits, visitors and daily parking rates, parking maps and bicycle racks across uOttawa’s campus.
Wellness in mind, body and spirit is important to your success at university. University of Ottawa Health Services (UOHS) is staffed by trained service providers (family physicians, personal counsellors, registered nurses, psychologists, psychiatrists and wellness educators). This section lists some of the services available to you through UOHS.
UOHS offers health services in the areas of family medicine, specialty medicine, physiotherapy, psychiatry and other services. uOttawa’s health and medical team includes a nurse practitioner, registered nurse, mental health counsellor, dietitian, social worker and psychiatrist. Visit the UOHS website for hours and services.
Counselling and Coaching Service
Students sometimes experience setbacks or face roadblocks to their personal or academic success, and can find it difficult to ask for help. Please contact the staff at Counselling and Coaching Service if you are feeling lost, facing a problem you don’t know how to handle or wishing you could talk to someone in a safe place.
For more information on the well-being services provided by UOttawa, visit the University of Ottawa Health Services website. You can also visit the Indigenous Resource Centre for information on the cultural aspects of health.