University of Ottawa

University of Ottawa

  • 85
    Acceptance Rate
  • 32
    Available Programs
  • 42600
  • 20000
    Average Cost
  • 97
    Employment Rate
  • Program
  • Permit


The University of Ottawa was first established as the College of Bytown in 1848 by the first bishop of the Catholic Archdiocese of Ottawa, Joseph-Bruno Guigues. Placed under the direction of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate, it was renamed the College of Ottawa in 1861 and received university status five years later through a royal charter. On 5 February 1889, the university was granted a pontifical charter by Pope Leo XIII, elevating the institution to a pontifical university. The University was reorganized on July 1, 1965, as a corporation, independent from any outside body or religious organization. As a result, the civil and pontifical charters were kept by the newly created Saint Paul University, federated with the university. The remaining civil faculties were retained by the reorganized university.

Entry requirements

You must have at least a secondary school diploma from a Canadian province or territory, or the equivalent (country-specific). Please see the full list of requirements on the website.

If you're applying for an English-language program and you have not completed at least three years full time in an institution where English is the only language of instruction (aside from in language courses), located in a country where English is an official language, you must provide your official score in one of the English-language tests recognized by the University. 

Minimum scores:

IELTS - 6.5


Pearson - 60


Student life

The students working at the International Office have created a video for newly admitted international students explaining the steps to be completed during the first week of classes at the University, on the administrative, academic and cultural side.