University of Ottawa

Canada's university...

Ottawa @ ChristmasLocated in the heart of Canada's capital, the University of Ottawa is the largest bilingual University in the world teaching in English and French. Consistently been ranked one of Canada's top universities it is currently ranked in the world top 200, and in Canada's top 10 institutions.

The University is based less than 2km from Canada's parliament, and Ottawa itself is renowned as a clean (3rd cleanest in the world!!!), safe, yet dynamic place to live and work - ranked as the best Canadian community to live in for the last three years. It is the cultural centre of Canada, the bridge between French and English speaking territories. So something for everyone...

Its campus life is stimulating and diverse, offering many different cultural and recreational activities. The University offers an diverse academic provision in most subject areas, with Reading students usually having a wide range of modules to choose from. The International Office at Ottawa will provide you with full support and comprehensive information about studying and living in Ottawa.

Summers are hot, winters are cold (ranging from 30°c to -16°c) ... be prepared! Returning students have regaled us with stories about ice-skating on the Rideau Canal canal (which in winter becomes the world's longest ice skating rink), living and studying in 4ft of snow, going whale watching and getting hooked on Canada's favourite!

Ottawa can offer you an experience like no other...

Ottawa information:

Who can participate?

All Reading disciplines that allow Study Abroad that are taught at uOttawa
Entry requirement to participate:

Minimum 55% average

Semester dates:

Semester 1: September - December

Semester 2: January - May

Reading application deadlines:

01 January 2019. See how to apply.

Cost of Living: See Estimated Living costs page.
Additional Costs:

Ottawa's UHIP medical insurance is compulsory

Non-UK students might require a study visa to enter the country

All students require a study visa if studying abroad for a year 

NB:  Eligible students might be able to recoup costs through Student Finance

Further Information:

Additional information:

  1. Students must be nominated by the Erasmus & Study Abroad Office before the University of Ottawa will accept any application.
  2. Students who request to study abroad for a full academic year when their degree has a term / semester option available will receive a lower priority for places than students who choose the term / semester option.
  3. If there are more students who want to study at Ottawa than places available then all of the following  will be considered in making decisions regarding the allocation of places:
  • Capacity constraints at partner institution
  • Academic performance
  • Personal Statement
  • Spread of subjects
  • Subject Study Abroad coordinator comments
  • Duration of Study Abroad placement
  • Previous engagement / contact with ESAO


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"... I had no idea how much there was that I would want to do whilst in Canada, and the experience has been unforgettable!..."


Louise Rains, BA Art and Psychology, studied at the University of Ottawa


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