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Study in Ottawa

All the information you need about studying in Ottawa as an international student.

Why study in Ottawa?

Ottawa is Canada’s capital city. Bursting with culture, It’s home to over one million people, and is one of Canada’s largest cities.

A lively hub surrounded by lush greenery, Ottawa is a perfect blend of city and country life. There’s lots for international students to see and do, whether it’s visiting the iconic Parliament Hill, skiing, or shopping, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

Universities in Ottawa

Ottawa is home to some of the highest ranked universities in Canada, making it an excellent place to study.

There are two major universities, along with several colleges, offering a variety of courses across many disciplines at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

What to study in Ottawa

Universities in Ottawa offer a diverse selection of excellent programs. Whether you’re looking to study at undergraduate or postgraduate level, there are courses to suit every interest.

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Student reviews for Ottawa

  • William Green
    United States
    Overall experience 5 stars
    Academic
    5 stars
    University social
    4 stars
    Accommodation
    5 stars
    University facilities
    4 stars
    Dominican University College Philosophy
    Tell us about Ottawa
    The people of Ottawa are among the nicest and most welcoming I've ever experienced. Being the national capital, cultural experiences abound. Multiple wonderful museums, restaurants, and parks, all in walking distance. Be sure to skate on the Rideau Canal in the winter!

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How to study in Ottawa

Before you apply, you’ll need to choose a program you’d like to study in Ottawa. You can apply through the Ontario Universities’ Application Center (OUAC). You may need to pay an application fee, which is usually around $180.

Once you’ve secured a place to study at a university in Ottawa, you’ll need to apply for a Canadian study permit.

Cost to study in Ottawa

Tuition fees in Canada are generally cheaper compared to other English speaking nations like the UK and US. As an international student studying in Ottawa, you can expect to pay between $15,000 to $35,000 a year, but this will vary depending on your chosen course and university.

Ottawa is one of the most expensive cities in Canada, but it is cheaper than other major Canadian cities like Toronto, especially for accommodation.

Key facts of Ottawa

  • 70/13°F Summer/winter temperature
  • 1 million Population
  • Canada Country
  • 7 Universities