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Dominican University College

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Ottawa, Canada
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Study abroad at Dominican University College

Dominican University College (DUC), first established in Ottawa in 1900, is one of the oldest university colleges in Canada. This bilingual, first-class research university is the ideal place for students eager to consider deep, complex questions.

DUC offers high-quality programs with a clear specialization in philosophy and theology. They offer degree programs at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, as well as one year certificate and transition programs. The University is devoted to nourishing critical thinking, analysis, teamwork, and a unique educational experience.

Located in the vibrant downtown area of Canada’s capital, DUC’s campus includes neo-Gothic heritage buildings including a highly reputed library. On-campus accommodation is available, which includes individual living quarters and three meals a day.

Outside of the classroom, the University’s student association, AECDO, organizes a range of activities including social outings, sports, concerts, and conferences.

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Why study at Dominican University College?

  • Student-staff ratio

    A student-faculty ratio of 7:1 allows the university to provide each student with undivided attention

  • Great location

    The campus is conveniently located in the downtown core area, with access to Rideau Canal, Parliament, shopping, dining, and strolling areas.

  • Bilingual learning

    Programs at DUC are offered in both English and French, allowing students to perfect their language skills and study in the language of their choice

Life as an international student

Studying at Dominican University College is a rich multicultural and multilingual experience. DUC offers a small, welcoming, and diverse student community, with 20 different nationalities represented on campus.

When you arrive on campus you’ll be supported every step of the way. Orientation takes place before the start of term and will help you get to know the University and meet staff and fellow students. The academic support team is always on hand to help with any queries or issues you face.

You’ll be studying in Ottawa, a vibrant, modern city with both the charms of nature and the energy of urban life. It is easy to get around the city by bike or on foot, and you’ll be able to enjoy or the attractions and amenities of a major city.

Student reviews for Dominican University College

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4.6 stars
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  • William Green
    United States
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    Dominican University College Philosophy
    Tell us about Dominican University College
    Dominican University College offers an intimate learning experience that allows you to fully immerse yourself in a centuries-old intellectual tradition. The college’s small size makes it easy for international students like myself to integrate into the student community. Every class I have taken has been academically rigorous, and course offerings are varied and interesting. I would highly recommend this school to anyone interested in studying Philosophy or Theology.

What Dominican University College says

  • Dilyara Yusupova

    Dilyara Yusupova

    Dominican University College Recruitment and Communications Officer
    Dilyara Yusupova says

    Dominican University College (DUC) is located in Ottawa, Canada’s capital, which allows students to experience some of the country’s best attractions, celebrations, and events. Conveniently located in the downtown core area, the University is easily accessible by transit and offers access to Rideau Canal, Parliament, shopping, dining, and strolling areas.

    A small university size with a 7:1 student to faculty ratio encourages a positive academic climate in which students experience a supportive and caring environment, and an opportunity to broaden their cultural horizons.

    It is a unique institution where students deepen their knowledge in philosophy and theology and perfect their writing and analytical skills. The best aspect of the University is that students do not have to start a degree to learn more about theology or philosophy, they can just enroll in one of the interesting courses being offered every fall, winter, and summer semesters.

    The incoming students are exposed to the bilingual environment and are welcomed to live the ultimate authentic Canadian experience by visiting neighborhoods and participating in the events on both the Ontario and Quebec sides of the Ottawa River.

    Outstanding student experience and overall happiness is what matters to us! Our Admissions Office and DUC Student Association support students in their academic journey throughout the university years and beyond.

    Our graduates have entered the public and private sector jobs across the country and abroad. We are proud to provide students with the skills needed to obtain positions in the field of law, teaching, publishing, public relations, politics and public policy, religion and ministry, business and management, journalism, and non-profit work. Come and join us at Dominican University College in Ottawa for a certificate, undergraduate or graduate program!

Student life & facilities

Group of students planning a presentation in a living room
  • Library
    • Individual Study Rooms
    • Computer labs
    • Quiet Areas
    • Museum
  • Food & Restaurants
    • Bars
    • Restaurants
    • Cafe’s
  • Praying Rooms
    • Chaplaincy
    • Individual Praying Rooms
    • Group Praying Rooms
  • IT Support
    • Campus Wireless Connectivity
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  • Tutoring Support
    • Student Tutoring & Support
    • Academic Tutoring & Support
    • Peer & Buddy Program

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Fees and funding

Fee information

  • Undergraduate tuition: CAD$13,120 per year
  • Graduate tuition: CAD$19,680 per year


DUC Foundation Grants

The DUC Foundation and its generous benefactors, religious communities, organizations and individuals are pleased to offer support to students in financial need. Students who are enrolled full-time in an undergraduate or graduate program in the Faculties of Philosophy or Theology are eligible.


Dominican University College

96 Empress Ave, Ottawa, ON K1R 7G3, Canada

Dominican University College is within walking distance of Parliament Hill, national museums, the famous Rideau Canal, and the Ottawa River. Ottawa has been voted Canada’s Best Place to Live for several years running.

Visa requirements for Dominican University College

Many international students will require a visa to study in Canada, and this is a vital step of your study abroad journey. Make sure you understand the requirements you may need to meet before applying.

Canada student visa requirements