Admission Requirements

Before submitting an application, you must meet or intend to meet all of the admission requirements, namely, have a secondary school diploma (or the equivalent if you studied outside Canada), have a minimum average, meet language requirements as well as have taken all the prerequisite courses for the program. To find out what you need to know about admission requirements, select the statement below that best describes your situation.

Canadian students (direct-entry faculties)

At the University of Ottawa, students receive a bachelor's degree in a program of undergraduate studies from one of the following direct-entry faculties:

Faculty of Arts Faculty of Engineering
Faculty of Health Sciences Telfer School of Management
Faculty of Social Sciences Faculty of Science

Diploma

You must have at least a secondary school diploma.

Required average

Admission is not guaranteed. The minimum average you require depends on the limited number of spots available in a given program. Applicants who do not have the minimum average required for some of our most competitive programs may be considered for a program in a related field of study.

Secondary school applicants: The admission average you require to be eligible for a program or scholarship is calculated based on your interim or final Grade 12 results, including courses that are prerequisites for your program.

University or college transfers: The admission average you require is calculated based on final results from courses taken in your postsecondary institution.

Prerequisites

All the courses you’ve taken to meet the prerequisites for a program must be equivalent to Grade 12 courses. To see these prerequisites, select the province or territory where you’ve studied.

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Language requirements

Courses at the University of Ottawa are given in English, French or both languages. Therefore, you must master one of the two official languages to be admitted.  The University of Ottawa reserves the right to request the result of a language test at any time, if necessary.

English-language programs

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 located in a country where English is an official language, you must provide your official score in one of the language tests recognized by the University.

French-language programs

If you are applying to enter a French-language program and you have not completed three years of full-time study in an institution whose sole language of instruction is French, located in a country having French as an official language, you must provide us with your official results in one of the language tests recognized by the University.

International students (direct-entry faculties)

At the University of Ottawa, students receive a bachelor's degree in a program of undergraduate studies from one of the following direct-entry faculties:

Faculty of Arts Faculty of Engineering
Faculty of Health Sciences Telfer School of Management
Faculty of Social Sciences Faculty of Science

Diploma

You must have at least a secondary school diploma from a Canadian province or territory or the equivalent. See the levels of study required for admission according to country of origin.

Country Level of study required for admission
Afghanistan Baccaluria       
Albania Dëftesë Pjekurie/Maturity Certificate      
Algeria Baccalauréat de l’enseignement secondaire
Andorra Batxillerat        
Angola Secondary School Leaving Certificate/Habilitaçës Literarias 
Argentina Bachillerato         
Armenia Mijnakarg Krtutyan Attestat or Hasunutian Vkaiakan
Australia Senior Secondary Certificate of Education (Year 12 Certificate)      
Austria Reifezeugnis Maturity Certificate       
Azerbaidjan Certificate of Complete Secondary Education    
Bahamas Bahamas General Certificate of Secondary Education (BGCSE)       
Bahrain Tawjihiyah/General Secondary Education Certificate       
Bangladesh Higher Secondary Certificate       
Barbados Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) Certificate (EDGE) or Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Certificate (CAPE)     
Belarus Certificate of (Complete) Secondary Education   
Belgium Certificat d’enseignement secondaire supérieur/Certificate of Higher Secondary Education or Getuigschrift van Hoger Secundair Onderwijs 
Belize Secondary Education or General Certificate of Education Advanced Level (GCE “A” levels) or Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE)        
Benin Baccalauréat de l’enseignement secondaire      
Bermuda Bermuda Secondary High School Diploma       
Bhutan Bhutan Higher Secondary Education Certificate             
Bolivia Bachillerato              
Bosnia - Herzegoniva Certificate or Diploma of Completion of Secondary Education       
Botswana Botswana General Certificate of Secondary Education       
Brazil Diploma/Certificado de Ensino Médio    
Brunei Darussalam Brunéi/Cambridge Advanced Level Certificate of Education (GCE "A" Level)          
Bulgaria Diploma za Zavurcheno Sredno Obrazovanie /Diploma of Completed Secondary Education      
Burkina Faso Baccalauréat      
Burundi Diplôme d’État       
Cambodia Certificate of Completion/Baccalaureate      
Cameroon Baccalaureate or Cameroon General Certificate of Education Advanced Level (G.C.E “A” Level) 
Cape Verde Certificado da Habilitacöes Lilterarias/Certificate of Literary Qualifications    
Cayman Islands Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Certificate (CAPE) or General Certificate of Education Advanced Level (GCE “A” level)     
Central African Republic Baccalaureate       
Chad Baccalaureate             
Chile Licencia de Educacion Media (LEM)     
China Upper Middle School Graduation Certificate or The Senior High School Graduation Diploma      
Colombia One year of university studies
Congo Baccalaureate                 
Costa Rica Bachillerato
Cote d'Ivoire Baccalauréat/Diplôme de bachelier de l’enseignement du second degré    
Croatia Matura/Maturity Certificate and final exam= 4 years of Gimnazija (gymnasium/high school)   
Cuba Bachillerato       
Cyprus Apolyterion from a Lykion 
Czech Republic Vysvědčení o maturitní zkoušce/Secondary School Leaving Certificate     
Democratic Republic of Congo Diplôme d’État d’études secondaires du cycle long                  
Denmark Studentereksamen (Upper secondary school leaving Examination or Hojere Forberedelseksamen-HF (Higher Preparatory Examination)   
Djibouti Baccalauréat de l’enseignement secondaire   
Dominica (Commonwealth) General Certificate of Education Advanced Level (GCE "A" level)                
Dominican Republic Bachillerato or Bachillerato en Ciencias y Letras 
Ecuador Bachillerato                 
Egypt Thanaweya a’Amma/General Secondary Education Certificate          
El Salvador Bachillerato General      
Eritrea Eritrean Secondary Education Certificate Examination (ESECE)         
Estonia Gümnaasiuimi löputunnistus/Secondary School Leaving Certificate         
Ethiopia Ethiopian Higher Education Entrance Examination (EHEEE)      
Fiji Form 7 Certificate/Higher School Certificate       
Finland Matriculation Examination Certificate (university entrance exam after Upper Secondary Completion Certificate)    
France Baccalauréat               
Gabon Baccalauréat               
Gambia West African Examinations Council Senior Secondary School Certificate     
Georgia Sashualo Ganatlebis Atestati (Certificate of Secondary School Education)
Germany Abitur ou Zeugnis der allgemeinen Hochschulreife or(Certificate of General Maturity for Higher Education)
Ghana Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination (SSCE)    
Great Britain  or United Kingdom General Certificate of Education Advanced Level (GCE “A” Level)     
Greece Apolytirion of Lykeian or Apolytirio Gymnasiou         
Guatemala Bachillerato  de Ciencias y letras           
Haiti Baccalauréat 2e partie or Diplôme d’enseignement secondaire        
Honduras Bachillerato en Ciencias y Letras    
Hong Kong  Hong Kong Advanced Level Examination (HKALE) or Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) 
Hungary Secondary School Leaving Certificate or Maturity certificate or Erettsegi Bizonyitvany        
Iceland Studentsprof  
India Higher Secondary School Certificate   
Indonesia Sekolah Menengah Unum Tingkat Atas (SMA)     
Iran Peesh-daneshgahii/Pre-university year (after 11 years of secondary school) 
Iraq Adadiyah/Sixth Form Baccalaureate      
Ireland Ardteistiméireacht/Leaving Certificate       
Israel Teudat Bagrut               
Italy Diploma di maturità or Diploma di Esame di Stato                
Jamaica Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) ou Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE)              
Japan Kotogakko Sotsugyo Shomeisho/Upper Secondary School Leaving Certificate   
Jordan Tawjihi/General Secondary Education Certificate        
Kazakhstan Diplom o Srednem Spetsialnom Obrazovanii ou Attestat  
Kenya Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE)      
Kuwait Shahadat Al-Thanawiya-Al-A'ama or Secondary School Diploma      
Kyrgyzstan Attestat o Srednem Obrazovani     
Laos Baccalauréat II (EDGE) or Upper Secondary School Diploma 
Latvia Atestāts par Vispārējo Vidējo Izglītību/Certificate of General Secondary Education
Lebanon Baccalauréat libanais/Lebanese Baccalaureate 
Lesotho Cambridge Overseas School Certificate    
Liberia West African Examination Council (WAEC) Certificate            
Libya Secondary Education Certificate    
Liechtenstein Matura/Maturazeugnis        
Lithuania Brandos atestatas/Maturity Certificate  
Luxembourg Diplôme de fin d’études secondaires   
Macau Senior Secondary Certificate   
Macedonia Secondary School Leaving Certificate   
Madagascar Baccalauréat de l’enseignement secondaire       
Malawi Malawi School Certificate of Education (MGCE)       
Malaysia Sijil Tinggi Pelarajan Malaysia (STPM) (Malaysian Higher School Certificate)     
Maldova Diploma de Bacalaureat  
Mali Baccalauréat Malien/Secondary School Leaving Certificate
Malta Matriculation Certificate      
Martinique Baccalauréat de l’enseignement du second degré 
Maurice General Certificate of Education Advanced “A” Level or Higher School Certificate    
Mauritania Baccalauréat      
Mexico Bachillerato       
Mongolia Gerchilgee (School Leaving Certificate) 
Montenegro  Diploma o zavrsenoj srednjoj skoli/Diploma of Acquired Secondary Education         
Morocco Baccalaureate         
Mozambique Secondary School Leaving Certificate or Certificado de Habilitacäo es Literarias 
Myanmar (Burma) Basic Education Standard X Examination Diploma A (Matriculation) 
Namibia General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) or Namibian Secondary School Certificate (NSSC)        
Nepal Higher Secondary Certificate
Netherlands Higher General Secondary Education Diploma/HAVO      
Netherlands Antilles Voorbereidend Wetenschappelijk Onderwijs/VWO/University preparatory Education Diploma        
New Zealand National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) Level 2 or Level 3  
Nicaragua Bachillerato en Humanidades or Ciencias 
Niger Baccalauréat            
Nigeria Senior School Certificate (SSSC)      
North Korea Secondary School Leaving Certificate
Norway Vitnemal Fra Videreqaende Skole    
Oman Thanawiya Amma ou General Secondary School Certificate   
Pakistan Certificate of Completed Secondary Education or Higher Secondary School Certificate or Intermediate Certificate Examination         
Palestine Tawjihi (Academic)           
Panama Diploma de Bachiller       
Papua New Guinea Higher School Certificate            
Paraguay Bachillerato      
Peru Certificado de Educacion Secundaria Comun Completa                 
Philippines Two years of study at the university level
Poland Maturity Certificate of the General Lyceum/Swiadectwo  dojrzalosci lyceum  
Portugal Diploma de Ensino Secundario      
Qatar Al-Thanawiya Aama Qatari/General Secondary School Certificate   
Romania Diploma de Bacalaureat             
Russia Attestat O Srednem (Polnom) Obschem Oobrazovanii                  
Rwanda Diplôme de fin d’études Secondaires/Secondary Education Advanced Level Examination Certificate 
Saint Kitts and Nevis Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Certificate (CAPE) or GCE “A” level Examinations  
Samoa Pacific Senior Secondary Certificate (PSSC) or South Pacific Form 7 Examination    
San Marino  Diploma di Maturità       
Saudi Arabia Tawjihiyah/General Secondary Education Certificate 
Scotland Scottish Qualifications Certificate Advanced Higher Grade or Scottish Certificate of Education Higher Grade 
Senegal Baccalaureate     
Serbia Diploma o zavrsenoj srednjoj skoli/Diploma of Acquiqred Secondary Education         
Sierra Leone Senior School Certificate Examination or General Certificate of Education Advanced Level “A” levels   
Singapore Singapore-Cambridge General Certificate of Education (GCE) Advanced "A" Level Examination      
Slovakia Secondary School Leaving Certificate/Certificate of Maturity Examination from a Gymnazium  
Slovenia Maturitetno spricevalo/Maturity Exmination Certificate  
Solomon Islands Pacific Senior Secondary Certificate 
Somalia Somaliland Secondary School Leaving Certificate       
South Africa Senior Certificate Examination   
South Korea High School Certificate or Diploma     
Spain Curso de Orientacion Universitaria   
Sudan Sudan Higher Secondary School Certificate   
Sri Lanka Sri Lankan GCE A Levels        
Surinam  Voorbereidend Wetenschappelijk Onderwijs/VWO        
Swaziland General Certificate of "O" Level  
Sweden Avgångsbetyg från Gymnasieskole or Slutbetyg från Gymnasieskole/Leaving Certificate      
Switzerland Maturitaetszeugnis/Certificat de Maturité/Baccalauréat/Attestato di Maturità/Matura      
Syria Al-Shahâda Al Thânawiyya-Al’Amma/Secondary School Leaving Certificate/Baccalaureate          
Taiwan (China) Senior High School Leaving Certificate    
Tajikistan Diploma of Completed Specialized Secondary Education/Attestat      
Tanzania Advanced Certificate of Secondary Education/ACSE      
Thailand Higher Secondary School Certificate (Mathayom Suksa 6)      
Timor Leste  Ensino Secundario Diploma     
Togo Baccalauréat de l’Enseignement secondaire (2e partie)           
Tonga South Pacific Board Educational Assessment’s Form 7 Certificate or South Pacific Foundation Certificate Form 7 level
Trinidad and Tobago Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination  (CAPE) or GCE "A" Level   
Tunisia Baccalauréat           
Turkey Lise Diplomasi        
Turkmenistan Minimum of three years of study at the university level
Uganda Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education  (Form 6)      
Ukraine Atestat/Certificate of Complete General Secondary Education or Matriculation Certificate
United Arab Emirates Shahadat Al-Thanawiya Al-Amma/Secondary School Leaving Certificate    
Unites States of America High School Diploma              
Uruguay Bachillerato Diversificado de Ensenanza Secundari      
Uzbekistan Certificate of Completed Secondary Education or Certificate of Secondary Education or Attestat o Srednem Obrazovanii  
Venezuela Bachiller  
Vietnam Band Tôt Nghiêp Trung Hoc Pho Thông
Yemen The Al Thanawiya examination/General Secondary Education Certificate    
Zambia Zambian School Certificate Examination or Certificate of Education “O”Level 
Zimbabwe Cambaridge Higher School Certificate or CGE "A" Level Certificate       

 

Required average

Admission is not guaranteed. The minimum average you require depends on the limited number of spots available in a given program. Applicants who do not have the minimum average required for some of our most competitive programs may be considered for a program in a related field of study.

Prerequisites

Prerequisite courses for a program correspond to Grade 12 courses in Ontario. See prerequisite courses for international students.

Language requirements

Courses at the University of Ottawa are given in English, French or both languages. Therefore, you must master one of the two official languages to be admitted.  The University of Ottawa reserves the right to request the result of a language test at any time, if necessary.

English-language programs

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

French-language programs

If you are applying to enter a French-language program and you have not completed three years of full-time study in an institution whose sole language of instruction is French, located in a country having French as an official language, you must provide us with your official results in one of the language tests recognized by the University.

 

Canadian and international students (professional faculties)

If you’re applying to a professional program, contact the faculty responsible for it:

Civil Law Common Law
Education Medicine