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Study engineering at the University of Ottawa

Don’t miss out on an opportunity to study at this world-renowned university

The University of Ottawa is famous for being the largest English French bilingual university globally. Strategically located in the heart of Canada’s capital, it is known for its world-class faculty, quality education and globally recognised degrees. Especially popular for its engineering programs, the faculty enjoys a graduate employment rate of a whopping 96.1% (as in 2018).  

If you have been considering to enrol in an engineering program at the University of Ottawa, here’s all you need to know:

Popular engineering programs

The university’s Faculty of Engineering’s programs are a perfect right blend of theory and practice with access to advanced prototyping and manufacturing facilities, entrepreneurial competitions, competitive teams, start-up growth programs, and more. Additionally, the faculty also runs Program Spotlight, which gives an opportunity to the students to learn more about other programs each week via multiple means – through articles, videos, etc. 

  • Undergraduate programs: The University’s portfolio of undergraduate courses comprises of Architectural Engineering, Biomedical Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Geotechnical Engineering, Management Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Mechatronics Engineering, Data Science Engineering and Software Engineering

  • Masters programs: Their most popular engineering courses at masters level include Applied Science Advanced Materials and Manufacturing, Applied Science Biomedical Engineering, Applied Science Chemical Engineering, Applied Science Civil Engineering, Applied Science Electrical and Computer Engineering, Applied Science Environmental Engineering, Applied Science Mechanical Engineering, Computer Science, Digital Transformation and Innovation, Engineering Biomedical Engineering and Engineering Chemical Engineering  

Study engineering at the University of Ottawa

Source: https://www.uottawa.ca/graduate-studies/international/study-uottawa/why-uottawa

Eligibility criteria 

The eligibility criteria vary with each program and hence it is always better to check specific requirements pertaining to your desired course with the university. Sure, you can always reach out to your IDP counsellor who can help you understand the criteria in detail. However, here are some most common eligibility requirements: 

I. At an undergraduate level

  • Higher Secondary School Certificate or All India Senior School Certificate (AISSC) with a minimum average of 75% 

  • Prerequisites required for the desired program must be completed in your senior year, unless stated otherwise  

  • A minimum of 6.5 in your overall IELTS score, (not less than 6.5 in Writing module)

II. At masters level

  • Bachelor’s degree with a specialisation in the relevant field, or in the sub-disciplines considered to be part of engineering with a minimum average of B (70%)

  • Identify at least one professor who can supervise your research and thesis. It’s recommended to contact potential thesis supervisors and enrol yourself if accepted by them

    Note: You’ll need to mention the supervisor’s name as your choice of research supervisor in your application. This will determine your primary campus location  

  • A minimum of 6.5-7 overall band score in IELTS with no band less than 6 in each module

  • Statement of purpose

  • Resume

  • Two letters of recommendation

Tuition Fee 

The minimum annual tuition fees you’ll have to pay to pursue an undergraduate engineering course is $60,600 and masters course is $29,000. However, do check with the university about the exact fee for your chosen program. 

Scholarships available for international students

You can apply to a range of scholarships and bursaries offered by the University and the community  (scholarships are awarded for academic achievements while bursaries are based on financial needs).There are many funding opportunities available where you can avail between $10,000-$30,000 of scholarship and other financial assistance. It’s best to check with your IDP counsellor for the details of the best available options for you. 

*Recommended: Do check about the deadlines and details, it may vary owing to the current pandemic

Co-op education at the University of Ottawa

Co-op programs at the University allow you to apply the concepts learned in your class during the paid work terms. So, in four years of your study program, you’ll have a diploma along with 16 months of experience (approx.) in your chosen field. 

Read more about Co-op education in Canada

There are two ways to apply for a co-op program at the University of Ottawa:

I. Reserved placement: Available to students who are yet not registered at the University of Ottawa and want to keep their reserved spot in co-op. For this, you can also apply for direct admissions to any co-op program (except Biomedical Science, Translation and graduate-level programs).

II. If already registered with the university: If you have already registered with the university, then you can apply for Co-op. However, the application deadlines and admission requirements will vary from program to program, so it’s recommended to check the university website online with program-specific information. For the same, you can apply through your uOzone account by 'COOP Navigator' from the 'Applications' menu.

Be it Biomedical, Mechanical, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, or any other engineering studies, you can earn a salary of up to $68,000 once you graduate. Here’s an indicative chart of how much you can expect to earn per hour during different work terms:

Work Term 1

Work Term 2

Work Term 3

Work Term 4

$16.99
$14 - $29.03

$19.43
$15 - $20.69

$21.45
$15 - $38

$21.10
$14 - $33.87


Potential employers for co-op students at the University of Ottawa: Abbott Point-of-Care, Epocal Inc., Health Canada, Ottawa Hospital, The Rehabilitation Centre, Clark Construction Management, Dragados Canada Inc, Environment and Climate Change Canada, Lascelles Engineering & Associates Ltd. and many more. 

With no dearth of opportunities, studying at the University can be a definite life-changer. If you are still confused, reach out to us at IDP and we’ll be more than happy to guide you. 

Source: https://coop.uottawa.ca/en/coop-students/regulations-procedures#:~:text=To%20keep%20their%20reserved%20spot,%2C%20depending%20on%20the%20program 

Updated on November 24, 2020

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Shilpi Singh

Shilpi Singh is a skilled professional with over 13 years of experience and extensive knowledge of Canadian institutions and Education in Canada. Under her role of Client Relations Manager (Canada) at IDP, she is the central point of contact for client institutions and IDP Canada staff. In her role, she ensures that all IDP staff and students are updated with latest institution policies, requirements or any process related to education in Canada. 

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