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Brief Background

The University of Ottawa is located in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. It was first established in 1848 under the name College of Bytown and later reorganized as an autonomous body in 1965.

The university is famous for being the largest bilingual (English-French) university in the world. It takes pride in having 97% employment rate for graduates, close to $60 million per year in student scholarships and bursaries, and having the first and largest French immersion program among Canadian universities. Apart from these, there are many other aspects that contribute to making the university one of its kind. It houses 10 faculties, namely, Faculty of Education, Faculty of Engineering, Faculty of Health Sciences, Faculty of Law - Civil Law Section, Faculty of Law - Common Law Section, Faculty of Medicine, Faculty of Science, Faculty of Social Sciences and Telfer School of Management. It has three campuses, the main campus - Ottawa Campus, Toronto Campus and Windsor Campus.


In the 2011-2012 academic year, the university was recorded to have owned and managed 30 main buildings, 806 research laboratories, 301 teaching laboratories and 257 classrooms and seminar rooms. The university also has a Museum of Classical Antiquities for the teaching purposes of the Department of Classical and Religious Studies, comprising of artefacts between 7th century BC to 7th century AD. It also houses a gallery space run for and by the students, wherein students from Visual Arts, Art History and Art Administration can display their own pieces and practice their administrative and curatorial skills. The main library is in Morisset Hall - which also includes the Media Centre, Archives and Special Collections and the Geographic, Statistical and Government Information Centre - and is open for 24 hours on exam days. The university has five other specialized libraries: the Brian Dickson Law Library, located in Fauteux Hall; the Health Sciences Library, located at the Roger-Guindon campus; the Management Library, located in the Desmarais Building; the Isobel Firestone Music Library, located in Pérez Hall; and the Annex, an off-site storage facility that houses less-used portions of the collection.


Ottawa has ten student residence buildings: Le Blanc Hall, Marchand Hall, Stanton, Thompson Hall, Hyman Soloway, Friel, Henderson, Rideau, 45 Mann, 90 University and Annex. The residence space offers a number of accommodation options depending on the preference of the students. Brooks and Hyman Soloway are 2–4 bedroom apartment-style residences, while 90 University is a two-bedroom suite-style residence. The annex has 1-5 bedroom units including studio-style single rooms. The university also has a space for student life which is The Jock Turcot University Centre. It is located between Montpetit Hall and Morisette Library. The traditional residential buildings, which are Le Blanc Hall, Marchand Hall, Stanton, Thompson Hall, charge between $6,783 to $9,571 depending on the type of room. Suites and studios charge $7,376 to $10,365 and apartments charge $11,298 to $19,423, while those who wish to live in houses with the accommodating capacity of 5 people will have to shell out $9,289. 

Financial Aid

The university provides various kinds of financial aids to students, including scholarships for academic achievements and bursaries awarded on the basis of financial needs. The Admission Scholarship is offered depending on the average of the students. Schulich Leader Scholarship which values at $80,000 to $100,000 is meant for students pursuing academic excellence and community leadership in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics. President's Scholarship and Chancellor’s Scholarship valued at $30,000 and $26,000 ($6,500 per year) respectively and are awarded to undergraduate students and students in each of the direct-entry faculties. Loran Award is valued up to $100,000. Applicants must be in their final year of uninterrupted full-time studies in high school or CEGEP, have a minimum cumulative average of 85% for students outside of Quebec and an R score equal to or higher than 29 for students in Quebec, be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, and be at least 16 years of age by September 1 of the following year.

Chemical and Biological Engineering

The Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at uOttawa is dynamic in nature, and it strives to incorporate research and learning in something as pragmatic as Engineering in an effective manner.

The department offers BASc in Chemical Engineering; BASc in Chemical Engineering, Engineering Management and Entrepreneurship Option; BASc in Chemical Engineering, Environmental Engineering Option; BASc in Chemical Engineering; and BSc in Computing Technology along with Honours BSc in Biochemistry (biotechnology) and BASc in Chemical Engineering (biotechnology). Under the graduate program, the department provides MASc, MEng and PhD courses in Chemical, Biomedical and Environmental Engineering courses. The main aim of the graduate programs is to refine the skills and research expertise of the students by expanding their specialized knowledge of chemical engineering.

The department seeks to undertake this primarily through coursework, research seminars and technical training. The graduate course for Biomedical Engineering is a  multi-disciplinary programme that combines resources from seven participating academic units at the University of Ottawa and Carleton University including Department of Mechanical Engineering, Department of Systems and Computer Engineering, School of Computer Science.

The students enrolled in the Environmental Engineering programme benefit from gaining knowledge in the applied concepts of environmental engineering and become independent in conducting research and preparing scholarly publications. The department’s full-time faculty is working on projects such as polymer reaction engineering, sustainable catalysis processes, microbial biotransformation, Biopharmaceuticals, emulsion polymerized mixed matrix. The faculty further integrates these experiences into their teaching processes to enhance the body of knowledge for the department. It has major fields of specialization which draw from the multidisciplinary nature and broad reach of modern chemical engineering practice.

Civil Engineering  

The Department trains the students to tackle the existing challenges in society by building their expertise in computer applications and field and laboratory testing and project management and preparing them for emerging issues as well alongside. Sewage treatment plants, buildings, transportation systems, dams, tunnels, harbors, water distribution and wastewater collection systems, industrial facilities, water treatment plants, and irrigation channels are some fields where the application of civil engineering is prevalent are covered by the said department.

It offers BASc in civil engineering, computing engineering, engineering management and entrepreneurship, environmental and water resource option, structural and geotechnical option under its undergraduate program, while it’s graduate program includes MASc, MEng and PhD degrees in Civil Engineering. The MASc course requires a thesis along with 18 courses,  while MEng requires the completion of 30 courses or 24 courses depending upon the choice of option.

The department houses 21 full-time regular faculty members, 3 full-time teaching professors, 4 emeritus professors and 15 adjunct professors who are supervising research projects on Blast engineering, Earthquake engineering, Environmental engineering, Geotechnical engineering, Structural engineering, Tsunami engineering, Water resources engineering and Wind engineering.

The Department offers Master of Applied Science in Civil Engineering Specialization in Science, Society and Policy (MASc); Master of Applied Science in Environmental Engineering (MASc); Master of Applied Science in Environmental Engineering Specialization in Environmental Sustainability (MASc); Master of Engineering in Civil Engineering (MEng); Master of Engineering in Environmental Engineering (MEng); Doctorate in Philosophy in Civil Engineering (PhD); Doctorate in Philosophy in Environmental Engineering (PhD) as well.

Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

The Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science is an interdisciplinary school which offers programs in electrical engineering, software engineering, computer engineering and computer science. The department is located in one of Canada’s largest high-technology centres which allow it to have relations with local companies and facilitate the study of particular research topics and research-centric projects.

The school offers BASc in Electrical Engineering, BASc in Electrical Engineering, Engineering Management and Entrepreneurship Option, BASc in Electrical Engineering and BSc in Computing Technology, Electrical Engineering, Computing Technology, Engineering Management and Entrepreneurship Option, Honours B.Sc. in Physics and BASc in Electrical Engineering, Honours BSc in Computer Science, Honours BSc in Computer Science, Management and Entrepreneurship Option, Honours BSc in Computer Science, Data Science Option, Joint BSc in Computer Science and Mathematics, Major in Computer Science, Minor in Computer Science, Honours B.Sc. in Mathematics / Honours B.Sc. in Computer Science (Data Science) for its undergraduate program.

The graduate programs are Master of Applied Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering (MASc); Master of Engineering in Electrical and Computer Engineering (MEng); Doctorate of Philosophy in Electrical and Computer Engineering (PhD). The master's degree is offered in three options - Thesis, Coursework, and Project. The department has a total of 70 full-time working faculty along with cross-appointed professors. Some of the department’s primary areas of research are Enabling technologies for health care and augmented life, Technology for digital transformation of society, Sustainable and resilient infrastructure, Emerging materials and processes: design and development and Photonics for devices, networks and energy. 

Mechanical Engineering

The Department of Mechanical Engineering aims at covering the broad field of mechanical engineering by touching on key areas of study such as machines, materials, energy, manufacturing, automation, biomedical engineering, aerospace and more. It offers BASc in Mechanical Engineering and BSc in Computing Technology, Engineering Management and Entrepreneurship Option for its undergraduate program. MASc, MEng and PhD are the courses offered under the department’s graduate program.

The department receives 200 new undergraduate students and 100 graduate students a year. The department has  21 full-time professors and four emeritus professors providing in-depth learning in areas such as advanced materials and manufacturing engineering, biomedical engineering, solid mechanics and design engineering, dynamics, controls, automation and robotics, aeronautical engineering, thermal and fluids engineering. Some of the department’s major areas of research include advanced materials and manufacturing engineering, Aeronautical and space engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Dynamics, controls, automation and robotics, Solid mechanics and design engineering, Thermal and fluids engineering. 

Pure Sciences

1. The university houses the Department of Biology which offers Honours BSc in Biology,  Cellular/Molecular Option, Ecology, Evolution, Behaviour Option,  Physiology Option, Major in Biology, Honours BSc in Biomedical Science, Biomedical Science - Bioanalytical Science Option,  Biomedical Science - Biostatistics Option, Cellular and Molecular Medicine Option, Medicinal Chemistry Option, Neuroscience Option in its undergraduate program. Its graduate program includes MS in Biology, Biology Specialization in Bioinformatics,  Biology Specialization in Environmental Sustainability, Biology Specialization in Science, Society and Policy, Biology Specialization in Chemical and Environmental Toxicology along with a PhD in Biology and  Biology Specialization in Chemical and Environmental Toxicology.

2. The Department of Chemistry and Biomolecular Sciences provides Honours BSc in Biochemistry, Biochemistry - Option in Chemical Biology, Biochemistry - Microbiology and Immunology Option, Biochemistry - Synthetic Biology Option, Major in Biochemistry, Minor in Biochemistry, Biopharmaceutical Science, Biochemistry / BASc in Chemical Engineering (Biotechnology), Chemistry, Chemistry - EcoChemistry Option, Chemistry - Option Advanced Materials, Major in Chemistry, Minor in Chemistry in its undergraduate course. Its graduate course includes MS in Chemistry, Chemistry Specialization in Chemical and Environmental Toxicology, Chemistry Specialization in Science, Society and Policy and PhD chemistry and Chemistry Specialization in Chemical and Environmental Toxicology.

3. The department of Earth and Environmental Sciences in its undergraduate program provides Honours BSc with specialization in Geology, with specialization in Environmental Geoscience, with specialization in Geology-Physics along with major and minor in Geology. Its graduate program provides MS in Earth Sciences, Earth Sciences Specialization in Chemical and Environmental Toxicology, Earth Sciences Specialization in Environmental Sustainability, Earth Sciences Specialization in Science, Society and Policy and PhD in Earth Sciences and Earth Sciences Specialization in Chemical and Environmental Toxicology.

4. The Department of Physics offers Honours BSc in Physics, Physics - Biological Physics Option, Physics - Photonics Option, Physics-Mathematics, Physics / BASc in Electrical Engineering, Major in Physics, Minor in Physics and Biophysics in its undergraduate programmes, while its graduate program provided MS in Physics and Physics Specialization in Science, Society and Policy and PhD in Philosophy Physics.

5. The Department of Mathematics and Statistics offers Honours BSc in Financial Mathematics and Economics, Mathematics, Physics-Mathematics, Computer Science and Mathematics,  Mathematics and Economics, Major in Mathematics and Minor in Mathematics along with BSc in Statistics, Major in Statistics, Minor in Statistics in its undergraduate program. The department’s graduate program offers M.Sc. in Mathematics and Statistics Concentration in Mathematics, Mathematics and Statistics Concentration in Statistics, Mathematics and Statistics Specialization in Bioinformatics, Mathematics and Statistics Specialization in Biostatistics and PhD in Mathematics and Statistics.  

Annual fees for Indians $16,298
Annual off-campus living $5,400
Source : GyanDhan's analysis & university's website as of year 2018

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