Attention all international students: reduced tuition fees for those studying in French

Posted on Tuesday, October 8, 2013

The University of Ottawa is pursuing its efforts to promote the use of French on the world stage. Its most recent initiative will substantially reduce tuition fees for foreign students who are either Francophones or Francophiles.

The University is proud to announce that it has adopted a new policy that will waive a portion of the tuition fees for international undergraduates wishing to study in French, as well as for those who have previously done so and who wish to undertake graduate studies in French at the University of Ottawa. Beginning in the 2014-2015 academic year, new international students who are eligible for the tuition fee waiver will pay the same amount as Canadian students, a savings of over $10,000 per year.

“The University of Ottawa has decided to make its study programs more international, specifically by encouraging French-speaking students, fostering cultural diversity and ensuring a balance between official languages on campus. Our institution is working hard to advance the cause of French language and culture for current and future generations by promoting post-secondary education and research in French,” said the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean, Chancellor of the University of Ottawa.

As stated in the University's strategic plan, Destination 20/20, the University hopes to double the number of international graduate students it attracts, and increase its international undergraduate population by 50% in the coming years. Not only will the tuition fee waiver attract more international students, it will also invigorate research activities at the University, thanks to the dual degree and cotutelle programs the University intends to create with new university partners.

For more information on the tuition fee waiver, please visit the University of Ottawa's International Office website.

About the University of Ottawa

The University of Ottawa is the largest bilingual university in the world, where students can study in English, in French or in both languages. Located in the capital of Canada, a G8 nation, the University is committed to research excellence and encourages an interdisciplinary approach to knowledge creation.  Its breakthroughs in health, science, social sciences and the humanities attract global attention and testify to its passion for discovery and its ranking among the top 10 research universities in Canada.

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