The University of Ottawa (uOttawa) is ranked among the top 2% universities worldwide, and among the top 10 most research-intensive universities in Canada. It’s a place where bold minds come together to disrupt and redefine the debate. The institution, at the crossroads of cultures, languages and perspectives, is the largest French-English bilingual university in the world, meaning that students can study in English, in French, or in both languages.
uOttawa is home to 10 faculties that offer more than 450 undergraduate, graduate and professional degree programs to over 43,000 students from across Canada and 150 countries.
The Social Sciences at uOttawa
The Faculty of Social Sciences (FSS) offers a range of high quality undergraduate, masters and doctoral programs, and includes: the Department of Economics, the School of Psychology, the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, the Department of Criminology, the School of International Development and Globalization, the Institute of Sociological and Anthropological Studies, the School of Political Studies, the Institute of Feminist and Gender Studies, and the School of Social Work.
The Faculty offers students a variety of services to help them navigate university life and achieve academic success. International students seeking to add more to their experience can take advantage of internships and field research courses in and outside of Ottawa. In fact, there are a multitude of experiential learning opportunities designed to help distinguish uOttawa’s students from others once they hit the job market.
The uOttawa and FSS approach: an invitation to defy the conventional
The approach behind uOttawa and FSS is based on an invitation to defy the conventional. In the words of uOttawa:
- We are fearless towards today’s challenges and our game-changing ideas are helping to shape the world.
- We don’t try to fit the mould. We create entirely new shapes. Our unique collaborations across disciplines means our expertise is sought after by government and industry.
- A desire to learn, the courage to question and a passion for discovery are present in everything we do.
Studying in Canada’s National Capital
Studying in Canada makes financial sense and is a great option for international students. The cost of education and living is reasonable when compared to many other countries, and the quality of education is outstanding. Credentials from uOttawa are widely recognized and respected for the high level of education they represent.
uOttawa is located in the heart of Canada’s national capital, in the province of Ontario, on the border with the province of Quebec. The city of Ottawa is only 350 kilometres east of Toronto, 200 kilometres west of Montreal, and just a short 90-minute flight from New York or Boston, which makes it easier to travel to other centres.
Choosing to study the Social Sciences, specifically, at uOttawa is an especially sound decision. Given that the Faculty is situated just blocks from Parliament, embassies and the central offices of public and not-for-profit organizations, interacting with politicians, policy makers and society’s key influencers is commonplace.
Canada is repeatedly named one of the 10 best countries in the world in which to live. uOttawa exemplifies Canada’s multicultural character. The university encourages and values cultural diversity. This openness means that whatever a student’s origin, religion or nationality, they can easily integrate in the Faculty.