Your Bilingual Lifestyle

The University of Ottawa is the largest bilingual university in North America. But don’t stop there! Take your French beyond the classroom: Ottawa is a bilingual city, and Gatineau, just across the river, will give you une expérience authentiquement québécoise.

At uOttawa, bilingualism is not just something to study: it's a way of life.

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Club d'immersion

The Club d'immersion organizes social and cultural activities for Immersion, Extended French, and other Francophile students to discover Francophone culture outside the classroom—and improve their French while they're at it! By talking with like-minded students with similar ambitions, club members have opportunities to boost their confidence in oral French, as practice occurs in a non-intimidating and laid-back environment.

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The Club d'immersion organizes many events for its members, from small, intimate gatherings to big trips to other cities. Some events from previous years include:

  • Trips to Quebec City for the Carnaval de Québec
  • Movie nights at the Bytowne Cinema, a local theatre that shows French films
  • Trips to Montreal for the Nuit blanche festival, a night-time arts festival
  • French activities on campus (improv games, Semaine de la francophonie, franco-evenings with Francophone bands, midi-découvertes, etc.)
  • Skating on the Rideau Canal
  • Dinner at a cabane à sucre (sugar bush)
  • and, of course "Build your own poutine" night!

Activities change every year. If you have an idea you think would be fun, contact the Club to get the ball rolling!

How to reach the Club d’immersion

Club d'immersion de l'Université d'Ottawa
600 King Edward, room 307D

The Club d'immersion is made up of the executive committee and the club's members. The members of the executive committee are University of Ottawa students who are elected in April of each year.

Derry Hendarna

4th year, International Development and Globalization

Megan Bowers
VP Finance

2nd year, Political Science

Kendra Stapleton
VP Social

4th year, International Development and Globalization

Kelsea Walsh
VP Internal

2nd year, International Studies and Modern Languages

International Exchanges

Want to travel? Want to use your French abroad? The University's International Office arranges for full-time students to spend a session or full academic year abroad through a student exchange with one of our partner institutions in more than 50 countries.

French-speaking countries to which you may go on an exchange include:

  • Belgium
  • France
  • French Polynesia
  • Guadeloupe
  • Luxembourg
  • Morocco
  • Senegal
  • Tunisia

International Exchanges

By spending some time abroad you will gain perspective and add a valuable international component to your degree. What's more, with your French skills you will have better access to living and learning in French-speaking countries.

You can also check out uOttawa's Centre for Global and Community Engagement, which provides opportunities to volunteer and be involved at home and abroad.


The CO-OP program at uOttawa is one of the largest in Canada. Students can opt for hands-on work experience in their field of study while completing their degree. This program not only allows you to get a head start on your career, but, as a French Immersion student, you have yet another way to integrate your second language into your lifestyle and bring it out of the classroom.

Bilingual students have access to a larger number of CO-OP placements in the Ottawa area, as positions often require some proficiency in both languages. Students may also find their own placement, so if you know of a company or organization in Timmins, Saguenay or Victoria that needs someone bilingual, you may propose to do your CO-OP there!

Sarah Baker

Carrefour francophone

The Carrefour francophone is a lounge dedicated to la francophonie. It is administered by the Community Life Service with the objective of serving as the hub of Francophone life around campus. You can go there for a relaxing place to work or study or to participate in an event. You can also learn about Francophone events happening in Ottawa and the region, or plan an activity yourself!

Le Carrefour francophone

Student Media

La Rotonde

La Rotonde La Rotonde est le journal francophone de l'Université d'Ottawa. Les articles sont rédigés par des étudiants et étudiantes qui connaissent le français, comme vous. Vous pouvez en obtenir un exemplaire gratuit sur le campus et tester vos habiletés linguistiques tout en vous informant sur la vie étudiante et communautaire. Et si vous êtes sûr de vos habiletés en français, vous pourriez même y collaborer. Quelle meilleure façon d'être au courant!

La Rotonde

CHUO 89.1 FM

CHUO 89.1 est la station radiophonique de l'Université d'Ottawa. Écoutez les émissions en français et en anglais pour mettre en pratique vos compétences linguistiques ou pour vous exercer en vue de votre prochain test de français langue seconde.


National Capital Region

Ottawa is a very bilingual city, and with Gatineau just across the river, the possibilities to live and learn in French are practically endless. As such, there are many activities and events that take place in both languages. This region is one of the greatest advantages of studying at uOttawa. Your second language must be used if it is to thrive, and the array of social and cultural events taking place in French in the region represents an incomparable opportunity.

For ideas, visit some of these links:

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