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How to apply / Eligibility

French Immersion Studies are designed for students who have attended high school in a language other than French, but who, while in high school, have followed a French-as-a-second-language program.

To enrol in French Immersion Studies, you must :


Choose a program that offers French immersion (see list of programs). Apply to your program via the Ontario Universities Application Centre. Be sure to select the French immersion option on the program details screen.


Take the Immersion Admission Test - an online comprehension (oral and written) and writing test. You can take this test before or after you apply.


Submit a DELF B1 Diploma or higher. To submit a DEFL, please email a scanned copy of both sides of your diploma to immersion@uOttawa.ca. Also include your student number if you have one, and your full name.


Once you receive an offer of admission, you must complete the Writing and and speaking assessment.


Contact an immersion mentor to help you select courses in French and build an immersion study plan in accordance with the results of your admission test, your program requirements, and your personal ambitions.


Applying from another university or college

Students applying to transfer from another university are welcomed at uOttawa. To receive a University of Ottawa degree, you must complete 50% of your diploma requirements here: see Canadian university transfers.


Applying from uOttawa

If you are already a student at uOttawa, you may still enrol in French Immersion Studies and complete your program with a French Immersion mention on your diploma. You will have to meet with an academic advisor or with a French Immersion Studies staff member.


International students

International students applying to French immersion must meet the same admission requirements as Canadian students.

To get information about studying at uOttawa and scholarships, we advise you first contact the International Office.

Immersion admission test

The Immersion Admission Test is an online French proficiency test, which measures how well you understand oral and written French.

You must pass this test to be eligible for French Immersion Studies. The test also serves other purposes, such as recommending appropriate French-as-a-second-language courses and helping to create your individualized roadmap in immersion.

The test may be taken before or after you apply to uOttawa. We strongly encourage you to take it as soon as possible, preferably while you are still in school and using French on a daily basis.

The test takes no more than 90 minutes and involves listening to audio files, so make sure you are settled in a quiet place and that your computer has speakers or headphones. Before you take the test, we encourage you to spend some time immersing yourself in French: reading French books, watching TV or listening to the radio in French. These are all great ways pour s'intégrer à un milieu francophone, and brush up on your French skills. You may take a practice test BEFORE you take the test. The practice test, found in the uOlangTest system, gives you an opportunity to become familiar with the testing environment and to see the types of tasks you will be asked to complete.

After you have completed the test, you will be able to immediately view your results.

Click here to take the test.

If you are eligible for French Immersion

Once you have successfully passed the test and have accepted an offer of admission to uOttawa, you will be sent an email prompting you to take the mandatory Immersion Writing and Speaking Assessment. The results of this evaluation will complete your linguistic profile; that is your proficiency level in listening, reading, writing and speaking. Based on your linguistic profile, you will receive course recommendations that will help you to continue develop your French skills.

If you are not eligible for French Immersion

If you do not successfully pass the Immersion Admission Test, the French Immersion option will be removed from your profile of study. This will not affect your admission to your regular program at uOttawa.

But don't worry! You can still continue to learn French by:

You may also retake the Immersion Admission Test, but you must wait two months between attempts. If you receive the test result required to be admissible before September, you may contact French Immersion to reinstate the French immersion option.

Immersion writing and speaking assessment

Before your first semester, you must have your French writing and speaking skills assessed. This helps us to place you in French-as-a-second-language courses (FLS) suited to your proficiency level.

The results of the Immersion Writing and Speaking Assessment do not affect admission into a regular program of study, but the assessment is mandatory for admission to French Immersion. You should do it as soon as you have passed the Immersion Admission Test and accepted an offer of admission from uOttawa. It is important that both the Immersion Admission Test and the Writing and Speaking Assessment be completed prior to course registration so that we can provide you with the most effective immersion study plan for your skill level.


The Diplôme d'études en langue française (DELF) is an international standardized test for determining your French proficiency, which many school boards now administer to their students. If you possess a DELF B1 or higher, you may be exempt from the requirement to pass the Immersion Admission Test and the Immersion Writing and Speaking Assessment.

To submit your DELF, scan both sides of the document and send it by email to immersion@uOttawa.ca. Be sure to include your student number, if you have one, and your full name.

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