How to Apply / Eligibility
The French Immersion Stream is designed for students who have attended high school in a language of instruction other than French, and who, while in high school, have followed a French-as-a-second-language program.
Steps to enroll in French Immersion Stream:
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.
After you have received an offer of admission from uOttawa…
Pass the Immersion Entry Test – an online test that assesses your competence in reading, listening, speaking and writing. (As an alternative to taking the test, if you hold a DELF B1 or B2, you can send a scanned copy (front and back) of your certificate to immersion@uOttawa.ca. This option is available for Canadian students only.)
If needed, contact an immersion mentor to help you select courses in French and build an immersion study plan.
Applying from another university or college
Students applying to transfer from another university are welcomed at uOttawa. For more information, see Canadian university transfers.
Applying from uOttawa
If you are already a student at uOttawa, you may still enrol in the French Immersion Stream and complete your program with a French Immersion designation on your diploma. You will have to meet with a French Immersion Stream staff member.
International students applying to the French Immersion Stream must meet the same admission requirements as Canadian students.
To get information about studying at uOttawa, first contact the International Office. To get information about university fees for international students enrolled in a program of study with the French Immersion Stream: Differential tuition fee exemption.
Immersion Entry Test
To access the Test
Once you have received an offer of admission in a program of study at uOttawa, you must request access to the Immersion Entry Test. (Click on “You are a Student with a uOttawa Student Number.” Allow one business day after your request for access has been submitted.)
The Immersion Entry Test is an online test that assesses your French competencies, in oral and written comprehension and expression. This test is used to confirm your admission in the French Immersion Stream.
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.
Your results will be available within 5 business days after writing the Test.
If you are not eligible for the French Immersion Stream
If you do not successfully pass the Immersion Entry 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:
- Participating in a program like Explore, in which you adventure to a new region of Canada while learning French;
- Taking intensive French courses over the summer, before you arrive at uOttawa;
- Taking French-as-a-Second-Language courses (FLS) in your first year.
You may also retake the Immersion Entry Test; 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.
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