Ottawa

Study Master's Degrees in Ottawa, Canada

Ottawa at a glance

As the political and technological centre of Canada, with a high standard of living, Ottawa attracts a significant number of international students, as well as tourists and foreign business people. Choose from a wide range of disciplines, at all degree level (Bachelor’s, Master’s, and PhD) at top Canadian universities. The higher educational institutions integrate an interdisciplinary approach to research that led to important discoveries and innovations and to recognition and awards. Ottawa is the capital of Canada, lying on the south bank of the Ottawa River in the eastern portion of Southern Ontario. Ottawa borders Gatineau and Quebec cities.

Studying

Studying in Ottawa

As Ottawa is a bilingual city, universities also provide courses in both English and French. Candidates should submit a language proficiency test at the time of application in the language that they wish to take courses in. For French, the accepted tests are: DALF, DELF, TEF, TCF and TESTCan, and for English: TOEFL, IELTS and PTE.

Students have a diverse palette of subject areas to choose from: engineering, architecture, anthropology, business, languages, computer science, economics, law, mathematics, political science, social work, journalism, Canadian studies and many more. You will find your favourite study programme available at Bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree and PhD programmes (including popular PhD’s in finance, education, and psychology).

For distance degree courses you can find fields like: history, financial management, accounting, communications, marketing and many more.

Career

Career opportunities in Ottawa

Ottawa has a well-developed and sustainable economy. The major sectors are: public services, high technology (telecommunications, software development), health care, finance, administration and sales.

Large employers in Ottawa include: 3M, Adobe Systems, Bell Canada, IBM, Alcatel-Lucent, Hewlett-Packard, Nortel Networks, MD Financial Management, Bank of Canada, Fuel Industries.

International students will have plenty of internship opportunities to choose from, in various fields. However, most of them choose companies involved in the ITC and finance industries.

Life

Ottawa city life

Ottawa is Canada’s cultural and historical hub, where you can visit many museums but you can also find plenty of entertainment spots.

Major attractions in Ottawa include:

  • The National Gallery of Canada
  • Notre Dame Basilica
  • Peace Tower
  • The Canadian War Museum
  • The Canada Aviation and Space Museum
  • The Rideau Canal – a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • The Parliament Buildings

Have a lovely experience and see a play at the Ottawa Little Theatre or wander around in the ByWard public market where numerous artisans, farmers and craft merchants expose their special merchandise all year round.

Attend numerous sport events, related to hockey, football, soccer, basketball and baseball or practice some of these yourself.

While in Ottawa, join the numerous festivals or celebrations, like Winterlude, Bluesfest, Canadian Tulip Festival and many more.

Nightlife is pretty vibrant and diverse, you can find countless bars and lounges, especially in “the Market” area, and also plenty and diverse restaurants where you can taste international cuisine dishes.

Whenever you feel like seeing other places in Canada, Montreal is the closest option, around two hours away by train or by car.

International atmosphere in Ottawa

Ottawa is a multicultural city, hosting many international students and welcoming numerous tourists from all over the world. Regarding ethnic communities, you will encounter Chinese, Arabs, Latin Americans and Filipinos.

Ottawa is also home to numerous embassies and consulates and some of the world’s greatest technology companies located here, as it is one of the best cities in Canada in terms of economic development.

Weather Ottawa

In Ottawa, summers are warm and humid and winters are pretty cold. Daytime temperatures during summer record 30 °C (86 °F) or higher. Snow and ice are dominant during the winter season, receiving high amounts of snow annually, with average high temperatures between -2 °C (28 °F) and – 5 °C (21 °F). Spring and fall seasons have a variable weather, with unpredictable swings.

Universities in Ottawa

Carleton University’s roots as a non-denominational college supported in part by charitable donations from the Ottawa community make it unique among Ontario universities. Founded in 1942, Carleton was created in response to the need to help provide the young people in Ottawa, many of whom had taken on jobs to cope with the pressures of the Depression.

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The University of Ottawa is the largest bilingual (English-French) university in the world. Located at the heart of Canada’s capital, we have ready access to the great institutions of our country. Our advances in social sciences, health, engineering, science and the humanities make uOttawa a unique place to learn, grow and excel.

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