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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.