Comparing Undergraduate Tuition Fees*


University of Ottawa

University in Québec**



Québécois student

Non-Québécois student

Tuition Fees ***




Admission Scholarship

$1,000 to $4,000/year



French Studies Bursary




Education Bursary




Dean’s Merit Scholarship

$1,000 to $4,000/year







CO-OP program

Approx. $7,600/placement ($23,4 00 in total)



Work-Study Program

Approx. $11,000/year ($44,000 for 4 years)




*The totals were taken from the tuition fees of the 2016–2017 academic year as posted on the web site of both institutions

**The example is taken from the Université du Québec en Outaouais

***Tuition fees from the fall and winter sessions, including accessory fees

An initial comparison of the tuition fees for the University of Ottawa and the Université du Québec en Outaouais (UQO) can lead to two conclusions: for a non-Québécois Canadian student, it’s cheaper to study at the University of Ottawa, and for a Québécois student, it’s much cheaper to study at the UQO. But hang on a second—is this actually true?

The University of Ottawa offers a wide range of financial resources that can help make your studies much more affordable. For example, let’s look at Catherine’s situation: she recently graduated from CEGEP with an average of 85%. She has chosen to study in the English-French translation program at the University of Ottawa, and she has also demonstrated financial need. Once accepted into her program of choice, she receives the Admission Scholarship ($2,000, based on her average), the French Studies Bursary ($1,000), and the Education Bursary ($1,000). In bursaries and scholarships alone, she has more than half of her tuition fees covered and the remaining amount is lesser than what her tuition would have been at a university in Québec. In her second year of studies, she is accepted into the CO-OP program and is able to earn a salary, which, along with her renewable bursaries, allows her to cover most if not all of the costs associated with her studies.

Of course, every student’s case is different; what doesn’t change is that these resources are open to everyone!

Making it Work (While Studying)

Looking to make some extra cash and gain some experience in the work force? The University offers two exciting opportunities in this area: the Co-operative education program (CO-OP) and the Work-Study Program (WSP).

The CO-OP program is directly linked to your program of study and allows you to gain (paid!) experience in your field of choice. For instance, translation internships will often take place in external translation firms. Over the course of your 4-year degree, you will be able to acquire approximately 12 months of professional experience through 3 separate internships. The CO-OP program is certainly useful in being able to pay for your studies, but more than that, you will have the chance to establish a solid base of skills and knowledge upon which you will be able to build your career.

The WSP offers the chance for students to work on campus throughout the year (in a part-time capacity) and throughout the summer (in a full-time capacity). The University’s many services and faculties offer more than 1,700 jobs, which will allow you to not only earn a salary (roughly $4,000 dollars per semester or $7,000 throughout the summer) but also to improve your employability. The WSP work placements are not as tailored to specific fields of study like in the CO-OP program, but there is definitely work to be found for translation students. Sound like something that might interest you?

Graduate Studies

University fees at the graduate level are variable.


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