University of Ottawa Study Requirements for Nigerian Students

Each year, many Nigerian students come to Canada for a postsecondary degree. In fact, Canada welcomes more than 10,000 Nigerian students annually, making this beautiful country the main source of international students from sub-Saharan Africa in Canada.

Did you know that as a Nigerian citizen, by choosing the University of Ottawa, you may be eligible for an Entrance Scholarship for African Students Studying in English? 

Minimum Admission Requirements

If you’re applying from a secondary school, you must meet the following conditions to be considered for admission to an undergraduate program:

  • Have obtained, or be in the process of obtaining, your West African Examinations Council Senior School Certificate (WAEC) or West African Senior School Certificate of Education (WASSCE).
  • Have a minimum average of 75% (requirements may  be higher depending on the program you select).
  • Have completed, or be in the process of completing, the prerequisites (scroll to “Prepare to apply”) for the program you select. Unless otherwise indicated, you must complete all prerequisites at the secondary school senior level.

Space is limited. Admission is competitive and not guaranteed. We reserve the right to deny admission even if you meet all requirements.

If applicable, see the page specific to your study situation: 

If you have started or completed postsecondary studies and meet the following conditions, you can be considered for admission to an undergraduate program. You must:

  • Have a minimum average of 70% (requirements may be higher depending on the program you select).
  • Have completed, or be in the process of completing, the prerequisites (scroll to “Prepare to apply”) required for the program you select. Unless otherwise indicated, you must complete all prerequisites at the secondary school senior or the postsecondary level.

Make sure you meet the minimum admission requirements before applying. If you have any questions, contact InfoAdmission.

Required Documents

If you’re currently studying for your West African Examinations Council Senior School Certificate (WAEC) or West African Senior School Certificate of Education (WASSCE), submit the following documents through our uoZone portal:

  • Transcript of the past three years of secondary studies
  • Transcript of results from the first term of your final year 

If you’ve already graduated, submit the following documents through uoZone:

  • Your WAEC or WASSCE results
  • Proof of diploma

If you’re applying with your postsecondary education started or completed, submit the following documents through our uoZone portal:

  • All postsecondary transcripts
  • Your WAEC or WASSCE results 
  • Proof of diploma

Language Requirements

Courses at the University of Ottawa are given in English, French or both languages. You must master one of the two languages to be admitted.

If you’re applying for an English-language program and haven’t completed at least three years of full-time study in an institution where English is the only language of instruction (except for language courses), in a country where English is an official language, you must submit your official score after taking one of the language tests we recognize.

Learn more about our language requirements.

Eligibility

Determine whether you’re eligible for admission to our undergraduate programs.

  • WASSCE
  • WAEC
  • Bachelor’s

Programs you can be accepted intoBenefits and details
Bachelor’s3 years direct entry after secondary school general education giving a grounding in a field of study in arts or social sciences does not give access to co-operative education programs can lead to admission into honours bachelor’s programs can lead to admission into law or education programs

Nigeria Student Express Study Permit Program

Depending on what you study, you may be able to get your study permit faster through the Nigeria Student Express program. For more, learn about studying in Canada as an international student.

Advanced standing (credit transfer)

If you’ve completed some postsecondary studies, you’ll be evaluated on them, even if you’re applying for an undergraduate program.

We may grant you advanced standing (i.e., transfer your credits), depending on the program you apply to. Faculties that grant advanced standing base their decision on the discipline, the courses you’ve completed, and the length of your studies.

Scholarships for international students

Our scholarship program is one of the most generous in the country. There are many entrance and excellence scholarships available to you. Learn about our scholarships.

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