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Welcome to the French Intensive Program (PIF)! You’ve made your decision and you’re ready to register?

Good choice! We are looking forward to welcome you.

To begin the registration process, simply complete the short online form.

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Once we receive your application form, we will send you admission documents (acceptance letter and visa purposes letter) by email. These are the necessary documents to apply for your visa, if needed.

Apply for your visa as soon as possible. Application processing times may vary.

Please consult the medical exam requirements as they are very important in your visa application procedure.

For all questions regarding your visa application, please contact Immigration and Citizenship Canada.

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Your tuition fees must be paid two weeks prior to the start of class. Check the Program page to find out the session dates.

Please pay your tuition fees by using one of our payment options and your student number that was assigned to you.

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You have your important papers or you have taken the necessary steps to get them. Now it’s time for the fun part: booking your trip.

You need to book a flight to Ottawa. Your search for a flight will be easier if you remember the code for the Ottawa International Airport –YOW – and the name of the national airline -  Air Canada.

We suggest trying the following sites to compare airline prices:

Good luck on your search! 

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With the colaboration of the Housing Services, we reserved residences for all students registered to the PIF.

Each appartment can accommodate 4 student with 4 indiviual rooms and a shared kitchenette.

Please note the following information regarding the dates and cost for each course:


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May 12 2017

August 19 2017



June 30 2017

August 19 2017


Payment: Your residence fees can be paid at any time using our payment options and your student number. Make sure that you address your payment to the Housing Services.

Information and Photos : Consult the Short-term Accommodation website.

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All reservations made? Your trip is organized? Wonderful. You are about to reach your goal. It’s time to pack your bags.

In addition to your clothes and other personal items, make sure to bring the following items for your stay in Canada:

  • a letter of introduction and acceptance from the Canadian Embassy:
  • a valid passport;
  • a letter of acceptance to the PIF at the University of Ottawa;
  • a proof of sufficient funds (bank statement);
  • at least one photo ID;
  • your credit cards (if applicable);
  • your medical and immunization records;
  • your driver’s license or international driver’s license;
  • your driving insurance records (a letter stating the number of years you have been insured, and your insurance record);
  • any electrical equipment you may need (note that voltage in Canada is 110 volts, 60Hz; you may require an adapter).

We do not recommend that you carry more than $500 in cash with you while travelling to Canada. 

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Plan in advance how you will travel from the Ottawa airport to downtown. This will spare you from any anxious moments or uncertainty.

Here are your options. All are good but take into account cost and accessibility based on what is more important to you. 

By taxi

You can take a taxi from the airport to the University campus. It will cost you approximately $35.

By bus

For under $5, you can take OC Transpo bus number 97, and get off at the LAURIER station. Please check the OC Transpo website for more information on bus schedules.

By shuttle bus

There are also “Airport Limousine Buses” that go downtown several times an hour and stop at the main hotels. The Novotel Hotel is the closest to the University. The cost for the limousine bus service is approximately $10.

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International students are required to have health insurance coverage during their studies on the campus of the University of Ottawa. This is also true for students registered for intensive programs such as PIF.

FLS0540 international students will be covered by the University Health Insurance Plan (UHIP) for the duration of the program.

FLS0560 international students will be covered by the University Health Insurance Plan (UHIP) for the duration of the program.

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That’s it! The experience begins!

Look into the wide variety of services offered to students and the many attractions on campus and in the city.

Take advantage of every moment: you may be here to learn French as a second language, but you are also living an enriching cultural experience – who knows? – you may build friendships that will last a lifetime. 

Welcome to the University of Ottawa!  

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