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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 and pay the $500 deposit to be enrolled in the program.

Please pay your deposit by using one of our payment options and the student number that was assigned to you. The $500 deposit is non-refundable (cannot be returned)

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Apply for your visa as soon as possible using the University of Ottawa offer of admission. 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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Wait for an email from the University of Ottawa about your statement of account then pay your full tuition fees. Please, check the Dates and fees page to find out the session dates.

Please pay your tuition fees by using one of our methods of payment and the 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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Living on Campus

Every May through August, the University of Ottawa opens its residences to groups and individuals, allowing them to enjoy convenient and affordable accommodations throughout the summer months.

FLS0540: A few rooms in Friel have been reserved for PIF students.  March 20 2019 is the deadline for FLS0540 students to book a room and pay their residence fees. Information will be sent to you by email after registering to the French Intensive Program.

 FLS0560: A few rooms in Friel have been reserved for PIF students. May 6 2019 is the deadline for FLS0560 students to book a room and pay their residence fees. Information will be sent to you by email after registering to the French Intensive Program.

Other Housing Options


Students aiming to improve their French skills and learn about Canada at an accelerated pace should consider living with a Canadian family referred to as homestay. For more information or to register for homestay, please contact the University of Ottawa representative by email at or visit the Canada Homestay Network website.

Summer Accommodations

From May to August, Residence & Conference Centre (RCC) Ottawa Downtown offers comfortable and affordable suites with two private bedrooms, a bathroom and kitchenette. This accommodation is located on the campus of Saint Paul University, the founding college of the University of Ottawa, minutes away from the downtown core of Ottawa. Visit for further details or contact RCC by email at or by phone at 613-236-3131.

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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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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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