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Postsecondary Studies

Ontario's publicly assisted postsecondary education system is made of universities and colleges along with satellite campuses providing learning options in every region of the province. Universities offer programs in the arts and sciences, as well as graduate and professional programs. Colleges prepare students for careers in business, applied arts, technology, and health sciences. They also offer part-time and continuing education courses, apprenticeships and skills training programs.

High school graduates can pursue their studies in French at the following postsecondary institutions:

  • The University of Ottawa is at the leading edge of many disciplines, thanks to the work of its research centres and institutes. It offers a complete range of programs in the arts and sciences that includes its undergraduate programs, Master’s programs, Doctorate programs, French immersion studies, Co-op programs, alternating study terms and paid work terms to help you build a career, and an International exchange student program.
  • Laurentian University located in Sudbury in the northern part of the province offers undergraduate and graduate studies in English and in French.
  • The Université de Hearst offers undergraduate programs in French on three campuses located in Hearst, Kapuskasing and Timmins in Northern Ontario. The University also organizes studying abroad programs (in French).
  • The original campus of York University in Toronto, Glendon College remains a full-fledged bilingual faculty of York University specializing in the liberal arts. Glendon also offers three French Master and one PhD programs.
  • The Campus d’Alfred of the University of Guelph is a French-language campus that specializes in Agricultural technology, Environmental management and Food nutrition as well as Risk management. Certificate programs focus on landscape and horticultural studies, veterinary office administration, food service and dairy herd worker. The research station at Campus d'Alfred features three units providing applied research in the areas of: dairy, forestry and maple syrup, as well as research and technology transfer. Find out more about its programs and internship abroad programs and reserch initiatives.
  • In 1995, Cité collégiale (all links are in French) launched its Ottawa campus made of 10 pavilions with over a hundred classrooms and laboratories offering full services including a sport complex, cafeteria, library and residences. This college of applied arts and technology now offers programs in the construction trade in Orleans; milling, industrial mechanics and of fitting and welding programs in Hawkesbury; a program in culinary arts and carpentry in Pembroke; and, postsecondary, continuing education and distance learning programs in Toronto.
  • The Collège Boréal was established in September 1995 with a main campus in Sudbury and six subsidiary locations in Hearst, Kapuskasing, New Liskeard, Nippissing and Timmins all located in Northern Ontario. Collège Boréal now also has a campus in Toronto and 48 access centres and partners serving 38 Ontarian communities. Ask your local campus about their training and employment programs.

Viens vivre en Ontario

Viens vivre en Ontario

Ontario's Municipal Francophone Immigration website, Viens vivre en Ontario (in French) provides local information about French services and local information on education, business, employment and health in various communities across Ontario.

Two faith universities also offer postsecondary studies in French. They are:

  • Dominican University College is a Faculty of Theology in Ottawa with a civil charter, granted by the Ontario Government, allowing the College to offer civil degrees in Philosophy and Theology.
  • St Paul University in Ottawa is a bilingual Catholic institution entrusted to the Congregation of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate. The University is with civil and pontifical charters and is federated with the University of Ottawa. It is dedicated primarily to an understanding and integration of Christian faith and life. The University offers undergraduate and graduate studies.

For international students, it means having access to high quality educational institutions in French in a bilingual environment. Visit Avantage Ontario (in French) for more information.

Tip: Whether you intend to pursue your studies or look for work in Ontario, have your international academic credentials assessed so that they are properly recognized. Assess your credentials by using the National Education Profiles. Note that this does not constitute a formal recognition or equivalency.


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Warning: Before you go ahead, check with the licensing or certification board or agency to find out what type of credential evaluation you require. Read the section on Academic Credential Assessment Services for more details.

Financing Your Postsecondary Education

The Ontario government’s subsidy doesn’t cover the entire cost of postsecondary education. However, the province gives you access to grants and loans based on your financial needs, through the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP). Students in full-time postsecondary programs in French at French-language or bilingual institutions in Ontario can also apply for a fellowship. Find out about all the scholarships available to you by using

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