University of Ottawa

Campus in Ottawa, Ontario


  • Biology (BSc, MSc, PhD) (co-op)
  • Earth Sciences (MSc, PhD)
  • Environmental Economics & Public Policy (BScoSci)
  • Environmental Science (BSc) (co-op)
  • Environmental Studies (BA) (co-op)
  • Environmental Sustainability (MA, MSc)
  • Geography (BA, BSc, MA, MGeg, MSc, PhD)
  • Geology (BSc)
  • Geomatics & Spatial Analysis (BSc)
  • Global Sustainability & Environmental Law (JD)

Co-op option: Yes

Why Go Here?

University of Ottawa is known for its excellence in research and its bilingual culture. Students can study in English, French or both. In 2012, UOttawa was named the 14th most sustainable campus in the world. The school has received a STARS silver rating for its accomplishments in sustainability. UOttawa's SunLab is an advanced solar research group currently investigating advanced solar panel systems and technologies. As of 2010, the school has banned the sale of bottled water on campus. 


Applied Learning

The school's Ecojustice Environmental Law Clinic is the world's first of its kind. Students can assist lawyers and scientists for course credit, giving legal advice and participating in law reform processes. Many programs offer field trips and courses in a variety of locations. Geography and Environmental Studies students can study in a field camp at the Kluane Lake Research Station in the Yukon. Other courses include field trips to Montreal, the Gaspesie region of Quebec, Alaska and even Switzerland. Day trips are also common, including trips to the caves of Gatineau Park, the Ottawa River or the Mer Bleu Bog. 


Extracurricular Activities

SFUO Sustainability (part of the Student Federation), the Environmental Law Students Association and EcoNetwork are a few examples of eco-friendly campus groups. The People’s Republic of Delicious, an OPIRG action group, offers healthy, environmentally friendly and affordable vegan meals to students once a week. OPIRG also organizes Muggy Mondays, offering free fair trade coffee, tea or hot chocolate to students who bring reusuable mugs. 


Best Natural Feature 

Originally a parking lot, the lawn in front of the Tabaret building has been converted to a green space and is now a popular study spot for students. The Rideau Canal, a World Heritage, is right next to the university and used year round for skating and boating. Scenic bike paths throughout the city provide natural green space for everyone to enjoy. 


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