Recognized as Canada's premier bilingual university, the University of Ottawa was established as the College of Bytown in 1848. It is located in the heart of the nation's capital, at the crossroads of French and English Canada, and has carved a place of distinction for itself among Canada's leading universities. Its campus provides a vibrant setting for the exchange of ideas and promotes the cross-pollination of knowledge and cultures.
The University of Ottawa is unique in allowing its students to choose their preferred language of study. It offers courses in Canada's two official languages and enables students to pursue studies in French, English or both. Students may also choose to improve their linguistic skills by taking courses at the University's Second Language Institute.
Courses are offered in both French and English.
Students will receive up to 12 credits towards their law degree. Only the credits and not the grades will transfer per ABA requirements. The acceptance of any credit or grade for any courses taken at the University of Ottawa program, including externships and other clinical offerings, is subject to determination by the AUWCL Office of the Registrar.
The Faculty of Law at the University of Ottawa teaches both common law and civil law, and provides a unique opportunity to study both legal systems. These two systems are present in over 72 percent of the countries of the world and knowledge of both helps to ensure access to national and international markets in an era of globalization. The following is a selection of courses offered. Students may choose from a number of classes offered at the University of Ottawa. AUWCL students will be enrolled in regularly scheduled classes with fellow Ottawa students. A more complete list is available at the University of Ottawa Graduate Studies Website
- International law
- Human rights law
- International Humanitarian and Security Law
- Global Sustainability and Environmental Law
- Law and Social Justice
- Law and Technology
- Notarial Law
- International Trade and Investment Law
Housing and Cost of Living
The University of Ottawa has an off campus housing office that will be a useful tool in securing housing for your semester abroad. Please visit the University of Ottawa Off Campus Housing website when arranging for housing.
Estimated cost guide (all figures are estimates and subject to change)
|Housing (calculated on an average of $550 per month)
|Food (approximately $67 per week)
|Local Transportation (bus fare at $55 per month)
|Books and Other Supplies
|Clothing, Entertainment, and Other Items
For general questions and concerns please visit the Semester Exchange FAQ page.
All other questions and concerns should be directed to:
American University Washington College of Law
4300 Nebraska Avenue, NW, Suite Y360
Washington, DC, 20016 USA
Telephone: (202) 274-4228