A successful student experience

Adapting to a new environment, different academic expectations and increased independence

Mentoring Centre

Four students discussing studying techniques
An attendance of more than 1,700 at workshops, study groups and individual meetings for the year 2016-2017!

Self-actualization, sharing best practices and skill development are the basic foundations of our Mentoring Centre. The centre’s success is, thanks to its team of 11 student mentors, including one mentor focused on the specific needs of international students.

Introduction to studying social sciences — SCS1550 

This popular seminar was offered in 17 sections to first-year students by the School of Sociology and Anthropology this year, fostering the concepts and work habits that they need to succeed in the social sciences.


Working to cultivate a strong sense of belonging and providing our students with unique initiatives to explore various facets of their disciplines.

Student experience week

Professors’ expectations, social and academic engagement and even managing finances and coping with stress — the week, offered exclusively at the Faculty of Social Sciences for the second time in 2016, offered a glimpse of the many facets of the student experience!

More than 15 thematic weeks and large-scale events

15 thematic weeks and large-scale events were organized by our units, student associations and members of the Faculty. These unique initiatives such as conferences, fairs, and even philanthropic activities are catalysts for dialogue among students, teachers and community members. They provide a new settings that allows students to explore and apply the knowledge learned in class.

Equipped for the future

Gaining practical skills and confirming choices before beginning graduate studies or entering the job market.

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Directed research courses for fouth-year students — SCS4150/ SCS4550

38 students participated individually or in small groups in an ongoing research project. Applied research experience under the supervision of a professor often helps students confirm their choices, whether for graduate school or a career.

Deconstructing Success: How Social Sciences Alumni Built Their Careers

Eight events, 28 experienced alumni and great interest from current students who wanted to learn more about the job market and hear real advice from professionals who graduated in their fields of study.

Financial Literacy

Shaun Lynda, a graduate of the University of Ottawa and his wife Dionne Nicholls moved from New York to lead the CLEAN program. This serie of 5 interactive workshops was offered to 30 students from the Faculty of Social Sciences who learned how to better manage their finances in the short, medium and long term. A good example of the many ways to engage with his alma mater.

Learning out of the box

group of students holding a sign with Switzerland

735 students have chosen to add French immersion to their program of study. Unique in Canada, French Immersion Studies allows students who wish to integrate French in their studies to take part of their courses in the language of Molière. Almost all of our faculty programs offer this option.

CO-OP is offered in 18 Faculty programs, allowing students to apply classroom learning in the workplace. 

99.5% CO-OP students participating have found a paid placement.

141 organizations have employed 605 students of the Faculty.

In 2016-2017, we offered 56 courses with a Community Service Learning (CSL) option. Through this educational approach, students gain a better understanding of classroom concepts by doing volunteer work or an internship in a community organization.

In 2017, the Model United Nations course (SCS3195) student delegation who represented Switzerland was awarded the Distinguished Delegation award in addition to 10 Outstanding Position Papers awards and 4 Outstanding Delegates in Committee awards.

Community outreach

Stacey Wharton and colleague working at a Food Bank

Community outreach activities allow students in French-language high schools in Ottawa and Eastern Ontario to discover our programs, while encouraging them to pursue postsecondary education. In 2016-2017, we were also able to reach students from Northern Ontario and the Greater Toronto Area as well.

PhD students in criminology, international development, psychology, political science and sociology gave more than 48 workshops on various topics to students from Grade 10 to Grade 12 in French-language schools. We were able to reach about 1,000 students.

More than 64 francophone students in Grade 12 took one of three University courses offered in 2016-2017: Introduction to Studying the Social sciences. The course was also offered for the first time in an Anglophone high school in the Ottawa area. In addition to offering a taste of the university experience, these courses are credited.

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