Enrich your Student Experience

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Enjoy rich and unique experiences, here and elsewhere, enabling you to make the most of your time on campus and to standout from others when it comes time to enter the job market.

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Opt for CO-OP

Choose from among 23 CO-OP programs offered by the Faculty of Social Sciences! Alternate between paid work placements and classroom sessions to acquire experience and acquire workplace skills in your field of employment. At the end of your program, you will have accumulated 16 months of practical experience and met key people who will facilitate your entry into the workforce. Students at the Faculty of Social Sciences have been privy to a 97% COOP placement rate. Discover the breakdown of COOP placements of students at FSS.

Work on Campus

Through the Work-Study Program, you’ll not only get to earn money to pay for your studies, you’ll also gain valuable work experience!

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Drive change in your community

As early as your first year, you can take part in the social innovation initiative. Through the Venture Initiative tackle real world social challenges and develop tangible skills that will help you stimulate change in your community and beyond!

You can also find exciting volunteer opportunities at the Michaëlle Jean Centre for Global and Community Engagement. So, give your time… it matters! Moreover, employers generally recognize the intrinsic and unique value of volunteerism.

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Become a Researcher

Discover the world of academic research in your second year of study. Through their format and specific learning objectives, the various undergraduate research initiatives enable you to discover the world of academic research by working with a professor, while simultaneously putting concepts seen in the classroom into practise in specific situations.

Practise your second language

As the largest English‑French bilingual university in the world, the University of Ottawa offers innumerable opportunities to improve your skills in each of Canada’s official languages! You can also earn a second language certificate, providing evidence of your second language skills, a key asset in the job market.You can also add immersion to number of our programs.

Plus, benefit from financial aid as you refine your French language skills!

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Get involved

Getting involved in campus activities is an excellent way to improve your student experience at uOttawa. Participate in a wide variety of exciting and dynamic activities, competitions, shows and events, or join your student association or one of 250 university clubs.

Experience the world

All Social Sciences’ honours programs enable students to participate in international opportunities after their second year. As international opportunities complement each other, you can choose to take part in more than one during your program.

We offer:

  • International Internships
  • Field Research Courses
  • Model United Nations Course
  • Walls to Bridges Course
  • International Exchanges

Visit the Faculty of Social Sciences International Office's website for information on how these experiences abroad can count toward your degree and to learn more about the requirements.

Once I’m Ready to Enter the Workforce, What can I Expect?

Generally speaking, people who get a university degree have a better chance of administering large-scale financial, human and material resources than people who have certificates or diplomas for studies of shorter duration than a university undergraduate degree. Your future salary also depends on your level of education and area of work. Check out this indispensable resource to learn what is available to you after your studies. 

Many of our graduates go on to have an impact here at home, and abroad. Their strong ties to uOttawa keep them connected and engaged to help out the future generation. Learn about the ‘Meet the future you series’  and take note of some stats on the social sciences job market here.

You can also catch a glimpse of your future professional network here.

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