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Dominican University College

Dominican University College

Established in 1900, Dominican University College (DUC) is a public, first-class research university located in Ottawa, Canada’s national capital. The university offers an inspiring learning environment where every student contributes mentally, physically, and emotionally to making the university a stimulating and innovative place of study.

The university is accredited by the Ontario Government and is a member of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (A.U.C.C.). It grants civil bilingual (English and French) degrees in Philosophy and Theology and is formally affiliated with Carleton University. All degrees granted by DUC are conjoint with Carleton University and students have an opportunity to enroll in classes on both campuses.

Our students have the privilege to study at one of the most beautiful heritage buildings featured in Ottawa’s annual Open Doors event taking place in June of every year. Conveniently located in the downtown core, DUC offers easy access to the Rideau Canal, Parliament Hill, as well as the many shopping, dining and strolling areas in Ottawa. The small size of the institution facilitates positive academic interactions where the university administration pays special attention to fostering a supportive and caring intellectual environment, and maintaining a respectful and trusting relationship between faculty and students.



DUC president Maxime Allard welcomes new and returning students for the new academic year. He explains how students will be equipped at Dominican University College with the tools to effect change for the good of individuals and society.


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Why study at Dominican University College

Dominican University College (DUC) offers an inspiring learning environment, where every student contributes mentally, physically and emotionally to make the university a stimulating, innovative and energizing place to study in. Established in Ottawa in 1900, Dominican University College is one of the oldest institutions in Canada. DUC is affiliated with Carleton University and students have an opportunity to enroll in classes on both campuses. A small university size encourages a positive school climate throughout all its premises, where the administration pays special attention to fostering safety on campus, promoting a supportive and caring academic and physical environment, and encouraging and maintaining respectful and trusting relationships among faculty and students.

Awards & Accreditations

- Ontario government higher education accreditation

- The Faculty of Theology is an accredited ecclesiastic faculty

Student services & facilities

Dominican University College offers access to the library that has a collection of philosophy and theology books primarily in French and English languages with important holdings in Hebrew, Greek and Latin. The collection includes over 140,000 volumes and over 400 periodicals.


While it is only the Ottawa campus that grants university degrees, DUC has another satellite in the city of Montreal where the Dominican Pastoral Institute is located for anyone who is interested in taking pastoral studies in French.

Student lifestyle

At Dominican University College the student life is diverse thanks to the student association, AECDO! Throughout the year, AECDO organizes annual BBQ parties, excursions to museums, hikes in Gatineau Park, student retreats at the Chalet des Dominicans and more. The majority of incoming students participate in the Annual Student Conference and present an article or thesis to an audience of students and professors in an academic context.

Incoming students enjoy studying at one of the most beautiful heritage buildings featured in Ottawa’s Annual Open Doors event taking place in June of every year. Conveniently located in the downtown core area, DUC offers access to Rideau Canal, Parliament, shopping, dining and strolling areas.


Student Accommodations

There are several options for student accommodations while studying at Dominican University College. To help you decide which optionis best suited for you, we have compiled a list of possible residences. 

On Campus

Students studying at Dominican University College can choose to live on campus at the Dominican Priory. Amenities include:
- Individual living quarters
- Shared bathroom/living room
- Three meals (buffet style) per day
- Access to the common rooms
- Access to the library
- Free Internet (wifi)


There are many options for accommodations off-campus in rental apartments or houses in the area. To help you in your search for an apartment or roommate, please refer to the following websites:
- Kijiji
- Craigslist
- Padmapper

Canada Homestay Network

DUC is partnered with the Canada Homestay Network. The Canada Homestay Network is a non-profit society that pairs international students with families in the Ottawa community. This partnership offers a supportive, affordable, and safe housing experience. 

Scholarships & funding

Canada is proud of having some of the lowest university tuition fees among English-speaking countries, and it is the case with the Dominican University College. We are offering the lowest tuition to the students across the country. For instance, full-time undergraduate international students pay only $13 120 per year in tuition fees, while graduate students cover the tuition of $19 680 per year.  Dominican University College as an institution supports the incoming and current students through the provision of grants, bursaries, and scholarships.

The DUC Foundation and its benefactors, religious communities, organizations and individual donors offer support to students in financial need. To apply for the grant, students will need to be enrolled full-time in an undergraduate or graduate program in the Faculties of Philosophy or Theology. The amount varies from $300 to $2000 per year. The current students are eligible to apply for research assistant positions within the Theology and Philosophy departments. The amount available for these positions is fixed at $1800 per semester.


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Based on 5 reviews

Michel Vachon
I chose theology because I wanted to understand my faith more profoundly. Dominican was a great choice for that. The professors challenge you and they take seriously the challenges modern life presents for believers. Highlights for me have been the Old Testament courses, the courses on moral theology and Christian Art. These are the foundation o...
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Andrew Mills
I found that Theology at DUC was a profoundly open environment where thought provoking, and possibly prodding, conversations and topics brought up by the professors helped me organize my thoughts and better my world view. I would not change the experience that I have had throughout these last three years, and I would recommend our smaller univer...
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William Green
There is perhaps no place better suited to the study of medieval philosophy than among Dominican friars in Ottawa. Dominican University College is a rare gem where one can be immersed in an environment steeped in one of Christianity’s richest intellectual traditions. Students of all academic backgrounds will find themselves at home thanks to the...
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Dominican University College

96 Empress Avenue
K1R 7G3 Ottawa Ontario

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