Building partnerships


The University of Ottawa’s International Office negotiates and administers International Agreements on behalf of and in collaboration with our faculties, departments and Schools. The University of Ottawa has signed over 400 academic agreements with international partners from close to 60 countries to pursue collaborative research, student exchanges, joint academic programs, and training initiatives.

Towards 2020

As part of the University of Ottawa’s strategic plan, internationalization is an institutional priority. As stated in Destination 2020, it is one of the four main goals to be developing leaders through internationalization. This means that we will concretely contribute to the following goals:

  • Offer more students the opportunity to learn foreign languages and to take part in activities abroad;
  • Double the number of students taking part in mobility programs (to 1,000 a year)
  • Offer competitive financial support to the highest calibre international graduate students
  • Establish a visiting scholar program to welcome international leaders to our campus
  • Enrich our intellectual and scientific life by encouraging mobility among the members of our community, in particular, faculty, and by becoming a select venue for international events

The University of Ottawa also aims to establish partnerships with top universities among the 200 best in the world and encourages new initiatives such as cotutelles, combined and joint programs as well as opportunities for the University of Ottawa to receive fully sponsored international students.

New partnerships initiatives should mainly take place in the following strategic priority countries and regions:


Countries :

— Germany; Australia; Benin; Brazil; Chili; Cameroun; Chine; Colombia; Costa Rica; Equator; United States; France; India; Ireland; Japan; Malaysia; Panama; New Zealand; United Kingdom; Senegal; Singapore; Switzerland; Taiwan.


— West Africa; Latin America; Europe francophone; Francophile regions of China, United States and India; International Francophonie; Major Canadian cities (Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver); Morocco and the Maghreb; Lyon region (Université de Lyon / PRES de Lyon) and Rhône-Alpes).

 For additional information regarding specific agreements please contact:

Régine Legault-Bouchard for Student Exchange partnerships


Sylvie Albert for all other types of agreements (collaborative agreements, joint programs, PhD Mobility, etc.)


International Exchange Agreements

The University of Ottawa aims to send 1, 000 students abroad as part of their strategic plan “Destination 2020”.  The International Office is committed to offer top academic destinations to our students and to diversify the study destinations as much as possible. 

Our International Exchange Agreements also known as “Student Mobility Agreements” support cooperation in education for students from the University of Ottawa and partner universities to participate in a reciprocal  exchange for courses lasting one or two semesters.  

The International Office also supports the idea of partnering with institutions from around the world who offer Summer programs.  This allows for students from the University of Ottawa to take part in the host institution’s summer program and for the partner’s students to come to the University of Ottawa on exchange during the Fall or Winter of the regular academic year.

New partnerships initiatives should be submitted for approval as explained in the “Guidelines for International Partnerships and Agreements”.

Contact Régine Legault-Bouchard, Manager and Senior Advisor (Student Mobility and International Partnerships) with questions about our International Exchange Agreements. 


Joint Academic Program Agreements and Strategic Partnerships

The University of Ottawa fosters innovative initiatives and encourages internationalization in different forms.  Internationalization of the curriculum is part of our strategic goals and the International Office has dedicated a full time resource for the development of strategic initiatives.  We encourage collaborations such as:

-      Double or joint degrees

-       Programs based on the 3+2 model where students complete the first portion of their studies at their home institution and then complete the second portion of their studies at the University of Ottawa

-      Recruitment of fully funded sponsored students

-      PhD Mobility

-      Faculty-led programs

Informing our network of possibilities for collaborations through cotutelle, distance education, short research internships and double degrees is vital to meeting our international goals. Fruitful projects require creativity to leverage our partnerships through innovative, low cost ideas with long term effect on academia. 

Contact Sylvie Albert, Manager and Senior Advisor, Strategic Initiatives, with questions about our non-traditional projects.


Guidelines for International Partnerships and Agreements

To initiate formally acknowledged activities between the University of Ottawa and international institutions, a partnership agreement should be introduced for approval by the International Office and by the concerned faculty dean. The Proposal for New International Partnership Agreement form should be completed by the faculty/staff member (or designate) initiating the collaboration and returned to the appropriate Manager for evaluation.

Régine Legault-Bouchard for Student Exchange partnerships


Sylvie Albert for other types of agreements (collaborative agreements, joint programs, PhD Mobility, etc.)


Teamwork :

The International Office works closely with collaborators from across campus. Should you wish to get more information on the following subjects, please find more information below:

Telfer School of Management: The Telfer School of Management develops their own international initiatives. For more information please visit their exchange program webpage

Faculty of Medicine: The Faculty of Medicine develops their own international initiatives.

Faculty of Social Sciences:  The Faculty of Social Sciences organises international opportunities for their students. Field research courses and international internships are examples of international experiences for students the Faculty of Social Sciences to take part in. For more information visit their international section

Delegation visits

If you are interested in visiting the University of Ottawa in order to discuss the development of a partnership please consult the Visiting our campus section of this site.

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