This program allows participants to teach abroad and gain experience outside of the traditional campus TAship. It offers professional internships that enhance the experience of future professors and researchers, as participants do the work of a guest lecturer or teaching assistant in another country. This program offers no academic credit.
Information for Ph.D. Candidates
How can I apply to teach abroad?
Eligibility and requirements
- Ability to teach in English*
- Successful completion of your comprehensive examinations by the time you participate in the program
- Completion of your third year of degree requirements by the time you participate in the program
- Full-time registration at the University of Ottawa while you teach abroad (all applicable fees will be charged to you)
- Completion of Teaching and Learning Support Service courses (an asset)
- Availability to teach abroad for intensive class placements of approximately 45 hours over three to five weeks
- Completion of a pre-departure session
- An appropriate amount of valid hospital/accident insurance or other healthcare coverage for the duration of the teaching period at the partner institution
* Some destinations may also require you to teach courses in French or in another foreign language.
To apply, you must provide the following:
- Completed application form (including photo, copy of passport, academic CV and course proposal**)
- Supporting emails from your thesis supervisor and uOttawa program director
**The application form requires you to submit a suggested course proposal to the partner institution. Generally, classes taught abroad are for undergraduates, and in many cases, are introductory courses for non-specialists. You should propose a course of a total duration of 35 to 45 hours that you feel comfortable teaching and should indicate the students’ required prior level of instruction or prerequisites. The proposal can be for any discipline. Previous teaching or research experience in the proposed subject matter is recommended.
- Complete Application needs to be sent by e-mail at uointl@uOttawa.ca.
The annual deadline to submit complete applications is April 30, to participate in the program in the summer of the following year. However, the International Office continues to accept applications to meet the needs of partners throughout the year. Our database of applicants is regularly updated and we submit suitable applicant files at the request of our partners.
Structure and compensation
- The structure and content of the assigned courses are jointly determined by the selected Ph.D. student professors and the partner institution.
- Ph.D. students can be paid up to $3,000 by the partner institution and/or have their housing and/or travel paid by the partner institution.Conditions vary.
Information for Host Institutions
How can I recruit a Ph.D. student to teach at my institution?
- The University of Ottawa is the largest bilingual public research university in Canada. PhD students who come from the University can teach in English and/or French. They are passionate teachers with experience and proper training in university teaching who love their field of knowledge, and are deeply stirred by issues and ideas that challenge our world.
- This is an opportunity for you to open new networks for dedicated researchers who are engaged, young, and eager to discuss their research specialties and teach your students.
- To offer a placement, contact Michelle Nowlan, Outgoing Mobility Coordinator and International Student Advisor:
613-562-5800 poste 3809
Pavillon Tabaret, Room M386