Step 1: Getting started

About the Exchange Program

The purpose of the exchange program is to allow full-time students to study at a partner university without being required to pay international student fees. Students can gain a new perspective during their academic experience by spending one or two sessions at a partner institution as part of a student exchange with one of our more than 250 partner institutions in some 52 countries. The exchange program is an integral part of University of Ottawa’s strategic plan to allow our students to become true global citizens. It aims to train graduates who are skilled and open to the world by offering them this international dimension.

What do students gain by participating in the exchange program?

  • Access to recognized international partner institutions
  • Credits towards their uOttawa degree
  • Students pay regular uOttawa tuition fees, rather than international student fees at the host university
  • A guaranteed student mobility scholarship
  • Support services to ensure a quality academic experience in a secure setting

One of the International Office’s roles is to communicate information on how to participate in an exchange to the University community. Our office ensures that study-abroad participants are well prepared by providing administrative services before, during and after their study period at the host institution.

Documentation Centre

The Documentation Center situated within the International Office provides a space for students interested in university exchanges to access useful information about the Canadian and foreign institutions with which the University of Ottawa has agreements. You may also consult Return questionnaires completed by students who participated in an exchange during previous years to learn more about their experience. The Documentation Center is closed every weekday from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Determine your eligibility

In order to be eligible for the Student Exchange Program, you must:

  • be a full-time student registered in a regular program (through the end of the exchange)
  • be a Canadian citizen, a permanent resident or an international student admitted to a regular undergraduate or graduate degree program at the University of Ottawa
  • Possess the required grade point average:
    • Students applying for the regular exchange program must have a minimum cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of C+ (5.0);
    • Please note that certain destinations require a minimum cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of B (6.0)
    • Students applying to the Funded Opportunities must have a minimum cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of B (6.0);
    • Civil Law and Common Law students may apply to any destination with a CGPA of C+ (5.0);
    • Students registered in the Arabic, German, Italian and Russian majors as their first discipline may apply with a CGPA of 5.0. 
    • All students must maintain this minimum average until their departure; otherwise, their exchange abroad will be cancelled.
  • While on exchange, you must take courses/units that will count as equivalencies towards your program requirements at uOttawa.
  • Master the language  of instruction at the host institution (proof of language proficiency required – at least 4 language courses or equivalent). Please note that many destinations offer courses in English and knowledge of the native language is therefore not required.
  • Be a student in one of the following faculties:
    • Arts
    • Engineering
    • Law (Common Law and Droit civil)
    • Science
    • Social Sciences
    • Health Science
    • Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
  • Pay tuition and general fees for the entire exchange period to the University of Ottawa before leaving for the host institution
  • It is compulsory to attend one of the information sessions offered in the fall session and in January
  • Attend one of the mandatory pre-departure workshops which will take place in March (See Step 3: Planning for departure for dates and times). 

 

Please note:

  • Undergraduate students must have completed at least 24 units by the application deadline. Normally students apply in the second year of their undergraduate program. Students coming from CEGEP and college can apply during their first year of study.
  • Students registered in the English or French Common Law or Civil Law programs can apply during their first year of study.  See additional guidelines for Civil Law students (information only available in French). 
  • Graduate students can apply during their first year of study. Interested students must attend an information session in September and submit a complete application shortly thereafter, in order to be eligible for an exchange during the following semester.
  • Students registered in the CO-OP program must contact Josée Williams (Arts, Engineering and Science) or Guylène Rodrigue (Social Sciences and Graduate Studies)for study-work sessions as they must be coordinated by the CO-OP program office.
  • The Telfer School of Management coordinates its own exchange program. Students of this School interested in participating should call 613-562-5800 x4707 or visit the School. Deadlines for applications are set by the School and differ from the deadlines of the exchanges coordinated by the IO.

Language Requirements

If your first language or your language of instruction at uOttawa is different from the language of study at your host institution, a proof of language proficiency will be required. Consult the Official Languages and Bilingualism Institute web site to obtain proof of language proficiency in English as a Second Language or in French as a Second Language.

If the language of instruction of the host university is not English or French, you must have completed the intermediate II level of the appropriate langue course (ex. ESP2992 (with a minimal grade of C+), ALG2902, ITA2912, etc.) before leaving for the exchange. Please note that some host institutions may require an additional proof of language proficiency. This should be provided only once you have been accepted to the exchange program by the uOttawa International Office. We will advise you if an additional proof of language proficiency is required.    

If the language of instruction of the host university is not English or French and you have not taken the required language courses at uOttawa, please contact the Department of Modern Languages and Literature. You will meet with a professor from the language in question and this person will assess your language proficiency. 

Attend an information session

If you are a full-time University of Ottawa student and would like to do part of your studies at another university, consider the University of Ottawa’s exchange program. To learn more about the exchange programs please attend one of the mandatory information sessions being offered over the coming months. 

Important:

  • The information sessions are open to students from all faculties and schools with the exception of Telfer School of Management. Please inquire about exchanges at the Telfer School’s Student Services Center (DMS 1100).
  • Students from the Faculty of Law, Civil Law section must attend one of the information sessions specifically organized to their attention.  If it is not possible for a student to attend one of the specific information session, students must come to a general information session and email a representative from Civil Law.
  • Students from the Faculty of Law, Common Law section must attend an information session (preferably one of the information sessions specifically organized to their attention) and should also refer to the Exchange Program Guidelines for Common Law Students (PDF) for additional information regarding their program of study. Please contact the Academic Affairs Office by email for more information.

Information Session dates

September 2016

Date

Type of information session

Language

Time

Room

September 14th

General

English

2:30pm to 4:00pm

FTX302

September 15th

Graduate students

French

11:30am to 1:00pm

DMS8161

September 16th

Graduate students

English

2:30pm to 4:00pm

FSS4012

September 20th

General

French

11:30am to 1:00pm

LMX243

September 21st

Funded Exchange Programs

French

1:00pm to 2:30pm

DMS11143

September 22nd

Graduate students

French

2:30pm to 4:00pm

FSS6004

September 23rd

General

English

1:00pm to 2:30pm

VNR2075

September 27th General English 10:00am to 11:30am DMS8161

September 29th

Funded Exchange Programs

English

10:00am to 11:30pm

SMD226

September 29th

General

English

5:30pm to 7:00pm

MRT219

 October 2016

Date

Type of information session

Language

Time

Room

October 4th

Law Faculty, Civil law section

French

11:30am to 1:00pm

FTX147

October 5th

Funded Exchange Programs

English

5:30pm to 7:00pm

TBT325

October 6th

Ontario-Jiangsu (OJS) - Funded Exchange Program

English

10:00am to 11:30am

SMD226

October 6th

Ontario-Rhône-Alpes (ORA) - Funded Exchange Program

English

11:30am to 1:00pm

FTX137

October 7th

General

French

2:30 pm to 4:00 pm

FTX359

October 11th

Ontario - India (OIN) - Funded Exchange Program

English

11:30am to 1:00pm

LPR154

October  12th 

Faculty of Social Sciences

English

1:00pm to 2:30pm

LMX390

October  13th 

Faculty of Arts

French

10:00am to 11:30am

SMD226

October  13th 

Faculty of Social Sciences

French

2:30pm to 4:00pm

FSS6004

October   17th

Graduate students

French

2:30pm to 4:00pm

SMD330

October 18th

Faculty of Science

French

11:30am to 1:00pm

THN054

October 18th

Funded Exchange Programs

English

4:00pm to 5:30pm

STT125

October 19th

General

English

11:30am to 1:00pm

FTX232

October 20th

General

French

11:30am to 1:00pm

DMS3105

October 20th

Graduate students

English

2:30pm to 4:00pm

FSS6004

 November 2016

Date

Type of information session

Language

Time

Room

November 1st

General

English

1:00pm to 2:30pm

LMX243

November 2nd

Funded Exchange Programs

English

1:00pm to 2:30pm

LMX390

November 3rd

General

English

2:30pm to 4:00pm

LPR285

November 3rd

Ontario/Baden-Württemberg (OBW) - Funded Exchange Programs

English

2:30pm to 4:00pm

FSS6004

November 4th General French 10:00am to 11:30am TBT0019
November 4th Human Kinetics  Bilingual 10:00am to 11:30am TBT325

November 7th

Faculty of Arts

English

11:30am to 1:00pm

SMD503

November 8th

General

French

11:30am to 1:00pm

MRT221

November 8th International Studies and Modern Languages (ISML)  French 2:30pm to 4:00pm FSS1030
November 9th International Studies and Modern Languages (ISML)  English 10:00am to 11:30am DMS10161

November 9th

Faculty of Arts

English

1:00pm to 2:30pm

DMS11143

November 10th

Faculty of Engineering

English

1:00pm to 2:30pm

SMD226

November 10th

Faculty of Science

French

2:30pm to 4:00pm

LPR205

November 15th

Faculty of Social Sciences

French

2:30pm to 4:00pm

FSS1007

November 15th

General

English

5:30pm to 7:00pm

TBT070

November 16th

Funded Exchange Programs

French

10:00am to 11:30pm

DMS9143

November 17th

Faculty of Social Sciences

English

10:00am to 11:30pm

SMD226

November 17th

Faculty of Arts

English

1:00pm to 2:30pm

DMS9143

November 21st

Law Faculty, Common law section

French

11:30am to 1:00pm

LMX223

November 22nd

General

English

1:00pm to 2:30pm

LMX243

November 23rd

Faculty of Engineering

English

1:00pm to 2:30pm

LMX390

November 24th

Law Faculty, Common law section

English

1:00pm to 2:30pm

MRN130

November 25th

General

English

1:00pm to 2:30pm

FTX147B

November 29th Funded Exchange Programs French 5:30pm to 7:00pm DMS3105
November 30th General English 1:00pm to 2:30pm LMX390

 December 2016

Date

Type of information session

Language

Time

Room

December 1st

General

French

11:30am to 1:00pm

DMS3105

December 1st

General

English

5:30pm to 7:00pm

FTX135

 January 2017

Date

Type of information session

Language

Time

Room

January 11th

General

English

11:30am to 1:00pm

VNR2075

January 12th

General

French

1:00pm to 2:30pm:

SMD402

January 17th

Law Faculty, Civil law section

French

11:30pm to 1:00pm

FTX147

January 18th

General

English

1:00pm to 2:30pm

TBT319

January 19th

General

French

10:00am to 11:30am

FSS12003

January 20th

General

English

1:00pm to 2:30pm

SMD429

January 24th General French 11:30am to 1:00pm DMS10161
January 25th General  English 5:30pm to 7:00pm MNT103

 February 2017

Date

Type of information session

Language

Time

Room

February 1st

Summer Programs

French

11:30am to 1:00pm

FSS1005

February 2nd

Summer Programs

English

1:00pm to 2:30pm

BRS314

February 7th

Summer Programs

English

10:00am to 11:30am

FTX402

February 8th

Summer Programs

English

10:00am to 11:30am

STT125

February 9th

Summer Programs

French

2:30pm to 4:00pm

FSS4013

Februay 13th Summer Programs English 5:30pm to 7:00pm TBT325

February 14th

Summer Programs

French

11:30am to 1:00pm

DMS8161

February 15th

Summer Programs

English

10:00am to 11:30am

TBT309

February 28th Summer Programs English 1:00pm to 2:30pm BRS314
March 2nd Summer Programs French 10:00am to 11:30pm TBT327
March 7th Summer Programs English 1:00pm to 2:30pm BRS314
March 9th Summer Programs English 11:30am to 1:00pm DMS10161
March 15th Summer Programs French 1:00pm to 2:30pm FTX136
March 20th Summer Programs French 2:30pm to 4:00pm SMD330
March 23rd Summer Programs English 10:00am to 11:30am TBT327
March 30th Summer Programs English 11:30am to 1:00pm VNR3075
Research where to study

Please note that the International Office exchange programs are open to students of all faculties except the Telfer School of Management, the Faculty of Medicine and the Faculty of Education. If you are a student in one of these sections, please contact your school or faculty for information on mobility programs available to you. 

  • Our exchange destinations are divided among two types of applications:
    • Funded Opportunities: students whose application is accepted for our Funded Opportunities will automatically receive an additional scholarship (the amount various depending on the program and the length of the exchange)
    • Regular Exchange Program: destinations available in the regular exchange program require a minimum grade point average of C+ (5.0). Please note that some destinations require an average of B (6.0). 
    • Note that there are different deadlines and requirements for each type of application. For more information, visit Step 2: Preparing your application.
  • Students interested in registering to courses taught in English at a university it is not the main language of instruction should consult their potential host institution's Fact Sheet (available at the above link, under the institution's page). This document often offers information about the number of courses or the areas in which courses are taught in English.
  • If you have questions, visit the documentation centre at the International Office (IO). Information officers will be available to help you.  The Documentation Center is closed every weekday from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • You must choose three (3) universities, in order of preferences. However, it is not guaranteed that you will obtain your first choice.

Read additional information for students from the Faculty of Law, Civil Law section which explains how to choose a host institution (information only available in French).

Scholarships for student mobility

The University of Ottawa, namely the Student Mobility Fund and the university’s faculties, offer mobility scholarships to all students selected to take part in an exchange program.

Students who take part in an international exchange receive a scholarship of $1,000 for one session or $2,000 for two sessions abroad. Students who take part in an exchange within Canada receive a scholarship of $500 for one session or $1,000 for two sessions.

For students in the Faculty of Law (Common Law), the amounts are as follows for a national or international exchange:

  • $500 for one session
  • $1,000 for two sessions

Staff Scholarship

The International Office’s personnel holds student mobility to heart and want to reward student ambassadors from the University of Ottawa. The International Office’s staff members offer a number of scholarships worth $ 500 each to the winners of the Video Challenge. The deadline to submit a video in person to the International Office is March 10th, 2017. Recipients of these awards will be announced in early April.

To be considered for the award, a student must :

  • Meet the general eligibility criteria for the exchange program. Details are available on the International Office’s website.
  • Submit your complete application for the exchange program.
  • Submit a video in French or English to the International Office with a total length of 1 to 3 minutes on the following topics:
  1. Why would I be the best ambassador for the University of Ottawa abroad?
  2. What ideas do I have to represent and promote the University of Ottawa abroad?

Candidates will be evaluated and selected based on the following three criteria,:

- Originality

- Language quality

- Dynamism

  • Only students taking part in our regular exchange program are eligible. Students participating in our funded opportunities are not eligible to participate. 

International Office’s Photo and Video Contest

The International Office is very happy to announce the winners of the 2016 Photo and Video contest. 

Photo contest:

  • 1st prize: Geneviève Martin-Lafleur
  • 2nd prize: Emma Street
  • Voter’s choice: Chloé St-Onge Shank

Video contest:

Thank you to all of the students who submitted pictures of their student exchange to this year’s contest. For more information, visit the Annual Photo and Video Contest section. 

Consider funded opportunities

In addition to our regular exchange program agreements, which allow uOttawa students to study for a session or an academic year at a partner institution, there are other mobility opportunities that provide additional funding for students.

Please refer to Step 2: Preparing your application for information about application deadlines. 

China

Ontario/Jiangsu Student Exchange Program (OJS)


Open to:

 

  • Undergraduate
  • Graduate
  • International students can participate in this program, but are not eligible to receive the funding from OJS. 

Destinations:

 Funding:

  • One term: $2,500
  • Two terms: $3,000

*Students participating in this program also receive the uOttawa mobility scholarship. 


Application Checklist:

Students must complete the OJS application and the uOttawa exchange program application.

Visit the “Preparing your application” page of our website for a detailed list of the required documents. 

France

Ontario/Rhône-Alpes Student Exchange Program (ORA)


Open to:

  • Undergraduate
  • Graduate
  • International students can participate in this program, but are not eligible to receive the funding from ORA.

 

Destinations: 

Funding:

  • One term: $2,000
  • Two terms: $3,000

*Students participating in this program also receive the uOttawa mobility scholarship. 


 

Application Checklist

Students must complete the ORA application and the uOttawa exchange program application

Visit the “Preparing your application” page of our website for a detailed list of the required documents. 

Germany

Ontario/Baden-Württemberg Student Exchange Program (OBW)  


Open to:

  • Undergraduate
  • Graduate
  • International students can participate in this program, but are not eligible to receive the funding from OBW.

Destinations:


Funding:

  • One term: $2,000
  • Two terms: $3,000

*Students participating in this program also receive the uOttawa mobility scholarship. 


Application Checklist

Students must complete the OBW application and the uOttawa exchange program application

Visit the “Preparing your application” page of our website for a detailed list of the required documents. 

India

Ontario-India Exchange Program (OIN)


Open to:

  • Undergraduate
  • Graduate 
  • International students can participate in this program, but are not eligible to receive the funding from OIN.

Destinations:


Funding:

  • One term: $2,000
  • Two terms: $2,500

*Students participating in this program also receive the uOttawa mobility scholarship. 


Application Checklist

Students must complete the OIN application and the uOttawa exchange program application

Visit the “Preparing your application” page of our website for a detailed list of the required documents. 

United States

Killam Fellowship Program

This program provides an opportunity for exceptional undergraduate students to spend either one semester or a full academic year as an exchange student in the United States at one of the 12 partner universities (PDF).

Download the Killam Fellowship fact sheet (PDF) 


Open to:

  • Canadian citizens
  • Undergraduate of all disciplines (please note that professional degrees are not eligible i.e. Law programs)

Destinations:

Download the 12 partner universities (PDF) document to view the destinations.


 

Funding:

  • One term: $5,000
  • Two terms: $10,000

*Students participating in this program also receive the uOttawa mobility scholarship.


Application Checklist

Students must complete the Killam Application and the uOttawa exchange program application

Visit the “Preparing your application” page of our website for a detailed list of the required documents. 

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