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 to Common Law Student Centre by email for more information.

Information Session dates

September 2017

Date

Type of information session

Language

Time

Room

September 15th

Graduate students

English

11:30am to 1:00pm

FTX359

September 18th

Graduate students

French

2:30pm to 4:00pm

TBT315

September 19th

General

English

11:30am to 1:00pm

FTX351

September 20th

General

French

11:30am to 1:00pm

VNR5070

September 21st

Funded Exchange Programs

French

1:00pm to 2:30pm

VNR2075

September 22nd

Graduate students

French

2:30pm to 4:00pm

VNR5070

September 25th

General

English

5:30pm to 7:00pm

MRT256

September 26th General English 10:00am to 11:30am TBT325

September 27th

Funded Exchange Programs

English

10:00am to 11:30am

MNT207

September 28th

General

English

5:30pm to 7:00pm

FTX302

 October 2017

Date

Type of information session

Language

Time

Room

October 2nd Summer Programs English 5:30pm to 7:00pm TBT325

October 3rd

Ontario-Jiangsu (OJS) - Funded Exchange Program

English

10:00am to 11:30am

TBT327

October 3rd Faculty of Law, Civil Law French 11:30am to 1:00pm FTX147

October 5th

Funded Exchange Programs

English

5:30pm to 7:00pm

FTX302

October 11th

General

French

2:00pm to 4:00pm

TBT325

October 12th

Ontario-India (OIN) - Funded Exchange Program

English

11:30am to 1:00pm

FTX136

October 13th

Graduate students

English

2:30 pm to 4:00 pm

TBT323

October 16th

Faculty of Social Sciences

French

1:00pm to 2:30pm

FSS7003

October  17th Ontario-Rhône-Alpes (ORA) - Funded Exchange Program English 10:00 to 11:30 TBT327

October  17th 

General

English

11:30am to 1:00pm

TBT325

October  18th 

Faculty of Science

French

2:30pm to 4:00pm

DMS9161

October  19th 

Graduate students

French

11:30am to 1:00pm

FTX316

October   20th

Funded Exchange Programs

English

4:00pm to 5:30pm

FTX401

October 30th

General

English

5:30pm to 7:00pm

FTX361

October 31st

General

French

10:00am to 11:30am

TBT325

 November 2017

Date

Type of information session

Language

Time

Room

November 1st

General

English

5:30pm to 7:00pm

TBT325

November 2nd Summer Programs French 1:00pm to 2:30pm DMS3105

November 6th

General

French

5:30pm to 7:00pm

SMD430

November 7th Human Kinetics Bilingual 10:00am to 11:30am MRT252
November 8th Ontario-Baden-Württemberg (OBW) - Funded Exchange Program English 2:30pm to 4:00pm FSS4014
November 9th Faculty of Arts English TBA TBA

November 13th

General

French

11:30am to 1:00pm

VNR1075

November 14th

International Studies and Modern Languages (EIL)

French

10:00am to 11:30am

TBT327

November 15th International Studies and Modern Languages (EIL) English 4:00pm to 5:30pm MRT015
November 16th Faculty of Arts French TBA TBA
November 17th Common Law English 11:30am to 1:00pm FTX359

November 20th

Faculty of Engineering

English

2:30pm to 4:00pm

MRN130

November 21st Faculty of Science English 2:30pm to 4:00pm CBYB202

November 22nd

Faculty of Social Sciences

French

5:30pm to 7:00pm

SMD430

November 23rd General English 5:30pm to 7:00pm FTX302
November 27th Funded Exchange Programs French 5:30pm to 7:00pm FTX413

November 28th

Faculty of Engineering

French

10:00am to 11:30am

CBYE016

November 29th

Faculty of Social Sciences

English

10:00am to 11:30am

LMX242

November 30th

Common Law

French

11:30am to 1:00pm

TBT325

 December 2017

Date

Type of information session

Language

Time

Room

December 1st

General

French

11:30am to 1:00pm

MRT252

December 4th

General

English

5:30pm to 7:00pm

FTX361

 January 2018

Date

Type of information session

Language

Time

Room

January 8th

General

English

11:30am to 1:00pm

TBT323

January 9th

General

French

1:00pm to 2:30pm:

LMX242

January 11th Summer Programs English 5:30pm to 7:00pm TBT319
January 16th Faculty of Law, Civil Law French 11:30am to 1:00pm FTX147

January 16th

General

English

1:00pm to 2:30pm

SMD422

January 17th

General

French

10:00am to 11:30am

TBT323

January 18th

General

English

5:30pm to 7:00pm

FTX302

 February 2018

Date

Type of information session

Language

Time

Room

February 1st

Summer Programs

French

11:30am to 1:00pm

FTX133

February 2nd

Summer Programs

English

1:00pm to 2:30pm

FTX133

February 7th

Summer Programs

English

10:00am to 11:30am

LMX242

February 8th

Summer Programs

French

5:30pm to 7:00pm

TBT327

February 12th

Summer Programs

English

2:30pm to 4:00pm

TBT317

February 13th Summer Programs English 5:30pm to 7:00pm TBT315

March 2018

Date

Type of information session

Language

Time

Room

March 1st

Summer Programs

French

10:00am to 11:30am

FTX136

March 5th

Summer Programs

French

11:30am to 1:00pm

SMD429

March 8th

Summer Programs

English

1:00pm to 2:30pm

FSS7035

March 12th

Summer Programs

English

4:00pm to 5:30pm

FTX136

March 13th

Summer Programs

French

2:30pm to 4:00pm

TBT319

March 15th Summer Programs French 5:30pm to 7:00pm SMD402
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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