Our services


The International Office aims to be the pathway to international education at the University of Ottawa and to further intercultural dialogue.


The International Office offers opportunities to enjoy inclusive international experiences that enrich student life.

Working with the University community, we develop and maintain strategic partnerships for learning and global engagement.


The International Office assists students in achieving success. We look for solutions, fostering a spirit of collaboration and aiming for service excellence. We value respect, empathy and diversity, and are committed to innovation and sharing of best practices.

International mobility

  • Establishing, drafting, renewing and managing international agreements:
    • Student mobility agreements
    • Framework agreements
    • Collaborative program agreements
  • Managing mobility programs, including staff mobility and Erasmus+
  • Managing collaborative programs (3+2, 3+1, double degrees, etc.)
  • Managing the Teach Abroad Program for PhDs
  • Managing and updating the agreement database
  • Support for incoming and outgoing exchange students 
  • Incoming exchange student orientation
  • Pre-departure and post-mobility student preparation and training
  • Managing the international mobility bursary and external funding opportunities (ELAP, SEED, CLIC, etc.)

Welcome, integration and support services for international students

  • Consultation service for immigration-related matters
  • Airport welcome Service
  • International student orientation
  • University Health Insurance Plan (UHIP)
  • Buddy Program
  • International Student Success Centre
    • Group of mentors responsible for different regions od the world
    • Follow-up throughout the term (newly admitted or monitoring at-risk students)
  • Contact with international students
  • Workshops
    • Career Development Program for International Students
    • Intercultural Communication Workshops: Learning Across Cultures  
  • Sociocultural activities
    • Orientation to Ontario (O2O)
    • Miscellaneous (taxes, finances, immigration, etc.)
  • English or French Intensive Program students
    • Simplifying the transition from ESL/FLS courses to students’ program of study
    • Opportunities for students to take a math course at the same time as their intensive program (in English only)

Sponsored student programs

Sponsored students have their studies paid for by a government or third party organization:

  • Tuition fees
  • Incidental fees
  • Health insurance
  • Living expenses


  • One-stop service for sponsored students looking for general information
  • Collaboration with sponsoring organizations including CALDO, the Saudi Arabian Cultural Bureau, AIMS and the Chinese Scholarship Council
  • Creating new partnership opportunities with third-party sponsors
  • Facilitating cultural and social integration, as well as sponsored students’ university experience
  • Working with students to help them achieve their academic and career goals
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