Exchange program contact details


Incoming mobility advisor

Tel.: (+1) 613-562-5820


Outgoing mobility advisor

Tel.: (+1) 613-562-5800 Ext. 3809


Student mobility manager

Tel.: (+1) 613-562-5800 ext. 8916

Academic informations


(Information may vary depending on agreement)

  • Level of study: Undergraduate or graduate
  • Duration of exchange: One or two terms (preferably two)
  • Minimum overall average required for exchange students: 70% (B) or partner institution’s equivalent average

Faculty – Specific information

All uOttawa faculties and departments are open to exchange students except the Faculty of Medicine, the Faculty of Education and the Telfer School of Management.

Course selection

  • Course selection: Important information and guidelines
  • Course timetable: Official timetable of courses being offered
  • Normal full-time course load per term:
    • Undergraduate studies: 15 units (5 courses)
    • Graduate studies: 9 units (3 courses)

English or French as second languages courses (ESL/FSL)

Exchange students can register for English as a second language (ESL) and French as a second language (FLS) courses at no extra cost. It is possible to take both ESL and FLS courses. Students must clearly indicate that they wish to take an ESL / FLS course on the Course Registration Form (included in the acceptance package).

Results obtained in an online language placement test determine the appropriate language course level.

Application procedure
InformationThere is one deadline for submitting applications for both terms.

Application deadline: March 31st

All students wishing to participate in an exchange for the Fall term (September to December), the Winter term (January to April) or the academic year (September to April) must submit their completed application package by March 31.

See the complete application procedure

Arrival and orientation program
  • Recommended arrival dates:  One or two days before the orientation session, which takes place in the first week of September and January.
  • Airport pick-up service: In September only.
    • Details about the airport pick-up service are posted on the uOttawa main website in August.
  • Orientation program: Participation in the Exchange student orientation session is mandatory. Students must come to Canada for the orientation session.
    • Orientation session dates: First day of Fall term (September) or first day of Winter term (January)
  • Mentorship (Buddy Program): The International Office Buddy Program pairs incoming exchange students with upper year uOttawa students to facilitate their integration into Canadian society and university life in Ottawa.

The University of Ottawa has a limited number of rooms available in university residences for exchange students. However, exchange students are not guaranteed on-campus residence. Students can join the uOttawa Bureau International Office Facebook group to view postings from fellow students. They can also learn more about off-campus housing.


Students living with a disability, for example, those who use a wheelchair or who have a visual impairment can be accommodated in our 90 University residence complex. For a complete list of services for students with disabilities, see the Access Service.

Health insurance

Subscription to the University Health Insurance Plan (UHIP) is compulsory for all international incoming exchange students (Canadian exchange students are exempted).

Estimated cost of living

See a breakdown of the estimated cost of living in Canada.



If you have any questions, email our incoming exchanges team, or visit the International Office website.


Mailing address


Tabaret Hall

550 Cumberland Street

Room M386

Ottawa, Ontario  K1N 6N5



Tel.: (+1) 613-562-5847

Fax: (+1) 613-562-5100

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