Step 5: Returning home

Depending on your date of return, don’t forget to register online through Rabaska for your upcoming terms at uOttawa.

Are you feeling a bit of culture shock?

Some students returning from exchange programs have experienced a harder culture shock on their return to Canada than on their arrival abroad. Why? The experience of living abroad will change you – although you may not even notice the changes. Part of the pre-departure session will include how to prepare for your return to Canada and strategies to adopt while abroad and back home to ensure a successful reintegration into your life in Canada.

Returning student's evening

The International Office has the pleasure of organizing a Returning Student’s evening in the month of October and February.  You will be informed by e-mail of the date and time of the evening.

Complete the final requirements


At the end of your exchange, you must submit to the International Office (IO) the returning students' questionnaire (PDF) based on your experience abroad. These questionnaires will be made available for promotional use to students interested in going on exchange. Feedback is very important to ensure the continued success of our exchange program. Please note that you must submit this form in order for the unit transfer to be completed at uOttawa. Furthermore, if you do not submit this completed form, you will have to reimburse the entirety of the Student Mobility Scholarship.


Upon your return to Canada, an official transcript from your host institution will either be sent to you or to the International Office. If you receive the documents, you must submit one copy to the International Office for administrative purposes (you will keep all original copies). If the IO receives your transcript, we will contact you to come retrieve the original copy at our office. In either case, the IO will send a copy to your faculty.

Join the Buddy Program

As a participant in the Buddy Program, you will be paired with an exchange student who will study at the University of Ottawa for either one session or for a full academic year. Becoming a buddy is an excellent opportunity to meet people from other cultures and to improve linguistic capabilities. The Buddy Program can also be a good way of helping with reverse culture shock as it allows you to share your experience with other students who are facing the challenges and joys of a new environment.

With your help, the exchange student will adapt more easily to new cultural surroundings. On a voluntary basis, you could meet the exchange student upon his or her arrival at the Ottawa airport, train or bus station and accompany him or her to his or her place of residence. You could also help the exchange student with the necessary administrative steps and introduce him or her to other Canadians. It is entirely up to you to determine the extent of your involvement with the exchange student.

To participate, please complete the Application Form.


Fall semester: August 25th

Winter semester: December 15th

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