Please consult the list of our partner universities to find out if we have an exchange agreement with your university. You must have been nominated by your own international relations office.
Exchange students are required to be enrolled full time and maintain this status during their entire stay. It is possible for them to enroll in classes offered in different disciplines, however, please note that the following classes are not available for exchange students:
We invite you to browse our full listing of classes, see the following:
It is mandatory for all exchange students to be enrolled in a majority of classes in their host Faculty. Moreover, the choice of classes must be approved by the host Faculty.
Students from partner institutions can take part in an exchange for:
Exchange students cannot do an internship at the University of Ottawa while participating in the exchange program.
If you wish to do a research internship at the University of Ottawa instead of an exchange, please refer to the Centre for Research Opportunities (Undergraduate and Graduate) website or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
To be eligible students must:
Most classes offered at the University of Ottawa are given in English and French. Candidates must submit a language proficiency test at the time of application in the language that they wish to take classes in if that language is not their mother tongue.
Before consulting the language requirements, please note the list of tests which are not accepted by the University of Ottawa:
Also, please note that students from the following countries are exempted from English proficiency tests:
Translation and English (undergraduate)students are exempted from submitting a TOEFL score except if they wish to take classes outside of the departments of English and Translation.
Scores indicated below are required for all programs offered at the University of Ottawa.
Even if you achieve the required score, we reserve the right to ask you to take language classes if we feel that your knowledge of one of the two official languages is not satisfactory.
Test scores are valid for two years.
Scores indicated below are required for all programs offered in a direct-entry faculty.
* Faculty of Law, Common Law applicants must have:
In order to know what are the language requirements for Graduate studies, please refer to our page on Graduate language requirements by program.
When applying to our Exchange program, you must submit a preliminary class selection approved by your home institution. Before completing this step, you will find below information that will help you in this process.
The European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) is used by several European institutions, particularly Western European institutions, with which the University of Ottawa has signed bilateral agreements.
As a general rule:
*It is important to note that it is up to the home institution to determine the exact equivalencies.
Please find a list of faculty restricted classes below.
Faculty of Arts
Faculty of Engineering
Faculty of Health Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences
All faculties will evaluate files on a case by case basis.
As an exchange student, you will have the status of a special student. You will be exempted from paying tuition and incidental fees. However, you may have to pay some fees for some learning material (e.g. visual arts material). You will be responsible for all other costs related to your stay in Canada. UHIP health insurance is mandatory for all exchange students; no exception will be considered.
*Based on 2017-2018 costs
**This is an estimated budget to help you plan your expenses. Amounts will vary according to your particular situation (eating in restaurants, living on campus, and other factors).
***This is the cost for the compulsory period of 4 months for one person. Please note that no exceptions will be considered for the mandatory UHIP.
Electronic Travel Authorization, visa and study permit
Start the necessary steps to obtain the appropriate immigration documents for your stay in Ottawa. Depending on your citizenship and the duration of your exchange, you will need to apply either for an Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) or a visa, and possibly a study permit. Please consult the list of Canadian visa offices to find the one that serves your country or region.
The processing time for a visa and/or study permit is much shorter if you apply online. Begin your application when you receive your acceptance letter to ensure that you can be on campus for the start of the term.
The registration period for exchange students usually begins in May, including those coming for the winter term (January). Please note that the faculty cannot guarantee a place in classes unless enrolled, so it is important to complete your registration in the best possible time to maximize your chances of enrollment in the classes desired.
Within 48 hours of your class registration, you will receive an email addressed to your personal email account explaining how to access your @uOttawa email account. It is your responsibility to check your university email account regularly. If you are having trouble accessing any of your uOttawa accounts after this time has elapsed, fill out an online request for computing assistance. All emails from the University of Ottawa will be sent to your @uOttawa account.
In addition to being used as your student identification, your uOttawa card can be used to quickly and conveniently pay for items at over 100 locations on campus. You can also use your card to borrow books from the library, access the gym, and book an appointment with an academic advisor. Visit the uOttawa Card website to order your card online, or pick up your card in person when you arrive on campus. If you lose your card, you must pay a replacement fee of $25.
You have the possibility of living in a university residence on or near the campus. Please note that there are limited spaces in residence and they are offered on a first come, first served basis. There is no guarantee of on-campus accommodation for exchange students. Please follow the required steps should you decide to stay on campus.
A large number of students live in close proximity to campus, and sometimes in neighbourhoods densely populated by students. Please visit the Off-Campus Housing Office for more information.
If you’ve opted for off-campus housing, here are some tips to follow:
Your participation to the Exchange student orientation session is mandatory. You must arrive in Canada in time to participate. Please find the details below:
Welcome session in English
Missed the mandatory welcome session? You'll need to come in person at the International Office for a meeting with an International Mobility Team member. Please email incoming@uOttawa.ca to book an appointment.
The majority of the international mentors who work at the International Mentoring Centre are also international students and have gone through experiences similar to yours, and since they can relate to your experience, they can often provide very useful advice during your transition. They are your main resource on campus, linking you to all of the different services offered by the university. They are available to answer your questions on:
They also offer Intercultural Communication Workshops where international and Canadian students discuss and learn about their respective cultures in order to acquire intercultural skills. These workshops provide a great opportunity for you to meet other students and facilitate your integration on campus.
Exchange students who encounter problems when enrolling for their classes, must contact the faculty as soon as possible to schedule a meeting with an Academic Advisor.
The Academic Writing Help Centre exists to help students develop strategies and writing skills that will enable them to:
The Centre can also help you to avoid academic fraud, including plagiarism. Last year, more than 100 University of Ottawa students were accused of plagiarism and received various sanctions, including expulsion from the University. To plagiarize is to borrow someone’s words or ideas without mentioning their name and/or without using quotation marks (“...”).
Download an information booklet on plagiarism to make sure that you do not commit academic fraud, even unintentionally.
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