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Ensure that the name in Document A (offer of admission) and Document B (International Student Acceptance Information) is your legal name (it MUST be identical to the name in your passport).
If it is not identical, email the admissions office immediately with the corrections and your student number to obtain new documents so you can receive your visa and study permit.
Ensure that the name in your offer of admission (on every page) is your legal name (it MUST be identical to the name in your passport).
If it is not identical, contact your academic unit.
You must accept or decline your offer of admission no later than the date indicated in your offer of admission.
Follow the instructions in your admission file to accept your offer, and make sure you really understand all its conditions. The offer almost always has conditions.
To respond to your offer of admission, access your admission file online. Here are the steps to follow:
Start the necessary steps to obtain your study permit and Electronic Travel Authorization. Check the list of Canadian visa offices to find the one that serves your country or region.
Please note that due to a significant change to the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA), educational institutions such as the University of Ottawa can no longer provide international students with immigration advice. We suggest you visit the Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) website. The CIC Call Centre can also answer questions, in English or French, about CIC services and programs, or applications in progress (1-888-242- 2100). You can also email the CIC Call Centre with questions.
Dependants include your spouse or common-law partner, dependant children under 19, your spouse or common-law partner’s dependant children, and dependant children of a dependant child.
Learn more about applying to sponsor your spouse, partner or children or family sponsorship online.
If you have a disability, register with the Academic Accommodations (by mid-June if you are arriving in September or by mid-December if you are arriving in January) to avoid delays in implementing your academic accommodations.
To better prepare for your university studies, take part in the Academic Accommodations’ Transition Program during the summer as well as the entire academic year. This program introduces you to the postsecondary learning environment, to smooth the academic transition from high school to university.
Learn more about the Academic Accommodations, including its services and registration process, and the documents you need to submit along with your request for academic accommodations.
Get to know the important dates and deadlines related to your academic program, including the start and end date of every term, the deadlines for enrolment and payment of tuition fees, exam periods, convocation dates, statutory holidays, breaks and special events for both undergraduate and graduate students. Throughout your degree, it will be your responsibility to know the deadlines and submit your documents and assignments on time.
The University guarantees housing for one year to newly admitted first year undergraduate students who meet the housing guarantee criteria. Please note that on-campus residences are primarily for first-year students. However, some areas are designated for upper year students.
Additionally, the Friel and Rideau residences, located off-campus steps away from the lively ByWard Market, offer individual studios, and suites to share. They are included in the first-year guarantee. The University also owns houses in the Sandy Hill neighborhood, bordering the campus.
How to apply for residence
If you choose off-campus housing, here are some tips to follow:
The uOttawa Bureau International Office Facebook group is a great place to network with other students and find the following:
Every term, we create a Facebook group for each new cohort of international students. You will receive an invitation by email in May if you are starting in the Fall term (September) and in November if you are starting in the Winter term (January).
You can also follow the uOttawa Bureau International Office Page on Facebook. We post:
Like posting pictures on Instagram? Follow us on Instagram @ottawa_international or tag us in your pictures by adding #uoexperience to your list of hashtags!
We also invite you to connect with uOttawa on various social media.
If you have specific problems with course enrolment, namely knowing about class sequence and exceptions contact your faculty.
In Canada, you choose your own courses based on your program’s course sequence. It is very important to prepare your course selection before the enrolment period.
Here are some suggestions to prepare for enrolment:
In Canada, you must choose your own courses. Prepare your course selection the fall AND winter terms before the enrolment period.
You must complete course enrolment yourself by clicking the Applications tab in uoZone and clicking “Enrol.”
The International Office organizes orientation sessions for international students before the Fall, Winter and Spring/Summer terms each year. Participation is mandatory.
The orientation features social and cultural activities as well as important and useful information sessions. There are many social activities to meet people from your own country as well as other international students, while getting to know the campus and city. We discuss cultural norms in Canada, to ease your transition and address your expectations.
We also offer an introduction to our intercultural communication workshops. There are several presentations by campus services to help you during your first few months of university, including information on administrative tasks, services offered, insurance, medical and emergency information, and Canadian academic culture.
Many staff members participate in orientation. The international mentors also welcome you, talk about their experiences as upper year international students and answer your questions. Some cultural clubs and student associations are present to meet you as well.
Please communicate with us if you did not attend the International Orientation by sending an email to mentorio@uOttawa.ca.
The International Orientation will be held on Saturday, January 4th, 2019 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The registration link will be available in early December.
To facilitate your arrival, we will have a kiosk at the Ottawa international airport from August 23 to September 3, 2019 from 9am to 10:30pm. We will give you directions to the main campus or your place of accommodation and answer your questions. We will also provide you with useful information for the next steps for your new student life.
*Please note that this service in only offered to students arriving for the Fall term.
Register for your mandatory faculty information session.
If you are a graduate student, you will receive, or have already received, separate instructions from your academic unit.
The Student Academic Success Service (SASS) also offers orientation sessions, where you’ll be able to get information about SASS services and meet mentors.
If you have been admitted to the English Intensive Program (EIP), you must also attend EIP integration week sessions and activities designed to help you become familiar with your new environment.
It is important to plan a budget that includes your tuition fees as well as food, rent, books, transportation and other living expenses. The Financial Aid and Awards Service has an estimated cost of university studies chart. On average, you should budget more than $30,000 a year to cover all expenses.
*You can calculate your tuition fees according to your faculty.
** Available to some international students.
Once you have enrolled in a minimum of four courses (for undergraduate students) or six units (credits) (for graduate students, depending on your program) per term, your account will automatically show the total owing for your academic year as a full-time international student.
Your tuition fees will show on your statement of accounts and e-bills (which you can access through uoZone), either in early August or a few the days after you enrol (if you enrol later).
Note :Please note the last day to pay tuition fees for the Fall and Winter terms without late payment fees.
You should pay your tuition fees through Western Union Business Solutions’ bank to-bank transfer. This allows you to pay tuition fees (which are billed in Canadian dollars) securely in the currency of your choice. Learn more about Western Union Business Solutions.
Learn more about payment of fees.
The Board of Governors reserves the right to change tuition fees, ancillary fees and refund regulations without notice.
You may be able to book a direct flight from your country to Ottawa. However, most international flights will land in Toronto or Montreal. If so, you can then travel to Ottawa by bus, train or car.
We do not recommend that you carry more than the equivalent of 500 USD in cash with you while travelling to Canada. You may bring sufficient funds in traveller’s cheques (in U.S. or Canadian dollars) to cover living expenses during your first month. This may be as much as 2,500 CAD or USD (excluding tuition fees) to pay for such things as transportation, temporary accommodation, food, rental deposits, textbooks and other school supplies. You can also exchange money at the airport, if necessary.
As you prepare to come to Canada, make sure you bring the following important items with you:
In Ottawa, there are four distinct seasons, each with a different climate.
Spring arrives in April, with warm weather and plenty of rain
Summer starts in June
Fall arrives in September
Winter begins around the middle of November with the first snowfall
It is very important that you wear clothing that is appropriate to the weather, especially in winter.
Please note that the information below is subject to change. These are suggestions to help you get to the campus from the airport, train or bus central station in Ottawa, or to get to Ottawa from Montreal or Toronto.
**OC Transpo (local public transit) routes’ numbers, schedules and names of bus stops are subject to change. To confirm your itinerary, use the OC Transpo Travel Planner.
Please note that there are some bus departures directly from the Montreal Airport (Pierre-Elliot Trudeau) to Ottawa. There are also buses from the airport and the Montreal central bus station that will bring you directly to the campus (Laurier Ave.). Bus tickets prices vary between $20 and $40. See the Greyhound bus schedule.
If you need to get to the Montreal central bus station, the 747 bus line service runs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, between the Montreal-Trudeau airport and downtown Montreal (corner of Berri and Sainte-Catherine — Berri-UQAM metro station). Fares can be purchased from the automatic dispensers on the international arrivals level.
Learn more about routes, fares and nearby hotels in Montreal.
A free minibus service is available between the VIA station in Dorval and Montreal–Trudeau Airport. To take the shuttle, call 514-633-0975. The shuttle is located on the arrivals level. Approximate travel time is 10 minutes. Train tickets prices vary between $30 and $60. For more information, visit Via Rail or call 1-888-VIA-RAIL (1-888-842-7245).
A number of companies offer bus and shuttle services to and from Toronto Pearson International Airport. Find routes to destinations throughout Ontario (ex: Greyhound Canada to Ottawa). Tickets prices to get to Ottawa from Toronto vary between $50 and $100.
Learn more about shuttle and bus services from Toronto Pearson International Airport.
There is a train station near Toronto Pearson International Airport. Train tickets vary between $45 and $100. To book a ticket to Ottawa, see Via Rail Canada or call 1-888-VIA-RAIL (1-888-842-7245).
Welcome Week begins just before fall classes. It was created to help you transition to university life. It includes information sessions, campus tours, resources and fun activities to start you off on the right foot! Don’t miss this chance to get to know other new students on campus.
New students can apply for their first uOttawa card online, but replacement cards must be obtained for in person. We strongly encourage you to order your card online. To pick up your card, bring a valid piece of photo identification to one of these locations:
A student transit pass, known as the U-Pass, is included in your tuition fees. To pick up your pass, bring your uOttawa student card to the “couch lounge” on Level 0 of the Jock Turcot University Centre, 85 University Street. Your U-Pass allows you to take public transit anywhere in Ottawa or Gatineau for eight months (from September to April). The U-Pass is compulsory for full-time students living in the Ottawa and Gatineau region.
Students registered full time for the Spring-Summer term might be eligible for a U-Pass.
Learn more about the U-Pass.
Stay active and in good health while at university by taking part in recreational activities on campus. Sports Servicesoffers various group fitness classes and services.
Intramural programs offer you the chance to play your favourite sports with other students on a regular basis in competitive and recreational leagues. Sports include basketball, dodgeball, flag football, Ultimate, hockey, soccer and volleyball. Learn more about intramural sports, including how to register.
Each year over 350 student-athletes compete on varsity teams representing the University of Ottawa. If you would like to join a Gee-Gees varsity team, you need to contact the coach of the team you would like to try out for. Fill out the Recruiting questionnaire or contact the coach.
Textbooks are essential resources for your courses. We suggest you not buying your textbooks before your professor gives you the course syllabus with the textbooks listed.
You can buy brand new or used textbooks, or even rent textbooks, from the University of Ottawa bookstore and Agora bookstore.
You can also find Facebook ads for used textbooks.
UHIP (University Health Insurance Plan) is a compulsory insurance plan for international students (and their dependants), exchange students, visiting students, guest professors/ researchers, Canadians returning from abroad, and new Canadian residents who have not yet obtained coverage through the Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP), or the plan of their province of residence.
The University of Ottawa will automatically create your UHIP account once you register for your courses and pay your fees.
Learn more about health insurance and UHIP benefits, including how to print your UHIP card and register your dependants.
We recommend that you not carry more than $500 in cash while travelling to Canada. You can bring traveller’s cheques (in U.S. or Canadian dollars) to cover living expenses during your first month, which can be as much as $2,500,including transportation, temporary accommodation, food, rental deposits, textbooks and other school supplies.
If you wish to have a bank account in Canada, we recommend that you open one when you arrive in Ottawa.
Opening a student bank account in Canada is free and simple. There are several banks close to the University. Find out what type of account best suits your needs. To open an account, you will need personal identification. Bring your passport, study permit (if applicable) and University-issued student card.
To activate your account, make a small deposit. After opening an account, you will receive a bank debit card that allows you to withdraw money at most automated bank teller machines and is accepted at most stores to pay for your purchases.
Please note that it can be very difficult for an international student to obtain a credit card. If you wish to have one, apply in your home country.
Below is a list of the major Canadian banks:
Below are some cell phone providers with stores near our campus.
In order to get a service (plan, SIM card, phone, etc.) you will need to bring your passport, study permit and credit card (if you have one).
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