Visiting international students at the undergraduate level can either be enrolled part or full time. It is possible for them to enrol in classes offered in different disciplines, however, please note that the following classes are not available for visiting international students:
We invite you to browse our full listing of classes, see the following:
Visiting international students cannot do a research internship during their stay 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 Department of English 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:
Please find a list of faculty restricted classes below.
As a visiting international student, you will have the status of a special student. You will be charged international student fees, including tuition and incidental fees. You may also 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, including a compulsory private health insurance for all visiting international students; no exception will be considered.
Full-time basis tuition plus incidentals
Housing (from $650 to $800 per month)
$2,600 - $3,200
Food (approximately $85 per week)
Compulsory private health insurance
Books and other supplies
Clothing, entertainment and other items
Communications (telephone, internet)
*Based on 2016-2017 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.
The registration period for visiting international students usually begins at the end of June, 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.
Your participation to the Visiting international student orientation session is mandatory. You must arrive in Canada in time to participate in the orientation session. Please find the details below:
Welcome session in English
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.
There are many ways to get involved on campus, but here are some that we think might interest you:
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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:
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