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University of Ottawa

As an exchange student, there are a few things you need to know about going to the University of Ottawa. Learn more about the location, the courses and student life! 

Visit their website for more information about studying abroad at the University of Ottawa!


Located in the heart of Canada’s national capital, the University of Ottawa is the world’s largest bilingual university where students may study in English, French or both languages

  • Student population: 45,000 +
  • International Ranking: Ranked 281 on the QS World University Rankings 2020

Discover all the good reasons to choose uOttawa.


The University of Ottawa is located in the city of Ottawa - the capital of Canada and its fourth largest city. Ottawa is positioned in the east of Southern Ontario and sits on the south bank of the Ottawa River. It is a bilingual city, with around 40% of the population speaking both French and English. 

Level of competitiveness

Competitive **

The level of competitiveness (Less competitive * / Competitive ** / Very competitive ***) refers to one's chances of being allocated an exchange space at this partner. This is an approximation determined by the number of applications received for this destination during the last academic year versus the total number of exchange spaces available to Queen Mary students. 

Application process for successful students

Find out more about how to apply

Academic Calendar

  • Semester 1: September – December
  • Semester 2: January – April

For more information, visit the University of Ottawa's important dates.


Not available to Business Management. Browse the full listing of classes, see the following:

The registration period for exchange students usually begins in May, including those coming for the winter term (January).


Students will take 4-5 courses per semester not exceeding 15 credits (a maximum of 30 credits for the full academic year).

Find out more about credit transfer and grade conversions.


The University of Ottawa has rooms available in university residences for exchange students, even though on-campus accommodation is never guaranteed.

Students can join the uOttawa Bureau International Office Facebook group to view postings from fellow students. They can also consult the Off-Campus Housing website to obtain further information about living off campus.

Cost of Living

Estimated costs for a single exchange student (per 4-month term)

  • Housing (from $650 to $1,200 per month): $2,600 - $4,800
  • Food (approximately $85 per week): $1,300
  • Mandatory University Health Insurance Plan (UHIP): $240
  • Books and other supplies: $600
  • Clothing, entertainment, and other items: $1,000
  • Communications (telephone, Internet): $600

Support Services

For information on accessibility, please visit the Academic Accommodations page. 

Campus Life

There are many ways to get involved on campus, but here are some that we think might interest you:

Social Media

University of Ottawa: 

uOttawa Bureau of International Office Facebook: @mentorsbiio


uOttawa Information sheet for exchange students 2020-2021 [PDF 8,098KB]