Student information

Whether you are a Graduate Student or an Undergraduate Student, we want to make sure you have the most recent information to continue or begin your studies at uOttawa, given the current pandemic. Make sure to visit this page regularly as useful updates can help you navigate all of the opportunities to participate in learning, receive support and connect with our University community at this challenging time. The University remains committed to continuing to offer you a world-class education. Like you, we believe it is best to keep a positive outlook and to keep moving forward.

Fall 2021 term

At the University, we are working very hard to prepare you for the best Fall 2021 term possible. We will do our best to maximize in-person activities even as we ensure that everyone’s health and safety remains the University’s top priority. Every decision we make regarding the fall term will align with public health guidelines.

To achieve our goals, we are equipping all our classrooms with educational technology that will allow for simultaneous in-person and videoconference teaching. In addition, students will be offered better residence options and greater access to many on-campus sports, recreational, and community activities. We will also be offering more in-person services to provide  academic support and enhance wellness. Every effort will be made to accommodate students who cannot attend in person due to personal circumstances.

We will send you more details before course registration later this spring. In the meantime, you can refer to the FAQ specific to the Fall term 2021.


FAQ

Fall 2021 term

Will there be courses offered on campus in the Fall and Winter terms? How many? And which ones?

We can now commit to offering more fall courses on campus. Our goal is to offer 30% to 50% of our courses on campus, with the remainder online. Students who wish will be able to take at least one course in person on campus, both in the fall and winter.

In the Winter term, there may be even more on-campus activities and courses as we learn how to switch between in-person and online education. Again, public health measures and restrictions will determine the level of in-person activities allowed. We would like to maximize the number of activities while respecting the guidelines in place at the time.

Will there be some flexibility to learn entirely via distance learning?

We understand and appreciate that different students feel differently. Many are very impatient to return to campus while others are very reluctant to do so. For all sorts of very good reasons — personal, financial or health related — some students would prefer to continue their education online for now. And we respect that. Our commitment to flexibility for students who wish to only study online will remain for the Fall and Winter terms. We will try to let you adjust your course sequence and postpone taking your in-person courses until the following year. This may affect the total length of your studies, though.

Why did this University choose “bimodal” learning?

Some students feel that “bimodal” learning, where some students attend in person and others remotely at the same time, is not ideal. While it may have some limitations, bimodal learning is one of the University’s solutions to re-introduce in-person courses because it’s the format that provides the most flexibility for both students and professors. It allows us to address the very diverse concerns students and professors have about returning to campus, and, most importantly, it allows each of us to take a small step toward a return to campus, one that will have great health benefits for many.

We realize that this will be a challenge, especially coming at the tail end of a very demanding academic year for all of us. Bimodal learning — and teaching — will require adjustment and planning by students and professors alike, and we’re already preparing to provide the University community with the appropriate support. Since we’re building on our experience, we’re confident we can succeed as we did last year when challenged with rapidly transitioning from in-person to online courses.

What could my schedule look like?

More specifically, this means that you will have the option to include at least one on-campus course or learning activity (e.g., lab, discussion group) from your program in your schedule. This also means that you could chose to continue with distance learning, for the majority of our programs. With certain programs, however, you may have to take in-person courses. If you do wish to continue learning online, we will try to allow you to adjust your course sequence and postpone taking in-person courses until the following year. This may affect the total length of your studies, though.

How will the University be able to start offering in-person courses and activities again?

We are continuing to build our capacity to offer flexible course schedules and to implement measures to continue activities while following the rapidly changing public health guidelines. Here are some solutions that we have implemented:

  • Equipping classrooms to allow simultaneous in-person teaching and videoconferencing, so that some in the class take the course online and others on campus.
  • Making it possible to offer alternating schedules — some students take the course in person one week and others the next.
  • Changing the course schedule and making it more flexible so that it’s easier to switch from in person to online or a combination of the two, even if changes in health measures require this after the term has begun.
  • Continuing research activities in University labs, albeit at reduced capacity. The Office of the Vice-President, Research, the Office of Research Ethics and Integrity, and the Office of Risk Management have developed COVID-19 research guidelines and procedures. We invite graduate students to contact their thesis supervisors for more information.
Why did the University decide to introduce in-person classes next fall?

Consultations with the University community throughout 2020 showed that opinions are mixed as far as a return to campus goes. Many appreciate the flexibility that distance teaching and learning offer, while others miss the campus and wish to return as soon as possible for all sorts of reasons related to mental health, academic success, isolation and personal development. This is why we wish to offer the two options side by side while following public health guidelines, starting in September 2021.

Can I rely on the quality of teaching and learning?

We learned a lot in 2020. The pandemic showed that online teaching has several advantages and can add considerably to teaching quality. In our pursuit of excellence, we intend to use various teaching methods wisely, including online, in person or by videoconference, or even blended courses combining several approaches to make use of all of them.

Will we have to be on campus next year? Can we continue learning from a distance?

You will still be able to continue with distance learning, for the majority of our programs. With certain programs, however, you may have to take in-person courses. If you do wish to continue learning online, we will try to allow you to adjust your course sequence and postpone taking your in-person courses until the following year. This may affect the total length of your studies, though.

Will return to campus be the same in all faculties?

Each faculty will ensure it has an approach that takes into account the unique aspects of its programs.

What will happen to research activities if the sanitary restrictions continue?

As you may be aware, the remobilization of research lab activities on campus began in April 2020, and as a result, many graduate students have already been back on site to carry out research activities and projects for some time now. We continue to carefully ramp up our research activities, and we expect to be back to full capacity in our research labs by the fall. We will update graduate students as the situation evolves.

It is known that professors find it difficult to adjust to the many new teaching methods. What is the University doing to help?

As we have done since the start of the pandemic, we will continue to assist professors and research teams in offering a learning environment that meets the standards of excellence one would expect from a world-class university.

Will the pandemic impact admissions to an undergraduate program for Fall 2021?

We are adapting to the changing reality of schools and remain flexible in our admission processes. We are taking into account the challenges that the measures schools must implement to adjust to the health crisis represent.

Will there be an impact on my offer of admission to an undergraduate program if I receive Pass/Fail grades?

The University of Ottawa will not penalize candidates for receiving Pass/Fail grades. Candidates who receive a 'Pass' grade for a prerequisite will be considered as having completed the prerequisite requirements. The University of Ottawa will grant advance standing for courses that receive a 'Pass' grade.

Will the pandemic impact admissions to a graduate program for Fall 2021?

The graduate admission and applicant assessment processes continue. To facilitate creation of admission files, admission committees are accepting unofficial copies of transcripts for assessment purposes. We will continue to be flexible regarding the requirement to receive official transcripts prior to initial enrolment as it applies to universities and countries where it is impossible to send them due to COVID-19.

Is the University complying with public health guidelines by allowing a return to campus in the fall 2021?

The health and safety of the entire University community remains the University of Ottawa’s top priority. Since the start of the pandemic, we have put in place strict health rules and protocols, in keeping with public health guidelines. We make sure to adjust our measures when government authorities decree new procedures. To date, very few active cases have been reported on campus.

Will services be open on campus?

Yes. In-person campus services (academic support, wellness, administration), in addition to the online services we’re continuing to improve.

Will there be extracurricular activities on campus in the Fall?

Since student experience is about more than just learning, we will also ensure we offer a wide range of activities, including in residence, that reflect the vitality and richness of our community.

What type of social activities can I expect to see during the year if social distancing measures are still in place?

All our programming and events will be planned to comply with physical distancing requirements. Virtual and online activities are being planned; these include concerts, virtual pet therapy, game nights, virtual escape rooms, fitness classes, and wellness webinars, to name a few.

What measures will be put in place if the vaccine is given to a limited number of students?

Local public health officials recommend that we take normal health precautions, such as practicing social distancing, washing hands, using masks or face coverings. The University of Ottawa will continue to encourage everyone on campus to keep following these measures.

Will students be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 before returning to campus?

Students will not be required to be vaccinated before setting foot on campus. The University of Ottawa is currently working with public health officials in order to set up a vaccination clinic. Members of the University community will be able to get vaccinated when their target group is called up, based on the Ontario government’s vaccination schedule.

Will students be required to live in Ottawa during the Fall 2021 term?

Each student will decide whether to live in Ottawa or in residence, or not, depending on their course format, preferences, and support network.

Which residences will be open this fall?

We plan on opening eight residences: Friel, Marchand, 90U, Stanton, Henderson, 45 Mann, Hyman-Soloway and Annex. All types of rooms will be available. We may need to increase or decrease the number of residences we open depending on how the situation evolves and the number of applications for rooms in residence.

Visit the Housing and Residence Life website to learn more about the health measures in place and for information on the application process.

How is the University making it possible to open residences in the Fall?

During 2020–2021, over 1,000 students have lived in residence while following health measures. To date, no COVID-19 outbreak has been reported. Residents have been able to enjoy virtual and in-person activities, as well as support from peers and the Residence Life team. For the September 2021 start of classes, we expect to increase the number of places available and to offer a rewarding life in residence that includes in-person activities, because we know that they contribute to students’ academic success. In keeping with public health guidelines, all necessary measures will be put in place to ensure the health and safety of our community.

Is it easy to find housing off campus in Ottawa?

Right now, students can benefit from the current rental market in the National Capital Region. The occupancy rate for rental properties in Ottawa dropped in 2020, and so there are more apartments available for rent. However, there is less availability in certain types of rental accommodation, such as individual rooms in private dwellings. It is hard to predict the state of the rental market in the coming year. Check the Off-Campus Housing website for more information or to help you search for housing.

Will experiential learning opportunities, such as CO-OP work terms and volunteering, only take place online?

A few employers are already providing safe internships or volunteer opportunities, either in person or in a hybrid format. As the situation improves, the number of employers able to offer learning opportunities in person should increase.

Will there be recreational and intramural sports?

Our fitness centres will remain open in keeping with public health directives. Students can register for fitness classes that charge fees, and can also enjoy our free aquatic and sports facilities. Intramural sports, group fitness classes, and individual personal training sessions will be offered in person and online.

Academic information

Are there any changes to university fees for Spring-Summer 2021?

(Updated on March 24, 2021)

Most Spring-summer term courses will be offered online in accordance with public health guidelines and the high-quality standards that have earned the University its world-class reputation. The portion of university fees that covers tuition will therefore remain the same. However, there are some changes to ancillary fees in the spring-summer 2021 term:

Sports Services: Given our reduced sports services offering, we cut Sports Services fees by half for the spring-summer term. We continue to offer a wide variety of courses online, as well as some in-person activities at our Health and Lifestyle Centre.

Ancillary fees: The UOSU and the GSAÉD will continue to provide services. We will therefore collect the associated fees, with a few exceptions, such as certain fees for the Graduate Students Association. Please see Ancillary fees for a comprehensive list.

U-Pass: Only full-time students taking at least one in-person course during the spring-summer term will be charged for the U-Pass. If you are not using a U-Pass in the Spring-Summer term, do not throw out the U-Pass that you have. It will be easier to top it up once things return to normal.

How will 2021 Spring-Summer term courses be taught, and when will I know if my course is being offered in person or online?

(Updated on April 7, 2021)

With some exceptions, Spring-Summer 2021 courses will be taught at a distance. Check out the course timetable to see which courses will be taught through distance learning and which in person.

What platforms are used for online learning?

(Updated on October 14, 2020)

The University offers and supports 3 web conferencing technologies, Zoom, Adobe Connect and MS Teams. To learn more about each of these technologies, please visit the TLSS web page on web conferencing tools.

Teachers also have the option of using other platforms that are more suitable for online learning in certain courses. Check with your teacher which platform they prefer. If you want to access tutorials and training material on these platforms, you can access them from the “Technology” section of the Academic GPS.

For any information or support for the use of online learning technologies such as Zoom, Adobe Connect and MS Teams, book an appointment with a tech advisor from the Virtual Help Desk (“Technology” section of the Academic GPS), or contact Teaching and Learning Support Service (TLSS) at: saea-tlss@uOttawa.ca

What is exam monitoring software Respondus?

(Updated on October 2, 2020)

Beginning in the fall term it is up to individual professors to use – or not use – Respondus in their courses. Respondus is available to professors as one evaluation option but its use is not required. Each professor is free to use Respondus or to choose alternate evaluation tools or approaches if they wish.

Professors who choose to use Respondus in their courses are required to inform their students of this choice at the beginning of term, as well as to offer them an alternative and equally valid form of performance evaluation. All students will be free to choose not to use Respondus and to make use of these alternative evaluation methods.

Students requiring accommodation will be able to access additional support upon request to ensure that they can use Respondus if they wish to do so.

Additional funds will be available to students in need who do not have access to the equipment necessary to use Respondus (eg. webcams). In order to uphold uOttawa’s high standards of academic integrity while also ensuring the privacy of our members, Respondus meets the University's computer security and privacy standards. You can learn how to use the software and more by visiting the Respondus resources page and on our website. For more information, please contact us at saea-tlss@uOtttawa.ca.

What are my options if I have an in-person course?

(Updated on January 27, 2021)

Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, the University has been working diligently to ensure that you can pursue your studies.

The situation continues to evolve. Here are some key points to consider if you are enrolled in an in-person course:

  • The University is closely following public health directives and has strengthened its cleaning protocols substantially. Students coming to campus must complete online COVID-19 training and comply with basic safety measures such as wearing a mask in all indoor common areas and maintaining physical distancing.
  • All students coming to campus should use the COVID-19 Daily Assessment tool to conduct a health self-assessment every day prior to arrival. This tool is accessible from SecureUO and online.
  • Since the beginning of the term, professors have been sending students additional information about how their specific courses are taught.
  • Whether you’re studying on campus or online, locally or from any distance, there will be academic support available to accompany you in this new and exciting university experience. Here are a few key resources :
  • Academic Writing Help Centre
  • Regional and International mentors
  • Faculty mentoring centres
How do I check if my course is offered in-person or online?

To confirm the method of teaching for your course, please follow these steps:

  • Go to uOzone and check My Class Schedule
  • Select the term in question
  • You will see a list of your courses. Click on the code in the Section column to see further information about each course

In the Class Details box, the Instruction Mode will indicate whether your course is given online or in-person.

What technical requirements do I need to study online?

Here are minimal technical requirements for distance learning at the University of Ottawa:

  • A PC running Windows 7 (or more recent operating system); or
  • An Apple computer running Mac OS 10.12 (or more recent operating system)
  • 2 GB of RAM
  • An Internet connection: 2 MB/s (5 MB/s or more is recommended)
  • Microsoft Office
    • Can be downloaded through your University of Ottawa account (https://portal.office.com)
  • Microphone for teleconferencing
  • Camera for teleconferencing
  • Adobe Connect
  • Microsoft Teams
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader
  • Antivirus software


Be aware of these minimum requirements and prepare by getting your computer hardware, and downloading the software listed above, before classes begin. Although this list is not complete, it does include the basic, more frequently used tools you will need for distance learning. 

If you have any questions, or need technical support, feel free to contact the University’s IT Services for students.

What is Brightspace and how does it work? I’ve never used it.

Brightspace is uOttawa’s virtual campus. It is a web platform that provides access to course websites and online learning resources through a single portal.

Information on how to access and use it can be found on the Teaching and Learning Support Service website.

What should I do if I have a technical problem, if I cannot connect to Brightspace?

You can get help if you have a technical problem by calling 1-866-811-3201 or by using the online form.

What do I do if I am sick and have to miss and exam or an assignment?

If you cannot participate in course learning activities, write an exam or hand in an assignment for medical or other reasons due to COVID-19 or another illness, please follow the procedure identified in the academic regulations (see. 9.5).

What kind of support is available to help with my courses?

To support students with their academic success, the University launched in September the Academic GPS, a single web page that gives direct access to mentors and writing advisors, workshops, study groups, student services, tech support, and more! This also includes a chat service available 7 days a week, from 7am to 9pm.

What kind of financial aid is available?

Please see this helpful list of links to important information that can help you apply for funds:

Qualitative grading

Will there be qualitative (satisfactory or unsatisfactory) grading for the Winter 2021 term?

(Updated on April 7, 2021)

In light of the significant COVID-19 pandemic-related challenges that have arisen during the Winter 2021 term, the University has decided to give undergraduate students the option of choosing a qualitative grade for one of their eligible Winter 2021 term courses.

This exceptional measure allows the student, under certain conditions, to select one course that will receive a qualitative grade (i.e., satisfactory/unsatisfactory) instead of a letter grade.

Undergraduate students who wish to select one course that will receive a qualitative grade (i.e., satisfactory/not satisfactory) instead of a letter grade, must complete and submit an online form that will be available from May 18 until May 20, 2021.

Note that this option applies to students who are enrolled in an undergraduate program offered by the following faculties:

  • Faculty of Arts
  • Faculty of Law, Common Law Section
  • Faculty of Law, Civil Law Section
  • Telfer School of Management
  • Faculty of Education
  • Faculty of Engineering
  • Faculty of Medicine – Translational and Molecular Medicine
  • Faculty of Science
  • Faculty of Health Sciences (with some exceptions)
  • Faculty of Social Sciences

It does not apply to the following programs:

  • Faculty of Health Sciences – Food and Nutrition Sciences (with or without option in Nutrition Sciences)
  • Faculty of Health Sciences – Nursing
  • Faculty of Medicine – Undergraduate Medical Education (MD Program)

Different rules will apply in the Faculty of Law, Common Law Section. Additional information will be provided by the Common Law Section.

Please note: You can’t choose S/NS grading for a course where you’re subject to a sanction for academic fraud. You can only choose S/NS (qualitative) grading for your courses listed on the online form.

Does choosing the S/NS option have an impact on my academic standing status?

Academic performance is based only on your cumulative grade point average (CGPA) and according to the CGPA required for your program, unless exception approved by the Senate (see academic regulation I - 11.3). The CGPA is calculated only with alphanumeric scores. Grades with no numeric value, such as S/NS, are not part of your CGPA or TGPA calculation.

If you are on probation and your CGPA is above 3.0, courses with S/NS scores will not count towards the 24 units of your probation period.

If you do not reach 24 units with alphanumeric marks during the winter 2021 term for the probationary period, you will still be on probation during the next term.

How will alphanumeric grades impact the Dean’s List?

You must be enrolled full-time and have at least 9 units with alphanumeric scores and have maintained a term grade point average (TGPA) of at least 8.5 (except in law where the average is 7.5) in order to qualify for the Dean’s List.

You can consult the academic regulation 13.4.

Will opting for S/NS have an impact on my scholarships?

Merit Scholarship: you must continue to be enrolled full time in an undergraduate program in a direct-entry faculty (Arts, Engineering, Health Sciences, Science, Social Sciences, Telfer School of Management) or in the Faculty of Law, Civil Law Section and appear on the Dean’s List (see Dean’s List eligibility above).

Renewable scholarships will not include S/NS in the calculation of CGPA.

Awards and medals: If the student has an S/NS grade(s), these will not be calculated in the CGPA for an award or medal. If a prize is for the best grade in the course, the student with an S/NS will not be eligible to win that prize.

Will overall group averages be calculated?

Yes, however, S/NS scores will not be considered in the calculation of the group average. The average will therefore represent only the calculation of alphanumeric scores.

Will opting for S/NS have an impact on citations Cum laude, Magna cum laude and Summa cum laude?

S/NS grades are not calculated in the cumulative grade point average (CGPA).

Citations are awarded to students who complete the requirements of an undergraduate degree, according to their CGPA.

Please consult academic regulation-13.5 - Citations.

If I change my mind, is it possible to reconvert my grade to an alphanumeric grade later?

No, once you have chosen the S/NS option, it is not possible to reconvert the note to an alphanumeric grade.

Will opting for S/NS grades affect my chances of being admitted to Graduate School, Medical School and Law School?

(Updated on January 12, 2021)

It is important to carefully consider the impact of the type of final grades you choose. Since all Faculties, as well as all Universities and Colleges, have their own sets of rules and regulations, it is important that you contact the appropriate Faculties and ask them specifically how choosing S/NS grades may affect your admission to professional and graduate programs.

Events on campus

Will admission events take place?

(Updated on February 10, 2021)

In-person events on and off campus (including international events) have been replaced with an extensive series of virtual events.

Sign up for our mailing list to receive information and updates about admission deadlines and invitations to special events.

If you are an international student, please sign up here to receive information and updates!

Explore de campus of the University of Ottawa at your own pace with our self-guided virtual tour or, join us live online or in person on campus for our guided tours.

International Students

As an international student, how does the COVID-19 situation impact my immigration status?

Please refer to the COVID-19 FAQ section of the International Office’s Immigration webpage.

University Health Insurance Plan (UHIP)

Do students living in the city of Gatineau have UHIP coverage?

The University of Ottawa’s physical proximity with the province of Quebec (city of Gatineau) coupled with the significant number of international students electing to reside there highlights the importance of this question. Sun Life has agreed to extend the Ontario provisions of the contract to the city of Gatineau as per the request of the University of Ottawa. It is preferable to be treated on the Ontario side; however, the Quebec RAMQ listing will be respected in Gatineau.

Please also refer to the FAQ section of the International Office’s UHIP webpage.

Will International students who are still in Canada due to travel restrictions/closures still have UHIP coverage?
  • Regular students enrolled in a program who finished their term on April 30th and
    • are on a scheduled break, or
    • are enrolled in courses, or
    • are on an approved leave of absence**,
    this spring/summer term 2020; they have full UHIP coverage until August 31st, 2020.
  • Regular students who have finished all the requirements of their program on April 30th, and have requested an extension of UHIP coverage, have full UHIP coverage until April 30th, 2020 and extension* coverage until August 31st, 2020.

UHIP coverage for the 2020-2021 academic calendar

  • Full UHIP coverage for students who enroll full time in the fall 2020 term will be renewed automatically, for the three terms (fall 2020, winter 2021, and spring/summer 2021) after they register for fall courses.
  • UHIP coverage for regular students who have finished all the requirements of their program on August 31st, 2020; have full UHIP coverage until August 31st, 2020, and they can request to have extension* coverage until December 31st, 2020.
  • Regular students who register in the fall 2020 term and will finish all the requirements of their program on December 31st, 2020, have full UHIP coverage until December 31st, 2020, and they can request extension* coverage until June 30th, 2021.

*Please note that UHIP coverage during an extension is limited to emergencies only.

**Please consult the International Office (uointl@uOttawa.ca) for details on the requirements to maintain UHIP coverage during an approved leave of absence.

Please also refer to the FAQ section of the International Office’s UHIP webpage.

Campus

Residence

I live in residence and think I may have flu-like symptoms. What should I do?

Everyone is asked to self-monitor their health. If you think you have COVID-19 symptoms, or have been in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 please complete the Ontario self-assessment and where possible, go to an assessment centre to be tested for COVID-19.

If you are directed to self-isolate, you must contact reception at 613-668-9604 immediately in order to begin self-isolation.

Students can view the full Self-Isolation Protocol in Residence in the Important Documents page of the Housing and Residence Life website.

More details concerning the measures put in place in residences can be found on the Housing website.

Travel in Canada and abroad

The University remains committed to the benefits of internationalization and enhancing its reputation as a world-class teaching and research institution. We appreciate the considerable international expertise of our community and recognize that certain essential travel may be required even in a pandemic.  We continue to work closely with public health authorities to protect both our community and the community at large.

Effective immediately, the University is lifting the international travel restrictions for faculty and staff provided that travellers follow local health guidelines during their trip and when returning to Canada. Travellers must research and accept the inherent risks involved in their trip, plan appropriate time and resources for quarantine and potential trip delays or cancellations.

Faculty and staff are required to register official trips with the University so that we can contact you in an emergency and introduce you to the full range of services available to you through International SOS. Domestic travel and off-campus activities are permitted, if they are carried out in accordance with the advice of the relevant public health agencies and the directives in effect at the location and site-host where the activities occur. See the appropriate question and answer at the bottom of this page for more details.

Does the University allow faculty and staff to travel internationally?

Effective immediately, the University is lifting the international travel restrictions for faculty and staff provided that travellers follow local health guidelines during their trip and when returning to Canada. Travellers must research and accept the inherent risks involved in their trip, plan appropriate time and resources for quarantine and potential trip delays or cancellations.

Faculty and staff are required to register official trips with the University so that we can contact you in an emergency and introduce you to the full range of services available to you through International SOS.  Personal trips may also be registered if travellers would like to access these services. For further information about travel abroad for faculty and staff contact voyages.int@uOttawa.ca.

Are students allowed to travel abroad?

The University has made the difficult decision to maintain the suspension of in-person international mobility until December 31, 2021. This applies to both incoming and outgoing students as well as to international exchanges, research internships, co-op placements, field research courses, etc.

However, some individuals may be allowed to travel on an exceptional basis for research or fieldwork that is considered essential.

uOttawa students whose travel is essential to the continuation or conclusion of their academic career will need to:

If approved, they must then:

  • Register their travel with the University;
  • Submit their quarantine plan to the University upon their return to Canada;
  • Follow the Government of Canada's instructions for their return to Canada; and
  • Undergo testing for COVID-19 as soon as possible upon their return, as recommended by the Ontario Ministry of Colleges and Universities.

Exceptions may also be made for incoming students. They should also contact the International Office to request an exception.

If you have any other questions, please contact the International Office at uointl@uOttawa.ca.

Is travel to Canada permitted?

Travel to Canada as well as trips to participate in off-campus educational activities are permitted if they comply with the directives of the competent health authorities and the rules in force at the site where the activities take place. The Office of Risk Management has also prepared a useful guide to facilitate the planning and preparation of activities in the field.


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