Courses offered entirely online

A course offered entirely online, also referred to as a “fully online course,” is just what it sounds like: a course that is offered via the Internet, for which you do not attend classes on campus. You can meet with your professor and classmates virtually, exchanging ideas and doing activities together just as you would in a traditional course.

The time commitment required for this course and its content is the same as for a traditional course. You carry out your course work, including online discussions, papers and other activities, from September to December for the Fall term and from January to April for the Winter term. You also follow the same important academic dates and deadlines.

Distance-learning options for the Fall term

Due to uncertainty surrounding COVID-19, all our courses, with some exceptions,* will include a distance-learning option in the fall term.

Your health and safety is our highest priority. As a result, we have adapted quickly with a flexible approach towards learning and student life to ensure that you can start or resume your studies no matter what situation we face regarding the pandemic. Therefore, all our courses, with some exceptions,* will include a distance-learning option in the fall term. Whether you are an international student or a Canadian who cannot come to Ottawa, you will be able to learn from home without having to be physically present on campus.

We still hope to welcome students on campus this fall, but this continues to depend on the public health guidelines in place at that time. We are working on innovative approaches to offer students an in-person learning experience should public health guidelines change. Each Faculty will determine whether specific in-person courses can go ahead.

We realize that the situation is fluid and rapidly evolving. As such, we would like to share some key principles:

  • The courses you need for your program will be offered via distance learning with the same high academic standards so that you can achieve your learning goals.
  • Many of your courses could be offered in person if public health directives allow us to do so. In this situation, students who prefer to learn in person will be able to do so, provided that the Faculty considers this a possibility.
  • If you sign up for an online course and this course ends up being offered in person, you will not be required to show up in person if physical distancing guidelines are lifted. Once you enrol in an online course, you have the option to complete it via distance learning, if that is your preference.
  • *The schedule includes some courses that do require your physical presence even though it remains uncertain whether this will be possible this fall. Please be reassured that we are working on innovative solutions to accommodate you and will provide an update in the weeks to come. We encourage you to enrol for these courses if they match your ambitions.
  • Our course schedule is accurate at the time of publication but is likely to experience more changes than usual. Please check it often to follow any changes.

Enrolment process

Regular students

From uoZone, go to Applications and click on Student Centre. On the Search for Classes screen, click on Additional Search Criteria.

  1. Select your Course Career: Choose either Undergraduate (Arts, Engineering, Health Sciences, Social Sciences, Sciences or the Telfer School of Management) or Law.
  2. If you know which course you want to take, enter the Subject and Course Number. If you don’t know which course, continue directly to next step.
  3. Under Location, select Virtual from the drop-down menu.
  4. Unselect Show Open Classes Only in order to search for all classes regardless of the status (open, closed, waitlist) and click on Search.
  5. Click on Select next to the course you want to take.

For step-by-step instructions, please see the Student Enrolment Guide tutorial, available on the Enrol application page.


Special students

See the enrolment details for special students.


Students from universities other than the University of Ottawa

In order to enrol, you will need permission from your home university. Please fill out the appropriate permission form (usually available from your university’s registrar or student record`s office), and deliver it  in person or send it by fax or email (scanned copy) to the University of Ottawa faculty or school offering the course that you want to take.

ecampus Ontario

The University of Ottawa is part of a provincial initiative called the Ontario Online Learning Consortium (OOLC), which has recently launched a web-based portal called eCampusOntario. This portal allows students to find and register for online courses in universities across Ontario. It also features many open access resources, to further online learning.

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