The following important dates and deadlines apply to the entire student population, whether you are studying at the undergraduate, graduate or postdoctoral level. Dates may vary for certain programs (Education, Common Law, Civil Law, Engineering, Medicine, MBA, Health Sciences, etc.) and for work terms. Please check with the academic unit concerned and refer to the CO-OP website for work-term deadlines. Consult the calendars below to find out more about their important dates and deadlines.

Convocation

There are two Convocation periods each academic year, one in the spring and one in the fall.

Topic Dates
Last day to register for a degree for Spring 2018 Convocation March 31, 2018
Last day to register for a degree for Fall 2018 Convocation September 15, 2018
Spring 2018 Convocation June 10 to 13, 2018
Fall 2018 Convocation October 28, 2018
Last day to register for a degree for Spring 2019 Convocation March 31, 2019
Spring–Summer term 2018
Topic Dates
Term dates May 1 to August 31
Full session May 1 to August 31
Courses (Session A) May 1 to July 23
Courses (Session B) May 1 to June 11
Courses (Session C) June 18 to July 27
Courses (Session D) July 16 to August 27
Teaching and course evaluations (Session A) July 9 to 23
Teaching and course evaluations (Session B) May 28 to June 11
Teaching and course evaluations (Session C) July 16 to 27
Teaching and course evaluations (Session D) August 13 to 27
Statutory holidays, breaks and special events
Topic Dates
Victoria Day May 21
Canada Day July 1
Canada Day, in lieu of statutory holiday July 2
Civic Holiday August 6
Changes to regular course schedule
Topic Dates
Classes are cancelled on Monday, May 21, in lieu of Victoria Day (statutory holiday). They will be held on Saturday, June 2, when the usual Monday course schedule will apply. This does not affect CO-OP or clinical placements. June 2
Classes are cancelled on Monday, July 2, in lieu of Canada Day (statutory holiday). They will be held on Saturday, July 14, when the usual Monday course schedule will apply. This does not affect CO-OP or clinical placements. July 14
Enrolment, courses, withdrawals and reimbursements
Topic Dates
First day to enrol (regular undergraduate students) April 5, starting at 8 a.m.
First day to enrol (graduate students) March 29, starting at 8 a.m.
First day to enrol (special students) April 19, starting at one-minute-past-midnight
Session A (May 1 to July 23)
Topic Dates
Last day to enrol in Faculty of Health Sciences clinical placements April 28
Last day for graduate students to request a leave of absence May 25
Last day to enrol or change course selection May 18
Last day to change student status (regular/auditor) May 18
Last day for graduate students to change part-time/full-time status May 18
Last day to withdraw from a course or an activity and receive a financial credit (less administrative fees). A financial credit is applied only if the withdrawal changes your status from full time to part time. The deadline to receive a reimbursement for the ancillary fees associated with a course may be earlier. The withdrawal deadline for a given course may differ depending on the start and end dates. Specific dates are indicated in the My Class Schedule application in uoZone. Withdrawing from a course may affect whether you will meet all your program requirements. Be sure to consider all changes very carefully before going ahead. May 25
Last day to withdraw from a course or an activity (no financial credit). Withdrawing from a course may affect whether you will meet all your program requirements. Be sure to consider all changes very carefully before going ahead. Note that it is not possible to withdraw after this date. If you simply stop attending a course and do not withdraw, you will receive a failing grade. The withdrawal deadline for a given course may differ depending on the start and end dates. Specific dates are indicated in the My Class Schedule application in uoZone. July 6
Last day for French immersion students to identify their courses to be evaluated with “Satisfactory/Not satisfactory” grades July 6
Session B (May 1 to June 11)
Topic Dates
Last day to enrol or change course selection May 11
Last day to change student status (regular/auditor) May 11
Last day to withdraw from a course or an activity and receive a financial credit (less administrative fees). A financial credit is applied only if the withdrawal changes your status from full time to part time. The deadline to receive a reimbursement for the ancillary fees associated with a course may be earlier. The withdrawal deadline for a given course may differ depending on the start and end dates. Specific dates are indicated in the My Class Schedule application in uoZone. Withdrawing from a course may affect whether you will meet all your program requirements. Be sure to consider all changes very carefully before going ahead. May 18
Last day to withdraw from a course or an activity with no financial credit. (no financial credit). Withdrawing from a course may affect whether you will meet all your program requirements. Be sure to consider all changes very carefully before going ahead. Note that it is not possible to withdraw after this date. If you simply stop attending a course and do not withdraw, you will receive a failing grade. The withdrawal deadline for a given course may differ depending on the start and end dates. Specific dates are indicated in the My Class Schedule application in uoZone. June 1
Last day for French immersion students to identify their courses to be evaluated with “Satisfactory/Not satisfactory” grades June 1
Session C (June 18 to July 27)
Topic Dates
Last day to enrol or change course selection June 29
Last day to change student status (regular/auditor) June 29
Last day to withdraw from a course or an activity and receive a financial credit (less administrative fees.A financial credit is applied only if the withdrawal changes your status from full time to part time. The deadline to receive a reimbursement for the ancillary fees associated with a course may be earlier. The withdrawal deadline for a given course may differ depending on the start and end dates. Specific dates are indicated in the My Class Schedule application in uoZone. Withdrawing from a course may affect whether you will meet all your program requirements. Be sure to consider all changes very carefully before going ahead. July 6
Last day to withdraw from a course or an activity (no financial credit). Withdrawing from a course may affect whether you will meet all your program requirements. Be sure to consider all changes very carefully before going ahead. Note that it is not possible to withdraw after this date. If you simply stop attending a course and do not withdraw, you will receive a failing grade. The withdrawal deadline for a given course may differ depending on the start and end dates. Specific dates are indicated in the My Class Schedule application in uoZone. July 20
Last day for French immersion students to identify their courses to be evaluated with “Satisfactory/Not satisfactory” grades July 20
Session D (July 16 to August 27)
Topic Dates
Last day to enrol or change course selection July 27
Last day to change student status (regular/auditor) July 27
Last day to withdraw from a course or an activity and receive a financial credit (less administrative fees.A financial credit is applied only if the withdrawal changes your status from full time to part time. The deadline to receive a reimbursement for the ancillary fees associated with a course may be earlier. The withdrawal deadline for a given course may differ depending on the start and end dates. Specific dates are indicated in the My Class Schedule application in uoZone. Withdrawing from a course may affect whether you will meet all your program requirements. Be sure to consider all changes very carefully before going ahead. August 3
Last day to withdraw from a course or an activity (no financial credit). Withdrawing from a course may affect whether you will meet all your program requirements. Be sure to consider all changes very carefully before going ahead. Note that it is not possible to withdraw after this date. If you simply stop attending a course and do not withdraw, you will receive a failing grade. The withdrawal deadline for a given course may differ depending on the start and end dates. Specific dates are indicated in the My Class Schedule application in uoZone. August 17
Last day for French immersion students to identify their courses to be evaluated with “Satisfactory/Not satisfactory” grades August 17
Full session (May 1 to August 31)
Topic Dates
Last day to enrol or change course selection May 18
Last day to change student status (regular/auditor) May 18
Last day for graduate students to request a leave of absence May 18
Last day to withdraw from a course or an activity and receive a financial credit (less administrative fees). A financial credit is applied only if the withdrawal changes your status from full time to part time. The deadline to receive a reimbursement for the ancillary fees associated with a course may be earlier. The withdrawal deadline for a given course may differ depending on the start and end dates. Specific dates are indicated in the My Class Schedule application in uoZone. Withdrawing from a course may affect whether you will meet all your program requirements. Be sure to consider all changes very carefully before going ahead. June 1
Last day to withdraw from a course or an activity (no financial credit). Withdrawing from a course may affect whether you will meet all your program requirements. Be sure to consider all changes very carefully before going ahead. Note that it is not possible to withdraw after this date. If you simply stop attending a course and do not withdraw, you will receive a failing grade. The withdrawal deadline for a given course may differ depending on the start and end dates. Specific dates are indicated in the My Class Schedule application in uoZone. August 10
Last day for French immersion students to identify their courses to be evaluated with “Satisfactory/Not satisfactory” grades August 10
Grades and exams
Topic Dates
Session A (May 1 to July 23) exam period July 26 to 31
Session B (May 1 to June 11) exam period June 13 to 15
Session C (June 18 to July 27) exam period July 30 to August 3
Session D (July 16 to August 27) exam period August 28 to 31
Official final grades for the Spring–Summer term posted September 19
Deferred exam period for faculties of Arts, Science and Engineering. Contact your faculty for exam dates. October 23 to 27
Supplemental exam period for at the Faculty of Engineering (see academic regulation 9.6 for specifics) and in 1000-level courses at the Faculty of Science. Contact your faculty for exam dates. October 23 to 27
Last day to submit a request for a grade review for a final exam. For information on grade reviews and appeals, please consult the appropriate academic regulations October 3
Official standings posted September 28
Tuition fee payment
Topic Dates
Session A (May 1 to July 23): Last day to pay tuition fees without late fees. Consult the fee payment section of the Financial Resources website.  May 1
Session B (May 1 to June 11): Last day to pay tuition fees without late fees. Consult the fee payment section of the Financial Resources website. May 1
Session C (June 18 to July 27): Last day to pay tuition fees without late fees. Consult the fee payment section of the Financial Resources website. June 18 
Session D (July 16 to August 27): Last day to pay tuition fees without late fees. Consult the fee payment section of the Financial Resources website. July 16
Last day to pay tuition fees without late fees. Consult the fee payment section of the Financial Resources website. May 1
Reports, major research papers and theses (graduate studies)
Topic Dates
Last day of the Winter term to submit a thesis without having to enrol in the Spring–Summer term. April 30
Last day to submit a thesis and receive a 100% financial credit (applies only if you are enrolled exclusively in the thesis and were also enrolled in the thesis in the previous term). If you receive a 100% financial credit, your enrolment for the current term will be cancelled. Credit not applicable if you are submitting a revised thesis. June 1
Last day to submit a thesis and receive a 50% financial credit (applies only if you are enrolled exclusively in the thesis and were also enrolled in the thesis in the previous session). Credit not applicable if you are submitting a revised thesis. July 6
Last day of the Spring–Summer term to submit a thesis without having to enrol in the Fall term. August 31
Last day of the Spring–Summer term to submit the final version of major research paper or engineering report without having to enrol in the Fall term. Deadline for submitting major research papers and engineering reports may be earlier in some programs. Please confirm the date with your academic unit. August 31
Making changes to your program (undergraduate studies)
Topic Dates
Period to make changes to your program for the Fall 2018 term March 1 to August 31
Fall term 2018
Topic Dates
Term dates September 1 to December 31
Starting Point (mandatory activities in academic units to welcome all students). No classes held. September 4
Course dates September 5 to December 5
Civil Law courses (first-year students) September 4 to December 5
First- and second-year pre-clerkship courses (Undergraduate Medical Education Program) No session is required
Third- and fourth-year clerkship courses (Undergraduate Medical Education Program) November 26 to January 30
Teaching and course evaluations November 19 to 30 
Statutory holidays, breaks and special events
Topic Dates
Labour Day September 3
Thanksgiving October 8
Undergraduate Fall Open House. Classes are cancelled except for the MD Program and courses offered at Woodroffe and Pembroke campuses. October 27
Reading week. No classes in programs at the faculties of Arts, Education, Law, Engineering, Health Sciences, Science and Social Sciences and at the Telfer School of Management. No reading week in the MD Program.
Some exceptions apply at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. CO-OP work terms and clinical and non-clinical placements are not affected.
October 21 to 27
Study Break. No study break for students in the MD Program. December 6
Holiday break. University closed. From 5 p.m. December 21, 2018, to 8:45 a.m. January 3, 2019
Changes to regular course schedule
Topic Dates
Classes are cancelled on Monday, October 8, for Thanksgiving (statutory holiday). They will be held on Wednesday, December 5, when the usual Monday course schedule will apply. This does not affect CO-OP or clinical placements. December 5
Enrolment, courses, withdrawals and reimbursements
Topic Dates
First day to enrol (regular undegraduate students — first year) May 22, starting at 8 a.m.
First day to enrol (newly-admitted students coming from CÉGEP or college) May 22, starting at 8 a.m.
First day to enrol (regular undergraduate students — fourth year) May 29, starting at 8 a.m.
First day to enrol (regular undergraduate students — third year) June 5, starting at 8 a.m.
First day to enrol (regular undergraduate students — second year) June 14, starting at 8 a.m.
First day to enrol (graduate students) June 19, starting at 8 a.m.
Last day to enrol for clinical placements (Faculty of Health Sciences) June 29
First day to enrol (special students) August 23, starting at one-minute-past-midnight
Last day to enrol or change course selection September 21
Last day to change student status (regular/auditor) September 21
Last day to request leave of absence (graduate studies) September 21 
Last day to withdraw from a course or an activity and receive a financial credit (less administrative fees). A financial credit is applied only if the withdrawal changes your status from full time to part time. The deadline to receive a reimbursement for the ancillary fees associated with a course may be earlier. The withdrawal deadline for a give course may differ depending on the start and end dates. Specific dates are indicated in the My Class Schedule application uoZone. Withdrawing from a course may affect whether you will meet all your program requirements. Be sure to consider all changes very carefully before going ahead. September 28 
Last day to withdraw from a course or an activity (no financial credit). Withdrawing from a course may affect whether you will meet all your program requirements. Be sure to consider all changes very carefully before going ahead. Note that it is not possible to withdraw after this date. If you simply stop attending a course and do not withdraw, you will receive a failing grade. The withdrawal deadline for a given course may differ depending on the start and end dates. Specific dates are indicated in the My Class Schedule application in uoZone. November 16
Last day for French immersion students to identify their courses to be evaluated with “Satisfactory/Not satisfactory” grades November 16
Grades and exams
Topic Dates
Exam period. Exams are scheduled during the week and on the weekend, both during the day and in the evening. December 7 to 20
Official final grades for the Fall term posted January 17
Official academic standings posted January 24
Last day to submit a request for a grade review for a final exam. For information on grade reviews and appeals, please consult the appropriate academic regulations January 31
Supplemental exam period at the Faculty of Engineering (see academic regulation 9.6 for specifics) and in 1000-level courses at the Faculty of Science. Contact your faculty for exam dates. February 17 to 23
Deferred exam period for faculties of Arts, Science, Engineering and Civil Law. Contact your faculty for exam dates. February 17 to 23
Deferred and supplemental exam period for 1000-level anatomy (ANP) courses. Contact your faculty for exam dates. February 17 to 23
Tuition fee payment
Topic Dates
Last day to pay tuition fees without late fees. Consult the fee payment section of the Financial Resources website. August 22
Student services
Topic Dates
Distribution of U-Passes by SFUO To be determined
Last day to apply for a U-Pass exemption To be determined
Last day to opt out of medical or dental insurance plans October 1
Reports, major research papers and theses (graduate studies)
Topic Dates
Last day of the Spring–Summer term to submit a thesis without having to enrol in the Fall term. August 31
Last day to submit a thesis and receive a 100% financial credit (applies only if you are enrolled exclusively in the thesis and were also enrolled in the thesis in the previous term). If you receive a 100% financial credit, your enrolment for the current term will be cancelled. Credit not applicable if you are submitting a revised thesis. September 28 
Last day to submit a thesis and receive a 50% financial credit (applies only if you are enrolled exclusively in the thesis and were also enrolled in the thesis in the previous session). Credit not applicable if you are submitting a revised thesis. November 2
Last day of the Fall term to submit the final version of major research paper or engineering report without having to enrol in the Winter term. The deadline for submitting major research papers and engineering reports may be earlier in some programs. Please confirm the date with your academic unit. December 21 
Last day of the Fall term to submit a thesis without having to enrol in the Winter term December 21 
Making changes to your program (undergraduate studies)
Topic Dates
Period for making changes to your program for the Winter 2019 term.  October 2 to November 30
Winter term 2019
Topic Dates
Term dates January 1 to April 30
Course dates January 7 to April 5
Civil Law course dates (first-year students) January 3 to April 5
Common Law January session dates January 7 to 24 
Common Law Winter term dates January 31 to April 5
First and second-year pre-clerkship (Undergraduate Medical Education) course dates January 1 to May 31
Third and fourth-year clerkship (Undergraduate Medical Education) course dates January 1 to May 31
Teaching and course evaluation period March 18 to 29
Statutory holidays, breaks and special events
Topic Dates
Holiday break. University closed. From 5 p.m. December 21, 2018, to 8:45 a.m. January 3, 2019
Common Law study break January 25 to 30
Reading week. No classes in programs at the faculties of Arts, Law, Engineering, Health Sciences, Science and Social Sciences and at the Telfer School of Management. No reading week in the MD Program, the English Teacher Education program and the French Formation à l’enseignement program.
Some exceptions apply at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. CO-OP work terms and clinical and non-clinical placements are not affected.
February 17 to 23 
Family Day February 18
Undergraduate Spring Open House (classes not cancelled) March 16
Easter break April 19 to 22
Study break except in MD Program April 8
Changes to regular course schedule
Topic Dates
Classes cancelled on Friday, April 19, for Good Friday (statutory holiday) April 19
Classes cancelled on Saturday, April 20, for Easter break (statutory holiday) April 20
Enrolment, courses, withdrawals and reimbursements
Topic Dates
First day to enrol (regular undergraduate students — first year) May 22, starting at 8 a.m.
First day to enrol (newly-admitted students coming from CÉGEP or college) May 22, starting at 8 a.m.
First day to enrol (regular undergraduate students — fourth year) May 29, starting at 8 a.m.
First day to enrol (regular undergraduate students — third year) June 5, starting at 8 a.m.
First day to enrol (regular undergraduate students — second year) June 14, starting at 8 a.m.
First day to enrol (graduate students) June 19, starting at 8 a.m.
Last day to enrol  for clinical placements (Faculty of Health Sciences) June 29
First day to enrol (special students) January 4, starting at one-minute-past-midnight
Last day to enrol and to change course selection January 25
Last day to change student status (regular/auditor) January 25
Last day to request leave of absence (graduate students) January 25
Last day to withdraw from a course or an activity and receive a financial credit (less administrative fees). A financial credit is applied only if the withdrawal changes your status from full time to part time. The deadline to receive a reimbursement for the ancillary fees associated with a course may be earlier. The withdrawal deadline of a given course may differ depending on the start and end dates. Specific dates are indicated in the My Class Schedule application in uoZone. Withdrawing from a course may affect whether you will meet all your program requirements. Be sure to consider all changes very carefully before going ahead.  February 1
Last day to withdraw from a course or an activity (no financial credit). Withdrawing from a course may affect whether you will meet all your program requirements. Be sure to consider all changes very carefully before going ahead. Note that it is not possible to withdraw after this date. If you simply stop attending a course and do not withdraw, you will receive a failing grade. The withdrawal deadline for a given course may differ depending on the start and end dates. Specific dates are indicated in the My Class Schedule application in uoZone. March 22
Last day for French immersion students to identify their courses to be evaluated with “Satisfactory/Not satisfactory” grades March 22
Common Law January session
Topic Dates
Last day to enrol or change course selection January 7
Last day to withdraw from a course or an activity and receive a financial credit (less administrative fees). A financial credit is applied only if the withdrawal changes your status from full time to part time. The deadline to receive a reimbursement for the ancillary fees associated with a course may be earlier. The withdrawal deadline for a given course may differ depending on the start and end dates. Specific dates are indicated in the My Class Schedule application in uoZone. Withdrawing from a course may affect whether you will meet all your program requirements. Be sure to consider all changes very carefully before going ahead. January 11
Last day to withdraw from a course or an activity (no financial credit). Withdrawing from a course may affect whether you will meet all your program requirements. Be sure to consider all changes very carefully before going ahead. Note that it is not possible to withdraw after this date. If you simply stop attending a course and do not withdraw, you will receive a failing grade. The withdrawal deadline for a given course can differ depending on the start and end dates. Specific dates are indicated in the My Class Schedule application in uoZone. January 18
Common Law Winter session
Topic Dates
Last day to enrol or change course selection February 6
Last day to withdraw from a course or an activity and receive a financial credit (less administrative fees). A financial credit is applied only if the withdrawal changes your status from full time to part time. The deadline to receive a reimbursement for the ancillary fees associated with a course may be earlier. The withdrawal deadline for a given course may differ depending on the start and end dates. Specific dates are indicated in the My Class Schedule application in uoZone. Withdrawing from a course may affect whether you will meet all your program requirements. Be sure to consider all changes very carefully before going ahead. February 13
Last day to withdraw from a course or an activity (no financial credit). Withdrawing from a course may affect whether you will meet all your program requirements. Be sure to consider all changes very carefully before going ahead. Note that it is not possible to withdraw after this date. If you simply stop attending a course and do not withdraw, you will receive a failing grade. The withdrawal deadline for a given course may differ depending on the start and end dates. Specific dates are indicated in the My Class Schedule application in uoZone. March 22
Grades and exams
Topic Dates
Common Law January session exam day. Exams are scheduled during the week and on the weekend, both during the day and in the evening. January 23
Common Law Winter session exam period. Exams are scheduled during the week and on the weekend, both during the day and in the evening. April 9 to 26
Winter term exam period. Exams are scheduled during the week and on the weekend, both during the day and in the evening. April 9 to 26
Official final grades for the Winter term posted May 14
Last day to submit a request for a grade review for a final exam. For information on grade reviews and appeals, please consult the appropriate academic regulations. May 29
Official academic standings posted May 24
Deferred and supplemental exam period for 1000-level anatomy (ANP) courses. Contact your faculty for exam dates. July 2 to 8
Supplemental exam period at the Faculty of Engineering (see academic regulation 9.6 for specifics) and in 1000-level courses at the Faculty of Science. Contact your faculty for exam dates. July 2 to 8
Deferred exam period for faculties of Arts, Science and Engineering July 2 to 8
Supplemental exam period at the Faculty of Engineering (see academic regulation 9.6 for specifics) and in 1000-level courses at the Faculty of Science July 2 to 8
Tuition fee payment
Topic Dates
Last day to pay tuition fees without late fees. Consult the fee payment section of the Financial Resources website. January 3
Student services
Topic Dates
Distribution of U-Passes by SFUO To be determined
Last day to apply for a U-Pass exemption To be determined
Reports, major research papers, and theses (graduate studies)
Topic Dates
Last day of the Fall term to submit a thesis without having to enrol in the Winter term December 21
Last day to submit a thesis and receive a 100% financial credit (applies only if you are enrolled exclusively in the thesis and were also enrolled in the thesis in the previous term). If you receive a 100% financial credit, your enrolment for the current term will be cancelled. Credit not applicable if you are submitting a revised thesis. February 1

Last day to submit a thesis and receive a 50% financial credit (applies only if you are enrolled exclusively in the thesis and were also enrolled in the thesis in the previous session). Credit not applicable if you are submitting a revised thesis. March 1
Last day of the Winter term to submit a thesis without having to enrol in the Spring–Summer term April 30
Last day of the Winter term to submit the final version of major research paper or engineering report without having to enrol in the Spring–Summer term. Deadline for submitting major research papers and engineering reports may be earlier in some programs. Please confirm the date with your academic unit. April 30
Making changes to your program (undergraduate studies)
Topic Dates
Period to make changes to your program for the Summer 2019 term March 1 to April 30
Past important dates and deadlines

Last reviewed: June 2018

Terminology used on the University of Ottawa website and in University publications

In November 2016, many of the terms used by the University in official texts changed, including those related to important academic dates and deadlines, program requirements and course descriptions. For example, we now use “term” instead of “session” and “unit” instead of “credit”. The University has done much work to update terminology. However, it is possible that examples of the old terminology remain, particularly in older or archived official texts. The old and new terms have the same meaning and should be considered equivalent.

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