The University of Ottawa welcomes you. We invite you to join our Virtual Summer Orientation and start your journey with the Gee-Gees family!
You can now register for our webinars and gain access to useful resources, connect with your peers and your regional mentor, and get the most of your first uOttawa experience.
What to expect from your Summer Orientation
Between July 9 to August 21, attend uOttawa summer orientation and participate in our webinars, available in both French and English. Participate in webinars specific to your faculty as well as others covering all aspects of your new life at uOttawa. Experience fun interactive activities with integrated Q&A sessions in which we will answer all your questions and provide you with the resources to help you thrive and find your path to personal and academic success at uOttawa.
Some webinars will be recorded and made available afterwards, though we strongly encourage you to participate in the live webinars for a more interactive, rewarding experience.
All webinar times are in Eastern Standard Time (EST). Calculate the time for your time zone.
Summer orientation activities
Summer Orientation FAQ
What is Summer Orientation?
Summer Orientation is an opportunity to learn more about uOttawa and about what to expect from your student journey. We’ll answer your questions and help you become more familiar and comfortable with our services before you start classes. In other words, the program will help you make a successful transition to university life.
What webinar should I choose if I’m doing a joint program?
We recommend you choose the uOrientation session for the home faculty of your program of study.
How does Summer Orientation work?
This year, Summer Orientation is fully virtual! Register for the uOrientation session for your home faculty as well as the regional mentors’ information session for the city closest to you. Complete your orientation experience by registering for as many “Personalize your uOrientation” modules as you wish. Webinars are an opportunity to connect with experts and students who will introduce you to everything you need to know before starting your student journey at uOttawa.
Is there a fee to register for the webinars?
No. All webinars are free! You simply need to register for the webinars of your choice and access them at the indicated date and time!
Is Summer Orientation mandatory?
While Summer Orientation isn’t mandatory, it’s a great opportunity to discover your university community and to connect with students, faculty members, support staff, and with your regional mentor. In other words, the program will enable you to get ready for your first year at uOttawa, access relevant resources, ask your questions, and address your concerns. You will also have the chance to meet students from your region and learn more about your mentor's transition experience from your region to uOttawa.
How many virtual sessions should I attend?
There’s no limit! On top of the uOrientation session for your home faculty and your regional mentor’s information session, you can register for as many personalized sessions as you wish between July 20 and August 21! We encourage you to personalize your uOrientation by exploring the themes listed above and registering for any webinars that pique your interest.
Additionally, your regional mentor is available on Instagram and Facebook to answer all your questions throughout the summer. Connect with your mentor now!
What should I do if I can’t participate?
If for some reason you can’t attend a uOrientation session, some of the webinars will be recorded and made available along with all the resources shared during the live event, even the Q&A! You can also connect with your regional mentor to ask all your additional questions.
How to get the best experience from your webinars with Adobe Connect?
Some orientation webinars are streamed using Adobe Connect. Here are some tips to have the best webinar experience:
- Install Adobe Connect on a desktop or laptop computer for better performance. Learn more about Adobe Connect.
- Make sure you have a strong, reliable Internet connection.
- Choose a quiet environment.
- Close any other applications running in the background, especially if they use your camera or microphone (such as Skype, Teams or Zoom).