Canadian university transfers

This page is for students who are currently studying in or who have graduated from a Canadian university.


1. Make sure you're ready to apply

If you have your university degree or have completed the equivalent of at least 24 units (credits) in a Canadian university, start by checking the admission average, prerequisite courses and additional requirements you need for your chosen uOttawa program by clicking on the drop down menus below. Every university course you have taken counts towards your admission average.

  • We calculate your admission average according to our official alphanumeric grading system. Not all universities use this system. This is why our calculation of your average may differ from one you may have received from another institution.

Check below the admission average you need for the program(s) you’re interested in. 

Check the prerequisite courses and additional requirementsYou must have taken these prerequisites in secondary school or their college or university equivalents. Please note that if you have completed your prerequisites in secondary school, they will not be counted in your admission average. Your average will be calculated based on your university courses.

Please note that the requirements listed are minimum requirements only and are subject to change. Meeting these minimum requirements does not guarantee admission.

  • For some programs you may have to provide additional supporting documents or pass an audition or exam.
  • If you have been studying in Canada for less than three years, you may have to pass a language test. We may also request the results of a language test if we consider this necessary.
  • While most programs accept admission applications until June 1, some programs have different deadlines. It’s important for you to check application deadlines and available programs before applying.
  • We reserve the right to stop accepting applications before the deadline.

2. Apply online

  • Apply online through the Ontario Universities’ Application Centre (OUAC).
  • On the form, declare all current and previous postsecondary studies, completed or not, even if they are not related to your current application. Failure to do so may result in the cancellation of your application or the withdrawal of your offer of admission at any time.
  • You must pay application fees for all admission applications. Visit the OUAC website to find out which fees you need to pay.
  • OUAC is not part of the University of Ottawa. It handles applications to Ontario universities and transfers your application to us.
  • Students applying for Translational and Molecular Medicine must use the Application for Undergraduate Admissions form.

3. Log into uoZone to track your status

  • You should receive an email acknowledging receipt of your application within one week of applying. Keep an eye on your junk mail inbox just in case. If you do not receive it within two weeks, email [email protected].
  • Be sure to save the acknowledgement of receipt email. It tells you how to log into the uoZone student portal to track the progress of your application. It also includes your student number, user ID and password.
  • Once you have logged into uoZone, check your Admission file for the list of supporting documents you need to submit to complete your application.
  • For technical assistance, including with your uoAccess ID or uoZone password, please contact our IT Service Desk.
  • Juris Doctor applicants: Send  your application documents through the Ontario Law School Application Service. While you can use uoZone to track the status of your application, you can’t submit documents via uoDoc.

4. Submit necessary documents

If you have studied at an Ontario university, complete the Transcript Request Form (105) on the OUAC website when you apply. Your interim or final grades will then be sent to us.

If you are studying in a university in another province or territory, submit your transcripts through uoDoc (in uoZone). Also, please note:

  • If you are currently taking courses that do not appear on your transcript, you must submit their course codes and titles through uoDoc.
  • Transcripts submitted through uoDoc are not considered official. If you are admitted, you must submit your official transcript with final grades.
  • An official transcript must be printed and stamped with an official seal and sent by the institution in question, or a copy certified by a notary, lawyer or commissioner of oaths.

If you have taken the prerequisite courses for your program in secondary school, we require your secondary school transcripts.

Submit your documents on time. Learn more about deadlines and available programs.

The University of Ottawa may request any other document necessary to evaluate your file. All documents become property of the University and will not be returned to applicants. You are responsible for ensuring that we receive all requested documents by the deadline.

5. Know about advanced standing

If you’ve received a grade of at least 60% in courses that meet the requirements of the program you’ve chosen, we may grant you advanced standing depending on the program you are applying to.

Advanced standing is granted after an applicant has accepted an offer of admission.

To receive your degree, you must complete more than half the credits for your program at the University of Ottawa. We can only grant you advanced standing for less than half the credits you require for your bachelor’s.

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Contact information


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Ottawa, ON K1N 6N5

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Office hours

September 1 to May 31:
Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., except Wednesdays, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

June 1 to August 31:
Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., except Wednesdays, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

For admission to Common Law or Medicine, contact the faculties offering these programs. For graduate studies, contact the academic unit of the faculty offering the program you are applying to.