Canadian university transfers

This page is for students who are currently studying in or who have graduated from a Canadian university. If you’re here, you’ve decided on the program you want to study and you’re ready to apply. If you’re still undecided, please explore our programs or find out more about the uOttawa experience.

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.

If you have completed less than the equivalent of 24 units (credits) in a Canadian university, you could be considered for admission based on the grades you have achieved at your highest level of studies prior to university. Please return to our main page and select the profile that best suits your highest pre-university studies.

Check below the admission average, prerequisite courses and additional requirements you need for the program(s) you’re interested in.

Prerequisite courses by province or territory
Admission averages
Faculty of Arts Admission average
All programs 65% or more
Faculty of Social Sciences Admission average
Social Work (offered in French only) 75% or more
All other programs 65% or more
Faculty of Science Admission average
Biochemistry (BSc) and Chemical Engineering (BScA) (Biotechnology) 75% or more
Biomedical Science 78% or more
All other programs 65% or more
Faculty of Health Sciences Admission average
All programs 70% or more
Faculty of Engineering Admission average
Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering 70% or more
Computer Science, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering 75% or more
Software Engineering, Biomedical Mechanical Engineering 80% or more
Telfer School of Management Admission average
All programs 70% or more
Certificates 70% or more
Faculty of Law, Civil Law Section Admission average
Certificate 70% or more
Licentiate in Law (LL.L.) and Bachelor of Social Sciences (BSocSc) in International Development and Globalization (offered in French only) 78%
National Program 4.0 (grade point average at the University of Ottawa)

Good to know

  • 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), by completing form 105.
  • 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.

3 - Login into uoZone to track your status

  • You should receive an email acknowledging receipt of your application within two weeks of applying. Keep an eye on your junk mail inbox just in case. If you do not receive it within two weeks, email admissions@uOttawa.ca.
  • 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.

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.

NoticeThe 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.

Follow the admission steps according to your situation.


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