Canadian university transfers
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.
|Faculty of Arts||Admission average|
|All programs||63% or more|
|Faculty of Social Sciences||Admission average|
|Social Work (offered in French only)||74% or more|
|Economics and mathematics||65% or more|
|All other programs||63% or more|
|Faculty of Science||Admission average|
|Biochemistry and Chemical Engineering (Biotechnology)||70% or more|
|Physics & Electrical Engineering||70% or more|
|Biomedical Science||78% or more|
|All other programs||65% or more|
|Faculty of Health Sciences||Admission average||Human Kinetics, Health Sciences, Food and Nutrition Sciences, Integrated Food sciences||70% or more||Nursing||75% or more|
|Faculty of Engineering||Admission average|
|All programs||70% 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 (including LL.L & International Development and Globalization). Offered in French only||78%|
|National Program||4.0 (grade point average at the University of Ottawa)|
Prerequisite courses by province or territory
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.
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.