You completed or will complete your secondary school studies in a home-schooling program.
1 - Prepare your application
Explore our programs.
- In some programs, you can apply to the Co-operative Education Program, French Immersion Studies or the Extended French Stream. Just indicate your choice on the application form.
Find out which prerequisite courses and additional requirements you need for the program(s) you’re interested in, according to your province or territory.
- British Columbia
- New Brunswick
- Newfoundland and Labrador
- Northwest Territories
- Nova Scotia
- Prince Edward Island
- Quebec (Secondary V)
- Quebec (CEGEP)
- For programs with specific science or mathematics prerequisites, you must have completed the prerequisites as part of the Head Start program, or as part of SAT, Grade 12 or Advanced Placement Program (AP) courses. You can also write prior learning exams in calculus, functions and biology. To do so, you must contact the Faculty of Science administrator of undergraduate programs.
- 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.
Make sure to check application deadlines and available programs.
- While most programs accept admission applications until June 1, some programs have different deadlines. It’s important for you to check this information before applying.
- We reserve the right to stop accepting applications before the deadlines.
If you require further information, contact us at admissions@uOttawa.ca.
2 - Submit your application
- You must 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.
- Application fees are required for all admission applications. Visit the OUAC website to find out which fees you need to pay.
3 - Provide the documents required to fully evaluate your file
Check uoZone for the list of documents we need to evaluate your admission application. Send all documents to the Admissions Office by uploading them to uoDoc, via uoZone. We will assess your application when we have received all required documents.
- A detailed description of your curriculum and the methods used to teach you.
- Official results of all standardized tests, if applicable.
- A personal declaration describing the curriculum you have followed over the past two years to prepare you for studying at university, as well as a description of your extracurricular activities.
- We reserve the right to request other documents as necessary.
In order for us to determine whether you are eligible for an admission scholarship, we must be able to establish a grade average for you to compare you to applicants who have been in a regular school program. You must therefore be able to submit official results from at least three courses (for example, provincial secondary school courses).
Official documents once you’ve been admitted
If you are admitted, you must mail official copies of required documents to:
75 Laurier Avenue East, Room 109
Ottawa, ON K1N 6N5
We do not generally consider photocopied, faxed or emailed documents officials, unless an institution sends them to us directly, by fax with letterhead or by email and signed by the institution’s proper authority.
Submit your documents on time. Learn more about deadlines and available programs.
4 - Learn about how your application is handled
When evaluating your application, we may decide to offer you advanced standing:
- if you have taken part in the Head Start program
- if you have been enrolled in the International Baccalaureate program
- if you have taken courses as part of the Advanced Placement Program (AP)
Admissions decisions are not all sent out at the same time. The program you’ve chosen and the strength of your application can determine when your admission decision is sent out. You might receive our decision on your application to one program, but our decision on another might come later.
5 - Complete a declaration of personal experience
At the University of Ottawa, we believe that grades don’t always tell the whole story. So, if you’re a Canadian citizen or have permanent resident or refugee status, your average is below the average required for the program you’re applying for and you would like to strengthen your application file, you can tell us about challenges you’ve faced that may have affected your grades by completing a declaration of personal experience.
Use of this declaration is optional.
6 - Keep informed after sending in your application
We will acknowledge receipt of your application by email within two weeks. Save this message, because it contains your student number, your uoAccess ID and the password you’ll need to track your application in uoZone and know if you need to send additional documents.
Track your application by accessing your admission file in uoZone. Remember: your uoAccess ID and password are included in the acknowledgement of receipt of your application.
- Go to the Students page.
- In the uoZone box, click Login.
- Type your uoAccess ID and password.
- Click Login.