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Outgoing BCom Students

Admission Requirements

BCom Students

In order to be eligible, students must have completed their second or third year of study (depending on the partner institution) with a cumulative grade point average of 5.0. Certain institutions require a CGPA of 6.0. Students are recommended to submit up to five choices on their application.

Students applying to the RAMP (University of Missouri at St-Louis - USA) must complete a second application. Please note that specific documents such as a letter of recommendation are required for students applying to the RAMP program. The final selection of students for the RAMP program is done by the American institution. As for the other bilateral agreements, the international institution will generally admit the student(s) we recommend.

Upon evaluation of your application for admission, we will take into consideration your C.G.P.A. and your cover letter.

For all exchange programs students will continue to pay full-time tuition fees to the University of Ottawa. Tuition fees will not be paid to the University abroad. Students must cover their travel and living expenses while abroad.

Once Accepted

Consult the Embassy of your international institution’s host country for information concerning visas, cost of living, currency, etc.

We also have at the Student Services Centre, DMS 1100, all the student’s questionnaires that list the cost of accommodations of the international institutions. The binders also contains other useful information.

Book your flight and purchase a complete health insurance. A special plan is available for students studying overseas for at least six months (consult OHIP for more details).

Your academic file will be sent to our international partner at the beginning of March, who will then send you a letter of admission (usually in June/October). Upon receipt of this document from your international institution, you must apply IMMEDIATELY for a student visa (consult the Embassy for deadlines and procedures).

With your offer of admission, you will usually receive further information concerning the institution. We ask you to not communicate with the international institution until you have received your letter of admission.

It is extremely important that you submit all address changes and telephone numbers to our office since all documents will be sent to us (to be forwarded to you)

If you require additional information, please do not hesitate to contact us at the following numbers: [tel.] 613-562-5805.

Before Departing

For students going to France: www.cheznoscousins.com

Course selection:

The International Office will be preparing a form for all B.Com students stating the number of courses that must be completed abroad and the exemptions that will be granted upon your return. If certain conditions apply to you, they will be listed on this Course Exemption Form. The course exemptions are based on your course sequence for your BCom Option. Therefore, it is very important that students clearly indicate their B.Com options on their applications.

Enrolment:

In March, B.Com students must complete an enrolment form at the Undergraduate Office and indicate the name of the host institution and the course codes TRF 1000. Some institutions will ask you also to complete a Course Enrolment and a Request for Residence form before your departure.

Please pay your tuition fees and incidental fees at the University of Ottawa BEFORE YOUR DEPARTURE. All International Exchange students are enroled at the University of Ottawa on a full-time basis to 15 units (one term) or 30 units (two terms) even if they wish to complete less or more than 5 courses abroad.

If you will be graduating upon your return, please complete a Request for Diploma form before your departure. Students who study overseas during the Winter term, will graduate during the next graduation (Fall term) since transcripts from overseas are received in August. Students who will study overseas during the Fall term will graduate in June since transcripts from overseas are received in March.

Complete all necessary forms (enrolment, financial aid, graduation) before your departure.

If you must enrol at the University of Ottawa for the next academic year and you are abroad during the enrolment period, you can check the web for the timetable at www.timetable.uottawa.ca and enrol. You will have access to uoCampus via Internet while you will be abroad. Since places are limited, please do not wait until your return to Ottawa to complete your course enrolment. If you encounter any difficulties, send your enrolment form to the Student Services Centre by fax at (613) 562-5163 or by e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

We highly recommend that you contact the University of Ottawa students who will be attending the same international institution or same region. Therefore, a list of all the International Exchange participants' addresses and phone numbers will be given to all International Exchange students. Please contact our office before February 1st, if you do not want your address on this list.

Upon your arrival

Upon your arrival at your international institution, you must contact the International Exchange Representative of your international institution and complete your course enrolment and timetable. Some institutions will ask you to complete a preliminary course enrolment before your arrival. If your residence has not been confirmed before your arrival, they will also help you find appropriate off-campus housing.

UPON YOUR ARRIVAL, you must send us by e-mail (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) your list of courses for approval, with the number of units per course, as well as your new mailing address (telephone number, if applicable).

B.Com students must complete (or have completed) their option-specific courses either in Ottawa or abroad. If this last requirement is not met, students will graduate with a B.Com without option.

During their studies abroad, B.Com students may take business and third language (not French, not English as a second language) courses. Your course enrolment will have to receive approval from the Academic Specialist, International Exchange Programs.

Please note that international institutions do not offer courses that correspond to our accounting courses and that only Lund University, the University of Sydney and ESSEC offer a good selection of MISA courses.

Students enroled in the Co-op program (other than accounting) must consult the Co-op Office to modify their schedule if changes are required, in order to facilitate their participation in the Exchange Programs. Co-op accounting students can participate in the exchange program, but only for their last study term, after all the work terms are completed.

A maximum of 15 units per semester can be granted for studies completed abroad.

After being abroad for two months, please complete the International Exchange Program questionnaire and send it at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

At the end of your studies abroad, please ask your international institution to send us your official transcript. Advanced standing will be granted for the courses that you have successfully completed. If you fail a course, you will not receive all the course exemptions. Your will have to re-take this course at the University of Ottawa. However, your grades will not be indicated on your University of Ottawa transcript.

We would also greatly appreciate your feedback on your experience. So come see us when you return!

If you have any other questions, please ask them before your departure. Enjoy!

International Exchange and Scholarship Programs
Student Services Centre
Telfer School of Management
Desmarais Building, room DMS 1100
Ottawa, Ontario  K1N 6N5
(613) 562-5805

International Exchange Mobility Scholarship Questionnaire

After you have completed two months of studies abroad, you are asked to answer a questionnaire and send the resulting report of three pages or more (1,800 words) by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. You must also submit a photo (digital). Please note that we may use your photo and comments to promote the International Exchange Programs to next year’s participants. To receive a copy of this questionnaire, please contact the Student Services Centre.

Upon your return, you will be invited to present your experience during an information session for prospective international exchange students.

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