Newly Admitted Students
Congratulations! You have received your offer of admission, you can now prepare yourself to become one of our students. Here is what you need to do next.
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Step 1: Accept your Offer
To reserve your place in our programs, you must formally accept your offer.
- Log in to your uoZone, under Admission file > Download your Offer > Respond ‘Yes’ to your Offer. It is essential that you review the conditions outlined in your letter of admission and submit your final transcript and/or diploma by the date indicated in your offer. This is required to be able to enrol.
- After you accept your offer, check that your personal information is correct, such as your current mailing address, your telephone number, your emergency contacts, etc. by accessing your uoZone account under Applications > Student Center > Names > Addresses.
Once you have officially accepted the offer, share the news with your relatives by using the #UOttawaEdu hashtag or @uOttawaEducation.
Step 2: Understand your Program
To understand your program and course requirements is an essential step.
You will be able to enrol online through your uoZone, but first get to know your program. You are responsible to follow all the program requirements in order to graduate in a timely manner.
- Find out more about your program in the University’s Catalogue, the official source of information on your graduate program and courses. It shows you the basic structure of your program, including the compulsory and optional courses needed to graduate.
- Familiarize yourself with your course sequence.
- You may also want to check your current academic requirements by accessing your uoZone account under Applications > My Academic Requirements > Click “Expand All”.
Admitted in a research program: Preliminary meeting
Before you begin your program of study, it is important to schedule a meeting with your supervisor to discuss your course selection, expectations, and research needs. Below are examples of general and specific issues to discuss during the preliminary meeting with your supervisor.
Step 3: Enrol in your Courses
Enrol online according to your course requirements.
You must enrol for all your courses online through uoZone.
Consult your course sequence before registration.
Fall term: Enrollment starts in June. You will be emailed the time and date when you can first enrol about two weeks before enrolment opens. It is important to enrol on time – regardless of where you are located in the world – to secure a spot in your favorite classes.
Winter term: Enrollment starts in June so you may select your Winter courses while selecting the ones for the Fall term. If you are admitted for the Winter term, you do not get an automatic email regarding enrollment so you should enrol as soon as you respond to your offer.
Spring/ Summer term: Enrollment starts in March and you will be emailed the time and date when you can first enrol about two weeks before enrolment opens.
- To avoid possible enrollment holds on your file, you must meet the conditions stipulated in your admission offer before enrolling in your courses (examples are proof of degree, an official transcript, etc.).
- Get information on important deadlines, course timetables, distance learning and selected topic courses, by reading this.
Step 4: Plan your Finances
Make sure you pay your tuition fees on time.
It is important to plan a budget in order to make sure that you can cover all the costs related to your university life. We encourage you to develop a financial plan that includes university costs and living costs.
- Tuition varies according to your program. You must pay your tuition fees by the date indicated in the important academic dates and deadlines. You can view your statement of account through uoZone.
- In order to plan a budget, you can consult this estimate of the costs you will have to assume.
You may also be eligible to apply for online scholarships offered by the University of Ottawa, which is strongly committed to recognizing students for demonstrated academic excellence, community and school involvement, and leadership. You can also apply for federal and provincial student awards and bursaries. Finally, if you apply to the Work Study Program, you will get a chance to gain valuable experience by working on campus part time.
If you have more questions regarding financial aid, contact the Financial Aid Office and if you have concerns about your methods of payment, payment plans and statements of account, please contact the Finance Office.
Step 5: Orientation Session and other Resources
You will be invited by email to an orientation at the beginning of the session in September to help you familiarize yourself with the Faculty of Education and the resources available to students. Please consult the events calendar for more information.
Moreover, the University of Ottawa offers an array of resources for your personal and professional development, which you can discover here. Additionally, you may want to consult our Student Hub to get information on Academic Regulations or Assistantships.
Textbooks and course materials
Textbooks and course packs (a bound collection of photocopied texts) are available at the University’s bookstore or other locations near campus, for example Agora Bookstore, Librairie du Soleil or Rytec Printing. Professors will usually tell students on the first day of classes which books and other materials they require and where to buy them.
Step 6: International Student
This step is for International students only.
Unless you are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada, you need a valid study permit to attend the program.
Receiving the study permit can take several months, so we strongly recommend that you apply early. For all immigration questions we invite you to visit the Citizenship and Immigration Canada website (CIC).
As a newly admitted international student, make sure you take a look at the available tips to succeed in the International Office website.