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Admission requirements

Before applying, you must find out about requirements that you must comply with to study at ͼ (ͼ).

  • General requirements for international students
  • Language requirements
  • Special requirements depending on the program of study

General requirements for international students

Undergraduate studies

To register in an undergraduate program, you must have a diploma certifying 12 years of education that is equivalent to an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD). You must check to see if you have a diploma that is recognized by ͼ.

Graduate studies

If you are a candidate for a graduate diploma or a master’s degree, you must have an honours B.A. (4 years) or equivalent and have obtained an average of at least 70% (B).

If you are a doctoral candidate, you must have a master’s (with thesis or dissertation) and have obtained an average of at least 75% (B+).

Language requirements

You can choose to study only in French, only in English, or in both languages. Being proficient in French or English is therefore essential.

I want to study in French

To study in French, you must prove that you are proficient in French by providing the official results of a recognized language proficiency test, such as ǰ.

You can be exempted from the French language test if you have completed your studies in one of the locations where French is an official language listed on the , as long you have completed three years of full-time studies in an institution where French is the only language of instruction. Please note that the admissions office reserves the right to request a language test from any applicant following the analysis of their file.If you are not sure whether you must take a language test, contact the admissions office.

The benefits of studying in French

I want to study in English

To study in English, you must prove that you are proficient in English by providing the official results of a recognized language proficiency test, such as , , , , or .

You can be exempted from the English language test if you have completed your studies in one of the locations where English is an official language listed on the , as long you have completed three years of full-time studies in an institution where English is the only language of instruction. Please note that the admissions office reserves the right to request a language test from any applicant following the analysis of their file.If you are not sure whether you must take a language test, contact the admissions office.

Student of BIR Training Center (Chicago, Illinois, US):
Levels 5 and 6 of the BIR Training Center’s English Language Test Preparation Program meet the language requirements for admission to undergraduate programs at ͼ.

Special requirements depending on the program of study

You must meet additional requirements to be eligible for certain programs. Read about the special requirements in the descriptions of the programs of study.

Tuition fees and scholarships
Required documents

You must submit:

  • Your official transcripts for all of your studies, no matter which program you are applying to.
    • If your transcript is not in English or French, you must also submit a certified translation – signed and sealed.
    • Your educational institution must send transcripts directly to ͼ.
  • The official results of a recognized language proficiency test, if required.
  • The other required documents based on the program you wish to apply for.

Collect all the required documents before applying.

Expedite the process

By email
To expedite the assessment process for your application, scan your documents and email them to the Office of Admission, Registrar and Student Services at admission@ustpaul.ca.

By mail
These documents must also be sent by mail to the following address:

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Office of Admission, Registrar and Student Services
223 Main Street
Ottawa, Ontario
K1S 1C4
CANADA
Application

Apply online

Have you chosen your program, found out about the requirements and collected the required documents? You are now ready to apply.

The application is valid only for the program, year and session indicated.
Pay tuition fees or application fees

You can pay your tuition fees or application fees by bank transfer from a country outside Canada.

Application fees are not refundable.

Application deadlines

For international students, the last day you can apply:

  • To start in September: the deadline is April 1.
  • To start in January: the deadline is September 1.

Assessment of your application

The Office of Admission, Registrar and Student Services does not assess an application until all required documents have been received.

The response to your application for the program, year and trimester indicated will be sent to you by email.

Make sure that your personal contact information is correct on the response to your application to ͼ. For all changes, contact the Office of Admission at admission@ustpaul.ca.

Once your application has been accepted, confirm your enrolment and choose your courses.

Study permit

Get a study permit

You can to study in Canada, in most cases.

Before applying for a study permit, you must be accepted by ͼ.

  • Make sure you meet the to obtain a study permit.
  • Collect the to apply for your study permit.
  • online or on paper. A fee of $150 CDN is required to assess your application. Note that the amount of this fee may change.
  • Consult the application processing time tool from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada for more information.

Distance learning student

  • Some distance learning courses include an in-Canada portion to the program.
  • If the overall course of study is greater than six months, then the , even if the in-Canada portion is less than six months.

Renew your study permit

You must apply to renew your study permit at least 30 days before it expires.

You can . A fee of $150 CDN applies. Note that the amount of this fee may change.

Restore your student status

If your study permit expires and you have not applied in time to renew it, you have 90 days to .

In addition to the student permit renewal fee of $150 CDN, you must pay the restoration of status fee of $200 CDN. Note that the amount of this fee may change.

To apply for a restoration of status, you must continue to meet the conditions written on your permit. However, there is no guarantee that your application will be accepted.

Preparing for your stay

We encourage you to arrive in Ottawa a few weeks before classes begin so you can become familiar with your new environment, including the .

You must attend a mandatory information session for international students. You will receive an invitation to this session by email.

Here is some essential information to help you prepare well for your stay in Canada.

  • Budget
  • Mandatory insurance for international students
  • Housing
  • Transit

Budget

Guide for international students

It is important to set a budget to make sure you can cover all your expenses during your studies. In your annual budget, plan an amount for your tuition fees and an additional average amount of $20,000 to $30,000 CDN to cover your living expenses.

2023–2024 Tuition fees

Undergraduate
2 terms per academic year
Graduate
3 terms per academic year
Tuition fees – International student$17,760up to $26,401
Tuition fees – International student studying in French$14,760up to $21,901

Estimation of Other Living Expenses

8 months12 months
Housing$8,000 – $10,000$12,000 – $15,000
Meals$5,400$8,100
Clothing, outings, miscellaneous items$1,500$2,250
Telephone and internet$1,200$1,800
Textbooks and other school supplies$1,200$1,800
Mandatory health insurance (UHIP)$756$756
Medical and dental insurance$276.38$276.38
U-Pass: public transit$447$670
Other administrative fees$120$120
Approximate total of other living expenses (living in residence)$20,750$30,600

*Depending on your program of study, other ancilliary fees could be added.

Mandatory Insurance for International Students

When you arrive at ͼ, you must enroll in the . UHIP covers costs related to basic health services, such as hospital services, ambulances, medical services, laboratory services, etc.

You will also receive , which covers medication, dental care, vision tests, etc.

International services are not covered by Canada’s provincial health plans.

The statement of account you will receive from ͼ includes fees for UHIP and Green Shield insurance (in September only). You must print this statement yourself from your UOCampus account.

Premiums for these two kinds of insurance can also be paid at ͼ’s Financial Services.

Coverage Period

As a newly enrolled student, you will be covered by UHIP as of the 10th day of the month before the beginning of the first year of your program at ͼ.

Example:

Beginning of program (1st year)September 1
Beginning of UHIP coverageAugust 10

UHIP coverage ends on August 31 every year.

Family

UHIP coverage may be extended to your immediate family (spouse, dependent children). However, they are not automatically covered. You must contact ͼ’s Financial Services within 30 days of their arrival in Canada.

Cost

The monthly cost for UHIP (based on the 2023–2023 year) is $63 CDN per person. The annual cost of UHIP, from September 1 to August 31 (based on the 2023–2024 year), is $756 CDN per person.

Housing

Temporary housing

The and websites can help you find temporary housing in the region based on your needs and your budget. This gives you some time to choose your housing.

On-campus housing

The gives students the option of living on campus. Two students share an apartment that includes two bedrooms, a kitchenette and a bathroom.

The ͼ Residence will provide you, upon your arrival, with bedding and towels in the room you have rented. These will be loaned to you for 5 days, if you ask. This will give you more time to buy these items, which are bulky to bring in a suitcase.

Off-campus housing

ͼ does not formally help in finding off-campus housing. That said, if you’re looking for housing around campus, you might consider staying in one of the following neighbourhoods: Old Ottawa East, Sandy Hill, Overbrook, Centretown, the Glebe. Among other platforms, you can search for accommodation on Facebook Marketplace, Kijiji or the .

Transportation

Transportation from the airport

The Ottawa International Airport is located about 12 km from ͼ.

The best way to get to the ͼ campus from the Ottawa International Airport is to take a taxi. You can expect to pay about $50 for the ride.

The airport is served by public transit. However, as you will need to take at least two buses to get to ͼ.

Public transit

The City of Ottawa is served by the public transit service .

Full-time students will get the universal transit pass, or U-Pass, which is mandatory. This pass gives you unlimited access to bus transit. It is valid on OC Transpo buses and on buses, which serve the neighbouring city of Gatineau.

The U-Pass is valid from September to April, and costs$447 CDN (based on 2023–2024 prices).

These fees will be included in your statement of account from ͼ.

Driving in Canada

To , you must have a driver’s licence issued by the government of the Canadian province where you are living.

You will need an International Driving Permit (IDP) to be able to drive beyond 60 days after your arrival in Canada.

You must apply for an IDP in your home country before arriving in Canada, as you cannot apply for it once you are in Canada.

When you arrive in Canada

Useful information for your arrival in Canada

Financial needs when you arrive

Bring with you a money order or bank draft to cover up to $2,500 CDN of living expenses for the first month, which will give you time to open a bank account in Canada.

If you enter Canada with more than $10,000 CDN in your possession (cash, cheque, etc.), you must declare it to a Canadian border services agent.

For more information, visit theɱٱ.

Open a bank account

When you arrive in Ottawa, we recommend that you open a Canadian bank account.

To do this, you will need

  • Your passport
  • A student card
  • Your study permit

The process is free, but the bank will usually ask for an initial deposit to activate the account.

The bank will give you a client card, which will allow you to make withdrawals at bank machines and pay for your purchases at most stores and businesses.

It is possible to get a credit card once you are in Canada, but we recommend that if you have one, you bring a credit card from your home country.

Here is a list of several Canadian banks:


Student card

To obtain your student card, you must book an appointment online:Current Students – Student Identity Cards.

Please note that you can only obtain your student card once your student fees have been paid.


UOttawa email address

You must get your email address from the University of Ottawa, which offers this service to ͼ. ͼ will use this email address to communicate with you throughout your studies.


Payment of tuition fees and the University Health Insurance Plan (UHIP)

You must pay your tuition fees in their entirety as well as your UHIP contribution when you arrive in Ottawa.

You can pay by cheque, by debit card or by bank transfer at ͼ’s Financial Services, room G172.


Working in Canada

As an international student, you can work on the ͼ campus as well as off campus. However, you must respect the conditions of your study permit.

Your spouse can also work, but they must apply for a work permit.

For more details, seeWorking in Canada.

Student services

ͼ offers you many tools to help you succeed in your studies:

  • Academic writing help
  • Counselling service for students
  • ͼ
  • Guidance for making or changing your course selection
  • Internships or volunteering in the community
  • Pastoral Services
  • ͼ Student Association

Academic writing help

At the Writing Centre, advisors will teach you how to organize and present your university papers. They will also show you tools for avoiding plagiarism.

The Centre also offers seminars to help you learn more about writing tools, such as word processing and bibliography software.

To meet with an advisor, contact the Writing Centre at redaction-writing@ustpaul.ca.

The Writing Centre is located in the ͼ.

Counselling service for students

From September to May, psychotherapists are available for individual consultations, which are confidential and free of charge.

Find out more about the Student Counselling Service.

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Jean-Léon Allie ͼ and Archives contains more than 500,000 volumes to consult or borrow, 25 computer stations, printers, photocopiers and 9 study rooms reserved for group work or individuals.

You also have access to online research guides in all the disciplines taught at ͼ.

The ͼ is located on the first floor of Guigues Hall.

Guidance for making or changing your course selection

You can make or change your course selection by consulting the academic advisors. They can also give you information on programs and university regulations.

To make an appointment:

Undergraduate
premier.cycle-undergrad@ustpaul.ca

Graduate
etudes.sup-grad.studies@ustpaul.ca

Internships or volunteering in the community

The Internship Office offers support to students who wish to do an internship as part of their university studies, or to volunteer in the community.

The Internship Office also offers professional development workshops, such as writing a CV and cover letter, techniques for a successful job interview, etc.

Pastoral Services

Pastoral Services organizes liturgical celebrations and offers you a place to relax, recharge and talk to other students, volunteers, professors and staff.

ͼ Student Association (ͼSA)

represents ͼ students. Its objective is to encourage and promote educational, sociocultural and liturgical initiatives among its members.

ͼSA is also involved with student clubs, and provides the health and dental insurance plan () and the free , which gives you access to a number of discounts at participating businesses.

Contact ͼSA at spusa-aeusp@ustpaul.ca.

Working in Canada as an international student

If your study permit allows, you can work on campus or off campus. Your spouse can also apply for a work permit. Read on for more information.

  • Get a social insurance number
  • Work on campus
  • Work off campus
  • Work permit for your spouse
  • Post-Graduation Work Permit Program

Get a social insurance number

To work in Canada, you need to apply for a 9-digit social insurance number. To , you will need your passport and your study permit indicating that you are authorized to work in Canada.

You can apply in person at the Service Canada Centre located on the main floor of Ottawa City Hall at 110 Laurier Avenue West.

Work on campus

To work on campus, you must be a full-time student and have a valid study permit and a social insurance number.

For information on the ͼ work-study program and to view job postings, consult ourJob Openings page

Work off campus

To work off campus, you must be a full-time student and have a valid study permit and a social insurance number.

In general, international students do not need to obtain a work permit to work off campus, but you should check the terms listed on your study permit.

Work permit for your spouse

To be able to work in Canada, your spouse must from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada. Your spouse can apply if you are a full-time student and have a valid study permit. Note that the work permit is valid for the same dates as your study permit.

Post-Graduation Work Permit Program

To work in Canada after graduating, you must apply for a work permit as part of the of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.

To , you must have completed a program that is at least 8 months long and have obtained a diploma from a Canadian postsecondary institution (college or university).

ATTENTION: A study 90 days after your study program has been completed. Your program is considered complete when you receive a notification of program completion from your school.

You have 180 days after your school issues your final marks to apply for a post-graduation work permit (PGWP).