Graduate - Newly Admitted Student
Congratulations! You have been admitted to a graduate program of the Faculty of Arts. Here is what you need to do next.
Step 1: Accept your offer
To reserve your place in the program, you must formally accept your offer of admission.
- Log into your uoZone account, under Admission file > Download your Offer > Respond ‘Yes’ to your Offer. It is your responsibility to review the terms and conditions outlined in your offer of admission. Please note that your response is valid for both the offer of admission and admission scholarship, if applicable.
- 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 Centre > Names > Addresses.
- Don't forget to share the good news with family and friends!
Step 2: Meet the conditions outlined in your offer of admission
In order to avoid possible enrolment holds on your file, you must meet your admission conditions by the deadline stipulated in your offer.
- Carefully read your offer of admission to understand the conditions that must be met.
- Submit all official documents outlined on your offer to the Graduate Studies Office of the Faculty of arts.
- The list of required documents will also appear in your Student Services Centre under a section titled “To do list”. The list will be updated each time a document is received by the Graduate Studies Office. Please note that the list of documents in your "Admission file" in uoZone will remain unchanged.
- A transcript will be considered official only if it is received in a university envelope, which is sealed and signed on the flap by the competent person in the office issuing the transcript.
- You do not need to submit an official diploma received from a Canadian or American university if your final official transcript indicates that your degree has been conferred. The date and title of the diploma must be clearly indicated on the transcript.
- For degrees completed at universities outside Canada or the United States, you will need to bring your original diploma(s) to the Graduate Studies Office when you are on campus so we can make a copy. Please do NOT send your original diplomas to us.
- If the transcript and degree certificate are not in English or French, a certified translation (signed and stamped/sealed) must be submitted.
- Documents submitted electronically are not considered official and do not meet the conditions stipulated on your offer.
- If you study have studied at the University of Ottawa, you do not need to submit your official transcript nor an official proof of diploma from the University of Ottawa. Our office will obtain these documents on your behalf.
Step 3: Understand your program's requirements
It is essential to understand the requirements of your program before registering.
- You will be able to register for your courses through uoZone. But you must first understand your program of study. You are responsible for fulfilling your program requirements in order to graduate in a timely matter.
- Learn more about your program by consulting the University’s Catalogue, the official source of information on your graduate program and courses. It explains the basic structure of your program, including compulsory courses, optional courses and other requirements needed to graduate.
- You may also want to check your current academic requirements by accessing your uoZone account under Applications > My Academic Requirements. Click “Expand All”.
Step 4: Enroll in your courses
IMPORTANT: To avoid possible enrollment holds on your file, make sure you meet your admission conditions by the deadline stipulated on your offer (final official transcript, official proof of diploma, etc.).
Fall term: Enrollment starts in June. You will be emailed the date and time when you can first enrol about two weeks before enrollment opens. It is important to enroll as soon as the registration period opens to secure a spot in your courses.
Winter term: Enrollment also starts in June. Thus you may enroll in Fall and Winter courses at the same time. If you are admitted for the Winter term, you will be able to register once you have accepted your offer of admission and met the conditions of admission.
Spring/ Summer term: Enrollment starts in March. Two weeks before enrollment opens, you will be emailed the date and time when you can first enroll.
Steps to register
Step 2: Make sure you understand your program requirements. It is your responsibility as a graduate student to enroll in all courses and activities required to graduate.
Step 3: Learn more on the enrollment process.
Step 4: Enroll in your courses by referring to the “How to enroll in a class” tutorial found in the Student Enrollment Guide, on the “Enroll" application page in uoZone.
Step 5: Check your academic requirements in your uoZone account and inform us by email (artsgrad@uOttawa.ca) if they are not up-to-date.
Step 5: Activate your uOttawa email account
You are a newly registered student at the University of Ottawa
Approximately 48 hours after you have registered, instructions on how to activate and access your uOttawa email will be sent to your personal email account (Gmail, Hotmail, etc.).
Be sure to consult your uOttawa email regularly as the University of Ottawa will contact your through your official @uOttawa.ca account.
For more information, please consult the “Student zone” section of the Information Technology website.
You have been registered at the University of Ottawa in the past
If you have been registered at the University of Ottawa in the past, you generally keep the same @uOttawa email account. You can access your email through uoZone. If you experience any difficulties accessing your uOttawa email, contact the Service desk at 613-562-5800, ext. 6555.
Step 6: 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 fees vary 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 planning your budget, you can consult this estimate of the costs you will have to cover.
Scholarships and Financial Aid Opportunities
- You may 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.
- Depending on your program of study, you may also be eligible to apply for federal and provincial student awards and bursaries.
- Furthermore, if you apply to the Work Study Program, you will have 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 . If you have concerns about your methods of payment, payment plans and statements of account, please contact Info-Service.
Step 7: International Students
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 a study permit can take several months, so we strongly recommend that you apply early. For all immigration questions, we invite you to visit the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada website (CIC).
- Be sure to consult the important steps for newly admitted international students on the International Office website.