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University of Ottawa - Law only

Enjoy the Nation's Capital as you study common law in the other official language!

The University of Ottawa is the largest French-English bilingual university in the world. Located in downtown Ottawa, it's easy to see places like Parliament Hill, Byward Market and the Rideau Canal right on your doorstep! Enjoy peak Canadian festivals like the Poutine Festival or the Snow festival, featuring maple syrup on snow treats. 

Key information


Ottawa, Canada





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Application information

Application status


Fall 2024 applications

Opens October 15, 2023

Program-specific additional requirements

Limited to CCLF students only - see below for more details.

Fall 2025 applications

Opens October 15, 2024

Program details

This exchange is limited to UCalgary Law students who have  been approved and accepted into the certificate in common law in French (CCLF) program. Students will be taking French-taught courses in the JD Common Law program only. Please also check the listing of course restrictions and high demand courses before selecting courses.

The Fall semester runs from September - December. Students are required to arrive a day or two before the orientation which is in the first week of September.

  1. Costs

    Exchange students pay their tuition and academic fees to the University of Calgary. Other expenses are paid directly to the service provider. 

    Estimated costs for a single exchange student (per 4-month term)

    ExpensesEstimated cost

    Housing (from $650 to $1,200 per month)$2,600 - $4,800

    Food (approximately $85 per week)$1,300

    Books and other supplies$600

    Clothing, entertainment, and other items$1,000

    Communications (telephone, Internet)$600

  2. Funding

    Did you know that you can take your UCalgary funding with you on exchange?   
    Since you remain a degree seeking student at UCalgary while on exchange you remain eligible for any awards and scholarships you are eligible to receive from the university as well as student loans.

    Our office administers several awards, including the Global Access Fund (based on a funding-first model where students apply prior to committing to a global learning program) and the Global Learning Award (students apply after being accepted to a global learning program; the amount varies year-to-year as the money is split among chosen recipients). Students may only receive these awards once. Please see the funding page, linked below, for more information.

The University of Ottawa has rooms available in university residences for exchange students, even though on-campus accommodation is never guaranteed. Students can join the uOttawa Bureau International Office Facebook group to view postings from fellow students. They can also consult the Off-Campus Housing website to obtain further information about living off campus.

This exchange is open to regular, full-time students in the Faculty of Law's French Certificate Program A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.7 in first year law is generally required for admission to the program. Law students in the CCLF program will go on exchange in Fall of their 3rd year.

Please apply directly through the Faculty of Law for this exchange program via a statement of interest and a copy of first year law grades to Caroline Magnan, Director, CCLF program. 

This program is taught in French.


Have questions?

Global Learning 101

Please watch this short YouTube playlist before reaching out or booking an appointment. In these videos, you will learn much of the basics about Global Learning, which may answer your initial questions.

Watch Global Learning 101

Academic Advising

Before applying to study abroad, you should ask your academic advisor how this program might align with your degree (e.g. best time to go, what courses you need).

After you are accepted, you should ask your academic advisor more specific questions about courses/transfer credits. It’s also recommended to follow up with your advisor again once you return to Calgary.

Find your academic advisor

Global Learning Advising

If you have questions, please reach out to our office! We offer drop-in advising for general inquiries, and if you have questions about this specific program or any others, you can book an appointment with the responsible advisor.

Please use the link below to find the most up-to-date information about our current advising options.

View the Global Learning Advising page

The advisor for the program is: Veronica V. Cardoso

How to Apply

Download the application guide

This PDF contains information on how to complete your application and what to do after you have applied.

Application guide

Identify three programs of interest

We recommend applying for your top three programs for the priority application deadline, as placement may be competitive. We will assess your applications in ranked order.

Check requirements and deadlines

These may vary by program, so check the individual program pages and make sure that you are aware of any different application deadlines or eligibility requirements.

Start your application

Once you have gathered everything you need, you can begin your application!

Please note: Applications will not be considered complete until all required documents are submitted in full.


International travel presents challenges that may not be found when attending classes on campus. There may be a lack of resources, emergency services, hospitals, accessibility issues and/or demands on the physical and the mental self, all of which can challenge individuals when away from their usual support systems and structures. Adequate preparation is essential.

For this reason, it is imperative that you evaluate all aspects of your own physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual condition against the rigors of the particular global learning program you are selecting. If you are unsure of whether or not this program is a good fit for you and/or if you have any circumstances that could impede your enjoyment of the program, please contact us. Our Global Learning Advisors will be happy to assist in finding the best options for you and arrange any supports or accommodations necessary to ensure your success.

If you have or are seeking a certificate from Student Accessibility Services, you should provide this early to your Global Learning Advisor to ensure that the option that you are seeking can support your needs.

Please note: All participants must adhere to COVID-19 and other vaccination-related requirements for the destinations visited on this program. Failure to do so may have consequences such as being denied access to accommodation/housing, program activities, or to the host country itself.