2Lucie Mercier-Gauthier Associate Vice-President Student Services Geneviève Boutin Mobility Coordinator International Office Peter Szyszlo Student Mobility and International Partnership Advisor International Office Sophie Wauquier International Student Advisor International Office Other uOttawa Services Student Academic Success Service Health Services Community Life Service Sport ServicesToday’s Speakers
4uOttawa Campus Map Main Campus It starts here. City of Ottawa’s population:1 millionRideau Canal: 2nd longest skating rink in the world – 7 kmGatineau Park : hiking, alpine and cross country ski, cyclingWalking distance from Parliament, embassies, government agencies, War Museum, Museum of Civilization, National Gallery of CanadaShopping: Rideau Centre, Sparks Street Mall, By Ward Market, boutiques, restaurantsuOttawa Campus MapMain CampusIt starts here.
5uOttawa Quick Facts… 69.4% English 30.6% French Student/professor ratio: 1 / 25Male/female ratio:40 / 6039,000 students in 2011… and growing2,000 international students2,539 support staffWireless internet available throughout campus for all studentsMultimedia equipped classrooms
6Tasks to complete upon arrival First Things FirstTasks to complete upon arrival
7is the official means of communicationWe will you important information and dates related to your stay at uOttawaJoin us on“uOttawa Bureau International Office”Our group provides information regarding:activities and excursionshousingused textbooksvarious Q & ADetailed information is found in your International Student Handbook
8uoZone.uOttawa.ca Academic uses of uoZone: Link to uoZone from any uOttawa pageuoZone.uOttawa.caYour student portalAcademic uses of uoZone:Course RegistrationPersonalized course timetablePersonalized exam schedule (available several months before exams)Statement of AccountWork Study navigatorChange of addressTranscriptMost services are available online through uoZoneAccess your account any time, anywhereYour password is your date of birth (YY/MM/DD) + 00Ex. Someone born on January 5, 1997 would enter
9uoZone Other services Use uoZone access information regarding: Campus LifeFaculty/department messagesInternational ExchangesStudent StoriesWork-study NavigatorVarious campus services (Sport Services, Bookstore, Community Life, SASS)French Immersion ProgramsCo-opAnd much much more!
10Available at InfoService The card gives you access to all University services. (eg: Sports Complex, Library)Your uOttawa card is linked to a declining balance account. You can add funds whenever you want. The card allows you the convenience of just one card to make purchases on campus.You must be registered to at least one course in order to obtain it.uOttawa CardAvailable at InfoServiceCost: FreeLost Cards: $20
11U-Pass Public Transportation Access to both Ottawa and Gatineau transit systemsIncludes peak-time express bussesRequired documents:proof of full-time statusproof of address in Ottawa U-Pass fee: $145/sessionproof of full-time statusStudent financial statement of account (printable from uoZone)proof of address in OttawaLease agreement, utility billsAvailable in person at the Undergraduate Student Federation (SFUO) office.UCU Room 07
12You must be registered as a FULL TIME STUDENTCourse RegistrationUse Rabaska on uoZone to:View course registrationRegister for coursesDrop CoursesYou may also change your registration at the academic secretariat of the Faculty or School that offers the courseExchange students: Registration in person only to the academic secretariat of the Faculty or School that offers the course
13What does the four digit code represent? Course Registration
14Registration to language courses For French as a Second Language (FLS) coursesComplete the online placement test provided by the Official Languages and Bilingualism InstituteRegister in person for the appropriate course to the Official Languages and Bilingualism Institute (OLBI)Registration to language coursesFor language courses other than French as a Second Language (FLS) coursesRegister in person at the Faculty of Arts Simard Hall Room 128
15Final course registration deadlines Important dates:Beginning of courses: Monday, January 9thEnd of courses: Tuesday, April 10thStudy Week: February 19th to 25thExaminations: April 11th to 24thLast day to register:January 23Last day to drop a course:March 16
16Course Syllabus Course Syllabus Course Material Evaluation Methods Assignment DetailsDue DatesProfessors will provide a course syllabus on the first day of class. It will include:What course material is needed and where to purchase itEvaluation methodsThe nature, timing, and weight of assignments: (tests, term papers, etc.)Professors may refuse work that is not typed.Virtual Campus
17Attendance and examinations Attendance to courses and examinations is mandatoryYou must attend every class (DGD, LAB and LEC)Absence from examinations:Prior to the ExamDiscuss with your professorObtain a medical certificateAbsence from examinations:You must discuss the absence with your professor prior to the exam (if possible)For medical reasons, you must obtain a medical certificate from the Unversity of Ottawa Health Services (100 Marie-Curie) prior to the examFor a justified absence, you must request an exam deferral (form available at your academic unit).Your student card is required for every exam (mid-terms or final exams)If deferral is approved, deferral form is available from your faculty
18Grading Scale Letter Grade (GPA) Grade (%) Description A+ 10 90-100 ExceptionalA-/A8-980-89ExcellentB/B+6-770-79Very GoodC/C+4-560-69GoodD/D+3-250-59PassableE140-49Failure (re-take final exam)F039FailureABSAbsentEINIncompletePPassSSatisfactoryNSNot Satisfactory*Not Included in Grade Avg.
19Official Transcript (Grade Report) Additional Transcripts may be ordered for $10 each via:uoZoneorInfoService75, Laurier avenue East, Ottawa (Ontario), K1N 6N5 or by fax at (613)And remember: a student who has a debt towards the University cannot obtain a transcriptYour official transcript will be sent to you in JuneLetter grades will appear on your transcript (e.g. A+, B)If you require your marks in percentage, we suggest you ask your professors to write a letter indicating the percentage as well as your ranking in the class.Please make those arrangements directly with your professors prior to leaving.Should you require your marks in percentage we suggest you contact your professors prior to leaving; they may each write a letter indicating your grade in %.
22Working while you’re here Foreign students who hold a Study Permit are eligible for jobs on campus.Some are offered through the Work Study ProgramStudy permits only allow you to take jobs that are on campus!It is strictly forbidden to work during your stay if you do not have a study permit.Apply through uoZone(Work Study Navigator)
23When travelling outside of Canada Bring your passport!If required:Obtain a travel visaObtain a re-entry visaIf traveling to the United States please consult the US Embassy website before you travel, even if you are exempted from needing a US visitor’s visaTravel Cuts is a travel agency for students:They specialize in:student discountsInsuranceinternational driver’s licence, etc...Don’t forget to mention that you are a University of Ottawa student!Travel cuts: 225 Laurier
25Financial matters and statement of account Check uoZone to ensure you don’t have outstanding feesInternational students: UHIP + Tuition feesIf you have financial questions please contactFinancial Services ator visitInfoServiceExchange students:Only UHIP fees should appear on your invoice(plus residence, if applicable)
26BankingYour Information Kit includes addresses of financial institutions and campus locations of their automatic teller machinesYou may want to open a Canadian Bank accountInstructions can be found in your information kitYour Information Kit includes addresses of financial institutions and campus locations of their automatic teller machines – very convenient during the cold winter months!
27Taxes and TippingTaxes are not included in the price of items sold in stores13% tax will be added to the total of your purchase at the check-outCanadians leave a regular tip if they are satisfied with the service given:In a bar: $ $1.00 for each drink.In a restaurant (for a meal): a regular tip can range between 15% and 20%.If the service is poor then inform the manager before paying. If nothing is done to make up for bad service, then leave bad/no tipIn Canada, tips are given for service in bars, restaurants and taxisThe tip is not included in the price
29University Health Insurance Plan (UHIP) UHIP = health coverage in Ontario onlyMandatoryPay at InfoService-Other Canadian provinces-USA-Other countriesOnce paid, register at International OfficeCards ready in February* In case of emergency in another Canadian province you can be treated at a hospital but you WILL have to pay a fee.
30Please note that it is a health insurance covering doctor’s appointments, hospital fees and treatments. It does not cover the following:Dental/EyePrescriptionsPlease contact the SFUO for information on this type of coverage.UHIP (cont’d)4 months coverage:$2288 months coverage:$456For more information please visitor contact the reception of the International Office.
32Adjustment W curve Arrive Excited Adjust Embrace Unsettled Incorporate Host Country:Everything is new, interesting, and excitingDifferences become apparent and irritating. Problems occur and frustration sets inYou may feel homesick, depressed and helplessYou develop strategies to cope with difficulties and feelings, make new friends, and learn to adapt to the host cultureYou accept and embrace cultural differences. You see the host as your new home and don’t wish to depart or leave new friendsHome:6. You are excited about returning homeYou may feel frustrated, angry, or lonely because friends and family don’t understand what you experienced and how you changed. You miss the host culture and friends, and may look for ways to returnYou gradually adjust to life at home. Things start to seem more normal and routine again, although not exactly the sameYou incorporate what you learned and experienced abroad into your new life and careerIncorporateAdaptFrustratedHomesick
33Adjusting to a new country Stay active – Exercise!Get involved in the activities of the university communityHelp and resources available from the International OfficeBe open-minded and accept differencesShare your experience with others
35Campus Services for International Students Services for International and Exchange students are identical to those available to full-time Canadian students.A complete list of services for students is available onlineuottawa.ca/students/(click “Services for Students”)
36Weather conditions change rapidly in Canada Temperatures can drop dozens of degrees within a few hours in Ottawa.Get into the habit of checking the weather conditions and dress accordingly. Weather conditions are available everywhere: on the radio, television, internet…Canadians always want to know about the weather!+30°C-30°CSnow, windfactor, black ice, freezing rain, frost bite… Be cautious when you walk, drive, or if you plan on staying out for a long time.We suggest you take winter driving lessons if you have no experience in driving in these conditions.Read the advice we provide in your welcome kit!Don’t worry, you will adapt!Weather conditions change rapidly in Canada
37Shopping The Free Store All items are free (clothing, books, furniture, small appliances, etc...)Once a month in the UCUSearch “Free Store” on uOttawa.ca for more infoShoppingSales are on all the time in CanadaMost stores are open on SundaysGarage sales: on weekends in Spring in residential areasThe Free Store is a reoccurring event that allows you to drop off stuff you don’t want anymore and pick-up things you do want for FREE. The Free Store is at the end of each month in the couch lounge of the University Centre. It usually starts around 10am and finishes around 4pm.Interesting objects can be found at small cost:Giant Tiger store (George Street)Dollar StoresGarage sales
38Respecting RulesIn general, please respect the law and follow the rules(e.g. Avoid crossing the street on a red light, drinking alcohol in public, etc...)Smoking is strictly forbidden in closed public spaces in OntarioYou must be 19 years of age to buy cigarettes and to drink alcohol in Ontario
39Harassment and respect of others Equality of rights for men and women is paramountSexual (and other forms) of harassment is not tolerated.If you feel that you are being harassed, please contact:uOttawa Protection Services at
41The International Office If you have a form that needs to be signed, please leave it at the reception desk of the International Office.To book an appointment:Our Facebook group:uOttawa Bureau International OfficeTabaret Hall Room M386Open weekdays9:00 am - 4:30 pm(closed for lunch between 12 and 1)