International Exchange – Language Requirements

Students applying for an exchange to an institution whose official working language is different than their first language must provide proof of their proficiency in that language. The Official Languages and Bilingualism Institute is responsible for proof of proficiency in French or English.

Some host institutions provide a specific language proficiency form which must be filled-out as part of the application. These forms usually require a more in-depth report about the student’s proficiency level. If a student has one of these forms to be completed, they should first try to find a professor who has taught them in their second language to complete the form. If the student is unable to find a professor to complete the form, the student may register for four skills (listening, reading, writing and speaking) testing with Language Testing Services. The fee for this test is $100.00. Please contact Language Testing Services at L2test@uOttawa.ca if you require four skills testing.

For more information about the requirements, please visit the International Exchanges web page.

Proficiency can be demonstrated in two ways:

1. Previous academic experience in the language

Previous Academic Experience may be demonstrated in one of the following ways:

  • Receiving a final mark of Pass in ESL3100 or FLS3500 (Second Language Certification Test);
  • Successful completion (grade B or better) of ESL2111 or FLS2511 or a higher-level course;
  • Successful completion (grade B or better) of a content course taught in their second language.

Students who have previous academic experience in their second language must request a letter confirming their proficiency. The letter will be sent to the student by email.  Students must add the letter to their online application. There is a $20.00 fee for this letter. The normal turnaround time for these requests is 3 to 5 business days of receipt of payment. Students who wish to receive the letter within 1 to 2 business days may pay a rush fee of $10.00.

French Immersion Studies

Students who are registered in French Immersion Studies are encouraged to participate in an exchange with a French-speaking country. Therefore, the fees for the letter demonstrating previous academic experience are prepaid. However, students are responsible for the rush fee if they select that option.

Fees and Request forms

​​​​​​​Fees may be paid online (credit card payment required) or in person (money order payment required). The University of Ottawa does not accept cash payments.

Service

Fee

Proof of proficiency based on previous course completion (Prepaid for students registered in French Immersion Studies)

$20.00

Rush Processing Fee

$10.00

Credit Card Payments

Credit card payments may be made online. These payments are received the following business day by our office. Requests will be processed once payment is received.

To submit a request and payment online please fill-out the registration form.

Money Order Payments

Money order payments by be submitted in person or by mail. Please fill-in and return the registration form with your money order payment.

 

2. Taking the University of Ottawa’s Proficiency Test

The Proficiency Test consists of a multiple-choice listening and reading test which is 1.5 hours in length. The test is scheduled by appointment during regular office hours.

Registration and Fees

All requests must be received two business days prior to the requested test date. The normal turnaround time for the test results is 3 to 5 business days after the test. Students who wish to receive their results within 1 to 2 business days may pay a rush fee of $10.00.

Fees may be paid online (credit card payment required) or in person (money order payment required). The University of Ottawa does not accept cash payments.

Service

Fee

Test Fees

$55.00

Rush Processing Fee

$10.00

 

Credit Card Payments

Credit card payments may be made online. These payments are received the following business day by Language Testing Services. Requests will be processed once payment is received.

To submit a request and payment online please fill-out the registration form] .

Money Order and Certified Cheque Payments

Money order and certified cheque payments may be submitted in person or by mail. Please fill in and return the  registration form with your money order or certified cheque made out to the University of Ottawa.

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