University Student Transition Resources

This list of resources is meant to reinforce learning and the skills needed for academic success in university. The following programs are available to all students attending Ontario universities. This list is not intended to be all-inclusive, partly because universities regularly make adjustments to services.

Have questions or need more information? Contact the appropriate university directly.

University of Ottawa

Academic GPS

  • The Academic GPS offers a free network of services and programs to complement your classroom learning, including:
    • Academic Writing Help Centre
    • Mentoring
    • Study groups
    • Workshops

Accessibility – Academic Accommodations Service

  • The University is committed to providing students and student applicants with disabilities with academic accommodation to allow them an equitable opportunity to fully access and participate with dignity and autonomy.

Course Enrollment Support

  • Help with course enrollment, as well as on-campus workshops and information sessions.

Essential Tasks

  • This web page is your go-to resource for everything student-life related to be successful throughout your studies. It includes:
    • Getting your first student card
    • Managing your studies
    • U-Pass transit card

Events for Future Students

  • Open house and information evenings. Come out and see us. Our representatives will be on hand to answer questions.

Faculty of Science – Workshops, Bridging Programs, Help Centres and Study Groups

  • Help with math and science for high school or CEGEP students transitioning to university. Bridging courses offered in summer.
  • Help with chemistry, biochemistry, math, biology and physics for first- and second-year science students transitioning to university.

Health and Wellness

  • To do well, you need to be well. The University of Ottawa wants to support your overall wellness, from mental health to physical health and everything in between:
    • Chat with a peer
    • Visit the Wellness Lounge
    • Access counselling and mental health services
    • Participate in wellness activities

International Mentoring Centre

  • Help for international and exchange students, including workshops on adjusting to Canadian culture and learning efficient study techniques.

Library Services

  • Help with research, reserving a group study room and publishing support.

Mashkawazìwomagig Indigenous Resource Centre

  • Academic and cultural support for First Nations, Métis and Inuit students.

Regional Mentoring Centre

  • Regional Mentors help you find the academic and personal support you need. Get advice from peers who have been through the same experience.

Sexual Violence: Support and Prevention

  • The University of Ottawa is committed to maintaining a campus that promotes respect for the dignity of every individual and a community that is free from sexual harassment, discrimination and violence. Our goal is to make our University a place where students, faculty and staff can feel safe and secure. We pledge to foster mutual respect and create a campus where any survivors of sexual violence can get the support they need.

Student Union Support