International mentors during welcome week.

International Mentoring Centre

We offer a variety of valuable services to all University of Ottawa international and exchange students.
  • You are missing home and want to talk to someone who can relate to that experience 

  • You are new to Canada or Ottawa and want to know more about the country or the city 

  • You want to take part in sociocultural activities to meet new people 

  • You are experiencing some culture shock and want to learn how to cope 

  • You want to learn more about Canadian culture 

  • You want to discover tips and tricks to help you succeed academically in a new country 

  • You have questions about course enrolment

If any of these situations apply to you, or if you want to learn more about this mentoring program, the international mentors are here for you!

Meet our international mentors

Manal El Kacimi

Manal El Kacimi

Country: Morocco 
Languages spoken: Arabic, French, English, Spanish (Beginner) 
Faculty: Engineering 
Program: BASc in Mechanical Engineering and BSc in Computing Technology 

“The team at uOInternational helped me in my integration from the moment I was accepted into the University. They showed me the steps I needed to follow for successful integration. In return, I want to help other students who are facing similar issues and ease their integration into Canada, enable them to excel in their studies, and ensure that their university years are the most memorable of their lives.”

Miha Ramaromanana

Miha Ramaromanana

Country: Madagascar 
Languages spoken: Malagasy, French, English, Spanish (Intermediate) 
Faculty: Social Sciences 
Program: Bachelor of Social Sciences, major in Sociology, minor in Psychology

"Coming to the University of Ottawa, I realized that it was a completely different environment than the one I was used to, but it also meant that I needed more time and more assistance to adapt. That is why I decided to join uOInternational and become a mentor. I want to help students through that adjustment period that is not always easy. I would be more than happy to help you with any question you might have and share with you my experience of life at the University of Ottawa and its beautiful community!"

Siqi Li

Siqi Li

Country: China 
Languages spoken: English (Advanced), Mandarin (Native), French (Beginner) 
Faculty: Health Sciences 
Program: Honours Bachelor of Science in Nursing 

“I came to Canada two years ago to study at university. Just like many other international students, I also faced challenges, such as language barriers and culture shock. Therefore, I totally understand how stressful and overwhelming it can be for international students when they step into a completely new environment for the first time. Fortunately, so many people here offered me help and made my adaptation smoother and easier. This is why I am determined to do the same and to share my experiences and knowledge with other international students. I aim to help them make the most of their time at the University of Ottawa by helping them explore their interests, make new friends, and feel accepted.”  

Contact us

International Mentoring Center

[email protected]  

You can drop by the International Mentoring Center (Tabaret Hall, Room M386).

Book a virtual appointment with us (on MS Teams)!

Note: All students have access to Microsoft Teams through You can download the Microsoft Teams app to Apple, Android, or Windows mobile devices and to your personal computer. Simply log in using your uOttawa student email address and uoZone password. 

Hours of operation

September 1 to May 31:
Monday to Friday: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (excluding Thursdays from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.).

June 1 to August 31:
Monday to Friday: 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. 

Exam periods 
By appointment only (international mentors are also writing exams).

For more information on exam periods and other dates, please check the list of important academic dates and deadlines.