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SPECIAL STUDENT 

Do you wish to take a course or two but not commit to a program? Why not enrol as a special student?

 

Special Student – Undergraduate

A special student is a person who is allowed by the University to register for undergraduate courses in order to obtain university units (credits), but who is not seeking an undergraduate degree, certificate or diploma from Saint Paul University.

The complete academic regulation and definitions of the different special students categories can be found under academic regulation I-1 Categories and status of undergraduate students.

 Eligibility - Undergraduate

To be a special student, you must meet one of the following requirements:

  • Hold an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD), with at least six 4U or 4M courses and an overall average of 70%, or the equivalent (this does not apply to the “personal interest” or “gifted” category)
  • Qualify as a mature student if you have not been engaged in full-time studies for at least two consecutive years

 

Special Student – Graduate Studies

This status applies to candidates who do not intend to complete a graduate degree but who wish to pursue certain postgraduate courses without being subject to the requirements of a particular program. As a special student you must follow the same regulations as regular students.

Eligibility - Graduate Studies

Special students may enroll in graduate courses provided they have obtained an undergraduate university degree (or equivalent) and the approval of the academic unit.

Enrolment is limited to a maximum of two three-unit courses (or equivalent) per term and the student will be enrolled on a part-time basis.

Note:  In the event that special students later apply for admission to a master or doctorate program, they may receive credits for a maximum of two graduate three-credit courses provided they have successfully passed the courses and meet the admission requirements.  For graduate diplomas, the maximum is set at one graduate three-unit course.

To have your enrolment evaluated as a special student, you will need to submit an official transcript or proof of diploma as well as the enrolment form to the Office of the Registrar either by email at registrar@ustpaul.ca or in person to Saint Paul University, Guigues Hall, room 165.

 

Restrictions

If you have been expelled by the University, you cannot enrol as a special student.

Some faculties or schools may have specific restrictions that apply to special students.

How to prepare for enrolment:

  • Find out when to enrol. Consult the university calendar for the first day to enrol for each term.
  • You can enrol in courses or make modifications to your enrolment until the Last day to enrol and to change course selection date specified in the university calendar.

Prepare a list of courses you would like to take.

  • Check the list of courses on the website Courses offered.
  • Search the course timetable to see when courses are offered.
  • Indicate each course code and section.  Each section (A, B, C, etc.) is offered on different days and at different times. Section W means that the course is online.
  • Have a second choice course ready in case your first choice is no longer available.

 

How to enrol

  • Complete the enrolment form for special student (PDF) and send it by email to registrar@ustpaul.ca or bring it with you to the Office of the Registrar, Guigues Hall, room 165.
  • For courses at the graduate studies, you will need to include your official transcript or proof of an undergraduate university degree.

 

Other information

  • Activate your computer accounts, your @uottawa.ca email and access the Intranet. An email will be sent to you to this effect if it is your first enrolment.  All future communications will be sent to your @uottawa.ca email account.
  • Consult Financial Services website for information on tuition fees and payment methods.             
    • Note: special students are not eligible for provincial financial aid government programs.   
  • Obtain your Saint Paul University student card at the Office of the Registrar, Guigues Hall, room 165.  Do not forget to bring a government issued identification card.
  • Get acquainted with the academic regulations.  You will have to comply with the same academic and faculty regulations as regular students.

 

AUDITOR

Curious or passionate about a subject and want to know more about it by attending courses without handing-in assignments or writing exams? It is possible, if you enrol as an auditor.

 

How to prepare for enrolment:

  • Find out when to enrol.Consult the university calendar for the first day to enrol for each term.
  • You can enrol in courses or make modifications to your enrolment until the Last day to enrol and to change course selection date specified in the university calendar.  Auditors may not change their student status after the deadline indicated in the university calendar.

Prepare a list of courses you would like to take.

  • Check the list of courses on the website Courses offered.
  • Search the course timetable to see when courses are offered.
  • Indicate each course code and section.  Each section (A, B, C, etc.) is offered on different days and at different times. Section W means that the course is online.
  • Have a second choice course ready in case your first choice is no longer available.

 

How to enrol

Complete the enrolment form for auditors (PDF) and send it by email to registrar@ustpaul.ca or bring it with you to the Office of the Registrar, Guigues Hall, room 165.

For courses at the graduate studies, you will need to include your official transcript or a proof of an undergraduate university degree.  Approval is required by the academic unit.

 

Restrictions

If you have been expelled by the University, you cannot enrol as a special student.

Some faculties or schools may have specific restrictions that apply to special students.

 

Other information

  • Activate your computer accounts, your @uottawa.ca email and access the Intranet. An email will be sent to you to this effect if it is your first enrolment.  All future communications will be sent to your @uottawa.ca email account.