Ontario/Rhone-Alpes (ORA) Exchange Program

The Ontario/Rhone-Alpes (ORA) Student Exchange Program organizes exchanges between 14 Ontario universities, including the University of Guelph, and 10 universities in the Rhone-Alpes region in France.  Through the ORA exchange program, University of Guelph students can go on exchange for one or two semesters to one of the participating universities in the Rhône-Alpes, France.  Students from most fields of study can apply for the ORA Exchange but must have at least an intermediate level of French (usually considered to be equivalent to having taken second-year level French courses at University of Guelph). 

Information on the ORA program and the partner France universities can be found on the ORA website.  Please note that besides the exchange program, the ORA also offers a Summer Language Program (any level) and Summer Research Program.

ORA Scholarships

*Scholarships are under review and may not be continued if the funding to these programs is cut. Updates will be posted once we are informed. 

Selected participants who are Canadian citizens or Permanent Residents will receive a scholarship from the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities of $2500 for one semester of study or $3000 for two semesters of study.  (International students can participate in the ORA exchange but are not eligible for the ORA scholarship).

Applying for the ORA Program

To apply for the ORA Exchange, students must submit both the University of Guelph's online study abroad application and the provincial paper application. Please ensure that you have completed all the requested information on the application form and attached any required supporting documents.

The ORA paper application must be submitted to the Centre for International Programs, University Centre, Level 3, University of Guelph by January 17, 2020.  The online U of G study abroad application is due by January 24, 2020.