International Applicants

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Students from around the world choose to complete their graduate studies at the University of Guelph. More than 550 graduate students from 83 different countries call Guelph home.

Applying to the University of Guelph

We recommend International applicants apply online a minimum of nine months in advance of the semester start date and review the International Credential Guidelines before you apply.

If you receive an offer of admission, you will be required to present the University of Guelph's Designated Learning Institution (DLI) Number for your study permit. Our DLI number is: O19305391192

English Proficiency

If your first language is not English, you will be required to submit the results of a standardized academic English language test or complete the English Language Certificate Program

Immigration Advising

Do you have questions about study permits, visas, ability to work on campus and many other areas?   Just link to the Student Life website for information about immigration advising at

International Exchange (Incoming Students)

Information about International Exchange for incoming students can be found on the Centre for International Programs website.

International Student Barometer (ISB)

The University of Guelph ranked No. 1 in Canada for overall learning, living and student support in the 2013 International Student Barometer.

International Funded Students

Applicants who are being funded by an external party/government agency, should review the International Funded Students site for the steps required to apply. 

Services for International Students

The Office of Intercultural Affairs (OIA) offers a variety of student services for international students. OIA may assist with arranging transportation to Guelph, health insurance, finances, personal and academic counselling, housing, and a variety of family focused services.

START International

As an international student, not only are you coming to a new learning institution, but you are coming to an entirely new country. The University of Guelph provides orientation specifically for international students at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. START International is a free orientation program for new international students, and offers an airport pick-up service in the Fall semester.

The Office of Intercultural Affairs (OIA) offers many support services and you will want to be sure to connect with them.  They have also developed an International Pre-Arrival Handbook for 2018-2019.

Fall Semester Airport Pickup:

For Fall 2018, there will be an airport pickup service on Tuesday, August 28th - this service will pick you up from Pearson Airport and bring you to the University of Guelph campus. If you are planning your travels, we recommend booking your flight for this day in order to use this pick-up service. Registration can be found on the GryphLife website. Please expect a 1-2 hour delay at customs - we encourage you to bring copies of all communication from our office, including your offer letter. If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Intercultural Affairs at