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Graduate Programs for International Students at OAC

Study food, agriculture, communities and the environment in Canada

For 150 years, the University of Guelph's Ontario Agricultural College (OAC) has inspired globally-focused leaders to build a more sustainable and connected world through a focus on food, agriculture, environment and communities. By completing your graduate degree at "Canada's food university," you're part of a safe, diverse and inclusive community that is driven to Improve Life.

Graduate programs at OAC include course-based masters programs for those wanting career-focused, hands-on learning as well as thesis-based masters and PhD programs for those wishing to gain academic research expertise.

#1 in Canada
for agriculture and food studies
150 year legacy
of developing global leaders in the food and agriculture sector
2,000 international students
from nearly 130 different countries
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Learn from Canada's best.

Graduate programs at U of Guelph's Ontario Agricultural College will set your career up for success. Programs include masters and doctoral programs in animal science, environmental science, food safety, plant and agriculture, agricultural economics, landscape architecture, capacity development and more.

OAC's course-based masters programs provide flexible, in-depth skill development for those wishing to enhance career opportunities in the private and public sector. Program length ranges from 1-3 years.

Meet Sasikumar

Food Science master's student
From India
Advice to future students: Find a good balance between your personal life and your studies and make friends (which is easy to do a U of G).

"The University of Guelph is a perfect place to study your masters. The U of G ranks top in Canada and around the world."

Meet Zahra

PhD Food Science student
From Iran
Advice to future students: Know that you're making a great choice in attending the University of Guelph!"

"I've always dreamt about studying under the faculty at the University of Guelph"

Resources and information for international students

To view admission requirements for OAC's graduate programs (master's and PhD programs), visit the Graduate Program page and click on the program you are interested in. Admission requirements are listed on each individual program page.

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The International Student Advisors (ISAs) provide one-on-one confidential advising to graduate international students, new immigrants, and refugees. Common topics of conversation include housing, academic concerns, immigration (study permit, visa, post-graduate work permit, etc.), financial difficulties, and culture shock. Our ISAs can also help you get involved on campus, connect with other students, and talk through any personal concerns.

Post Graduate Work Permit

Most of OAC's graduate programs provide eligibility for a Canadian 3 year post graduate work permit (PGWP). For more information on obtaining a Post Graduate Work Permit, visit the Government of Canada's website.

There are many programs available to assist with funding your education. Visit the Student Financial Services website to find financial resources and opportunities for International students at the University of Guelph.

More information:

U of Guelph's International Student Experience is a hub for supporting the development and learning needs of undergraduate and graduate international students by allowing you to seek support and advice during your studies here at the University of Guelph, supporting your individual transition needs, and connecting you to resources on- and off-campus.

The Student Experience team is here to help you find your place on campus, manage the transition in a healthy way, and make being away from home easier.

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