Information for International Students


Paying for Tuition

For important information related to tuition and fees, visit the Student Fees & Payments page.

Important note: New international undergraduate and diploma students are required to pay a non-refundable tuition deposit of $1,000 CAD by  May 15, 2024. This will be applied to your tuition balance; it is not an additional fee.

The preferred method of payment for international payments is PayMyTuition. With PayMyTuition, you can pay your tuition from any bank, in any country, in any currency at better than bank exchange rates. Learn more about PayMyTuition and view the step-by-step instructions, which are available in multiple languages. If you have questions about tuition and payments, contact Student Financial Services at

Immigration Status and Tuition Rates

If you are a dependent of a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, diplomat or visitor with a work permit, you may qualify for the domestic tuition rate. Read more about eligibility, required documentation and deadlines. If your immigration status changes over the course of your degree and you become eligible for a reduced tuition rate, please ensure that you submit the required documents by the deadline so that you are billed the appropriate tuition amount.

Financial Aid Programs for International Students

Visit the International Student Financial Support webpage for details about the financial supports available to international students, which include scholarships, need-based scholarships and bursaries. International students can apply for part-time, on-campus jobs through the Work Study program starting in their second year. Full-time summer research positions are also available for international students through the International Student Undergraduate Research Assistantship (ISURA) program.

Meeting Other Students

START International Orientation

START International is a free orientation program filled with fun social events and information sessions. It is specifically designed for incoming undergraduate and graduate students who are new international students, new permanent residents to Canada, exchange students and out-of-country Canadians at U of G. It will take place from August 28 to September 30, 2024.

Learn more and register here!

International Student Experience 

International Student Experience on GryphLife is a fantastic hub for all international students to learn about upcoming programs, workshops, social events and trips. Visit the International Student Experience page on GryphLife and join our community!

As a new international student, you will also be automatically added to a U of G International Teams channel where you will be connected with other international students, and receive information about upcoming supportive workshops as well as fun social and transition events! Be sure to download the Microsoft Teams app and turn your notifications on for the best experience. 

International Student Organization

The International Student Organization (ISO) is a student-led association for all international U of G students! The ISO helps students with their move to Canada through social and transitional events. Additionally, the ISO holds many events to help expose international students to Canadian experiences and to the Guelph community. The ISO helps students with their move to Canada through student-run social and transitional events. Visit the ISO page on GryphLife for more information or contact them at

Campus Resources

Global Pre-Arrival Support (GPS) Advisor

The GPS Advisor is the central point of contact for new undergraduate international students from the moment you receive an offer of admission through to your first semester. They can guide you in navigating the university system, by explaining and clarifying immigration and institutional policies, describing the overarching expectations of students and facilitating connections with other campus or community supports, resources or services (i.e., housing, health insurance, finances, etc.).

The GPS Advisor is available to connect with new students virtually, by phone or in person. Feel free to book an appointment: Global Pre-Arrival Support Advising | University of Guelph.

Pre-Arrival Guide and Resources 

The Pre-Arrival Guide and Pre-Arrival Resources provide you with essential tips and information about everything that you need to know while preparing for your arrival in Canada and getting ready for your upcoming journey at the University of Guelph. 

English Language Support

U of G’s Library provides many resources for international students to help them develop their English language skills, including reading, writing, listening, speaking and pronunciation. Learn more about English language support from the Library.