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International Student Experience

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.

Although you may be looking forward to studying at Guelph and living in Canada, it can be challenging to leave your home, family, and friends for a new community, and enter a foreign climate and culture. We are here to help you find your place on campus, manage the transition in a healthy way, and make being away from home easier.

"I chose the University of Guelph simply because of its motto - "IMPROVE LIFE". I was really fascinated by those words and I fell in love with it."

- Dolapo Obimuyiwa, from Nigeria, MASC: Mechanical Engineering

Information for New International Students Arriving in Canada

Due to COVID-19 all arriving students must ensure they are eligible to travel and are required to register with the University of Guelph's Mandatory Quarantine Program.

Immigration Information

As an international student you are required valid immigration documents to live and study in Canada. Click here for more information and resources.

Living in Canada

Find out more about living in Canada, such as our health insurance plans, health care services, income tax, living off campus, and more.

Advising and Support

The International Student Advisors (ISAs) are available to meet one-on-one with full degree undergraduate and graduate international students, new immigrants, and refugees.

Programs and Services

There are many great programs and services available to both undergraduate and graduate international students. Click below to find out more about each program or contact us at to see what program(s) and/or service(s) are best for you! You can also stay up-to-date with our International Student events that happen throughout the academic year by following us on GryphLife.