International and Out of Province Students | Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies


The Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies is working to ensure that existing and incoming graduate students, and applicants stay informed of the University’s response to the evolving global impact of COVID-19.  The University is continuing to update our COVID-19 page with recent information, answers to FAQs and other resources. 

Existing Students: see UPDATE FROM THE AVP GRADUATE STUDIES.  For international students with questions relating to your study permit, please connect with your international student advisor; if you have gone abroad or intend to go abroad, and you have new immigration or travel concerns, please consult with your international student advisor.

Incoming Graduate Students:   Students expecting to start summer'20 should have received an email outlining your options; if not,  please email us.  Students expecting to start fall'20 should count on doing so, at least until told otherwise.  If you have questions or concerns about meeting the conditions on your offer letters, please email us.


Applicants: We continue to process applicants and issue of offers of admission. 

The Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies is committed to supporting our students.  We will work with you to ensure minimized disruption for all current and incoming students. 

International and Out of Province Students

Whether you are starting a new life in a new country or moving here from another province, you will want to make links to various groups, clubs and organizations.   You might be an International Funded Student funded through an established agreement. 

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.

Health Insurance

It is mandatory for all international students to have the University Health Insurance Plan (UHIP).   If you have dependents, you should make sure that they are covered as well.

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

English Language Support

The library offers dedicated English language support.  You will also find other language support groups and services through the Office of Intercultural Affairs.

START International (Check back for Summer 2020 dates)

 START International is a free orientation program for new international students (Grad and Undergrad), new permanent residents to Canada, new exchange students and out-of-country Canadians.  The program will introduce you to the campus environment, the resources available to aid in your social and academic transition, and what you can expect from your University of Guelph experience.  Attendance is highly recommended as the sessions will cover useful information on topics such as cultural adjustments, the Canadian university academic system, dressing for the seasons, health insurance and other support services that can help students make successful transitions. 

Registration for 2020 will be here

Fall Semester Airport Pickup:

The office of Intercultural Affairs (OIA) in Student Experience will be offering an airport shuttle bus from Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ) to the University of Guelph.  (ONLY to the main campus, located in Guelph, Ontario) on Tuesday, August 27th, 2019.  Students must register in advance to secure a spot, and a small fee would be charged for using this service.  Cost is to be determined - expect it to be between $20-$25.  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.

Registration for 2020 will be here