International Applicants | 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 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.

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Applying to Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies at UofG

Below is an overview of the typical application process. Applicants are encouraged to view more information and resources linked in each step. 

Step 1

Begin researching Graduate programs offered at the University of Guelph and review admission requirements for your program(s) of interest.

Utilize our International Credentials Guidelines to assess your academic background in relation to admission requirements.

Step 2

Apply online a minimum of nine months in advance of the program's start date. Please note that international applicants are recommended to apply well in advance of posted application deadlines.

An application fee of $110 ($150 for MBA and MA Leadership programs) is required to submit each application.

Step 3

Submit all documents required to complete your application.

Within 5 business days of submitting your online application, you will be sent login information to access your personalized application document checklist on WebAdvisor.

Document requirements vary by program.

Step 4

Monitor your application status on WebAdvisor.

Should you receive an offer of admission, further information will be included in your offer letter outlining the final documents required and next steps. 

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 at the University of Guelph.  If you are required to submit English Language Proficiency test results, this requirement will appear on your application document checklist after submitting your application online. Applicants may upload unofficial digital copies of their scores during the application process or may arrange to have official scores sent to the University of Guelph Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (Institution Code 0892).

If your first language is not English but you have completed prior post-secondary studies in which English was the language instruction, you may request to have your English Language Proficiency requirement removed. These decisions are made on a case-by-case basis by the department you are applying to. Department contacts can be located from our Programs page.

In order to estimate your tuition and cost of living expenses, view our Cost of Tuition/Living page and add International Tuition and Fees plus the cost of living expenses. Additionally, applicants can view Funding Opportunities available at the University of Guelph. Applicants who are being funded by an external party/government agency should review the International Funded Students site for the steps required to apply. 


More than 550 graduate students from 83 different countries call Guelph home

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