Best Response - Do international students need a visa to study at Guelph?

Do international students need a visa to study at Guelph?

A critical aspect of beginning studies in Canada is to ensure you have proper authorization from our government. For complete information about applying to study in Canada, visit the online Help Centre for Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).

American Students (US citizens)

American students can secure their student authorization at any point of entry into Canada. Students must show the immigration officer their letter of acceptance from the University of Guelph, proof of citizenship, proof of funds and pay the visa fee.

International/Overseas students

The University of Guelph does not issue study permits. To study in Canada, all students must apply for a study permit, either at the Canadian visa office for their country, at a Visa Application Centre, or online. For you to be considered for a study permit, your application will need to include a letter of acceptance from the University of Guelph, proof of citizenship, and proof of funds for one academic year. The University of Guelph and Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) expect international students to have enough funds for the duration of their study in Canada, especially during their first year. The issuance of a study permit is strongly based on your ability to finance your education. The study permit is usually issued for the duration of your academic program. Please note that you will not be allowed to register for courses at the University of Guelph if you do not have a valid study permit.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the information provided above may be inaccurate. Please visit the University's COVID-19 website for up-to-date information and FAQs.

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