Bimal Acharya
About Financial Support...
“Through Graduate Research Assistantships and Teaching Assistantships, I have wonderful support from my department which has helped me meet all the basic needs during my study period. My advisor has helped me a lot in getting other source of funding. There was no financial problem with staying in family housing at University with two teens and my wife for my graduate study tenure. Thank you school of engineering for supporting financially through GRA and TA.”

International Students

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.

Services for International Students

The Office of Intercultural Affairs (OIA) offers a variety of student services for international students. OIA may assist with arranging transportation to Guelph, health insurance, finances, personal and academic counselling, housing, and a variety of family focused services.

International Funded Students

Applicants who are being funded by an external party/government agency, should review the International Funded Students site for the steps required to apply. 

Applying to the University of Guelph

We recommend International applicants apply online a minimum of nine months in advance of the semester start date. We strongly encourage you to review the International Credential Guidelines before you apply online.

If you receive an offer of admission, you will be required to present the University of Guelph's Designated Learning Institution (DLI) Number for your study permit. Our DLI number is: O19305391192

English Proficiency

If your first language is not English, you will be required to submit the results of a standardized language test. Please see chart below for acceptable tests and required scores.

Test Minimum Overall Score
Canadian Academic English Language Test (CAEL) 60
International English Language Testing System (IELTS) 6.5
Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB) 85
Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE-A)

Note: A minimum score of 60 must be achieved in each individual component.

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL - Paper based test (PBT)) 550
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL Internet-based test (IBT))

Note: A minimum score of 21 must be achieved in each of the four categories (listening, speaking, reading, writing).

University of Guelph English Language Certificate Advanced Level

English as a Second Language tests are considered valid for a period of two years.

Some departments may require higher than University minimum English as a Second Language test scores. Please check with your department of interest for detailed information.

The University of Guelph English as a Second Language Test Code is 0892.

English as a Second Language Certificate

The English Language Certificate Program (ELCP) at the University of Guelph offers an English language program for international students wishing to apply to graduate studies. Those who successfully complete the program, at the advanced level, are deemed to have met the language requirement for admission to graduate studies.


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