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Canadian Study Permit Cap Impact on Future International Undergraduate Students

Supporting Your Journey to the University of Guelph

As of January 22, 2024, the Government of Canada announced changes to study permit application requirements for new international students applying for undergraduate degrees and English language pathway programs.    

The University of Guelph is committed to supporting our prospective and current international students. We will continue to share information and updates as available through the University of Guelph international student cap update 

The following information and FAQs are designed for future international undergraduate students. For all other international student groups, please visit the university update for additional resources and contacts.  

Frequently Asked Questions

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I have not yet applied to the University of Guelph

Yes! The University of Guelph remains committed to your success and helping you get Future Ready.  

Here are some reasons why you should apply: 
  • Paid Work Experience: U of G's co-op programs offer paid work experience, where you can earn $500-1,000 CAD per week during work terms. 
  • Employment: Over 4,000 part-time jobs are available on campus to students as they complete their studies. 
  • Welcoming Campus: At the University of Guelph, you’re joining a community dedicated to your success. Our International Student Experience team works year-round to create a positive experience for students.  
  • Guaranteed housing: We’re proud to offer all first-year international undergraduate students an on-campus housing guarantee.   
  • Safety: Guelph is ranked among Canada’s top 3 safest cities!  
  • Location: Only one hour from Toronto, we’re the perfect blend of small-town charm with big-city opportunity.  

Don’t forget! If you are currently enrolled in high school outside of Canada, apply by March 1, 2024, and meet minimum admission requirements for the programs to which you apply, you are guaranteed admission.  Applications will be considered on a rolling basis after this deadline. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis after this deadline. 

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The University of Guelph is a public university, meaning U of G operates under government regulations and is accountable to the public. You can rest assured we provide a top-ranked, high-quality education experience.  

U of G’s Designated Learning Institution Number is O19305391192, which covers our main campus, Ridgetown Campus, and the University of Guelph-Humber. Our campuses are not impacted by the discontinuation of post-graduate work permits for public-private partnerships.

Prospective students are encouraged to monitor the Government of Canada study permit website for the most up-to-date information. 

If you are currently enrolled in high school outside of Canada, apply by March 1, 2024, and meet minimum admission requirements for the programs to which you apply, you are guaranteed admission.  Applications will be considered on a rolling basis after this deadline. 

If you are currently enrolled in high school within Canada, you are encouraged to apply by March 1st.  

If you are currently enrolled at a college or university in Canada, we recommend that you apply as soon as possible. The application deadline for fall 2024 is April 1st, 2024.  

If you are a high school student studying outside of Canada, you apply to U of G by March 1, 2024, and you meet all admission requirements, you will be GUARANTEED admission to the program of your choice.

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No, the study permit cap does not apply to current study permit holders, and their future study permit extension applications.

No, if you have a valid study permit, this cap does not apply to you. Take note of your study permit’s expiry date as you may need to extend it if it does not cover the entire period of your study at U of G. 

You can easily connect with current international students through our International Unibuddy Student Ambassador Platform, where you can hear firsthand about their experiences at the University of Guelph.  

Chat with international student ambassadors about life in Canada, programs, housing, employment, student life, and more! 

We continue to offer international entrance scholarships alongside additional scholarships for international applicants. 

Visit our funding your education page for additional information about ways to earn money through co-op and part-time employment. 

Yes!  All international students who will be attending the U of G for the first time are guaranteed on-campus housing as long as they apply and pay the residence deposit by June 3, 2024.  More details and restrictions can be found on the Student Housing website

Applicants are encouraged to apply to U of G by March 1, 2024. This will ensure you have enough time to provide all required documents, receive an offer of admission, and prepare your study permit application.  

We continue to consider admission applications after this date; however, degrees and majors are subject to application closures. 

If you are unable to begin your studies in the fall, you can apply to defer your offer of admission for one year. Deferrals are usually considered for fall entry only, but some programs offer winter entry. We also offer a refund policy for tuition and fees. 

Yes! Once you have an offer of admission you will be connected with our Global Pre-Arrival Support team, here to assist through the study permit process and your arrival to Canada. 

Questions may be sent to internat@uoguelph.ca.  

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Now is the time to apply!

Don't miss the opportunity of a lifetime. Apply to the University of Guelph and rest assured we are here to support your journey. 
 

I have applied to U of G and am waiting for an Offer of Admission 

Yes! We continue to receive, process and review applications. Admission decisions are being made on an ongoing basis. 

Applications from students enrolled in high school outside of Canada are processed on a rolling basis. If you are awaiting a response, we encourage you to check your Admission Portal for any outstanding required documents to be submitted.  

If you are currently enrolled in high school within Canada, you can expect to receive admission decisions for all programs to which you applied by no later than May 29th. 

Transfer applications are reviewed on an ongoing basis as applications are complete (e.g. all required documents are received).  To help expedite an admission decision, please ensure all required documents are submitted as soon as possible.

The recent announcement will not impact our admission processing times. 

All applications are given equal consideration for admission to our programs. 

Undergraduate applicants to the University of Guelph may contact the admission team by emailing intapps@uoguelph.ca

I have an Offer of Admission to the University of Guelph 

As of January 22, 2024, you must include an attestation letter from the province with your study permit application. The provincial Government of Ontario is expected to establish a process of issuing the attestation letter by March 31, 2024. 

In the meantime, we encourage students to gather all the documents in preparation for the study permit application while we wait for the province to establish a process for issuing the attestation letter.

The attestation letter must be issued by the Provincial Government of Ontario. The process to request this letter is expected to be developed by March 31, 2024. More information will be communicated to you as it becomes available.

We encourage students to gather all the documents in preparation for the study permit application while we wait for the province to establish a process for issuing the attestation letter.

If you submitted your completed study permit application before January 22, 2024, the new cap does not apply to you. 

No, the study permit cap does not apply to current study permit holders, and their future study permit extension applications.

No, if you have a valid study permit, this cap does not apply to you. Take note of your study permit’s expiry date as you may need to extend it if it does not cover the entire period of your study at U of G. 

If you are unable to begin your studies in the fall, you can apply to defer your offer of admission for one year. Deferrals are usually considered for fall entry only, but some programs offer winter entry. We also offer a refund policy for tuition and fees. 

Students with an Offer of Admission are encouraged to monitor the Government of Canada study permit website for the most up-to-date information. 

U of G’s Global Pre-Arrival Support (GPS) Advisor is a central point of contact for new international students from the moment you receive an offer of admission through to your first semester.  

The GPS Advisor can help you to: 
  • Navigate the university system;  
  • Explain and clarify immigration and institutional policies;  
  • Describe the overarching expectations of students; and 
  • Facilitate connections with other campus or community supports, resources or services. 

Students with an Offer of Admission should monitor their email for additional updates and event invitations from the GPS team. Learn more and book an appointment on the Student Experience website

You can easily connect with current international students through our International Unibuddy Student Ambassador Platform, where you can hear firsthand about their experiences at the University of Guelph.

Chat with international student ambassadors about life in Canada, programs, housing, employment, student life, and more! 

Undergraduate applicants to the University of Guelph may contact the admission team by emailing intapps@uoguelph.ca

Disclaimer: The immigration-related information provided in this document is based on the news release from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) on January 22, 2024. Learn more on the Government of Canada website

The information may change from the date of publication. For the most current and accurate information, we strongly recommend referring to the IRCC website or reaching out to the University of Guelph International Student Advisor/Global Pre-Arrival Support Advisor

 

Last Updated: February 1, 2024