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Photo of the Sharp Centre for Design taken shortly after the new building opened in late 2004. Photo by Richard Johnson.

International students

OCAD U welcomes international students, exchange students and all students wishing to make meaningful global connections.

Photo of the Sharp Centre for Design taken shortly after the new building opened in late 2004. Photo by Richard Johnson.


International Tuition Fees

Information on undergraduate tuition and ancillary fees can be found on the International Tuition page.

Information on graduate tuition and ancillary fees can be found on the Graduate Studies Tuition page.

As an international student, you will have to apply for a study permit before coming to Canada. In order to obtain a study permit, you will be required to prove to Canadian immigration officials that you have sufficient financial resources to cover your tuition fees and living expenses.


Funding options for international students are very limited, so it is extremely important to have a solid financial plan in place for your education-related costs and living expenses.

OCAD U Bursary for International Students

OCAD U has provided a bursary fund for currently registered international students who demonstrate financial need. These bursaries are non-repayable funds.

To be eligible to apply for a bursary, you must:

  • Be registered full-time at OCAD U in the 2017/2018 fall/winter session in an undergraduate or graduate program

  • Be able to demonstrate financial need

You can apply through OCAD U's new online bursary application system.

Application Deadline: November 17, 2017

If you have questions about the application, please contact the Financial Aid & Awards Office

International Student Emergency Bursary Fund

The International Student Emergency Bursary is a non-repayable award available to a limited number of currently registered international students who have unexpected financial difficulties due to an emergency situation that is beyond their control.

The emergency bursary is not intended to supplement your income or pay for items which should be part of your regular budget for the school year.  As funds are limited, you should apply for this bursary only after you have considered all other possible resources, such as financial assistance from your family or government funding from your home country.

For further information, please email International Student Services or visit us on Level 5 at 230 Richmond Street West.

Students from the United States

Please visit the Financial Matters section of our website for loan information for US students.

Scholarships & Awards

International students currently enrolled at OCAD U as full-time or part-time students are eligible to apply for OCAD U scholarships and awards. Information on our Scholarship Program is posted on the Scholarships & Awards section of our website every year in February. A limited number of Entrance Scholarships are also available to new incoming full-time students, including international students.


When choosing a bank in Toronto, there are a few points you should think about. You will need a bank that allows money to be transferred easily from your bank at home to your account in Toronto. Before leaving your home country, you should ask your bank if they have connections with any banks in Canada.

You should look for a bank in Toronto that offers services at reduced rates for students. Be sure to contact a few banks to compare their services and fees before making your final decision. Talk to a representative about the types of accounts available and the costs associated with each type of account to help you decide what is best for you.

All major Canadian banks have branches within walking distance of OCAD. These banks include: