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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 

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 Opportunities for International Students

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.  None of the federal or provincial financial aid programs are available to international students.  These student loan and bursary programs are government-funded and students must be Canadian citizens or Permanent Residents to be eligible to apply. As an international student, you may be eligible for the following funding at OCAD U.

Students from the United States

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

Payment Plan 

If you are having financial difficulty and can not pay your tuition fees by the published deadline, you may discuss your eligibility for a payment plan arrangement with the Senior Student Accounts Clerk in the Finance Office.

OCAD U Bursary for International Students

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
  • Have a valid study permit
  • Paying international student fees
  • Be able to demonstrate financial need

You can apply through the online bursary application system.  You can access the application through portal, under AwardSpring.

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.  It offers short-term relief to cover a student's everyday necessities, such as food and shelter.

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.


We encourage students to look into the following funding opportunities offered outside of OCAD University.  


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:

Piggy BankPhoto by Fabian Blank.