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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.


Tuition Fee Rates

OCAD University annually establishes two tuition fee rates, international and domestic. Fee rates may vary by program. Most international students pay tuition fees at the international tuition rates; international students who meet specific conditions are eligible to pay fees at the domestic rate.

A. International Tuition
B. Exemptions
C. Change of Status
D. Required Documentation

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 Options 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 of Canada to be eligible to apply. As an international student, you may be eligible for the following funding at OCAD U:

  • Scholarships and Awards (merit based, students are automatically considered)
  • OCAD U Bursary for International Students
  • International Student Emergency Fund

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 cannot pay your tuition fees by the published deadlines, you may discuss your eligibility for a payment plan arrangement with the Senior Student Accounts Clerk in the Finance Office.



International Student Emergency Fund

If you have unexpected financial difficulties due to an emergency situation beyond your control, you may be eligible to receive emergency financial support. Funds are limited and you must be a currently registered student to be considered. 

Emergency financial support offers short-term relief to cover everyday necessities, such as food and shelter. It 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 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.


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 U. These banks include:

Income Tax

As an international student, it is helpful to file an income tax return each year during your studies, even if you have not been working, as you may be eligible to get certain tax credits. For more information, you can read our Income Tax Info Sheet.

Piggy Bank

Photo by Fabian Blank.