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International Student Admissions

Ridgetown Campus welcomes international student applications to all of our diploma and certificate programs!

The official secondary school (high school) graduation certificate/diploma that would admit you to an internationally-recognized university in your home country is normally acceptable for applications to our programs.

For further details on out-of-country admission requirements, including the General Certificate of Education (GCE), please refer to our website at admission.uoguelph.ca/international

Applying to Programs & Supporting Documents Required:

  • All program applications go through apply.ontariocolleges.ca, with an application deadline of March 1 (Veterinary Technology Feb 1)
  • Supporting documentation (Assessed/translated transcripts, English Proficiency scores) must be submitted by April 1 (Veterinary Technology Feb 28)
  • Official documents should come directly from the issuing institution or accreditation body in their official sealed envelope. Where English translations are needed, please have the documents verified and sent by the issuing academic institution.
  • Post-secondary transcripts must be assessed by World Education Services (WES). Both a credentialed assessment and a course-by-course assessment is required. Supporting documentation can be sent directly to Ridgetown Campus Registrar’s office or to apply.ontariocolleges.ca, to be posted to the applicant’s application profile.

English proficiency

Applicants will be required to present evidence of English proficiency if:

1) Your primary or first language is not English, and

2) You have had less than four years of full-time secondary or post-secondary school demonstrating satisfactory academic progress in an English-language school system.

English as a Second Language Assessment Testing

Acceptable English Proficiency Tests (With results dated no more than 2 years proir to application)

IELTS International English Language Testing System ielts.org Minimum overall score of 6.5 with no band less than 6
TOEFL Test of English as a Foreign Language toefl.org Internet based: minimum total score of 89 with no individual scaled score of less than 21. Computer based: minimum score of 250. Paper-based: minimum score of 600. Test of written English: with a score of 5
CAEL Canadian Academic English Language Assessment cael.ca Minimum overall band score of 70
MELAB Michigan English Language Assessment Battery isa.umich.edu/eli/testing/melab Minimum overall score of 85 including composition score of 83 and oral score of 3
PTE Pearson Test of English pearsonpte.com Minimum overall score of 60 with no score less than 60 in the individual components
ELCP Advanced Level of the English Language Certificate Program eslguelph.ca esl@uoguelph.ca Successful completion of the University of Guelph’s Open Learning Advanced level ELCP (levels 9 and 10) is also considered an acceptable form of testing

Estimated International Tuition and Fees for One Year (Canadian Dollars; $CAD)

Costs estimate for Year 1 of program Tuition and Fees (including textbooks) Residence (double room) Meal Plan Personal Living Expenses Estimated
Total Cost
Associate Diploma in Agriculture $14,238 $2,595 $3,036 $3,000 $22,869
Associate Diploma in Environmental Managment $14,405 $2,595 $3,036 $3,000 $23,036
Associate Diploma in Equine Care and Management $13,980 no residence
Yr. 1
no meal plan
Yr. 1
varies by
Tution only
Associate Diploma in Horticulture $14,640 $2,595 $3,036 $3,000 $23,271
Associate Diploma in Vet Tech Conventional $18,208 $2,595 $3,036 $3,000 $26,839
Associate Diploma in Vet. Tech Alternative $12,976 n/a n/a n/a $12,976
Tution only
Performance Horse Handler Certificate $24,673 n/a n/a n/a $24,673
Tution only
Veterinary Office Administration Certificate $24,786 $2,595 $3,036 $3,000 $33,417
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