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Student Recruitment - National

Kelly Campbell, On-Campus Events, Student Recruitment
416-979-5000 Ext. 4131 |

Kim Randall, Manager, National Student Recruitment
416-979-5000 Ext. 3582 |

Student Recruitment - International Enrolment

Cheryl Ramage, Manager, ESL Recruitment and Agent Relations
416-979-5000 Ext. 3318 |

Salisha Randel, Manager, International Student Recruitment
416-979-5000 Ext. 6523 |

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is an international student?

An international student is any student who is not a Canadian citizen or permanent resident and must therefore obtain a study permit (student visa) in order to attend Ryerson. Information on international student tuition fees is available on the Tuition and Fees website.

Canadian citizens living abroad, Canadian Permanent Residents (Landed Immigrants) and approved refugee claimants are not considered international students. Information on domestic tuition fees is available on the Tuition and Fees website.

If students are confused as to their immigration status, they should contact Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC), external link.

Does Ryerson have a diverse international student community?

There are 140 different countries represented at Ryerson, and our campus is one of the most diverse in Canada. We also have a large population of students who have come to Ryerson and Toronto from around the globe to study that are Canadian citizens or have permanent resident status.

The Admissions Process

When do students apply to Ryerson?

The Ontario Universities' Application Centre begins accepting applications to Ryerson in September 2019 for September 2020 entry. All completed applications and amendments received by February 1 will receive equal consideration for admission. This deadline applies to both Grades-Only Programs (programs that select students solely on the basis of academic achievement) as well as Grades-Plus Programs (programs that require additional non-academic criteria, such as auditions or portfolios).

How do students apply to Ryerson?

Students apply for full-time admission to an undergraduate degree program at Ryerson University through the Ontario Universities' Application Centre (OUAC), external link. Visit Application Forms for details on which application to use.

Once Ryerson receives an application from the OUAC, the student will receive an email from Ryerson with information on how to activate their Ryerson Online Identity. This will allow them to access their Choose>Ryerson portal, Ryerson’s primary way of communicating with applicants. Be sure to check the portal often!

What happens next?

Students are required to submit all required documentation to Ryerson in a timely manner. This includes their full name, OUAC student I.D. and/or Ryerson student number and the program to which they've applied, as well as the following:

  • Officially certified secondary school and post secondary school transcripts
  • The Ryerson Supplementary Form
  • Non-Academic requirements for Grades-Plus programs
  • English proficiency test score (if applicable). It is very important that applicants notify Ryerson of their upcoming test date via our online process. Applicants who are fluent in English who receive a request for an English proficiency test should submit an English Language Proficiency Test Exemption Request Form, foundon the English Language Requirements page.

Applicants are encouraged to log in to their applicant portals on a regular basis to monitor their admission status, read time-sensitive communications from the admission office and view documents that have been received in support of their application.

Under what circumstances would Ryerson require a student to write a test of proficiency in the English language?

Ryerson's English language proficiency policy requires applicants from a country where English is not the first language or where English is an official language but not the first language to present proof of English proficiency at a satisfactory level. This includes applicants who have resided in Canada for less than four calendar years.

Are Canadian citizens/ permanent residents attending secondary schools outside of Canada considered for admission as international students?

Ryerson University assesses applicants for admission on the basis of the curriculum that they are completing, not their citizenship. Canadian citizens and permanent residents, however, are assessed using domestic tuition fees. Information on domestic tuition fees is available on the Tuition and Fees website. 

Does Ryerson award transfer credits for Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (Higher Level) and General Certificate of Education (Advanced Level) subjects/ courses?

Ryerson awards PDF fileequivalent transfer credit on an individual basis for select programs for AP courses with an exam grade of 4 or higher; Advanced Levels with grades of 'C' or better; Higher Level IB courses with final grades of 5 or better; and CAPE subjects with grades of III or higher. Engineering students are not eligible for these transfer credits for core and professional engineering courses.

When will students receive an offer of admission?

Ryerson releases admissions decisions on an ongoing basis once applications are complete. Applicants should visit the Choose>Ryerson portal regularly to track their application.

Financial Matters

Are there any entrance scholarships for international students?

Ryerson offers twelve (12) President's Entrance Scholarships, valued at $40,000 each ($10,000 annually). We also offer seven (7) International Secondary School Merit Scholarships, valued at $5000 each. For eligibility criteria and application instructions, visit the Awards and Scholarships page.

Can international students hold student loans?

International students may hold student loans that have been secured through their home country. Students are advised to contact the appropriate student loan processing agency in their country for further information. Ryerson participates in the US government Title IV program (the Federal Family Education Loan Program). The federal school code for Ryerson is G10720.

How much does one year of study at Ryerson cost?

Information on the current, annual total cost of attending Ryerson including international tuition, living expenses and incidentals (for most programs) is available on the Tuition and Fees website

Student Life

What services does Ryerson offer for international students?

The International Student Support office at Ryerson is a resource for international students throughout their university careers. ISS provides immigration support, student orientation, mentoring programs, and social activities.

What residence accommodation is available to international students?

Ryerson has three on-campus residences. International students admitted to Ryerson are considered for a place in residence based on their year at Ryerson (top priority given to first year students) and distance (top priority given to those coming from furthest away). International students are charged the same residence fees as domestic students. Housing & Residence Life also provides an off-campus housing registry.

What cultural clubs are available at Ryerson?

Ryerson's student groups and organizations, external link reflect the cultural diversity that sets the university apart. Ryerson's cultural groups - from the Afghan Students' Association to the Yugoslavian Students' Association - are active throughout the academic year.