The Academic Advisor can provide support to students who have questions or concerns when making decisions that affect their academic future and can assist with the following topics:
- Choosing a university or college program
- Understanding the application process for the University of Guelph and other institutions
- Writing a Letter of Interest or Research Statement
- Improving your networking skills
- Speaking with professors
- Writing a resume
- Setting goals and planning
Key Steps for Applying to Graduate School
Planning ahead can help you manage your time and reduce your workload. The information below outlines the proper steps to follow nine to twelve months before arriving in Canada.
- Research university graduate programs
- Go to university websites and obtain application deadlines (usually between December and March), apply online and pay fees
- Obtain standardized test dates (TOEFL, IELTS, GMAT, GRE)
- Read the University of Guelph Graduate Studies Department Information Sheet, Graduate Programs Requirements, and the Graduate Studies Handbook
Questions to Ask When Researching University Programs
- What undergraduate degree or coursework is necessary?
- What is the required Grade Point Average (GPA)? (Most universities require a minimum of 80%)
- Does the program offer a course-based or a thesis-based option?
- What courses are offered?
- What are the required English proficiency scores? Please note that students who complete the Advanced Level of the English Language Certificate Program meet the English proficiency requirements for the University of Guelph.
- Is a GMAT or GRE score required?
- Does the university require transcripts and reference letters to be sent directly from your university in a sealed envelope?
After You Arrive in Guelph
Be sure to request an appointment with the Academic Advisor.