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August 21, 2017
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Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies

All Graduates - Ontario Visiting Graduate Student Application (OVGS)

published: 26-Oct-2004    RTF (904kb)    Ontario_Visiting_Graduate_Student_(OVGS)_Application_Form.rtf

The Ontario Visiting Graduate Student (OVGS) Plan allows a registered graduate student of an Ontario university (home university) to take graduate courses at another Ontario university (host university) while remaining registered at the home university. The studentís home university is required to pay a $1,100 fee to the host university, where required. The students pay tuition fees to their home university and are classified as "visiting graduate students'' at the host university where they pay no tuition fees. Visiting students are still eligible for awards at their home university.

The student completes a visiting graduate student form which must be obtained from the graduate office of the home university. On this form the student must indicate the course(s) to be taken and the term when the course is offered at the host university. Admission is not complete until the form has been approved by the department chairperson and graduate dean of both the home university and the host university.

An application to take a course under the OVGS Plan will be considered if the following conditions are met:

  1. The course(s) selected must be at the graduate level and must be required for the student's degree program, and not be available at the home university.
  2. The course may not be "extra" or "audit" course.
  3. The student is registered as a full-time student in a degree program.
  4. Normally consideration is given for no more than one half-credit course to be taken under the OVGS Plan, if all other conditions are met.

If students withdraw from the course at the host university they must notify the home university by the deadline date for dropping courses stated in the host calendar. Appropriate paperwork (available on the FGPS website) is required. If the student does not do so, the course will be counted as a failure.

JOINT PROGRAM STUDENTS: Laurier graduate students who are registered in a joint program offered with the University of Waterloo and/or the University of Guelph (PhD in global governance; MA/PhD in history; PhD in religious studies) may complete an online application by clicking here.


updated September 23/15