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Admission Requirements for International Students

A limited number of positions in the DDS Program are available for international students who must satisfy the same requirements as the national applicants, as well as English language proficiency. Please visit Admission Requirements for further details about Scholastic Records, DAT results and Interview requirements.

English Language Proficiency

If one is new to the English language or has not had any postsecondary education taught in English, please make arrangements to write any of the following tests and have the official results sent directly to Western's Professional Admissions office.

For more information on Western University's English Language Proficiency Requirements, visit the following Welcome to Western website.

Applicants are encouraged to write the test(s) at the earliest possible date and, preferably before March for entry in September.

TOEFL/TWE (paper-based) or TOEFL (computer-based)

The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and the Test of Written English (TWE) are offered on several dates at a number of locations throughout the world. Information and registration material can be obtained by contacting:

TOEFL Services Educational Testing Service
P.O. Box 6151
Princeton, New Jersey 08541-6151
United States of America
t. 877.863.3546

MELAB: The Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB)

MELAB: The Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB) is an acceptable alternative to TOEFL. Information and registration material can be obtained by contacting:

English Testing Canada
455 Spadina Ave, Unit 401
Toronto, ON  M5S 2G8
t. 416.946.3942

IELTS: The International English Language Testing Service (IETS)

The International English Language Testing Service (IETS) is offered in British Council Offices outside Canada and the United States. It too is an acceptable test. Information and registration material can be obtained by contacting the nearest British Council Office or:

The IELTS Liaison Officer
British Council
10 Spring Garden
London, England SW1A 2BN
t. 071.389.4031

Financial Responsibility

International students must assume primary responsibility for financing their education. The Ministry of Immigration requires ALL international students to prove that they have adequate resources before they may be admitted to Canada. Scholarships and other forms of financial aid are very limited for International Students. Consult the educational authorities in your own country and the Canadian Consulate to determine if sponsorship through the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) is available. Commonwealth students may inquire about scholarships from the British Consulate. A bursary will normally be awarded only if there is evidence that circumstances have changed since your arrival in Canada. Information can be obtained through the Western International Office.

Immigration and Permission to Study in Canada

To obtain a visitor's visa to enter Canada, and a student authorization granting permission to study in Canada, all non-Canadians must submit the following documents to a Canadian Consulate or Embassy outside Canada:

Please be advised that a visitor's visa or student authorization will not be issued at the Canadian border or inside Canada. On arrival in Canada, both a visitor’s visa and a student authorization must be presented to the border officials to gain entry. For more detailed information on these policies, visit the Canadian Government website.

Western International

As part of the Western International Office the International & Exchange Student Centre offers year-round support services, programs and events for international students as well as their spouses and families. Programs and services include individual counselling, information and assistance with immigration, housing, academic skills training and English conversation programs. International students can take advantage of IESC's international orientation and reception services, a peer guide program as well as a wide range of transition and social programs. Support is also offered for families of international students. Please contact or drop by the International & Exchange Student Centre between 8:30 am and 4:30 pm for more information.

University Health Insurance Plan

The Ontario Government's residential health care program is not available to international students. Western has arranged an insurance plan called the University Health Insurance Plan (UHIP) for international students.

UHIP insurance is compulsory for all international students who wish to attend Western University. Western will send you information about UHIP and an application that you must complete when you are accepted. The cost of purchasing UHIP for you and your eligible dependents is your responsibility and is not included in tuition fees. For a single person, UHIP costs about $700 per year. Prices are subject to change.

In addition to UHIP, the University Student Council offers an undergraduate student health plan that covers up to 80% of medication costs, as well as other services not covered by UHIP.