Exchange at Osgoode for International Students

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Each year Osgoode Hall Law School welcomes exchange students from our partner institutions around the globe. With an internationally renowned faculty, diverse student body and robust curriculum, Osgoode offers exceptional legal skills and training that translates easily to the practice of law in a diverse and changing world.

Exchange students at Osgoode have access to a broad range of upper- year courses, student clubs and activities, housing, facilities, and support services available to Osgoode law students. We welcome you and hope you take full advantage of the myriad of academic, social, and cultural opportunities and experiences that Osgoode and the City of Toronto have to offer.

Applying

Nomination by your home institution

Contact your home institution and follow its internal application and nomination process (generally between January and March before the intended academic year of study. Osgoode will contact applicants directly and provide them with application information).

Eligibility

Law is a second-entry program in Canada and admission is more competitive than for a regular undergraduate program. Ninety-five percent of our incoming students have completed at least one undergraduate degree with an A or B+ graduating average. For exchange applicants, Osgoode requires:

  1. Minimum GPA of ‘B’ in the last two years of full-time (or equivalent) study. For students studying law as their first degree, preference is given to those in their second year or higher.
  2. Applicants whose first language is not English and who have not completed at least three years of full-time study at a postsecondary institution where English is the official language of instruction must submit their Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score. Applicants who score below 93 in total or below 22 in written and oral presentation will not be considered.

Finalize Your Travel and Study Plans

Once students receive confirmation of their acceptance from Osgoode Hall Law School, they should make arrangements for study permits/visas (where necessary). See Citizenship and Immigration Canada and your local Canadian Embassy or Consulate for detailed instructions.

Exchange students are typically offered housing in graduate residences near Osgoode on the York University campus. The housing application is sent to applicants with the Osgoode exchange application form.

Foreign students coming to Canadian Universities are generally required to purchase a mandatory University Health Insurance Plan (UHIP). Further information is available through York International or through UHIP directly.

Students will be notified about course enrolment as soon as the syllabus and sessional dates for the upcoming academic year are available. Enrolment instructions will be included in an email. Osgoode regulations require full-time students to be registered in 13-17 credits (4 or 5 courses) per term. Exchange students should also ensure they fulfill the minimum requirements of their home faculty.

Once You Arrive

An informal luncheon is arranged within the first couple of weeks of school so that exchange students can meet each other as well as the faculty and staff. Incoming exchange students are also encouraged to attend first-year Orientation events during the first week of the fall term in order to meet other incoming Osgoode students and learn about the Law School.

Osgoode provides two guides to assist incoming students:

  • The Student Handbook contains important policies and procedures governing Osgoode Hall Law Students and details the resources, clubs and organizations at the University.
  • The Welcome to Toronto Guide contains information on where to find food and services on campus, as well as a directory to some of the must-see sights and activities offered in Toronto.

Toronto is one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world, and students can take advantage of all the rich culinary and cultural experiences the city has to offer. York University is located in the northwest part of the Greater Toronto Area. The Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) provides inexpensive access to and from the university and all across the city.

Detailed information about exploring Toronto and Ontario can be found at: