University of Windsor (UWindsor) is rightly famous for its picturesque and unique location. It is situated in the southernmost city (Windsor) of Canada, which is next to North America’s busiest international border crossing. The university also looks over the Detroit River, and the city’s pleasant weather adds to the scenic view. UWindsor is a “comprehensive, student-focused university” with more than 16,000 students under its undergraduate and graduate programs. Presently, it has more than 500 faculty with a student-to-faculty ratio of 26:1. The moderate to small class sizes encourage a supportive learning experience. In 1963, it gained the status of southwestern Ontario’s first autonomous degree-granting institution, and now it has a campus spanning over 51 hectares. The university is also affiliated with several other colleges that offer an education guided by religious faith and practice, such as the Assumption University, Canterbury College, and Iona College.
What all courses are available to international students?
The University of Windsor offers 190 courses at the undergraduate level, 65 courses at the graduate level and six professional courses. Each program is a combination of academic and practical experience that gives students a competitive advantage in the real-world. It has nine faculties or schools, and each target one major field of study, such as:
- Human Kinetics
- Social Work
- Art, Humanities, and Social Sciences
With a range of 200 majors and 50 minors, students can study more than one major as the university provides the option of ‘build your own degree’. It offers endless degree combinations such that a student can tailor a degree as per interests. Students may also combine multiple areas of study with a joint degree or double major. This option is open to both undergraduate and graduate aspirants. To know more about this, contact the university’s academic advisor.
To know more about courses offered by UWindsor, visit the e-catalog site here.
Eligibility & Documents Required
What are the eligibility requirements?
For undergraduate aspirants, University of Windsor requires Grade 10, 11, and 12 scores. Grade 12 score requirement will vary as per the school/course, but usually, the class average is GPA 3.0 or above. The university also encourages the students to submit SAT and ACT scores. The option of transferring credits for Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, and other internationally recognized exams is open. Additionally, any one of the English language proficiency test scores is required:
For graduate and PhD programs, UWindsor requires a three or four-year bachelor’s or a master’s degree (US equivalent) with at least 70-77 percent. Any one of the English proficiency tests is required:
- TOEFL: No minimum requirement
- IELTS: Overall score 6.5–7
- PTE: Minimum 65–68
- Duolingo (DET): Minimum 120
Apart from this, the standardized tests required are:
- GRE: As per course requirement
- LSAT: No minimum requirement, check class average of the previous year
For MBA programs, the university expects applicants to have work experience, and minimum exam score requirements are:
- TOEFL iBT (100) or IELTS (7.0) or PTE (68)
- GMAT: 550–600
UWindsor’s English Language Improvement Program (ELIP)
If a student does not meet the English proficiency requirement at the time of application, the university may provide a conditional admission offer. The student would then need to participate in the university’s English Language Improvement Program (ELIP). Check the official website for more information on this update.
Note: For the 2021-2022 academic year admissions, some schools may be GRE/GMAT test-optional. Check the respective school website for detailed information.
What all documents are needed for application?
All documents submitted during the application process need to be original drafts and in English or translated in English. Students should also get their documents evaluated by trusted credential evaluators.
For UG aspirants, the following documents are required:
- Academic transcripts
- TOEFL/IELTS/DET score reports
- AP score report
- SAT or ACT score reports
- Letters of Recommendation (LORs)
- Supplement essays
- Additional supplements such as audio recordings, videos, or portfolios
- Financial documents
- Fee waiver form, if any
For PG students:
- Academic transcripts
- IELTS/TOEFL/PTE/DET score reports
- GRE/GMAT/LSAT score reports
- Essays or SOP, as per course requirement
- Letter of Motivation/Letter of Intent
- Two to three LORs, as per course requirement
- Additional or optional supplements, as per course requirement
- Financial documents
- Fee waiver form, if any
Application & Tuition Fees
Is there any application fees?
For undergraduate programs, students applying through the OUAC portal need to pay a non-refundable amount of CAD 156 for initial three program choices. With each additional selection, a charge of CAD 50 is issued along with an International Service Fee of CAD 10. The Supplemental Document Evaluation Fee for UWindsor is CAD 50. Students applying directly to UWindsor through the UWindsor International Application website (powered by OUAC) need to pay a non-refundable amount of CAD 75. On the other hand, the application fee for graduate programs is CAD 125, which is non-refundable.
What is the fee structure of courses offered by the university?
The tuition fee varies from course to course. The table below is an estimation of the tuition fee for international students:
Note: Some courses and labs have tuition rates that may increase or decrease total tuition. Tuition and other fees are subject to revision in each intake/semester. Check the university website for the updated fee structure.
Scholarships & Financial Aid
Is there any scholarship or financial aid available for international students?
Undergraduate international students are considered for the University of Windsor Open Entrance Scholarship program by default if they fulfil the following criteria:
- Students must apply directly to UWindsor after their secondary school studies. They should have completed at least one year full-time in secondary school the year before they plan to apply to Windsor.
- In the year immediately preceding, they will not be considered to have returned to secondary school studies to upgrade after a year or more break in studies.
Students may receive an admission offer beforehand, but the scholarship eligibility is based on final and interim Grade 12 (U and M level equivalent) scores received between May and July. Thus, once the university receives all the final grades, the scholarship eligibility will be reviewed, and grades will be judged to decide whether the application should be moved to the next scholarship tier.
Note: Only students who are applying for the Fall Intake under full-time courses are eligible for this scholarship. Winter Intake students are not considered for this scholarship unless they are planning to register as a full-time students in the Summer term immediately following Winter. Winter Intake students can contact the Student Awards & Financial Aid Office for more information on scholarship eligibility.
Apart from this, undergraduate aspirants can also apply for the UWindsor Skills Competition Scholarships. However, only specific courses are covered under this program. Students who wish to be considered for this scholarship need to complete their UWinAward Entrance Application Profile by early–May. To know what all courses are covered under this competition, check the Student Awards and Financial Aid website.
For graduate aspirants to be eligible for the Graduate Entrance Scholarship, they must submit the full application by the program’s deadline or the entrance scholarship deadline, whichever is earlier. A student needs to be enrolled in a full-time research-based program with an admission average of at least 80% (or equivalent) to be considered for this scholarship. The amount covered under this scheme:
- Thesis or major paper stream: CAD 7,500 for one year (non-renewable)
- Non-thesis or non-major paper stream: CAD 3,750 for one year (non-renewable)
- Doctoral: CAD 7,500 per year for up to four years
Note: Students in MAC, MActSc, MAEP, MEd (International cohort), MEng, MMB, MM, and MSW (working professionals) programs are not eligible for the Graduate Entrance Scholarship.
Graduate applicants also have the option to apply for graduate endowment awards and department scholarships. A list of donor-funded awards can be found on the Faculty of Graduate Studies website. UWindsor also offers bursaries to international students who require urgent support during a temporary period of unexpected financial difficulty. The university encourages international students to visit the International Student Centre for such additional support and information. A list of scholarships and bursaries available to international students can be found on the Student Awards and Financial Aid website.
When do the admissions start?
UWindsor offers admission in the Spring, Fall, and Winter Intakes. The programs offered in each intake may differ. The university has recommended the following deadlines for international students to ensure enough time is given to the visa process:
Graduate programs are also offered in Spring, Fall, and Winter Intakes with each course having a separate deadline as per intake. Check the respective department website to know which course is offered during which intake. The full-time MBA program is offered only in the Fall Intake, and the recommended deadlines are as follows:
Note: UWindsor admits qualified students on a space-availability basis even after the deadlines are over.
How to apply to UG courses?
You can apply to UWindsor either directly through the UWindsor International Application website (powered by OUAC) or through the Ontario Universities’ Application Centre (OUAC) website. This option is open for all international students. If you are planning to apply to only UWindsor, then use the UWindsor International Application website. If you are targeting other Ontario universities, then apply through the OUAC website using the 105 application form.
Applying through UWindsor International Application
Choose this option if you are targeting the University of Windsor only. Once you submit this application, you will not be able to apply to other Ontario universities.
Create an OUAC account if you do not already have one. Log in with the details and start your application.
Read the instructions carefully and ensure that all the 10 sections are filled in correctly before submitting your application.
After submitting your application, you will receive an acknowledgement email with details of your UWin Account. Activate your UWin Account using the details provided and log in to UWinsite Student website to complete your ‘To-Do List’. This will include uploading the required documents as per instructions. You can also track the status of your application through this website
How to apply to PG courses?
You can apply for any graduate program through the University of Windsor Graduate Applications website. After submitting your application, you will receive an application acknowledgement email within two business days with details of your UWin Account. Use this information to activate your UWin Account and log in to the university’s Electronic Graduate Application System (eGAS). You will need to upload the required documents on this site and later, use it to track your application status.
Applying through the University of Windsor Graduate Applications website
Create an account on the University of Windsor Graduate Applications website.
Once you log in, you can start your application by clicking on the ‘Application Start’ button. The six icons are the key sections that you need to fill before submitting the application.
Ensure that all key sections are filled with correct information before submitting your application.
When will I hear from the university after I submit my application?
Profile evaluation with or without further analysis can take up to four weeks. Thus, all admission decisions are communicated in two or three months. Generally, the results are announced after the deadlines.
Student Diversity & Preferred Profile
What are the chances to get into this university?
UWindsor gives equal weightage to both academics and skills (practical experience). Thus, a student’s academic profile and standardized exam scores are equally important. The university also prefers students to have some practical experience before applying, except for a few cases where direct admission is preferred without any gaps. Apart from this, the application documents and supplementary essays also help the admissions committee in understanding a candidate’s profile and deduce whether the student would be a good fit course/university. Therefore, a student needs to maintain a strong academic record and score equally well in the standardized exams.
How many Indian/international students are studying at the university?
The University of Windsor boasts of an international student body of 23 percent from nearly 100 countries. Presently, it is home to over 3,500 international students, and this number keeps increasing year by year. Being a haven for all students, UWindsor invites applications from all over the world. Hence, it is also known for multi-cultural diversity, ensuring an enriching student experience and experiential learning.
Part Time Work While Studying
Can I work while studying here?
International students can work on-campus under the university’s Work-Study Program (rebranded as Ignite). Interested students are required to demonstrate the need for financial assistance by providing additional information and documentation (if applicable) to support their application. Applicants who have not received any other type of financial help from the university will be considered for this program first. The remaining applicants will be selected at random given that they meet the other requirements. There is a limit on the number of applications which are approved as per budget limitations. Thus, students must apply early for this process. The pay is fixed at CAD 14.00 per hour with an additional four percent vacation pay. To be eligible for this, an international student needs to:
- Demonstrate financial need
- Get registered in a degree or certificate program at the University of Windsor
- Maintain at least 80% of a full course load for credit in each term or 60% in the final term
- Be in good academic standing in the respective program
- Be able to document unexpected or extenuating financial circumstances
- Complete a Work-Study application by the September deadline
Undergraduate students must be available to work at least five hours per week. They are not authorized to work more than 24 hours per week. Similarly, graduate students should be available to work at least five hours per week under certain conditions. For detailed information on this, refer to the Faculty of Graduate Studies webpage. Also, note that graduate aspirants with a full Graduate Assistantship (GA) will not be eligible for this program. Students with partial GA may be considered for this, but final decisions will be based on the student’s financial need assessment.
Apart from this, UWindsor has a strong network of local, national, and international employers. Typically, these employers hire UWindsor graduates through co-op programs, internships, and other experiential learning programs.
Campuses & Accommodation
How many colleges and campuses does the university have?
The University of Windsor has two campuses – Main campus (Sunset Avenue) and the Downtown campus. The Downtown campus opened in September 2015, which houses the School of Social Work and the Centre for Executive and Professional Education along with the School of Creative Arts. The university has nine schools with all state-of-the-art facilities present within the campus.
Is on-campus housing available?
As a medium-sized campus located on the west side and downtown of Windsor, the university offers a chance to explore the city’s beauty. It has four residential buildings, and each has its unique characteristics.
- Alumni Hall (semi-suite or suite-style accommodation): Offers double and single rooms, shared kitchen, and washrooms on the floor or within the suite
- Cartier Hall (semi-suite or suite-style accommodation): Offers double and single rooms, shared kitchen, and washrooms on the floor or within the suite
- Laurier Hall (traditional single rooms): Shared common washrooms and lounge spaces on each floor
- Macdonald Hall (traditional double and single rooms): Shared common washrooms and lounge spaces on each floor
The student community in each residence ranges from 150 to 350 students. All halls are conveniently located within the campus allowing students to enjoy short walks to class, food outlets, recreational facilities, libraries, and other stores. The residence halls have major necessary facilities; however, amenities may vary as per building:
- 24-hour secured building access
- Kitchens or microwave rooms
- Laundry facilities
- Common lounges with cable TV
- Study rooms
- Bed, mattress, armoire or closet
- Desk, chair, study lamp, and fridge
- Wireless internet
- Telephone landline
Given below is the current room rent (per term) as per the university website:
Note: Rates are subjects to change as per university rules. Check the official website for updated rent or check the Residence Brochure.
The university also offers Health Plans and Services for all international students enrolled in an academic program. These students will be registered and assessed for two different health plans – Basic Green Shield Health Insurance Plan (GSHIP) and Supplemental Plan (Drug and Dental). For detailed information on this, check the International Student Centre website.
University Contact Information
Whom should I contact in case of any doubts?
Address: 401 Sunset Avenue, Windsor, Ontario N9B 3P4, Canada
Contact No: 519-253-3000