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Frequently asked questions for International Students

1. How do I demonstrate proficiency in English?

English is the primary language of communication and instruction in the program. Applicants from a country whose official language is not English and who have not completed a degree at a university  where the primary language of instruction is English must demonstrate proficiency in English to be considered for admission. Other restrictions via Home Universities may apply.

This can be demonstrated in one of the following ways:

  • A minimum score of 7.0 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), with no individual sub-category score less than 6.5
  • A minimum score of 100 on the Internet Based Test (iBT) version of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), including a minimum score of 27 in the Written component and a minimum score of 27 in the Reading component.
  • A minimum score of 60 (Brock & Lakehead Universities) and 70 (University of Windsor) on the Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL) examination.

The Joint PhD program only accepts IELTS, TOEFL, or CAEL. Please note that Duolingo is not accepted. 

2. What are the funding opportunities for international students?

Each University (Brock, Lakehead, and Windsor) provide their own funding packages for PhD students. The funding package includes grants and a graduate assistantship position that typically covers the tuition costs for domestic students. Additional funding is offered to at least one international student at each Home University. 

Below are the links about Tuition and Funding for each Home University

Brock University

Lakehead University

University of Windsor 

3. How do I secure a supervisor for my application?

Brock University, Lakehead University and the University of Windsor require applicants to secure a supervisor prior to/during their application. 

Steps to approach a potential supervisor:

  • Review the Designated Faculty List to identify faculty with research interests that align with your research focus. 
  • Potential Supervisors must be at the applicants first choice of Home University.
  • Email potential supervisors to let them know the following:

                               1. A brief description of who you are and your background.

                               2. A brief description of your proposed dissertation research, including a proposed research question. 
                                 Tip: Review recent publications of the potential supervisor – provide comments/insight how this research relates to your proposed research question.

                               3. A request to meet in-person, by phone or by videoconferencing to discuss possible supervision.

4. Where can I learn more about support for international students?

Brock University: International Services

Lakehead University: International Student Centre

University of Windsor: International Student Centre

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