Parents of International Students

The decision to study abroad can be a difficult one, and as the parent of an international student, we recognize that you may have additional questions, issues or concerns regarding your son or daughter’s stay at McMaster. We want you to feel comfortable knowing that your son or daughter has access to many sources of support while away. As a result, we have compiled information and links to those resources that may be of particular interest to you.

The Younger International Student and Guardianship: There is a policy concerning the guardianship of international students that has been implemented by Citizenship and Immigration Canada which requires that all international students under the age of 18 have a notarized declaration signed by a parent and by their Canadian guardian before they are issued a study permit. McMaster University cannot take responsibility of guardianship. Therefore it is up to the student’s family to satisfy this requirement.

Before arriving in Canada

Visit the International Student Services website for further information.

Visit Immigration Canada and then select the language of preference.

Explore Services Overview for services for students provided through Student Affairs as well as other areas at McMaster University.