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 - http://oisa.mcmaster.ca/.
Immigration Canada –– http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/index.asp
Office of Student Affairs - http://studentaffairs.mcmaster.ca
Student Affairs looks after the overall health and welfare of students at McMaster and provides many services.
Student Affairs Services
Student Services Office
ISS is geared towards providing support for the
academic and personal development of international students and
internationally-minded Canadian students.
& Conference Services
Conference Services, Living On Campus, Off Campus
Housing and residence admissions.
Resource Centre (OCRC)
Rental listing, housing-related resources for students
and others visiting McMaster on a temporary basis including copies
of the Hamilton Bus Route Map, referrals to local legal clinics
Providing support to the whole student - mind, body, spirit - through a range of wellness services such as personal & psychological counselling, medical & health services, and wellness education resources.
Discover Your Strength
as a Second Language (ESL)
Classes & Support
Student Accessibility Services
Student Success Centre
Offers various supports for students with disabilities including classroom accommodations, test and exam accommodation, learning strategies, assistive technologies, note taking, as well as groups and events.
Providing convenient access to an array of student services in the areas of Career and Employment, Transition and Academic Success, and Community Service-Learning, Civic Engagement and Leadership.
International students are able to work on campus without a work
For students wishing to find employment off campus, please refer
to this website: http://oisa.mcmaster.ca/immigrationmatters/workingincanada.cfm.
McMaster Hospitality Services is dedicated to providing
healthy, nutritious and flavourful food including vegetarian choices,
international food menus, healthy options, as well as quick snacks
and made-to-order entrees. Meal plans are available to suit both
on-campus and off-campus students
Financial Aid & Scholarships
Recognizing excellence in learning. Helping students
address the financial obligations associated with University study.
McMaster University Bookstore