All students must be formally admitted to OCAD University before they may register for credit courses. An applicant to degree studies may not concurrently apply for admission as a Special Student.

There are three categories of Special Students:

(a) Students from another university who have been granted a formal Letter of Permission from their home university to take a credit course at OCAD University (Letter of Permission required).


(b) Individuals who hold undergraduate degrees from accredited university/university-level institutions (official transcripts required).


(c) Individuals who wish to fulfill academic or professional development requirements (appropriate documentation required).

Special Students have limited access to credit courses and must have prior learning or experience equivalent to any pre-requisite course requirements.

Special Students may register for a lifetime total of 2.5 credits with no more than 1.0 credit in a given semester.

Additional Requirements:

International students must have a valid Study Permit (student visa) and valid University Health Insurance Plan (UHIP) before registering at OCAD U. From countries with a language other than English as the official language of instruction, applicants are required to present a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), or equivalent test (TOEFL and equivalent test scores).


All applicants seeking Special Student status must complete the Special Student Admission Application and submit it with the $60 non-refundable application fee to the Office of the Registrar at 115 McCaul Street. Application for admission must be made at least four weeks prior to the first week of classes. Payment of the application fee does not guarantee admission to the university, nor does it guarantee registration in a course.

Eligible applicants must submit all required admission documentation to the Office of the Registrar before their admission can be approved. Documents must be original (no photocopies or faxes) and may include, where applicable, post-secondary academic transcripts, proof of professional status, proof of English language proficiency and proof of citizenship or immigration status.

Students who have applied for and been denied admission to a credit program may not register for any further courses at OCAD University. This denial of admission status can be reversed by a successful reapplication for admission to a degree program at the University.

Last Modified:3/26/2012 2:28:05 PM

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