Exchange Programs: Leaving Western
Visas and Passports
All of Western’s international exchanges require students to possess a valid passport. Many countries require students on exchange programs to have a student visa.
If you are a Canadian citizen and do not have a valid passport, you will need to apply for one through the Passport Office. Full details on the requirements are provided with each application form. To obtain a passport, you must complete both sides of the application form, provide two current photos, and have the application form and one photo signed by an eligible guarantor. You must also provide original evidence of Canadian citizenship, any previous Canadian passport, certificate of identity or refugee travel document issued to you in the last five (5) years, and the appropriate fee. You should apply early in order to ensure you have plenty of time to obtain a visa, if necessary.
Each country has different visa regulations, and therefore you will need to contact the Embassy or Consulate of the country you will be travelling to. Website links for Embassies and Consulates for Western’s most popular exchange destinations are below. You will be able to find further contact information and details on applying for visas on their websites. It is the student’s responsibility to research and apply for their student visa.Sometimes, host universities provide guidelines to apply for student visas or assist students through the application process. You can check their international student website for more information.
Australia - Australian High Commission
Belize - Belize Embassy in Canada
China - Chinese Embassy in Canada
Denmark - Royal Danish Embassy
Finland - Embassy of Finland, Ottawa
France - Embassy of France in Canada
Germany - German Embassy in Canada
Hong Kong - Chinese Embassy in Canada
Japan - Embassy of Japan in Canada
Netherlands - Royal Netherlands embassy in Ottawa, Canada
Singapore - General Consulate of Singapore in Toronto
United Kingdom - British High Commission.
United States - The Embassy of the USA in Canada
For a complete list of all Embassies and Consulates in Canada, visit Canada's Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade - Foreign Representatives in Canada website.
Last updated: March 11, 2011
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