Visiting Research Students

IMPORTANT: To ensure the health and safety of our campus community and to prevent the risk and spread of COVID-19, Western International will not be processing the VRO student applications until further notice.

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Every year, Western University welcomes visiting students from around the world to conduct research or take courses.

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) generally considers research placements as internships, and thus “work”, whether the research placement is paid or unpaid. For that reason, Visiting Research Students need authorization to work in Canada. This can be facilitated by way of a work permit or visitor status.


For further information about becoming a Visiting Research Only (VRO) student, please visit Western International's Visiting Research Only (VRO) Student website.

If you are interested in visiting Western University for the purpose of taking courses as a visiting student, learn more through the Office of the Registrar

 Exception for Medical and Health Care Students

  • If you are a health care student arranging a clinical placement or practicum at Western University, please immediately contact the International and Exchange Student Centre  for assistance. Health care students interested in a short-term clinical placement or practicum may be eligible to enter Canada as Visitors without a Work Permit.
  • Clinical and Research Fellows (who hold an MD, Doctor of Dental Medicine or equivalent), and medical residents are invited and managed through the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry, Postgraduate Medical Education Program office.  Please contact 519-661-2019 or for assistance.
  • Information about Clinical Clerks and Visiting Student Electives (Undergraduate Medical Students) is available through the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry, Undergraduate Medical Education Program office. Please contact 519-661-2076 or for assistance
    • If you are a health care student interested in research (not a clinical placement), please contact the academic department/faculty member responsible for inviting you to come to Western