Western has visiting student partnerships with a number of different universities. Students may choose to become a visiting student for several reasons:
With the approval of their program and the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, students registered at Western may take courses at other Ontario universities under the Ontario Visiting Graduate Student program, without being charged additional tuition. Courses taken under this agreement must be required for the student's degree program and must be taken for credit. For students in course based programs no more than two half-credit courses can be taken at another institution.
Visiting Graduate Students (Research only) are allowed to conduct research at the university but do not fall under an approved exchange program. Students are registered as Part-Time Visiting Graduate Students on the condition that they cannot take courses at Western. They are not provided with a Western transcript. If they are international students they pay UHIP (University Health Insurance Plan) fees but no tuition.
Western is a member of CAGS (Canadian Association for Graduate Studies). With the approval of their program and the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, students registered in a program at a CAGS member university (the home institution) may take courses for credit at another CAGS-member university (the host institution). The only documentation required is a single-page request form that is completed by the Deans and Graduate Chairs of the host and home institutions. For students in course based programs no more than two half-credit courses can be taken at another institution.
Western students may take courses for Western credit at a university that is not covered by an exchange of transfer agreement. This requires the approval of the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies and an offer for admission to the non-partner university. In this case, the student also pays tuition to the non-partner university.