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Canada Faculty-led Program Application and FAQ

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Are you interested in applying for the Canada Faculty-led Program? Here are some tips for submitting a strong application. 

Application Flow

  • After beginning your application, you are permitted to save and return to it repeatedly. Just make sure you complete all items before the deadline!


  • Applications require 1 recommendation.
  • Plan ahead! Reach out to your reference person well ahead of the deadline - at least a few weeks. Don't assume your reference (likely a professor with a busy schedule) will have time to complete a strong recommendation for you a day or two before the deadline.
  • For the faculty-led program recommendation, it's important to choose someone who knows you pretty well. An OSU professor or advisor is ideal. 
  • You may also choose a recommender that is not at OSU. You can select a professor from a previous insitution, employer, or advisor to be your recommender. 
  • Approach your reference person (in person, with a phone call, or over email) and kindly explain what you are applying for (and why), and ask whether they might be willing to support your application by completing a recommendation questionnaire. Including your resume or a brief refresher about yourself is helpful too, especially if it's been a while since you had class together. Also be sure that your request is free from any spelling or grammar errors and be professional with whom you are addressing.
  • In the application, you'll need to enter the email address of your recommender, and the system will auto-send them a link to complete a questionnaire about you in the application portal. There will be a place for you to list any classes you had with them or other notes you want them to see.
  • Note that the program will send your recommender a private link for them to fill out a review form. They do not need to write a letter, but can attached one if they choose. (On the other hand, most scholarships require a letter of recommendation, so if you are ALSO asking for a scholarship recommendation, they may need to complete a letter for the scholarship AND the questionnaire for the program application.)

Essay Questions

  • Applications require 2 short essays.
  • Make sure your essays speak to how the program relates to your academic and career goals - this is your #1 place to shine!
  • Proofread essays carefully. If possible, have a trusted person review them as well. And don't forget about the OSU Writing Center - a fantastic resource that provides support during any stage of the writing process. 
  • Essays should only be one to two substantial paragraphs. Enough to give the reader a good sense of your strengths and interest in the topics of the course, but not so long that you lose them. Keep in mind that they'll likely be reading 20+ applications.


  • The application will ask you to upload your most recent unofficial transcript, which you can access by logging into MyOregonState.
  • If you are nervous about a low GPA - apply anyway! Academic performance is only one of many areas where your application will be assessed. Strong essays and a strong recommendation can overcome a weak GPA.

Interview with Program Leader/Coordinator

  • The application will ask you to sign an acknowledgement that you understand an interview may be required - it does not mean your interview has been completed. You need to sign the acknowledgement in order to complete your application. However, the interview will not take place until AFTER all applications have been received and reviewed by the program leaders. You will be contacted AFTER the application deadline about scheduling an interview with the program leaders.


Ready to apply? Start your application for the Canada program here!



Yes, you can apply to any number of faculty led programs at OSU! You will need to fill out each application individually and prior to the deadline of that specific application. Check out our opportunies abroad section for more details about other programs!

Once you have been accepted to your program AND added to the corresponding Canvas page, we will give you information on when and how to book your flights. Please do not buy flights before we give you this information. 

Yes, you will need a valid passport in order to partake in any international program! Your passport must be valid for six months beyond the date the traveler will exit the United States. If you do not have a passport, now is a great time to get one! If you are a CoF student and will be getting your first passport to partake in a faculty-led program, the College of Forestry can offer funding to help you! If you're a US resident with a pasport from different country, come talk to us! Programs are open to international students. 

Any OSU student can apply to a faculty-led program! E-campus students, non-CoF students, undergraduate and graduate students and more are all welcome to apply. International students are also welcome to apply. Please reach out to us directly if you need more information. 

Be sure to check out our funding opportunties page for more information on where to look for financial aid! You should also look directly at your College to see if they offer any study abroad specific scholarships.