Prince Edward Island

Candidates applying as residents of, will have their information forwarded to the designated representative at the University of Prince Edward Island Medical School for confirmation of your residence status. 

Prince Edward Island Residency Definition

The government of Prince Edward Island provides funding for the UPEI Campus seats.  This policy defines residents of Prince Edward Island.

For the purpose of applying to UPEI Campus Medical School, you are considered a resident of Prince Edward Island if you meet the following:

You are a Canadian citizen or a Canadian Permanent Resident (valid and non-expired) at the time of application, AND you meet the criteria in 1 of the 3 categories below:

  1. You are an independent student* (see definition below) and have resided continuously in the same province (Prince Edward Island) for one period of twenty-four consecutive months immediately prior to the final application submission deadline, excluding time spent as a full-time student at a post-secondary institution.
  2. You are a dependent student* (see definition below), and your parents or guardian resided in the same province (Prince Edward Island) for one period of twenty-four consecutive months immediately prior to the final application submission deadline.
  3. Within twelve (12) years of the date of application, the applicant has completed four (4) years of junior high/high school between grade 7 and grade 12 in Prince Edward Island. This includes those students who are deemed to have met Prince Edward Island junior high/high school requirements through other equivalent means (e.g., homeschooling) in the province. Proof of high school completion in Prince Edward Island may be required via a school transcript and an official government-issued ID.


For the purposes of this policy, the term:

Independent or Dependent Student status is determined by an individual's status immediately prior to the application submission deadline. For example, if you are applying for entry into the MD program, in which the application deadline closes in August 2024 and you graduated high school in 2020 or earlier, you are an INDEPENDENT student.

Please note the terms defined below:

  • "Independent student" means you meet, at minimum, one of the following conditions:
    • have been out of high school for four years;
    • have been in the workforce for two periods of 12 consecutive months and were not a full-time student during this period;
    • are or were married or common-law;
    • have a dependent living with you;
    • have no legal guardian or parents are deceased;
    • are a permanent ward of a child and family services agency;
  • "Dependent student" means you are considered to be financially dependent on parent(s) or guardian(s) AND do not meet the criteria of an independent student
  • "Full-time student" means you are enrolled in a post-secondary education program for at least 60% of the regular course load, or 40% if you have a reduced workload due to medical accommodation, including internships and practicums.

Applicants must provide complete information on their residency status and residency history in their application.

-Revised February 2024