Before You Apply
1. Confirm the study permit processing times with Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).
You will need to be accepted into a NAIT Designated Learning Program in order to be able to apply for a study/work/co-op permit in Canada.
NAIT's Designated Learning Institution (DLI) number is: O18713200642
Watch Video: Guide to Canada's Work & Study Permit Application
- Applicants from China and India: NAIT is a member of the Student Partners Program (SPP) in partnership with the Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) and Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). The SPP program provides an expedited study permit process that can boost study permit approval rates and reduce granting time. Applicants from India and China are encouraged to apply through the SPP program.
- Applicants from Vietnam: NAIT is a member of the Canada Express Study Program (CES) in partnership with the Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) and Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). The CES program aims to facilitate study permit processing for Vietnamese students wishing to study at participating colleges in Canada. Applicants from Vietnam are encouraged to apply through the CES program.
Applicants from the Philippines: NAIT is a member of the Study Direct Stream Program in partnership with the Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) and Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). The program aims to facilitate study permit processing for Philippine applicants wishing to study at participating colleges in Canada. Applicants from the Philippines are encouraged to apply through the SDS program.
2. Choose a program(s) of interest from the list on the NAIT website.
Ensure that you read and understand the following information about each program of interest.
- Entrance requirements
- Application deadline
- Cost (tuition, NAIT fees and books)
- Structure (i.e., does the program have a co-op work placement)
- Program start date
Important Information about the Post-Graduation Work Permit Program:
International students admitted to programs listed below are also eligible to apply for the Post-Graduation Work Permit program (PGWP). Some of the programs below offer additional training through Alberta Industry Training. International student graduates in the PGWP program will not meet the eligibility requirements for any related Alberta Apprenticeship programs.
- CNC Machinist
- Culinary Arts
- Heating Ventilation Air Conditioning Refrigeration Technician (HVACR)
- Industrial Heavy Equipment Technician (IHET)
- Millwork and Carpentry
For more information, please visit the Apprenticeship Program Requirements page.
3. Ensure that you meet NAIT’s English Language Proficiency requirements or learn if your country is exempt.
Note: If you require more English language training, here are some program options. Contact askNAIT@nait.ca for more information.
4. Understand NAIT's Refund Policy
5. Prepare your documents.
After you apply, you will be required to submit one of the following sets of documents (in paper format) to the Office of the Registrar, and they must be translated into English. See more about After You Apply.
- Original documents or certified true copies of original documents by a notary public
Example: transcripts, certifications from high school/senior secondary and post-secondary/university, if available
- Visit the Alberta Government website English translation services | IQAS assessment for employment, education or licensure if you require Alberta translation services. Please note, although we specify original documents or certified true copies of original documents notarized by a Notary Public, we will accept word for word translations by a Commissioner For Oaths from the translation services representatives listed on the Alberta Government website ONLY. Please note every page of the document must be stamped.
An official International Qualifications Assessment Service (IQAS) course-by-course Educational Assessment
An official World Education Services Canada (WES) course-by-course Credential Assessment
PLEASE NOTE: All documents submitted to NAIT become property of the institution and are not returned to the applicant. To review NAIT’s document retention policy, please visit the Academic Regulations and Procedures.