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
Changes to the Study Permit Facilitation Programs effective February 1, 2018
If you are applying from, or are citizen of India, China, Vietnam and the Philippines, you have the option to apply for your study permit through one of the Study Permit Facilitation Programs for faster processing. Changes to the previous Study Permit Facilitation Programs will take effect February 1, 2018: all four programs will be the “Student Direct Stream (SDS)” program. Study permit application received after February 1, 2018 (regardless of the date that the letter of acceptance was issued) will need to meet with the following criteria:
- Intent to study at a Designated Learning Institution
- Provide an IELTS overall score of 6.0 (with no band less than 6.0) or Canadian High School diploma from a recognized Canadian-curriculum high school outside of Canada
- Provide a Guaranteed Investment Certificate (GIC) of CAD$10,000 (optional for faster processing time for applicants from Vietnam)
- Provide proof of tuition payment for the first year of study
If you do not meet the eligibility criteria listed above for the Study Direct Stream program, you can apply for your study permit through the regular study permit application process. Please refer to the Government of Canada Study Permit page for more information.
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
As we may also require syllabi or course outlines to establish equivalency to prerequisite courses, most commonly English language arts, we recommend obtaining syllabi or outlines for relevant courses in advance so you can provide them quickly should they be requested of you. Acceptable syllabi or course outlines must include the institution name, the course name, the dates the course was taken, and the outcomes achieved in the course.
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.