Everything you need to know to apply to NAIT programs as an international student.
The following checklist will prepare you to apply to NAIT as an international student. Please note that entrance and admissions requirements may vary by program.
Check the study permit requirements and processing times. NAIT is part of the Study Direct Stream Program - check to see if you qualify.
Choose a program at NAIT. Make sure to check program availability and start dates. (Fall term: September, Winter: January, Spring term: May).
Check the English language requirements for your program.
Review the tuition and fee costs for your program and the estimated costs for one year of study.
See if NAIT is traveling to your country for an event. We may be able to meet with you in person to answer questions and help you with your application.
Check program availability
There are many different ways to experience a NAIT education, from full-time diploma programs and apprenticeships to part-time degrees. Let us help you choose what's right for you.
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You're ready to move on to the next step of your admissions journey at NAIT - applying. Follow the steps below, and make sure you give yourself plenty of time to complete your application. Best of luck!
If you are a legal resident, living in one of these countries: Antigua and Barbuda, Brazil, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, India, Morocco, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Senegal, Trinidad and Tobago, or Vietnam, you have the option to apply for your study permit through Student Direct Stream (SDS) program. Please read about the requirements and instructions from the Government of Canada website if you are planning to apply through this program.
You will need to create a MyNAIT portal to receive application updates and notifications. It's important to check it daily throughout the application process.
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Once you have created your account, NAIT will send you an email that contains your NAIT Student ID Number. This number is yours for the entire time you are at NAIT. You will need it for future applications, ordering transcripts, etc. Keep this number safe.
Write your NAIT student ID number and your full name on your envelope.
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Please note: documents submitted via mail become the property of NAIT and will not be returned to applicants once received.
NAIT’s degree, diploma, certificate and Academic upgrading programs through Apply Alberta (APAS). You will use APAS to submit your application online, upload supporting documents (such as transcripts) and pay application fees.
You will need:
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To receive full admission, you must submit paper documents to NAIT in-person, by courier, or by mail. Transcript deadlines are on your MyNAIT Portal. NAIT will revoke your offer of admission if paper documents are not received by the deadline. Please see Submitting Documents for more details.
If you studied outside of Canada, you are required to have a document assessment. This will determine the equivalency of your courses in the Alberta education system for admission to NAIT.
View required documents for your country, Accepted Official Documents.
NAIT will request your transcripts from any school in Alberta. If you attended an Alberta school (high school or post-secondary), you won’t need to send paper copies of your documents to our campus. You will need to fill in the school information on your online NAIT application.
In Canada, certified translators must be recognized by one of the following organizations:
Please note: Effective March 1, 2019, NAIT will no longer accept documents translated by EISA
Outside of Canada, applicants are advised to review the certified translator requirements in the country. All documents must be stamped by a certified translator.
These assessments are valid for use at NAIT as well as other post-secondary institutions. Processing times may vary and are not the responsibility of NAIT. Prices may vary.
NAIT will accept:
It’s important to be realistic about your savings and current financial situation, both now and during your studies. Take some time review the estimated cost for one year at NAIT.
Check the financial requirements for receiving a Canadian Study Permit.
Review the tuition and fee costs for your program.
Review and apply for scholarships, awards, grants and bursaries.
Look up how your country's currency converts to the Canadian Dollar (CAD)
You can track your application status through your MyNAIT Portal. Admission processing times depend on the time of year and on how many people apply. At some points in the year, admissions can take up to two months to process. Ensure your application is complete to avoid delays.
Information not received
Accepted into first choice
Lack academic requirements
Failure to pay – deposit
Failure to pay – assessment fee
Applied in error – applicant has applied to the same program in the same term
Before you accept our offer of admission, open your MyNAIT Portal to see if you have a study permit deadline/condition. If you do, review the study permit processing times in your country. If the processing time is longer than the deadline on your portal, do not accept your offer. Instead, consider applying to the next term.
If the study permit processing time is shorter or you do not have a condition on your MyNAIT Portal, then pay the required tuition deposit by the deadline displayed on your MyNAIT Portal under “Make a Payment”. After paying your tuition deposit, you will receive a second letter on your MyNAIT Portal to confirm you have accepted NAIT’s offer of admission. You can use this second letter to apply for a study permit.
As a temporary response to COVID-19, deferral of admission for international students may be an option. Certain criteria must be met to be eligible for this. To understand your options and discuss your eligibility, submit an online contact form and select the topic: “How to Apply to NAIT, Entrance Requirements, and Application Questions”, and subcategory: “Can I defer my admission to a future intake?”.
Most international students will need a study permit to study at NAIT. Students will need a NAIT letter of acceptance to complete their study permit application. You will receive this letter by email and in your MyNAIT portal after you pay your tuition deposit. If your study permit is denied, you can apply to receive a refund.
Students will need a NAIT letter of acceptance to complete their study permit application. You will receive this letter by email and in your MyNAIT portal after you pay your tuition deposit. NAIT's designated learning institution number is O18713200642.
Watch these video guides for step-by-step instruction to apply for a study permit
Learn more about visa requirements for NAIT programs
*This is a guide and intended for reference only as some student entrance and admissions requirements may vary. If you have questions or concerns at any time during your application to NAIT, we recommend contacting a member of our student services and advising centre.
Due to application and study permit/visa processing times, applicants planning to attend NAIT are strongly encouraged to submit a complete application before the following dates:
Proof must be submitted in order to receive an offer of admission (full acceptance) after the following dates for each term:
Applicants for Degree, Diploma and Certificate programs must submit proof that they have a valid, Canadian study permit to receive a full-acceptance offer of admission.
Applicants who do not submit proof of a study permit can only receive a conditional offer of admission. You will need to upload proof of a study permit by the date on your student portal to receive full admission and to hold a seat. Please review your Study Permit processing times.
Please submit proof of your study permit by uploading a scanned copy of one of the following to your MyNAIT Portal:
Academic Upgrading and English as a Second Language (ESL) applicants will not be asked to show proof of a valid study permit to receive admission; however, the Government of Canada recommends that those who intend to study more than one semester (4-months) should apply for a study permit before they begin their classes.
Applicants who studied at a high school in Canada, and have a valid secondary study permit, do not need to apply for a new study permit to attend NAIT. However, if the study permit expires during the program term, you must apply for a post-secondary study permit.
You can also use a Conditional Offer of Admission Letter to apply for a study permit or extend your study permit. Students are advised to apply for a study permit as soon as a full/conditional offer of admission letter is issued to maximize chances of receiving a study permit in time for a program start date.
Oct. 1, 2021
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Congratulations! You're on your way to a rewarding student experience at NAIT and an exciting career beyond. Once you've received and accepted your official offer letter, you're ready to enrol in classes and get ready for your first day on campus.
Check your MyNAIT Portal for your offer of admission e-letter.
Pay your tuition deposit.
After paying your tuition deposit, you will receive an e-letter on your MyNAIT Portal to confirm you have accepted NAIT’s offer of admission.
Enrol in courses as soon as possible. Refer to the Manage Classes section in the MyNAIT Self Service Guide.
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Your one AT NAIT card serves as your official NAIT identification card, and it also allows you to add funds to use at eat AT NAIT and shop AT NAIT locations and wherever one AT NAIT cards are accepted.
Upload your photo
Pick up your card on campus at the main Student Services office
Add funds (optional)
Manage your account
There are two ways to find your list of supplies. You can also find paper copies of most program lists at shop AT NAIT.
Search on your MyNAIT Portal textbooks page
Print out your list or bring it with you to the bookstore on your device
Login to find your list
Look up your program on the shop AT NAIT website
Order books to be delivered or pick up in store
Ensure your sponsor has completed the required documentation with shop AT NAIT. Sponsors can contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 780.491.7717 for more details on how to create a Sponsored Student account.
Sponsored Student Accounts may take up to two business days to activate, from the time completed documentation has been received.
Find your classes and/or labs on the NAIT campus map
Identify whether you are on Main campus, Patricia campus or Souch campus
Locate convenient parking lots and select a second and third choice in case you are not able to get your preferred spots
Buy a parking permit from the bookstore, shop AT NAIT or online
Pick up your parking tag at the main parking office
See all student parking options
Lockers are available for rent on a first-come, first-served basis at all 3 campuses. Lockers on Souch and Patricia Campuses are not rented online.
Go to the online locker rental system.
Select a locker from the campus locations and maps. If you know the locker number, enter it to rent.
Read and agree to the Rental Terms and Conditions.
Pay for your locker within 24 hours of placing your reservation. Once you have paid you have 30 days to change your locker.
Online locker rental
Student housing or accommodations (roommate, rental, etc.)
Pick up your ETS transit pass (U-pass) or campus parking pass.
Opt in/out of student health care plan.
Visit campus or take a self-guided tour to get familiar with your classroom and/or lab locations.
Get involved with NAITSA (NAIT student's union) clubs, volunteering, events and peer support services.
Learn about student services including tutoring, mental health counselling, learning support and disabilities services.
Learn more about student life at NAIT
Log in to your student portal account to check your application status
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