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Everything you need to know to apply to NAIT programs as an international student.
The following checklist is a guide for your application to NAIT. It is intended for reference only as some student entrance and admissions requirements may vary.*
Check the study permit processing times with Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC)
Browse course and program options offered for international students.
Make sure that you meet NAIT’s English Language Proficiency requirements or learn if your country is exempt.
Review NAIT's Refund Policy
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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Due to application and visa processing times, applicants planning to attend NAIT on a study permit are strongly encouraged to submit a fully completed 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:
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, however, the Government of Canada recommends that those who intend to pursue studies beyond a single semester course or program, apply for a study permit before they begin their studies.
Applicants who study at a secondary-school (i.e., high school) in Canada must apply to modify their study permit. Applicants must make sure they obtain a new study permit that allows them to study at a post-secondary institution. If you do not have a study permit for the post-secondary level, you cannot begin your studies at NAIT.
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.
NAIT International has created two new scholarship opportunities specifically for International students
There are 4 scholarships available annually in the amount of $2500.
This scholarship is available to NAIT international students currently enrolled in year 2, 3 or 4 of a credit program, and who have demonstrated academic achievement. Applicants must hold a minimum GPA of 2.7. One scholarship will be awarded per School.
The scholarships are listed under the following names:
This scholarship is available to NAIT international students currently enrolled in year 2, 3 or 4 of a credit program, and who have demonstrated involvement in the campus community, such as involvement in campus clubs, as a volunteer or peer mentor, etc. Applicants must hold a minimum GPA of 2.0.
To apply for these opportunities and more please visit NAIT Scholarships and Bursaries. Please note: International students are also eligible to apply for any NAIT Scholarship or Bursary that does not explicitly say “Canadian Citizens or Permanent Residents only."
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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!
Decide on a program that aligns best with your career goals.
Learn about program delivery options (full time, part time, online) and decide which one is best for you. Check the program info to make sure - not all delivery options are available for every program.
Attend an information session, Open House or Program Preview.
Consider meeting with a Student Advisor to plan your application and learn how to get the most out of your time at NAIT.
Find out when a NAIT representative will be in a city near you.
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Save the date for the 2019 NAIT Open House on Friday, October 18th and Saturday, October 19th, at our Main Campus.
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Your admissions updates and notifications will be sent to your NAIT student portal account. It's important to check it frequently throughout the application process. We recommend using the same email address for both NAIT and Apply Alberta so all updates are easily accessible from the same inbox.
NAIT will send you an email that will contain 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.
To create your NAIT student portal account, you will need:
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Post secondary students in Alberta must apply to NAIT through the provincial post secondary application website, called Apply Alberta (APAS). You will use APAS to submit your application online, including supporting documents, transcripts and application fees.
You will need:
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Send your official documents to NAIT immediately.
If you have been offered a Conditional Acceptance to a NAIT program, you must submit your final transcripts by the deadline for each term. If final transcripts are not received or you do not meet entrance/competitive requirements, your offer of admission will be revoked.
Accepted Official Documents
Fall Term – submit transcripts by July 31
Winter Term – submit transcripts by December 15
Spring Term – submit transcripts by April 15
Submitting documents to NAIT
You must also submit ONE of the following documents to the Office of the Registrar:
Document assessments at NAIT cost $75CAD and are non-refundable. This assessment fee needs to be paid before the deadline indicated on your MyNAIT Portal. In most cases, the assessment should be completed within 30 days from the date that you make this payment. Failure to pay by the deadline will result in cancellation of your application.
NAIT requires a literal, word-for-word translation completed by a certified translator accompanied by official copies of your original language transcripts. NAIT does not provide translation services.
NAIT can accept only translations that were produced by a certified translator whose certification can be confirmed by a stamp or membership number of a professional translation association. Should the accuracy of the translation appear suspect, NAIT reserves the right to request a retranslation.
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 they are having the translation done in and ensure the translator they choose meets those requirements.
Applicants submitting international documents and/or transcripts are required to have an analysis and comparison of their documents to provincial (Alberta) standards.
Applicants are able to have their international documents and/or transcripts assessed by either of the following organizations prior to submitting your application. A fee is not charged by NAIT to review IQAS or WES assessments.
Applicants are also able to submit their official international documents or transcripts to NAIT after applying to have your international documents or transcripts assessed. NAIT international document assessments can only be used for admissions at NAIT.
If payment of the $75CAD International Document Assessment Fee is not paid by the due date indicated on your MyNAIT Portal, your application will be cancelled. You will be able to find the due date on your MyNAIT Portal under ‘My Account’ and then click ‘Fees and Payments’.
The assessment of any international documents and/or transcripts submitted can take up to 30 days to be completed.
It’s important to be realistic about your savings and current financial situation, both now and during the time you will have to complete your program. Do you anticipate you will need financial assistance or support?
If so, applying for scholarships, bursaries and loans is a great way to be proactive and help you achieve your goals faster. At NAIT, scholarship applications are separate from program admissions.
Estimate total tuition, fee and living costs for your first year. You can find tuition, fee and living expense estimate information on the NAIT admissions site.
Review and apply for scholarships, awards, grants and bursaries.
If applicable, learn more about student loans and funding application procedures.
Study permit denial. Please visit Refund Policies for information regarding tuition deposit refunds for study permit denials.
Explore housing options.
Understanding your application status. You should receive confirmation in approximately this many weeks on the student portal.
The Office of the Registrar will admit or conditionally admit applicants into programs until the program is full.
Once a program is full, qualified applicants are placed on a waitlist.
Login to accept your offer
NAIT maintains two different types of waitlists; one for competitive programs, and one for non-competitive programs.
Programs with a competitive entrance manage waitlists according to applicants overall average of the program’s required courses. Applicants that meet the competitive average are placed on a competitive waitlist; applicants that meet the minimum requirements are placed on a non-competitive waitlist.
Programs with a non-competitive entrance manage waitlists according to the date a complete application was received.
After receiving a letter with an offer of admission, you’ll need to pay the required tuition deposit by the deadline displayed on your MyNAIT Portal under “Make a Payment”. Tuition deposits must be paid by the deadline displayed in your MyNAIT Portal. In all cases, tuition deposits are non-refundable and non-transferable.
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 Online Enrolment Walkthrough Guide (pdf) or Enrolment Walkthrough videos below.
Check My Online Enrolment on your MyNAIT Student Portal for instructions on selecting courses and building your schedule
Enrol in courses as soon as possible. Refer to the Online Enrolment Walkthrough Guide (pdf) or how-to videos.
Online Enrolment FAQ
Most international students will need a study permit to study at NAIT. Review the study permit processing times in your country.
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.
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Learn more about permits, visas, and immigration requirements for studying in Canada.
*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.
If you have questions or need further assistance, please contact us.
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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.)
Buy an ETS transit pass or campus parking pass.
Opt in/out of student health care plan.
Visit campus to get familiar with your classroom and/or lab locations.
Get involved with NAITSA (student union) clubs, volunteering, events and peer 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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