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How to Apply Checklist

 International students

Getting ready to study in Canada

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.

Check program availability

Explore your options

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.   Find out more

International applicant deadlines

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Applications for Degree, Diploma and Certificate Programs

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:

  • May 1st for Fall term classes
  • September 1st for Winter term classes
  • January 1st for Spring term classes

Proof of study permit

Proof must be submitted in order to receive an offer of admission (full acceptance) after the following dates for each term:

  • July 1st for Fall term classes
  • November 1st for Winter term classes
  • March 1st for Spring term classes

Accepted documents

 Please submit proof of your study permit by uploading a scanned copy of one of the following to your MyNAIT Portal:

  • Post-secondary or secondary study permit (must be valid until after the start of class)
  • Post-secondary or secondary study permit  that will expire before the start of class and a screenshot of your IRCC Portal showing you have submitted an application for a study permit extension
  • Letter of Introduction or Letter of Approval issued by IRCC (the letter of introduction the visa office sent you when they approved your study permit - this letter has your permit reference number which IRCC uses to issue your study permit)
  • Verification of Status document (if your valid study permit has been lost and you have yet to receive a replacement document)
  • Student Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) which must be valid until after the start of class

Academic Upgrading and English as a Second Language (ESL) applicants

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.

Canadian high school students

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.

Conditional Offer of Admission Letter

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.

International scholarships

NAIT International has created two new scholarship opportunities specifically for International students

 International Scholarship tied to Program of Study

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:

  • International Applied Sciences Scholarship
  • International Business Scholarship
  • International Health and Life Sciences Scholarship
  • International Skilled Trades Scholarship

 International Community Builder Scholarship

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 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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Fall 2019

Oct. 1, 2018 Applications open
June 24, 2019 Open studies enrolment opens
Aug. 14, 2019 Tuition payment due
Sept. 3, 2019 Fall term starts*

Winter 2020

June 24, 2019 Open studies enrolment open
Oct. 1, 2019 Applications open
Dec. 11, 2019 Tuition payment due
Jan. 6, 2020 Winter term starts*

Spring 2020

June 24, 2019 Open studies enrolment open
Oct. 1, 2019 Applications open
April 8, 2020 Tuition payment due
May 4, 2020 Spring term starts*

Important dates

Applying to NAIT

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!

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Select a program

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.

Overseas Events

Find out when a NAIT representative will be in a city near you.   Find out more

Open House

Save the date for the 2019 NAIT Open House on Friday, October 18th and Saturday, October 19th, at our Main Campus.   Find out more


Create account

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:

  • NAIT student ID
  • Email address

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Apply online

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:

  • Alberta student number
  • Email address
  • Valid credit card (pay non-refundable application fee)

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Already have an Apply Alberta account? Login

Tips for applying

  • Enter your name exactly as it appears on your passport and personal details into the relevant fields in the ‘Create Profile’ section. If you have only one name, enter the same name into the first and last name fields).
  • Ensure your contact information, including your email address, is correct.
  • At the ‘Alberta Student Number’ screen, click ‘Yes’ if you know your Alberta Student Number (this would be generated if you had submitted a previous application to NAIT OR you attended any school or post-secondary institute in Alberta or Lloydminster). Otherwise, click ‘No’.
  • If you clicked ‘yes,’ the system will attempt to locate your existing Alberta Student Number and may request additional information to do so. If you made an error when entering your personal information, click ‘Edit Profile and Restart’; this will return you to an earlier place in the application process. If you click ‘No’, a new Alberta Student Number will be generated for you. Please keep this number for future reference.
  • Click ‘Continue’ when the system locates the Alberta Student Number.
  • When entering your country of citizenship, be sure to use your passport-issuing country. If you do not select Canada, you will be asked to provide some additional information to determine your residency status.
  • If you enter your high school grades, please note that NAIT will still review your official transcripts to determine your actual grades in the document assessment.
  • When selecting the term and program that you would like to apply for, please also select a second choice if applicable, as NAIT cannot add a second-choice application after the application is complete. You may apply for other programs for an additional $115 fee per application.

Submit documents

Transcript deadlines

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:

  • Original documents in English or a certified translation
  • An official International Qualifications Assessment Service (IQAS) course-by-course Educational Assessment
  • An official World Education Services (WES) course-by-course Credential Assessment (applicable to post-secondary documents only)

Document assessment fee

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.

Translation requirements

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.

Translated outside of Canada

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.


Pay Document Assessment Fee

Applicants submitting international documents and/or transcripts are required to have an analysis and comparison of their documents to provincial (Alberta) standards.

Third Party (non-NAIT) Document Assessment

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.

NAIT Document Assessment

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.

  1. Submit an application through APAS
  2. Submit your international documents to NAIT for an assessment.
  3. Pay the $75CAD international document assessment fee in-person, over the phone, or through your MyNAIT Portal.
  4. NAIT Admissions will review your international documents and/or transcripts. Once completed, your assessment can be found on your MyNAIT Portal under ‘My Applications’ and then click ‘Upload & View Documents’.
  5. Once your assessment is completed and uploaded to your MyNAIT Portal, your application will be reviewed. Your International Document Assessment will be used to evaluate your admissibility to the credit program(s) you have applied to.

Assessment fees and estimated processing time

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.


Plan tuition and finances

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.

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.

Track your application

 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.

  • Officially accept offer
  • Enrol in classes
  • Pay all fees by deadline

Login to accept your offer


NAIT maintains two different types of waitlists; one for competitive programs, and one for non-competitive programs.

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.

Non-competitive Programs
Programs with a non-competitive entrance manage waitlists according to the date a complete application was received.

Accept your offer

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.

  • If you are accepted into your first choice
    Pay the tuition deposit for your first choice program and cancel your second choice application through your MyNAIT Portal. If you are applying to a program that begins in Fall 2018 or later, your second choice application will be cancelled once you have been given an offer of admission to your first choice program. Please visit the Evaluating Program Choices on an Application for further details.
  • If you are accepted into your second choice
    Pay the tuition deposit for your second choice program. This reserves your seat in this program. Your application to your first choice will not be cancelled by paying this deposit.
  • If you paid the deposit on your second choice and then are accepted into your first choice
    You must pay the tuition deposit on your first choice, even if you've already paid the deposit on your second choice. Admission to your second choice program will automatically be cancelled when you pay this new deposit. Any deposits previously paid will be credited to your account and go towards your tuition.
  • If you applied to 2 programs and are accepted into both at the same time
    Simply select the program you would like to attend and pay the tuition deposit. Email the Student Service Centre or visit the Student Service Centre in the Centre of Applied Technology on Main Campus to request to have your other applications cancelled.
  • Alternate Offer of Admission
    After reviewing your application, if we determine that we are unable to offer you admission in both your first and your second choices, we may provide you an alternate offer of admission to a related NAIT program.

Enrol in classes

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.

Apply for a Study Permit

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.

Watch these video guides. Step 1-6 videos

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. 

Need help with your application?

If you have questions or need further assistance, please contact us.

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Getting set up on campus

Congratulations! You're on your way to a rewarding student experience at NAIT and an exciting career beyond. Once you've recieved and accepted your official offer letter, you're ready to enrol in classes and get ready Online live chat for your first day on campus.

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Living in Edmonton

Alberta has the highest minimum wage in Canada

NAIT's campus ranked safest post-secondary institute by international students*

Alberta residents have free healthcare - including international students

Quick facts

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one AT NAIT card

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.

Pick up your card on campus at the main Student Services office

Add funds (optional)

Books and supplies

There are two ways to find your list of supplies. You can also find paper copies of most program lists at shop AT NAIT.

MyNAIT Portal

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

shop AT NAIT online

Look up your program on the shop AT NAIT website

Order books to be delivered or pick up in store

Shop online

shop AT NAIT for all your student needs:

Is someone sponsoring the cost of your textbooks and supplies?

Ensure your sponsor has completed the required documentation with shop AT NAIT. Sponsors can contact shop@nait.ca 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

Locker rental

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.

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