NAIT joins program launch to help students from the Philippines study in Canada

Published on June 23, 2017

The Study Direct Stream provides eligible students from the Philippines with a permit to study in Canada within 30 days.

EDMONTON – NAIT has joined the launch of the Study Direct Stream pilot program, a partnership between Colleges and Institutes Canada and Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, announced last week in Manila.

The new program streamlines the Canadian visa application process for qualified international students from the Philippines, provided they meet the financial and English language proficiency requirements. Instead of the current wait of approximately six weeks or longer, the SDS program ensures processing within 30 day.

NAIT International director Terri Flanagan attended the program launch June 17 in Manila, along with Leroy Russell, chair of NAIT’s Hospitality Management program.


  • The most popular programs at NAIT for students from the Philippines are: Business Administration; Bachelor of Applied Business Administration in Finance; Academic Upgrading; Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management
  • 1,114 students from the Philippines have studied at NAIT on student visas or as permanent residents of Canada in the past 3 years
  • Similar programs are offered for students from India, China and Vietnam


Dr. Sue Fitzsimmons, NAIT Vice-President Academic
“This program aligns with NAIT’s desire to help reduce barriers to international students who enrich the fabric of our campus and our entire city. Our goal is to enhance pathways for all students, including international students, to study at NAIT.”

Terri Flanagan, director, NAIT International
“The SDS programs further supports Filipino families in their efforts to access Canada’s excellent education system and NAIT’s relevant and career-ready programs. We look forward to welcoming them, as they join a strong and engaged community here in Edmonton and on our campus.”


The Study Direct Stream program

About NAIT

The Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) is a leading Canadian polytechnic, delivering education in science, technology and the environment; business; health and trades. With nearly 60,000 credit and non-credit students and a 95 per cent employer satisfaction rate, NAIT grads are essential to Alberta’s prosperity. Known for hands-on, technology-based learning, NAIT engages with business and industry in applied research and innovation and provides corporate training around the world. Recognized as one of Alberta’s top employers, NAIT provides outstanding returns on investment for its graduates, partners, the provincial government and the people of Alberta.

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