2021-22 academic year course enrolment FAQs for students
As we plan for course enrolment for the upcoming academic year, we want to provide students with the following information so they can prepare and make decisions for fall.
Learn more about your program's delivery
Will I need to enrol in my courses? Or will my program enrol me?
Your course enrolment method will depend on your program. Look up your program on the Fall 2021 program delivery page to find your course enrolment type.
The Office of the Registrar communicated to students via email in early May with more information about enrolment for the upcoming fall term – including who is responsible for your course enrolment.
What program delivery methods are available?
As we prepare for the 2021-22 academic year, these are program delivery modes currently being offered:
- Blended: this safely combines virtual learning with in-person instruction in shops and labs. In person will be offered when learning outcomes cannot be met through virtual delivery and where safety guidelines can be followed. For health and safety information related to COVID-19, please visit nait.ca/coronavirus.
- Online, synchronous: this means that your classes will be virtual, in real-time. There are scheduled class times where you must login to your virtual classroom and be (virtually) present with your fellow classmates and instructor.
- Online, asynchronous: this means that you can engage with the virtual course content at different times (and from different locations and time zones). This self-paced learning allows you to access course content when it suits your schedule.
- On-Campus: your learning will be done safely in-person, and on-campus. Note: a very limited number of programs are using this delivery mode.
How will courses be delivered?
We will continue to make course delivery decisions based on careful considerations about how we can safely deliver your courses, while providing you with an exceptional learning experience.
Once course enrolment begins in early July, each course location and delivery method will be listed in your MyNAIT Portal Self Service.
How do I know if my course is online or in-person on campus?
As enrolment for 2021-22 courses is not open yet, the course schedule is not currently available. When available in your MyNAIT Portal Self Service, each class will list its delivery method under the Enrollment Information tab, in Class Notes.
- If a course is delivered online, it will be identified as virtual (online) learning. The course will also list whether it's:
- synchronous (fixed): this online class is in real-time and scheduled for certain dates and times.
- asynchronous (flexible): this online class is not scheduled and you can complete the coursework when it suits your schedule.
- If a course is delivered in-person on campus, it will be identified as on-campus.
- If a course has both online and in-person requirements, it will state both on-campus and virtual.
- If a course requires a scheduled time at a jobsite or a supervised work environment, it will state WIL.
- If a course has a flexible structure where it's optional for students to attend sessions in the classroom, participate online, or do both, it will state hy-flex. Note: this will only be available for a small number of courses.
While not all courses will have all delivery options, most will have an online option.
What if I have student funding?
If you have third party funding and require a confirmation of enrolment, you can request one through your MyNAIT portal after your schedule is built (select Open Self Service > Manage Classes > Confirmation of Enrolment). If you need a letter prior to your enrolment completion due to a funding deadline, you can request a letter by submitting an online Contact Form, select topic: Enrollment/Education Verification, and subcategory: Proposed Confirmation of Enrollment Letter.
If you intend to take your studies part-time or have student funding from another province other than Alberta, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to understand how this impacts how you apply for student funding.
If your student funding is provided by Alberta and you are responsible for enrolling in your classes, you need to complete your course enrolment for your winter term by November 30, 2021.
After I am enrolled in my courses, can these courses change?
Yes, your schedule and courses may change over the summer months leading up to fall term. We will try to limit schedule changes but there may be instances where course changes are necessary, for example a change of instructor may cause a course to change. As you continue to prepare for fall, we recommend that you continue to frequently check your schedule in your MyNAIT portal.
How many credits do I need to be considered a full-time student?
A student is considered full-time when enrolled in at least 60% of a full course load per term.
You can use this Full-time Student Reference Guide (pdf) to determine the minimum number of credits you require to be considered a full-time student for your program.
Please note that Student Aid, scholarships, and other funding agencies may have different definitions of full-time status for eligibility. Refer to funding options for more information.
My program is enrolling me in classes (program-enrolment)
What does program-enrolment mean?
Whether you’re a new student or returning student, this means your program will enrol you in your courses for the Fall 2021 term. This means you do not need to worry about class enrolment for fall. Once your program completes your class enrolment, you will receive an email confirmation.
You can use the Fall 2021 program delivery page to view your program's enrolment type (eg. program-enrolment).
When will I be able to view my class schedule?
You should be able to view your fall class schedule in your MyNAIT Portal by July 19. Once your program completes your class enrolment, you will receive an email confirmation.
You will only be able to view your fall class schedule, as winter program-enrolment doesn’t occur until late November.
To view your schedule in your MyNAIT Portal, select Open Self Service, choose Manage Classes, select View my Classes.
What if I want to take a reduced course load?
If you plan to take a reduced course load, please do not drop your courses without first consulting with your program area. Please reach out to your program office before making any changes to your schedule, or if you have questions about your class schedule. Your program’s contact information can be found on the homepage of your MyNAIT Portal.
I am responsible for enrolling in classes (self-enrolment)
What does self-enrolment mean?
Whether you’re a new student or returning student, this means you are responsible for selecting and enrolling in your classes. Enrolment is scheduled to start in early July. Before enrolment opens, you will receive an e-letter in your MyNAIT Portal with your enrolment date, time, and instructions on how to enrol for 2021/22. As course sections can fill up quickly, we recommend you enrol in your classes once enrolment opens.
You can prepare for your enrolment date by reviewing the Self Service Guide on your MyNAIT portal for enrolment options and step-by-step guides on how to enrol in your classes.
What programs are self-enrolment?
For the upcoming academic year, the following programs will be self-enrolment:
- Academic Upgrading
- Applied Financial Services
- Bachelor of Applied Business Administration
- Bachelor of Business Administration
- Bachelor of Technology
- Bachelor of Technology - Construction Management
- Business Administration
- Computer Network Administrator
- Construction Engineering Technology
- Data Analytics
- Digital Media and IT (returning students only)
- Disaster and Emergency Management
- Engineering Design Technology
- Geomatics Engineering Technology
- Landscape Architectural Technology Combined
- Magnetic Resonance Imaging Second Discipline
- Materials Engineering Technology
- Mechanical Engineering Technology
- Occupational Health and Safety
- Personal Fitness Trainer
If your program is not listed above, it's because your program is a program-enrol program. For more information, you can view the Fall 2021 program delivery page.
When can I enrol in my courses?
Course enrolment is scheduled for July 5 - July 8, 2021.
As enrolment dates vary by program, your enrolment e-letter in your MyNAIT portal will include your exact enrolment date and time.
Once I receive my e-letter with my enrolment date and time, can I start to view classes?
While you cannot enrol in classes until your enrolment date, you can view your courses and course options in your MyNAIT portal once you receive your e-letter. We encourage you to review class options, including the days/time and delivery type, before enrolment opens so you can plan your schedule to best suit your needs.
Once you find courses that suit your schedule, you can send these to your Shopping Cart. Then when enrolment opens, you can select the Enroll button to be enrolled in these classes all at once. For more information on the Shopping Cart feature, you can refer to this helpful step by step guide. If you’re a Business or Digital Media and IT student, you may want to explore the Schedule Planner tool to plan a conflict-free schedule to send to your Shopping Cart.
How do I enrol in my courses online?
Once enrolment opens in early July, there are a variety of options for how you can enrol in your courses in your MyNAIT portal, including:
- Enrol in Credit Classes: If you know what classes you require, you can enrol by selecting Open Self Service > Manage Classes > Enrol in Credit Classes. For additional support, you can follow this step by step guide (pdf) to enrol.
- Enrol by My Requirements: If you are unsure and want to know what classes you are required to take, please go to Open Self Service > Manage Classes > Enrol by Requirements. Here is a helpful guide (pdf) for you to follow.
- Schedule Planner: For some programs, you may also use the Schedule Planner to enrol in your classes. This is a helpful tool if your program offers multiple class sections to choose from. When using schedule planner, you can follow this step by step guide (pdf).
For more information on course enrolment, please refer to your enrolment e-letter and the Self Service Guide section of your MyNAIT portal.
When is the course enrolment deadline?
If you are a new student, the enrolment deadline varies depending on when you paid your tuition deposit.
If you are a returning student, your enrolment deadline is the tuition payment deadline which is August 11, 2021 for fall enrolment.
What happens if I don't enrol by the deadline?
Your admission will be cancelled. If you are a new student, you will need to reapply to your program through APAS and pay the application fee. If you are a returning student you will be withdrawn from your program, you will need to complete a Request for Readmission in order to continue your studies. Please note that readmission is not guaranteed.
What if the courses I want aren't available?
For some classes, there may be a waitlist available. If you’re using the Schedule Planner, you can include waitlisted classes in your search by changing the ‘Course Status’ filter to include classes that are full but have a waitlist open.
If you’re enrolling directly through your MyNAIT Portal, you will need to check the ‘Wait List Classes’ box when searching for classes.
Whether or not a waitlist is available, we recommend that you frequently review the available course offerings on your MyNAIT portal. If a new class section is added, you will not automatically be enrolled from a waiting list for a different section.
If courses you need to complete your program are full, or if you have questions about alternative courses that may be transferable to complete your schedule, please contact your program directly. Your program’s contact is listed on the homepage of your MyNAIT portal.
Can I change my classes after the enrolment deadline?
Yes – once you’ve enrolled in courses, you can change your schedule on MyNAIT Student Portal until the add/drop deadline.
The swap function is the best way to drop one class in order to add another one. Using swap (instead of the drop and add functions) will drop a course only if the enrollment in the new course is successful. Learn how to swap a course on your MyNAIT Student Portal.
To ensure you get the class schedule you want, select and enrol in your classes as soon as possible since many courses will fill up quickly.
I am an Open Studies student
When can I enrol in Open Studies courses?
How do I know if a course is offered in Open Studies?
We encourage you to browse your program's course-list to see which courses are offered in Open Studies. Each program determines which of their courses will be available, and not all NAIT courses are available for open studies. Once enrolment opens in late July, you will be able to see course availability when you add your courses.
We recommend you review all entrance requirements to ensure you meet them.
What if the course I want is full?
Course enrolment is completed on a first-come, first-served basis, so course availability can change quickly. If your preferred section is full, you may need to pick a new section. We also recommend that you frequently review the available course offerings as new sections may be added throughout the summer.
If you accept an offer of admission after enrolment has opened for your program, you will need to pay your tuition deposit as soon as possible. You will be able to enrol in courses the day after your tuition deposit is received.
Enrolment dates for Open Studies students are not the same as for students admitted to a program. Check with the program office for exact dates.
- It's a good idea to enrol in courses for both the Fall and Winter terms at the same time. You’ll be able to make changes to your schedule up until the add/drop deadline.