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Before You Apply

Before applying to NAIT, be sure to follow the below steps to help ensure your application is processed correctly.

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1. Confirm study permit processing times

Confirm the study permit processing times with Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC)​.

You will need to be accepted into a NAIT Designated Learning Program in order to be able to apply for a study, work or co-op permit in Canada.

NAIT's Designated Learning Institution (DLI) number is O18713200642


Changes to the Study Permit Facilitation Programs effective February 1, 2018

If you are applying from, or are a citizen of India, China, Vietnam and the Philippines, you have the option to apply for your study permit through one of the Study Permit Facilitation Programs for faster processing. Changes to the previous Study Permit Facilitation Programs will take effect February 1, 2018. All four programs will be the “Student Direct Stream (SDS)” program. Study permit applications received after February 1, 2018 (regardless of the date that the letter of acceptance was issued) will need to meet the following criteria:

  • Intent to study at a Designated Learning Institution
  • Provide an IELTS overall score of 6.0 (with no band less than 6.0) or Canadian High School diploma from a recognized Canadian-curriculum high school outside of Canada
  • Provide a Guaranteed Investment Certificate (GIC) of CAD$10,000 (optional for faster processing time for applicants from Vietnam)
  • Provide proof of tuition payment for the first year of study

If you do not meet the eligibility criteria listed above for the Study Direct Stream program, you can apply for your study permit through the regular study permit application process. Please refer to the Government of Canada Study Permit page for more information.

2. Choose a program(s) of interest

Choose one or more programs of interest from the list on the NAIT website. Take a look at the Alberta Advanced Education approved post-secondary credentials to qualify for the Alberta Opportunity Stream of the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program upon graduating. Ensure that you read and understand the following information about each program of interest:

  • Entrance requirements
  • Application deadline
  • Cost (tuition, NAIT fees and books)
  • Structure (i.e, does the program have a co-op work placement?)
  • Program start date
  • Program availability

Important Information about the Post-Graduation Work Permit Program

International students admitted to programs listed below are also eligible to apply for the Post-Graduation Work Permit program (PGWP). Some of the programs below offer additional training through Alberta Industry Training. International student graduates in the PGWP program will not meet the eligibility requirements for any related Alberta Apprenticeship programs. 

  • Baking
  • CNC Machinist
  • Culinary Arts
  • Heating Ventilation Air Conditioning Refrigeration Technician (HVACR)
  • Industrial Heavy Equipment Technician (IHET)
  • Millwork and Carpentry

 For more information, please visit the Apprenticeship Program Requirements page.

3. Ensure that you meet our English Language Proficiency requirements or learn if your country is exempt

Applicants must meet our English Language Proficiency requirements for admission to NAIT. If you require more English language training, here are some program options. Contact askNAIT@nait.ca for more information.

4. Understand NAIT's refund policy

We recognize that your circumstances might change and you may need to withdraw from a program. Withdrawals and tuition refund policies vary depending on your enrolment status, and some fees are non-refundable. Make sure you understand our refund policy so you know what to expect in case you withdraw or if your study permit is denied by IRCC.

5. Prepare your documents

After you apply, you will be required to submit one of the following sets of documents (in paper format) to the Office of the Registrar, and they must be translated into English. See more about After You Apply.

  • An official International Qualifications Assessment Service (IQAS) course-by-course Educational Assessment
  • An official World Education Services Canada (WES) course-by-course Credential Assessment
  • Original proof of education documents, such as transcripts, certifications from high school/senior secondary and post-secondary/university, if available. Certified true copies notarized by a notary public are also accepted.

NAIT cannot obtain transcripts on your behalf from an institution outside of Canada.

You must contact your institution and submit your official documents to NAIT by the deadline on your application. If the official documents are not received by the deadline, your application will be cancelled.

When submitting transcripts from outside Canada, you have 2 options:

1. Submit your official documents to NAIT

If your transcripts are not in English, you will need to have them translated for assessment. 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 on campus.

In Canada, certified translators must be recognized by one of the following organizations:

Effective March 1, 2019, NAIT will no longer accept documents translated by EISA

Applicants who are having their translations done outside of Canada are advised to review the certified translator requirements in that country to ensure that the translator they choose meets the requirements specified by NAIT.

NAIT will only accept 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 documents must be submitted to NAIT for assessment after you have completed your application through ApplyAlberta. Please see the Before You Apply page for more information.

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.

2. Submit an official assessment

An International Qualifications Assessment Services (IQAS) course-by-course assessment is accepted in lieu of high school and/or post-secondary transcripts. A World Education Services (WES) course-by-course Credential Assessment is accepted in lieu of post-secondary transcripts.

If you are applying for conditional acceptance, you may upload unofficial transcripts to your MyNAIT portal for initial review. You will be required to submit identical official transcripts within 60-days, or by the application deadline, whichever date comes first, to secure full acceptance.

For information on submitting official documents, please see below.  For unofficial documents, please scan—in colour—both sides of each original document (even if one side is blank) and upload them to your student portal.

We may also require syllabi or course outlines to establish equivalency to prerequisite courses, most commonly English language arts. We recommend obtaining syllabi or outlines for relevant courses in advance so you can provide them quickly if they are requested. Acceptable syllabi or course outlines must include

  • institution name
  • course name
  • dates the course was taken
  • outcomes achieved in the course

Official documents can be submitted in person to the Student Service Centre (CAT180) or to the main NAIT mailing address.

All documents submitted to NAIT become property of the institution and are not returned to the applicant. To review NAIT’s document retention policy, please visit the Academic Regulations and Procedures.

Ready to apply? Follow the next set of steps to submit your application.