How to Apply Checklist

 International students

Getting ready to study in Canada

The following checklist will prepare you to apply to NAIT as an international student. Please note that entrance and admissions requirements may vary by program.

Check the study permit requirements and processing times. NAIT is part of the Student Direct Stream Program - check to see if you qualify.
If you are in Canada on a valid work permit, you may be able to study without a study permit. Check the terms of your work permit to see if you are eligible.

Choose a program at NAIT. Make sure to check program availability and start dates. (Fall term: September, Winter: January, Spring term: May).

Check the English language  requirements for your program.

Review the tuition and fee costs for your program and the estimated costs for one year of study.

See if NAIT is traveling to your country for an event. We may be able to meet with you in person to answer questions and help you with your application.

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

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!

If you are a legal resident, living in one of these countries: Antigua and Barbuda, Brazil, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, India, Morocco, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Senegal, Trinidad and Tobago, or Vietnam, you have the option to apply for your study permit through Student Direct Stream (SDS) program. Please read about the requirements and instructions from the Government of Canada website if you are planning to apply through this program.

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Apply online

International students applying to NAIT’s degree, diploma, certificate and Academic upgrading programs will use NAIT’s International Application for Admission to submit your application online and pay application fees.

You will need:

  • Information about your previous education, including what schools you attended and when

  • Personal email address

  • If you already have a valid study permit, you will need to provide the expiry date.

  • Valid credit card, Visa Debit, or Debit Mastercard to pay the non-refundable application fee

Apply using NAIT's International Application

Important: After completing your application, you will need to submit your transcripts and educational documents so NAIT can review your application. Learn more about submitting international documents.

NAIT Student ID

After you have completed your online application, your NAIT Student ID will be emailed to you. You will need your NAIT Student ID to create a Student Portal account (see next step).

Create a MyNAIT account

After you apply, you will be sent a NAIT Student ID to the email account listed on your application. Please use this NAIT Student ID number to create a MyNAIT student portal account.

Your admissions updates and notifications will be sent to your MyNAIT student portal account. It's important to check it frequently throughout the application process.

We recommend using the same email address for both your application and NAIT so all updates are easily accessible from the same inbox.

You will need:

  • NAIT student ID
  • Email address

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Submit documents

If you studied at a school outside of Canada, you will need to submit your transcripts and educational documents so NAIT can fully assess your application. Be sure to check the document requirements by country and submit all relevant documents as soon as possible so your application is not delayed. Transcript deadlines are listed on your MyNAIT portal.

  • Step 1: Gather required documents
  • Step 2: Confirm whether you meet English language standards
  • Step 3: Translate documents to English
  • Step 4: Upload unofficial documents (copies of original documents)
  • Step 5: Order and submit official documents

View international document requirements

Watch how to submit transcripts

To receive full admission, you must submit paper documents to NAIT in-person, by courier, or by mail. NAIT will revoke your offer of admission if paper documents are not received by the deadline.

If you completed a portion of your education in Canada, please view the Transcripts & Supporting Documents page.

Alternate external assessment accepted by NAIT

As an alternative to submitting official documents, NAIT will accept a course-by-course assessment  done by:

Processing times and pricing may vary and are not the responsibility of NAIT. 

Where to send your paper documents

Write your NAIT student ID number and your full name on your envelope.

Mailing Address

NAIT Office of the Registrar
11762 106 Street NW
Room T409
Edmonton, AB
T5G 3H1

Courier Delivery
*New address (Open Monday to Friday from 7 a.m. – noon MST):

ATTN: Office of the Registrar
NAIT Distribution Centre
11940 109 Street NW
Edmonton, AB
T5G 2T8

Please note: documents submitted via mail become the property of NAIT and will not be returned to applicants once received.

Plan tuition and plan finances

It’s important to be realistic about your savings and current financial situation, both now and during your studies. Take some time review the estimated cost for one year at NAIT. 

Check the financial requirements for receiving a Canadian Study Permit. 

Review the tuition and fee costs for your program. 

Review and apply for scholarships, awards, grants and bursaries.

Look up how your country's currency converts to the Canadian Dollar (CAD) 

Track your application

You can track your application status through your MyNAIT portal, including your application's To-Do list. Admission processing times depend on the time of year and on how many people apply. Ensure your application is complete to avoid delays.

  • Once your documents arrive on our campus, our admissions experts will review your documents. Once complete, your assessment will be added to your MyNAIT Portal in the Admissions section of Self Service.
  • Next, your application will be processed for admission to NAIT. Check your MyNAIT portal often for updates to your application.  
    • If you scanned copies of your documents on your MyNAIT portal, you will only be able to qualify for conditional admission.
    • If you sent your paper documents to our campus, you may qualify for full admission.

Watch for an admissions decision by monitoring your e-letters. Frequently check your e-letters in MyNAIT to avoid missing critical NAIT updates. Learn more about e-letters

Application status definitions

Status Details Definition
Applicant- Application received Your online application has been received by NAIT No admission decision has been made. You may need to send further information, pay fees to complete your application. Check your MyNAIT portal.
Admitted - Conditional You have met the requirements of the program; however, you have conditions to your admission. You may need to upload proof of a study permit approval from immigration Canada, pay fees or other. Check your MyNAIT portal.
Admitted – Full  You have met the requirements of the program. Your application review is complete. Check your MyNAIT portal for next steps.
Hold Waitlist – program full There are no longer seats available, but you have met the program requirements. Check your MyNAIT portal.
  Waitlist - competitive There are no longer seats available, but you have met the program requirements. Check your MyNAIT portal.
  Waitlist - non-competitive applicant You have not met the competitive requirements for the program, so you are on a secondary waitlist. Check your MyNAIT portal.

Information not received
Accepted into first choice
Lack academic requirements
Failure to pay – deposit
Failure to pay – assessment fee
Applied in error – applicant has applied to the same program in the same term 

Your application has been cancelled because you’ve failed to meet conditions, or you’ve been admitted to another program. 

Accept your offer

Before you accept our offer of admission, open your MyNAIT Portal to see if you have  a study permit deadline/condition. If you do, review the study permit processing times in your country. If the processing time is longer than the deadline on your portal, do not accept your offer. Instead, consider applying to the next term.

If the study permit processing time is shorter or you do not have a condition on your MyNAIT Portal, then pay the required tuition deposit by the deadline displayed on your MyNAIT Portal under “Financial Account”. Within 24 to 48 hours of being offered admission, you will receive a second letter (NAIT Letter of Acceptence) in your MyNAIT Portal which can be used apply for a study permit. Upgrading students will need to pay their tuition deposit first to then be issued their official letter of acceptance. 

To accept your offer, pay your tuition deposit (non-refundable and non-transferable) in your MyNAIT portal. 

  • Study permit denial: if your study permit is denied, you can apply to receive a refund.
  • If you applied to 2 programs and have been offered admission into both at the same time. Select the program you would like to attend on your MyNAIT Portal and pay the tuition deposit.
  • If you have been offered admission to your second choice program, we will process your first choice program application.
  • If you have been offered admission to your first choice program, your second choice application will be automatically cancelled.
  • If you have been offered admission to your second choice program, and have been placed on a waitlist for your first choice, you will need to decide if you want to wait and take the risk or study in your second choice.  
  • 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.

Apply for a Study Permit

Most international students will need a study permit to study at NAIT. 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 within 24 to 48 hours after receiving your offer of admission. Upgrading students will need to pay their tuition deposit first to then be issued their official letter of acceptance. 

If your study permit is denied, you can apply to receive a refund.

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 for step-by-step instruction to apply for a study permit

  1.  How much time do you need for the study permit process?
  2. Confirm your admission  to NAIT
  3. Confirm your admission to NAIT - ESL Students
  4.  What you need to apply for study permit
  5. Creating an IRCC account to track your application
  6. Prepare your documents and complete the application
  7. What to do after you apply

If you in Canada on a valid work permit and received your work permit before June 7, 2023, you may be eligible to study on your existing work permit. Check the terms of your work permit for eligibility.

Learn more about visa requirements for NAIT programs

If you are an international applicant and your study permit processing is delayed, you may request to defer your admission to a future term. Deferral requests must include proof of delayed study permit processing for consideration. 

Learn more about admission deferrals, including timelines and eligibility.

*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. 

Application deadlines for Degree, Diploma and Certificate Programs

Due to application and study permit/visa processing times, applicants planning to attend NAIT are strongly encouraged to submit a complete application before the following dates:

  • August 1 for study in Winter term (January)
  • April 1 for study in Fall term (September)
  • December 1 for study in Spring term (May)

Important dates

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 received and accepted your official offer letter, you're ready to enrol in classes and get ready for your first day on campus.

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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 Manage Classes section in the MyNAIT Self Service Guide.

How to enrol

Online Enrolment FAQ

Login to MyNAIT Portal

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)

one at nait card header

*Fees are subject to change without notice  

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 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

*Fees are subject to change without notice  

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

*Fees are subject to change without notice  

Other things to consider

Student housing or accommodations (roommate, rental, etc.)

Visit campus or take a self-guided tour to get familiar with your classroom and/or lab locations.

Get involved with NAITSA (NAIT student's union) clubs, volunteering, events and peer support services.

Learn about student services including tutoring, mental health counselling, learning support and disabilities services.

Learn more about student life at NAIT

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