Everything you need to know to apply to NAIT programs as an international student.
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
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.
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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.
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).
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:
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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.
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.
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.
Write your NAIT student ID number and your full name on your envelope.
NAIT Office of the Registrar
11762 106 Street NW
*New address (Open Monday to Friday from 7 a.m. – noon MST):
ATTN: Office of the Registrar
NAIT Distribution Centre
11940 109 Street NW
Please note: documents submitted via mail become the property of NAIT and will not be returned to applicants once received.
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)
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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:
If you have questions or need further assistance, please contact us.
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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.
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.
Online Enrolment FAQ
Login to MyNAIT Portal
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.
Upload your photo
Pick up your card on campus at the main Student Services office
Add funds (optional)
Manage your account
There are two ways to find your list of supplies. You can also find paper copies of most program lists at shop AT NAIT.
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
Look up your program on the shop AT NAIT website
Order books to be delivered or pick up in store
Ensure your sponsor has completed the required documentation with shop AT NAIT. Sponsors can contact firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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.
Go to the online locker rental system.
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.)
Pick up your ETS transit pass (U-pass) or campus parking pass.
Opt in/out of student health care plan.
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
Log in to your student portal account to check your application status
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