Deadline for submitting documents
All transcripts and educational documents must be submitted 60 days after submitting your application or by your program's application deadline, whichever comes sooner. Please monitor MyNAIT portal to determine your deadlines. If your documents are not submitted by this deadline, your application may be cancelled.
Applicants to Health and Life Sciences programs that require a program interview will have 30 days after submitting your application.
How to submit international transcripts and educational documents
After submitting your application on ApplyAlberta, follow the steps below or watch this video on how to submit your transcripts and educational documents. Your application is incomplete until NAIT has received all required documents.
- 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
Step 1: Gather required documents
If you studied at a school outside Canada, you will need to submit your transcripts and educational documents so NAIT can complete an international assessment for admission.
Find document requirements by country
Select the country of your previous education to see what documents are required. Higher education documents are only applicable if you have completed post-secondary such as university, college, etc.
All other countries
If your country is not listed above, you will need to collect all your secondary (high school) transcripts or mark sheets. If you attended post-secondary, please gather your transcripts (grade reports) and parchment which was issued to you as part of your previous studies. Be sure to submit all relevant documents that you have received so your application is not delayed.
If you completed your education in two or more countries or schools, please provide all supporting documents from those countries.
If your name is different than what is on your transcript, please include proof of name change (eg. marriage certificate).
Alternate external assessments accepted by NAIT
As an alternative to submitting official transcripts, NAIT will accept a course-by-course assessment done by:
No other assessments or evaluations will be accepted for admission to NAIT. WES or ECE assessments may be submitted to NAIT electronically through the provider.
Note: if you submit an external assessment without your Grade Point Average (GPA) calculated, you must submit official transcripts to NAIT for GPA calculation.
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Step 2: Confirm whether you meet English language standards
NAIT offers instruction in English only. If your previous education was completed in a country not listed on the exempted country list (pdf), you may also need to submit proof of English Language Proficiency (ELP).
You can take this quick ELP self-assessment to check whether you satisfy ELP requirements.
- If your results show that you need to take an ELP assessment test, be prepared to provide your ELP test results. Following your test, you can have your results sent electronically to NAIT.
- Alternatively, your results may show that you only need to submit your transcripts at this time.
Learn more about ELP assessment tests
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Step 3: Translate documents to English
If your transcripts or educational documents are in a language other than English, you will need to get them translated to English by a certified translator (signed and stamped) before submitting them. Translations must:
- be completed by a certified translator
- include the membership number of a professional translation association
- be a literal, word-for-word translation
- be signed and stamped on each page
NAIT also requires a copy of the documents in their original language (either a notarized/certified true copy, or the original copy).
Please note that should the accuracy of the translation appear suspect, NAIT reserves the right to request a retranslation. NAIT does not provide translation services on campus.
View list of approved Canadian translators
Translations done in Canada must be recognized by one of the following organizations:
Effective March 1, 2019, NAIT will no longer accept documents translated by EISA.
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Step 4: Upload unofficial documents
We can complete an initial review of your application using copies (scanned or photocopied versions) of your original documents. We call these copies “unofficial documents.” By submitting your unofficial documents, you can receive a conditional offer of admission.
- Scan both sides of your documents in colour (even if one side is blank) and upload these unofficial documents to your MyNAIT portal:
- Log in to MyNAIT portal
- Select Open Self Service
- Select Admissions
- Select Submission of Documents (on left panel)
- Select the blue [+] to add and upload your required document(s).
You can also watch this video of how to upload your documents.
Unofficial vs. official documents
Unofficial documents are scanned, electronic uploads, or photocopied versions of the original paper documents. You can only be considered for conditional admission with these documents.
Official documents are your original educational documents which must be physically sent to NAIT’s Office of the Registrar. Official documents must be received by NAIT to receive a full offer of admission.
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Step 5: Order and submit official documents
To finalize a full offer of admission, you must order and submit your official documents to NAIT. Official documents are the transcripts and educational documents in their original state from the issuing institution or are certified true copies by a Notary Public. Please plan to have your transcripts submitted to NAIT.
Options for submitting your official documents to NAIT:
- Mail original paper transcripts directly from the issuing institution to NAIT; or
- Mail notarized copies of the original documents to NAIT; or
- Deliver documents in person to NAIT’s Student Service Centre.
When mailing your documents, please include your NAIT ID number and full name within the package.
Documents mailed to NAIT become the property of NAIT and will not be returned to applicants.
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If you only have one copy of your official documents, please do not send us the original copy. Instead, you can mail a notarized copy.
A notarized copy – also called a certified true copy – is a copy of a document that a Notary Public has verified and certified (dated, signed, stamped) as an accurate copy of the original. To get a notarized copy, bring your original official documents and a photocopied version to a Notary Public.
NAIT does not accept copied documents signed by Commissioner for Oaths.
After submitting all required transcripts and educational documents, continue to monitor your To Do list and application status within your MyNAIT portal. You will receive an e-letter once an admissions decision is made. Learn how to accept your offer. After accepting your offer, most international students will need to apply for a study permit.
Learn about visas and study permits