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International Students

MacEwan University welcomes all international students to our world class institution. The university’s commitment to being a leader in international education is reflected in all areas of programs and services. Our strong international reputation for excellence is based on more than 45 years of providing quality education to thousands of students from around the world. It is our privilege and pleasure to be your first choice in higher education and work with you to help you meet your academic goals.

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada Rules and Regulations

International students attending MacEwan University are responsible for familiarizing themselves with the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada rules and regulations regarding study permits, work permits and temporary resident visas. Under section 91 of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA), only members in good standing of a law society or the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC) may provide immigration advice. International students may seek sudent related immigration information and advice from one of the regulated members of ICCRC at MacEwan International. The Office of the University Registrar issues letters and other documents required by international students for permit and visa renewals. If you are currently studying in Canada, you may also contact the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada Call Centre at 1-888-242-2100 for assistance.

International Student Services

MacEwan International offers a range of services to help international students be successful in their studies. International advisors assist students with understanding their program of study and the Canadian university environment as well as how to access additional academic, social, and career support services.

Admission and English Language Requirements to Degree and Career Programs

Application Process

Submit an application through

After you have submitted your online application, scan copies of the following to

  • All educational documents and certified word-for-word English translations for documents that are not in English
  • English Language Proficiency (ELP) test results, such as IELTS or TOEFL
  • A valid passport document

Remember to include your full name and Student ID or application confirmation number in the body of your email. Full details available at

International Tuition Costs

Credit Courses

International students enrolled in Open Studies, degree, diploma or certificate programs will be assessed a minimum tuition fee equivalent to nine credits in the fall and winter terms and on a per-credit basis during the spring/summer term. Refer to the International Tuition Fees table in the Fees section of the academic calendar. Estimated program costs for international students are also available from the university’s website at

Non-Credit Courses

Fees for international students enrolled in non-credit programs and courses within the School of Continuing Education vary. Refer to the website at

International Transfer Credit Evaluation

Upon acceptance to a degree, diploma or certificate program at MacEwan University, students with post-secondary/higher education completed outside of Canada can submit a Request for Transfer Credit.

For each course previously completed with similar content to a MacEwan University course, a Request for Transfer Credit form and detailed, descriptive course syllabus and outline must be submitted. The course syllabus and/or outline MUST be in English and the student is responsible for having the translations completed. At least 80 per cent of the content from the incoming course must be equivalent to the MacEwan University course to be considered for transfer credit.

Complete instructions and forms can be found at, under the International tab.

Contact Information

Eric Franke, International Advisor
Veronique Khamly, RISIA, International Advisor, RISIA
Nataliya Oliferchuk, RCIC, International Advisor
Erin Wight, RCIC, Manager, International Student Services
T: 780-497-5397

Executive Director
Kimberley Howard, BA(H), M.Ed., MBA

Preparation Programs for International Students

Students apply directly to English as an Additional Language (EAL) or University Preparation (academic upgrading). Additional information concerning application and programs are available through the School of Continuing Education website.

Admission Criteria

To be evaluated through the School of Continuing Education.

All students applying to programs in the School of Continuing Education must present a minimum level of English Language Proficiency (ELP). The minimum ELP requirement to enter the lowest level of ESL classes offered is the Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 4 with no skill under 4, Academic IELTS 4.0, Academic TOEFL iBt 39, TOEIC 405, Academic PTE 48, or CAEL 40.

Program of Study 

An advisor will develop an individualized study plan for each student to help them complete their ELP and/or high school course requirements. All students are expected to consult regularly with an advisor to ensure they are undertaking the appropriate coursework and progressing in their studies. Students who have successfully completed the required courses may apply for admission to a university degree, diploma or certificate program; however, admission is not guaranteed.

Contact Information

School of Continuing Education
T: 780-497-4400

Ewa Wasniewski, MEd, PhD (Can)