At CMU, we feel that students from other countries add vital balance to our community, perspective and academic approaches. Should you choose to study here, we would be honoured to have you!
International students of CMU have a wide variety of options available to them including three and four year BA degrees with a choice of 18 majors, as well as bachelor degrees in Music, Music Therapy, and Business Administration (BBA). CMU also offers a Master of Arts in Theological Studies (Two-Year), Master of Arts in Peacebuilding and Collaborative Development, and The Collaborative Master of Business Administration.
To learn more about the International Student experience at CMU, take a look at some of the interviews with past and present international students.
Interested? For more information about whether you are eligible to apply to CMU, and how to apply, keep reading! The steps you find below will take you through everything you need to know!
In order to apply to study at CMU, you will need to meet certain conditions. International applicants will be considered for admission if they meet any one of the following criteria:
International applicants whose primary language is not English must also demonstrate proficiency in English by one of the following tests:
If you think your country may be exempt from the English proficiency requirements, please consult our Exemption List at the bottom of this page. Also, there are specific English proficiency waiver options.
CMU tuition pricing is an advantage for International students! Our pricing for international students reflects CMU's commitment to offering affordable Christian Post-Secondary education to students from outside Canada. Your presence on our campus contributes to creating a diverse student body, where students of different backgrounds can learn from one another both in the classroom and outside of it. As a result, we have one of Manitoba’s most affordable international student tuition rates.
Tuition for two semesters of undergraduate study is $9,660, before student services fees. (Based on 2015-2016 tuition rates and five 3-credit hour courses each term - View a PDF of the full fee breakdown). Please note, Graduate course fees are different, and are the same as domestic costs.
The basic costs of one academic year (September to April) of full-time study while living in on-campus housing as a single student are:
|Tuition||$10,580.40||(including student services fees)|
|Books & Fees||$1,500||(approximate)|
|Room & Board||$6,320.38||(or more depending on your option)|
If you plan to stay on campus from May to August, there are additional room and board charges estimated at $2,000–3,000.
CMU tuition pricing is an advantage for International students! Tuition for two semesters of undergraduate study is $9,660, before student services fees. (Based on 2015-2016 tuition rates and five 3-credit hour courses each term.) View a PDF of the full fee breakdown. Please note, Graduate course fees are different, and are the same as domestic costs.
International Tuition Discounts are available for students from Developing Countries (countries listed up to and including 'Upper-middle income economies' according to The World Bank). We will automatically provide a 20% reduction in tuition. Graduate tuition is NOT included in this discount. Here is the discounted breakdown:
|Tuition||$8,614.80||(including student services fees)|
|Books & Fees||$1,500||(approximate)|
|Room & Board||$6,320.38||(or more depending on your option)|
Unfortunately, CMU itself has very limited financial aid to offer international students. As a result, CMU DOES NOT have any specific scholarships for international students. There are many requests for assistance and resources are limited. You will need to find the necessary funds through other sources.
We welcome all of our students to apply for specialized awards and scholarships, and these are available to international students. Please consult our Scholarships & Awards page for more information. The deadline for these applications is February 28th.
There are also opportunities to receive a small amount of funding through bursaries (designated according to financial need once a student is enrolled at CMU). You need to apply for those bursaries once you have been accepted to CMU. The deadline for the bursary application is July 15th.
Church Matching grants are available to all CMU students. For international students, CMU will match any funds provided by a local church or organization up to $1,000.
International students who hold a Canadian study permit may gain work experience while completing their studies. Your study permit will allow you to work up to 20 hours per week during regular academic sessions and work full-time during scheduled breaks, such as the winter and summer holidays or reading week. For further information please consult the CIC Student Work Permit Website.
Students wishing to work on or off campus must obtain a Social Insurance Number (SIN card) prior to beginning work. Application information can be obtained from the Coordinator of International Student Programs upon arrival at CMU.
On-Campus Work: There are limited on-campus jobs that international students can apply for prior to or upon arrival. International students are eligible to work on campus when they receive their valid study permit. However, it will not help with immigration requirements! The money earned in this work cannot be counted on when you apply to study in Canada.
Off-Campus Work: As of June 1st, 2014, off-campus work privileges will be issued under the conditions of your study permit. To work off campus, you will need to complete and comply with the following:
NOTE: It is possible to receive a post-graduate work permit up to a maximum of 3 years after studies (the degree) are complete. For more information about Study Permits, Temporary Resident Visas, Post-Graduate Work Permits, Co-Op Work Permits, etc., click here.
There are quite a few options for living on campus. CMU's on-campus housing options include apartments, shared dormitory rooms, and single dorm rooms in three different buildings all close to a full-service dining hall. Learn more about CMU's housing.
If you wish to live at CMU during your studies here, you will need to apply for on-campus housing; your application must be accompanied by two references. For an online housing application or PDF version, and printable reference forms, click here. Housing is limited, so please apply for housing by Feb 28th in order to secure a space.
If you want to live off campus CMU is not responsible for finding you off campus housing. CMU is located in the South West quadrant of the city, in the neighborhood of Tuxedo. When selecting an apartment, you may want to take proximity into consideration. There are a number of sites you can use to find affordable housing. Here are a few to help you get started in your search:
CMU is closed over the two week Christmas break. This means that the dormitories are CLOSED, and there is no food services available during the holiday. Students who are living in the dormitories are not allowed to stay on campus during the holiday break. We acknowledge that international students travel a great distance, and are unable to leave Winnipeg for the holiday break. CMU will work hard to HELP you find a host, but it is also your responsibility to work with us. CMU cannot guarantee that we can find every student a host. This is why we encourage all our international students to engage in the CMU community, a lot of benefit can come from making genuine connections with Canadian students.
If you meet our entrance criteria, and we have received the fees and all documents referred to above, CMU’s Admission Coordinator will send you an official Letter of Acceptance. You will need this letter (either Conditional or Final) in order to obtain your Study Permit. CMU will issue an electronic copy of the letter that can be used to apply for a Study Permit online. Canadian Immigration encourages online applications, and we have noticed that the process is much quicker and efficient then going direct to the Canadian Embassy in that country.
You will be issued a FINAL Letter of Acceptance once you complete your current program and provide us with final official transcripts (or notarized hard copies). You will need the final letter of acceptance in order to enter Canada, and continue with studies at CMU.
After acquiring your Study Permit, you may secure your flight arrangements directly to Winnipeg International Airport. We encourage you to book your flight to travel direct to Canada. Please note, if you travel through the USA, even if you end up only transferring flights, you MUST apply for either a US Visitor's Visa (if your country does not appear on the Visa Waiver List) or an ESTA. Unless you have Visitor’s Visa or an ESTA, you will not be allowed to enter.
International Student orientation begins on September 1, 2016. We require you to arrive in Winnipeg by August 31, 2016. It is important for you to attend. We require that when you book your flights, you plan to arrive by that date.
Once flight arrangements are made, you will need to wire us an additional $100 non-refundable deposit in order for us to confirm your accommodation and place in our program here. This deposit will be applied to your first semester of study at CMU. Tell us your time of arrival and we will arrange to have someone meet you and bring you to the campus.
All international students attending CMU must be covered by the Manitoba Health coverage plan for the period of their stay in Canada. Registration for this health program is free, but students must register in person for the program. Students will need to show that they hold a study permit valid for no less than 6 months in order to be eligible for this program. Health coverage begins when the student arrives in Manitoba. Registration for this coverage is available on the manitoba.ca/health website or from the Coordinator of International Student Programs. More information on this program is available in the International Student Handbook below.
If you have further questions, feel free to phone us at 204.487.3300, fax us at 204.487.3858, or contact us online.
If your application to CMU is successful, you must meet the following requirements to obtain a study permit from Citizenship and Immigration Canada:
*NOTE: The Canadian Immigration website states that full tuition plus $10,000 for a 12-month period is required before a study permit will be issued. According to Canadian Immigration Law, international students are required to have enough funds available to pay for their entire length of study. So, to receive a three-year study permit, you need to show that you have financial support for three years’ education (tuition and living costs) when you enter the country. At minimum, you will be required to produce funds for at least the first year of your schooling in order to secure even a one-year study permit. Perhaps your local church or personal sponsors would be able to help you by providing you with the needed funds.
Provision of adequate finances to pay for your tuition and living expenses should be based on the COST information provided.
CMU's on-campus housing options include apartments, shared dormitory rooms, and single dorm rooms in three different buildings all close to a full-service dining hall. Learn more about CMU's housing here.
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Students who have their secondary education from a British or North American system, or have graduated from an American or Canadian High School or University will be exempt. Also, and students from the following countries are exempt from the English Language Proficiency Requirements:
Students may request a waiver of the English Language Requirement. Students must provide supporting documentation to show they meet one of the conditions below: