For the 2017-18 academic year, CMU registered 92 undergraduate and 23 graduate International students from 32 different countries.
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 undergraduate options available to them including three and four year BA degrees with a choice of 19 majors, as well as bachelor degrees in Music, Music Therapy, Business Administration (BBA) and Science (BSc).
CMU also offers a Master of Arts in Theological Studies (two-Year), Master of Arts in Peacebuilding and Collaborative Development, and a Collaborative Master of Business Administration.
As a small, Christian liberal arts university CMU welcomes international students and values the experiences, perspectives and gifts that they bring. CMU is committed to support international students academically, emotionally, culturally, and spiritually as they transition to a Canadian university and cultural setting.
International students of CMU have a wide variety of options available to them including three and four year BA degrees with a choice of 19 majors, as well as bachelor degrees in Music, Music Therapy, Business Administration (BBA), and Science (BSc). CMU also offers a Master of Arts in Theological Studies, Master of Arts in Peacebuilding and Collaborative Development, Master of Divinity (September 2019), and a Collaborative Master of Business Administration degree.
Remember, in applying, you will be asked to consider your reasons for wanting to be part of a vibrant university characterized by academic rigour, faith integration, community character, and a world citizenship focus.
To learn more about the International Student experience at CMU, take a look at some of the interviews with past and present international students.
International applicants must meet Academic Requirements and English Language Proficiency Requirements in order to apply and be considered for admission.
1. Academic Requirements:
You must meet one of the following in order to Apply
3. English Proficiency Requirements:
d. Cambridge English Assessment Scale:
e. MELAB (Michigan English Language Assessment Battery):
f. CAEL (Canadian Academic English Language Assessment):
g. PTE (Pearson Test of English – Academic):
h. Successful completion of the AEPUCE (Academic English Program for University and College Entrance) offered at the University of Manitoba or a comparable program at a recognized University.
i. Successful completion of Academic Level 5 in the English Language Program (ELP) at The University of Winnipeg
j. ESP (English for Specific Purposes Program) at The University of Winnipeg: Minimum C+ in Academic Writing 1 and 2.
CMU tuition pricing is an advantage for International students! CMU has Manitoba's most affordable international student tuition and reflects CMU's commitment to offer affordable Christian post-secondary education to students from outside Canada. Your presence at CMU helps create a diverse student body, where students of different backgrounds can learn from one another both in the classroom and beyond.
The approximate total cost for one full-year of study (September–April) at CMU is $21,028.60 CAD.
Tuition for two semesters of undergraduate study is $10,003.50, before student services fees. (Based on 2018–19 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||$10,785.60||(including student services fees; excludes any applicable lab fees)|
|Books & Fees||$2,500.00||(approximate)|
|Room & Board||$6,454.00||(or more depending on your option)|
|Health Insurance Fee||$789.00|
If you plan to stay on campus from May–August, there are additional room and board charges estimated at $2,000–3,000.
International students beginning their studies at CMU in September or in January are required to have an amount equivalent to two semesters of tuition and room & board ($16,000 CAD) on deposit with CMU by August 1 for a September term start and by November 1 for a January term start. This policy applies to all students not from the USA or Canada.
CMU has partnered with Flywire (a money transfer service) to help international students make easier payments for tuition and room & board. Payment can be made directly from your home country to your student account.
For further information and CMU's payment policy, please visit the Tuition & Fees webpage.
New international students are not eligible for entrance awards. However, all returning international students can apply for specialized awards and scholarships. Please consult our Scholarships & Awards webpage for more information. The deadline for these applications is February 28.
Funding is also available through CMU Bursaries (based on financial need after 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 15. Bursary Applications are requested from the Financial Aid Coordinator.
Church Matching grants are available to all CMU students. For international students, CMU will match any funds provided by a local church up to $1,000.
Apply: If you meet the criteria above, you are ready to apply for admission to CMU! There are two ways to apply: you can Apply Online or you can print out a PDF Application Form and mail or fax it to CMU. Ensure you apply for on-campus housing.
Your application must be accompanied by a non-refundable payment of the $150 application fee. CMU has partnered with Flywire (a money transfer service) to help make the payment process easier for international students. Payment can be made directly from your home country to your student account.
Transcripts: CMU requires transcripts to determine your eligibility. The first submission of these documents may be scanned or copied versions of your official transcripts (clear screenshots, or photos are acceptable). However, we will need the official paper copies (or notarized hard copies) of your school transcripts in order to fully admit you into the university. These documents should be mailed to CMU.
If you require these transcripts back please inform us IN WRITING (either with a letter, or email). We will send you your transcripts back either by post (with an additional charge for postage), or hold them until you arrive at CMU. It is CMU policy to only hold onto students files for 3 years, after which time a student must re-apply or their file will be shredded (in following Canadian information laws).
International applicants whose primary language is not English must demonstrate proficiency in English. International students must have recent exam results (less than one year). These documents should be mailed to CMU.
If you think your country may be exempt from the English proficiency requirements, please consult our Exemption List at the bottom of this page.
We will assess your application only after we have received your completed application form, your non-refundable application fee, your transcripts, and your English proficiency exam results (if applicable). We will assess your application and contact you regarding your acceptance. You can expect to hear from us within 3-4 weeks, even if your application is not successful.
CMU is a university that has high academic expectations of all students. We promote academics in the following ways:
Emphasis on Writing
When you study at CMU, students will encounter diverse understandings of writing and will be engaged in the practice of writing. In your first year, you will be expected to write 1,000-2,000 word research papers as well as book reports, reviews, and/or case studies. In addition, you will need to take a writing intensive ('W') course or the course: ACWR-1010 Writing for Academic Purposes.
Emphasis on Analytical Skills
Strong analytical skills are required at CMU. Strong mathematical skills are essential if you are studying in the areas of business, biology, chemistry, or pre-professional programs in the health field. All students are required to complete 6 credit hours (2 courses) in the areas of mathematics or science.
Class attendance is critical for academic success. If you miss class, your professor will notice your absence and you will miss valuable information you cannot get from your textbook.
Biblical and Theological Studies Requirement
Through course work in Biblical and Theological Studies, students gain a foundational grasp of the story, language, and content of the Christian faith. You are required to take 6 credit hours (2 courses) in the area of Biblical and Theological Studies (BTS) in your first year and 18 credit hours of BTS within your degree.
CMU has a high standard for student conduct in the classroom and in academic work. We expect that the work you complete is your own words, thoughts, and arguments. Plagiarism, cheating, impersonation, and forging are types of academic misconduct that are not acceptable at CMU. We know our students and take academic integrity seriously.
Yes. CMU is happy to announce that we have chosen guard.me International Insurance as the health insurance provider for our international students. guard.me has provided health insurance to international students since 1998. Enrolment in the guard.me more plan is mandatory for all international students.
What does the plan cost?
All international students will automatically be enrolled in an annual plan beginning either August 15 (fall students) or December 15 (winter students). The annual cost of the plan is $789.00/student and is included in the deposit required of all new international students. More information regarding the health insurance plan and benefits will be available at guard.me/cmu shortly.
When do I have to pay for my health insurance?
For new students the health insurance cost is included in the first year payment of $15,000. Returning students will need to pay the full amount by August 1, 2018 for the 2018-2019 academic year.
What happens if I do not pay by August 1, 2018?
Students who have not paid for their health insurance by August 1, 2018 will be deregistered from their courses. Once deregistered, you are no longer guaranteed a spot in your preferred courses. This is in keeping with CMU's policy that all students must show proof of guard.me health insurance before they are allowed to attend classes.
How do I pay?
Please refer to the Student Payment Policy for payment options. Keep in mind that all students must pay by August 1, 2018
How do I enroll in the guard.me more plan?
The Coordinator of International Student Programs will enrol all international students. You will receive a digital card through your CMU email that includes your personal policy/identification number. Make sure to download the card to your phone.
What does my health insurance cover?
A benefits summary was sent to your CMU email. Additional information regarding your plan will also be available on a guard.me website in a few weeks. You will receive an email when this link is live.
For further explanations of your benefits and to learn how to submit claims, you can attend an orientation session regarding health insurance benefits and claims with a guard.me representative on Friday, September 7, 2018 at 12:00 noon.
What if I have purchased health insurance independently?
Alternate plans will not be considered. Enrolment in the guard.me more plan is mandatory for all international students.
NOTE: It is possible to receive a post-graduate work permit up to a maximum of three years after studies (the degree) are complete. Click here for more information about Study Permits, Temporary Resident Visas, Post-Graduate Work Permits, Co-Op Work Permits, etc.
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.
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 early to secure a space. Housing applications for September start are due May 30. Applications for a January start are due November 30. Please note that housing will be assigned after confirmation of study permit has been received.
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 neighbourhood of Tuxedo. When selecting an apartment, you may want to take proximity into consideration. There are a number of online websites you can use to find affordable housing. Here are a few to help you get started in your search:
Things to Consider When Looking for Housing in Winnipeg
Neighbourhoods to Consider in Winnipeg
There are lots of housing options in Winnipeg, so the following are just suggestions and not to be limitations for an international student looking for housing.
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 break.
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.
International Student Orientation begins on August 30, 2018. The deadline for registration is August 10, 2018.
We require you to arrive in Winnipeg by August 29, 2018. It is important for you to attend. We require that when you book your flights, you plan to arrive by that date.
CMU recognizes that the transition to Canada and to post-secondary education can be challenging for new international students. The following areas will be covered during the orientation sessions:
Examples of sessions offered:
NOTE: The start date for classes is September 5, 2018, international students MUST be registered for classes by September 4, 2018 ready to start by September 6. We recognize that international travel can sometimes be difficult, however, NO STUDENT will be allowed to start classes later than Friday September 7, 2018.
For the winter semester, the start date for classes is January 7, 2019. International students MUST be registered for classes by January 3, ready to start by January 4. NO STUDENT will be allowed to start classes later than Friday, January 11, 2019.
CMU offers support in a number of areas to help students succeed:
Academic Resources: There are volunteer tutors available and a peer tutor program (PAL) to help students succeed academically.
Course and Program Selection: There is academic advising available for all students from staff and faculty. There is also a career counsellor available.
Finances: The Financial and Student Services Advisor is available to help students finance their education.
International Student Services: International Student Council, International Student Mentors, and the Coordinator of International Students are available to help students.
Counselling: CMU has trained counsellors available to talk with students at no cost to the student.
CMU is a small campus in which you get to know faculty, staff, and fellow students. We encourage and expect our students to contribute to class discussions, participate in community activities. We invite you to embrace the mission of CMU: leading lives of service, leadership, and mission in church and society. When you engage in community, you are more likely to succeed academically.
CMU is a vibrant university characterized by academic rigour, faith integration, community character, and a world citizenship focus. Getting involved in the CMU community is important for your academic success as well as for your social, physical, and mental well-being. Here are some ways to get involved:/
Athletics: CMU has women and men's varsity teams in soccer, basketball, and volleyball. We also have a fitness room available to all students.
Spiritual Life: Nourish your faith and spiritual life by participating in chapels, fellowship groups, Wednesday night worship, community gatherings, and/or visiting the prayer room.
Volunteer Opportunities: Get involved in student leadership in one of the following ways: Student Council, student newspaper (DOXA), yearbook, sports and recreation, social activities, volunteer tutoring, fellowship groups, and social justice initiatives.
On-campus Employment: CMU maintains and offers a large number of diverse student employment positions, available both during the school year and through the summer.
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