International students at CMU...
For the 2019–20 academic year, CMU has registered approximately 110 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.
- Sincerely Sibanda, International Student at CM
[ Student Profile ]
- Interview with Sam Bergen, International Student at CMU
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- Interview with Dennis Giesbrecht, International Student at CMU
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- Shadrack Mutubazi and Theo Muthumwa, International Students at CMU
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- Connect with students at the CMU Student Council webpage and on Facebook.
International applicants must meet Academic Requirements and English Language Proficiency Requirements in order to apply and be considered for admission.
1. International Requirements by Country:
Students must meet one of the following in order to apply:
- Meet Country Specific Requirements.
- Successfully complete an internationally examined curriculum.
- Have graduated from a high school in Canada or the USA.
- Successfully completed a minimum of one year of full-time studies at a university or college in Canada or the USA.
2. English Proficiency Requirements:
Refer to the country specific requirements that pertain to you. Your country may require English Proficiency Exam results. Results must be less than two years old. English Proficiency may be demonstrated by one of the following tests:
- A minimum score of 550 (paper-based) with no less than 50 in each component
- or a minimum score of 213 (computer-based) with no less than 17 in each component
- or a minimum score of 80 (Internet-based) with no less than 19 in each component
- Minimum band score of 6.5 based on the Academic Module, with no less than 6.0 in each individual component.
- An average score of 4.5 in Listening and Reading and a score of 4.0 in Writing*
(*a score of 3.5 in Writing may be considered, provided the student is registered in ACWR-1010 Writing for Academic Purposes in their first semester).
d. Cambridge English Assessment Scale:
- A minimum score of 'C' on the C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency Test.
e. MELAB (Michigan English Language Assessment Battery):
- Minimum score of 80%
f. CAEL (Canadian Academic English Language Assessment):
- Minimum score of 60
g. PTE (Pearson Test of English – Academic):
- Minimum of score of 58
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 with a minimum C+ in English and a minimum C in all other components
j. ESP (English for Specific Purposes Program) at The University of Winnipeg: Minimum C+ in Academic Writing 1 and 2.
Undergraduate Credentials Offered
- Bachelor of Arts
four-year honours degree, four-year degree, and three-year degree
19 majors offered – subject areas listed below
- Bachelor of Business Administration
four-year degree and four-year degree with co-op option
5 majors offered – Accounting, Business Management, Human resource Management,
Not-for-Profit Management, Social Entrepreneurship
- Bachelor of Music
5 concentrations offered – Music Education, Music Ministry, Musicology, Performance, Comprehensive
- Bachelor of Music Therapy
four-year degree and two-year after degree
- Bachelor of Science
four-year degree and three-year degree
3 majors offered – Biology, Mathematics, General Science
- Certificate in General Studies
Undergraduate Programs & Subject Areas
A year or more at CMU can prepare students to enter various professional studies. For more information on specific pre-professional studies at CMU, click here.
- Dental Hygiene
- Family Social Science
- Food Science
- Health Sciences
- Health Studies
- Human Nutritional Science
- Kinesiology - Athletic Therapy
- Medical Laboratory Sciences
- Occupational Therapy
- Physical Education
- Physical Therapy
- Recreation Management and Community Dev.
- Respiratory Therapy
- Social Work
- Veterinary Medicine
Graduate Credentials Offered
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 undergraduate study (September 2019–April 2020) at CMU is $21,028.60 CAD.*
Tuition for two semesters of undergraduate study is about $10,200.00, before student services fees. (Based on 2019–20 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 undergraduate study while living in on-campus housing as a single student are:
|Undergraduate Tuition||$10,805.00||(including student services fees; excludes any applicable lab fees)|
|Books & Fees||$2,500.00||(approximate)|
|Room & Board||$6,570.00||(or more depending on your option)|
|Health Insurance Fee||$789.00|
If you plan to live 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 pay amount of approximately 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 academic entrance scholarships. However, 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 10. Bursary Applications are requested from the Financial & Student Services 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.
Be aware of Application Deadlines
- Fall Semester start: All necessary application documents must be submitted no later than May 15
- Winter Semester start: All necessary application documents must be submitted no later than August 15
Complete an Application Form
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.
Pay $150 Application Fee (non-refundable)
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.
Attach Official Transcripts
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).
Include English Proficiency Exam Results
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.
Receive Notification of Admission from CMU in 3-4 Weeks
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.
Apply for On-Campus Housing (if you hope to live on campus)
- You may apply for On-Campus Housing in one of three ways:
- When applying for On-Campus Housing we require a housing application and TWO housing reference forms. You will need to make sure that the two reference forms (e.g. a teacher, pastor, community leader—no relatives) are all filled out and sent to us directly. Find reference forms here: Personal/Housing Reference Forms.
Use your Acceptance Letter to Apply for a Study Permit
- If you meet CMU's entrance criteria, and CMU has received the fees and all documents referred to above, CMU's Admissions Coordinator will send you an official Letter of Acceptance. You can use either a Conditional or Final Letter of Acceptance to apply for 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 than going in-person to the Canadian Embassy in that country.
- You will be issued a FINAL Letter of Acceptance once you have completed your current educational 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.
- You must meet the following requirements to obtain a study permit from Citizenship and Immigration Canada:
- A letter of acceptance from CMU
- An acceptable medical report
- If required, a Visitor Visa or eTA – Consult the CIC Visa website. We encourage you to book your flight to travel direct to Canada.Please note, when planning your travel to CMU to study, we strongly encourage you NOT to travel through the USA. If you travel through the USA, even if you end up only transferring flights, you MUST apply for either a US Visitor's Visa
What are the academic expectations at CMU?
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 six credit hours (two 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.
Do I need health insurance while I study at CMU?
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 deposit. Returning students will need to pay the full amount by August 1 (fall students) or December 1 (winter students) each academic year.
How do I pay?
Please refer to the Student Payment Policy for payment options.
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 is also available on the guard.me website.
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 during the orientation week.
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.
My family will be coming to Canada with me. Are they covered under the guard.me health insurance?
Spouses and/or dependents are not covered by the health insurance plan that you have purchased through CMU. However, you can add your family to your health insurance plan. For the lowest cost, the student can enroll family members within 30 days of receiving confirmation of their own enrollment. Later enrollment will result in higher fees for family members.
It is the student's responsibility to enroll family members. Please contact admin:@:guard.me for additional information about adding family members.
Pregnancy Coverage — please take note of the policy wording regarding pregnancy for students or their spouses. "Where pregnancy commences after the Effective Date of this Policy, or within the 30 days prior to the Effective Date, when this Policy is purchased at the time of enrollment in a college or university, prenatal care, childbirth and newborn care (up to age 15 days) are covered up to a combined Benefit Maximum of $25,000. The insurance must be in effect for the entire term of the pregnancy. Serious complications due to pregnancy are covered up to an additional maximum of $25,000. Serious complications do not include normal conditions of pregnancy including but not limited to morning sickness, spotting, ultrasounds, blood and urine testing, including testing for gestational diabetes." (taken from guard.me Drug Card Policy)
What is application fraud and why is it serious?
- It is an act of serious academic misconduct to provide any false or misleading information (either by omission or commission) in your application.
- It is your responsibility to ensure that your application information and all supporting documentation is truthful, complete and correct. CMU reserves the right to verify any information provided as part of your application.
- If it is proven, or if the university has reasonable grounds to conclude, that any information in your application, or in any of the material submitted in support of your application, is determined to be false or misleading, or written by a third party including a recruiter, your application may be invalidated at the absolute and sole discretion of CMU.
- If you have been admitted to CMU, and then come forward with a transcript from a different university that you did not declare on your application form (intending to get transfer credit), CMU will not consider transfer credit and your status at CMU will be assessed by the Registrar's Office at the end of the semester.
Can I work in Canada while I study?
- 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.
- Off-campus work privileges are issued under the conditions of your study permit. To work off campus, you will need to complete and comply with the following:
- You must be enrolled in full-time studies in programs of 6 months or more at a Designated Learning Institution (DLI). The DLI number for CMU will be included in your acceptance package.
- You may work no more than 20 hours per week when studying, and full-time during regularly scheduled breaks (i.e. summer break, Christmas break, reading week).
- You are allowed to work until the expiration date listed on your study permit. At that time, you need to apply for a work permit.
- You must continue to meet the conditions of your study permit in order to remain eligible for employment.
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.
Are there jobs available on campus?
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.
What on-campus housing options are available?
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.
How do I find living accommodation off-campus?
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:
- Winnipeg Renters Hotline
- Winnipeg RentSpot
- Winnipeg Rental Guide
- Winnipeg Free Press Classifieds
- Zoeken Canada
Things to Consider When Looking for Housing in Winnipeg
- Bus connections – how much time do you want to spend commuting to school?
- >Proximity to CMU, grocery stores, day care, schools
- Make sure that you have a good landlord and know your rights as a tenant. Become familiar with the Manitoba Tenancies Branch website.
- Remember to find out what is included in your rental cost.
- Are utilities included? If so, which ones? Hydro, water, heat, internet, phone?
- Is it furnished or unfurnished?
- What is the damage deposit? Is a down payment required? If so, how much?
- Are pets allowed? Is there a pet damage deposit?
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.
- >River Heights, St. James, Tuxedo, Charleswood, and Crescentwood are all located fairly close to the CMU campus with good bus connections, but may be a little expensive unless you have roommates.
- Wolseley, Sargent Park, and West End neighbourhoods (especially those closer to Portage Ave. between Kenaston Blvd. and Home St.) are a little further from campus, but are closer to downtown and have great bus connections to the university. These neighbourhoods typically offer lots of rooms and apartments for rent at reasonable prices.
- Housing near the University of Manitoba, in Transcona neighbourhood or along North Main or Main St. may be less expensive but can cost you a lot of time commuting to CMU (1-2 hours of commuting one way with multiple bus connections).
What do I do when the university is closed for breaks?
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.
What happens in the International Student Orientation and do I need to be there?
International Student Orientation begins on August 28, 2019. The deadline for registration is August 16, 2019.
We require you to arrive in Winnipeg by August 28, 2019. 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:
- Canadian Cultural/Social Norms (including human rights, sexual harassment, relationship expectations, social cues
- Transition Issues (normalizing homesickness, culture shock, mental health and well-being, food)
Examples of sessions offered:
- Academics at CMU (academic integrity, critical thinking, library orientation, PAL, tutoring); course registration and other institutional paperwork
- Health care in Canada
- Finances (Financial Aid, setting up payment plans, understanding income tax)
- Employment (on-campus employment program & applications, understanding Canadian workplace culture)
- Introduction to Winnipeg (Winnipeg Transit; Shopping – set up cell phone plans, pick up bedding, toiletries)
- Outings to Assiniboine Park and The Forks
NOTE: The start date for classes is September 4, 2019. International students MUST be registered for classes by September 4, 2019. Students must begin attending classes on September 4. We recognize that international travel can sometimes be difficult, however, NO STUDENT will be allowed to start classes later than Friday September 6, 2019.
For the winter semester, the start date for classes is January 6, 2020. International students MUST be registered for classes by January 2, ready to start by January 6. NO STUDENT will be allowed to start classes later than Friday, January 8, 2020.
Will somebody from CMU be able to help me in the first weeks of university?
- Student Leadership – There are a number of student leaders that support international students in their first few weeks of university.
- International Student Council (ISC) – The International Student Council works to raise awareness of the presence of international students on campus, provides a voice for international students and strives to address the issues that this community faces during their time at CMU. International Student Council leaders assist in planning orientation and providing programming and events on campus throughout the year that support the mission of the International Student Council.
- International Student Mentors (ISMs) – International Student Mentors are assigned to each new international student when they arrive for orientation. These student leaders assist new students in navigating the various items associated with beginning university and moving to Canada.
- Resident Assistants (RAs) – RAs are student leaders who facilitate the social, academic, and personal adjustment of residential students to University. The RA helps to develop a sense of community among residents as members of a floor and active participants in the residence life system. The RAs are the go-to people for any questions or concerns for residential students.
- Commuter Assistants (CAs) – CAs meet on a regular basis to discuss issues and concerns that relate to the commuter students of CMU. They are committed to creating opportunities through which commuters are able to gather together and interact with other students, staff, and faculty within the CMU community. The CAs also work to serve the commuter student population through advocacy, orientation to the CMU campus, and general assistance. Meetings are chaired by the Coordinator of Commuter Programs.
- Coordinator of International Student Programs – oversees orientation and programs for international students; one of the main points of contact for international students during their time at CMU.
- Residence Director – oversees all residence programs and housing at CMU; available to help with any questions related to on-campus housing.
What other resources are available to help me succeed?
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.
What is the CMU Community Atmosphere?
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.
Why should I get involved in the CMU community?
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, volleyball, and futsal. 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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