International Admissions Guide
Brandon University Offers:
- A long history of commitment to International Students.
- One-to-one interaction with professors and research opportunities which are often not available at larger institutions.
Innovative scholarly activities, inspirational teaching, and intensive study.
- Courses which broaden horizons, expand points of view, and encourage a critical mind.
- A degree which is very helpful in obtaining employment, entry into professional programs or graduate school.
International applicants must submit official transcripts from the degree granting institution, Examination Authority or from the applicant providing the transcript remains in the sealed envelope from the institution. Transcripts not in English must be translated by a certified translator along with a note indicating they received documents in a sealed envelope. The original official transcript and the translation must be sent to the Admissions Office. English language proficiency test scores must come from the examination authority.
Application & Document Deadline
The published International Application & Document Deadline is in place to ensure applications are processed in a timely manner once all the required information is received by allowing as much time as possible to apply for a Study Permit.
An application or document arriving after the April 1 Application & Document deadline for first term will automatically be considered for second term in January. Applicants will be required to reapply and submit the non-refundable application fee to be considered for the next academic year If the application or documents arrive after the August 1 Application & Document deadline for second term.
It is important to order all secondary and post-secondary transcripts well in advance of the stated deadline to ensure they arrive on time. The Admissions Office will send a request email asking what documents are required, however there may be a delay with this email as the deadline approaches. Email the Admissions Office if you have any questions before submitting the online application form.
International applicants must submit official transcripts from the degree granting institution, Examination Authority or from the applicant providing the transcript remains in the sealed envelope from the institution. Transcripts not in English must be translated by a certified translator along with a note indicating they received the documents in a sealed envelope. English language proficiency test scores must come directly from the testing centre. The original transcript and the English translation must be sent to the Admissions Office.
Who Must Apply to Brandon University
Individuals in any of the following categories who wish to register as full-time or part-time students of the University must submit an application for admission, pay the non-refundable application fee, and submit all required supporting documents in accordance with published deadlines:
- Individuals not previously enrolled at Brandon University;
- Individuals who have been admitted to Brandon University but who wish to defer their admission after having already deferred once;
- Individuals who were admitted to Brandon University for one session but who neither registered for the session for which they were initially admitted nor deferred their admission to a future session;
- Individuals who were not admitted for one session but who want to be considered for admission in a future session;
- Current or former Brandon University students whose active degree at the time of last registration was NIL and who want to pursue a regular BU credential (such as Dual Credit, Audit, Visitor, and other non-degree studies students);
- Brandon University students seeking readmission after a 36-month academic withdrawal (or after a 12-month suspension in the case of Mature status students);
- Brandon University students who have interrupted their studies for 3 years or more;
- Students who are graduating or have applied to graduate with one Brandon University degree who want to continue in another Brandon University program (BED, 2nd degree, Master’s, etc.), convert a 3-Year degree into a 4-Year degree, or take courses for general interest.
Offer of Admission
International applicants accepted to Brandon University will be sent an email with an Offer of Admission attached. The email will be sent to the address provided on the application form. The Offer of Admission is needed in order to apply for a study visa. More information on how to apply for a study permit is located on the Government of Canada Get a Study Permit website.
All documents become the property of Brandon University. Students in their final year of high school must include a letter from the Principal or designate attesting that graduation from high school will occur before the start of University. Transcripts not in English must be translated by a certified translator along with a note indicating they received documents in a sealed envelope. The original official transcript and the translation must be sent to the Admissions Office.
Almost all communications from the Admissions Office will be sent by email. When applying, use an email account that you check regularly and add us to your safe-sender list. The Admissions Office email address is Admissions@brandonu.ca.
In order to attend our university, students will need to have approximately $20,000 (Canadian) to cover their first year of study (September to April). Travel costs have not been included in this figure. Go to the Financial & Registration Services web site for more information on cost at https://www.brandonu.ca/finance
Paying from Outside Canada
To learn how you can pay your Brandon University account from outside Canada, please visit the International Student Tuition Payment Options from Outside Canada page.
Click here to learn more about the Certificate, Undergraduate and Graduate program available at Brandon University.
English Language Proficiency Requirement
International students will be required to submit evidence of acceptable English as recognized by Brandon University. International student may wish to enroll in our English for Academic Purposes (EAP) program. International students may be eligible for an English language waiver if they have studied in an English environment. Additional information can be found on the international page.
English Language Waiver
Students must provide documentation to support meeting one of the following conditions to receive the waiver.
- Successful completion of a three-year secondary school program in Canada or the United States, or successful completion of an accredited three-year post-secondary program in Canada or the United States, or any combination of three successful years of secondary and post-secondary education in Canada or the United States. Overall post-secondary cumulative GPA must be a minimum of 2.0.
- Graduation from a Manitoba high school with at least one Grade 12 40S English credit with a minimum grade of 70% or better.
- Graduation from a Canadian high school (outside Manitoba) with at least one Grade 12 English credit equivalent to Manitoba 40S with a minimum grade of 70%.
- Completion of the International Baccalaureate (IB) Higher Level (HL) English course with a score of four or greater.
- Completion of Advanced Placement (AP) English, Literature and Composition or Language and Composition with a score of four or greater.
- Completion of an accredited first undergraduate degree from an English-speaking institution.
Residence in Canada for a minimum of 10 consecutive years. The period of residency will be the time between the “Landed On” date on the Record of Landing Document and the first day of classes in the term the applicant intends to register. The Record of Landing Document must be presented to the Admissions Office.
Note: Where high school English courses are referenced in the foregoing, courses with an “E” designation or any equivalent designation are not acceptable. Also, any “EAP” “EAL”, “ESL”, or equivalent courses or programs completed at another post-secondary institution are not acceptable for the purpose of being granted a waiver of the English Language Requirement.
Canadian Immigration Regulations
Government of Canada Study Visa permits
Students must obtain a student authorization permit prior to coming to Canada. The procedure is:
- Obtain an Offer of Admission from Brandon University.
- Contact the nearest Canadian Immigration Authority.
- Be prepared to show evidence of enough financial support to cover the cost of study.
If your program of study at Brandon University is more than 6 months in duration, you are required to obtain a Study Permit from Citizenship and Immigration Canada. Once you arrive in Canada, before the course registration deadline of your first semester, you must bring your valid study permit to the Office of International Activities (located in the basement of McMaster Hall).
Health Insurance for International Students and Visitors to Brandon University
Effective, September 1, 2018 Manitoba Health Insurance will no longer be available to international students enrolled at Brandon University. Brandon University is currently looking at options for health coverage which will be made available shortly. Please check this website periodically throughout the summer as updates will be provided.
Important Web Pages
- Office of International Activities
- English for Academic Purposes
- International Application Deadlines
- Apply Online
- Future Students
- Residence at Brandon University
- English Language Exempt Countries
- Campus Map
- City of Brandon, located in Canada
Office of International Activities