International Admissions Guide

Your first step to becoming a Brandon University student is to complete the online application form and submit the non-refundable application fee.  Applications for all Graduate and Undergraduate programs open October 1st each year for the next academic session.

The Admissions Office will email you a document request once your application is received and processed. Have all requested documents sent to the Admissions Office by the Application Deadline. The application and document deadline are the same date. Understand which International required documents you may need to submit.


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.

Admission Requirements

Admission requirements by country for applicants who have attended only secondary school can be found on the International Required Documents page.  Admission requirements for applicants who have attended accredited post-secondary institutions can be found in our Transfer Admissions Guide.

English Language Proficiency Requirement

All applicants regardless of citizenship status or country of origin are required to demonstrate English language proficiency to be considered for admission. There are twelve ways meet Brandon University’s approved English language proficiency requirement.

If you are required to provide proof of English language proficiency to complete your application, you will receive an email from the Admissions Office. You don’t have to wait for us to contact you – If you have valid ELP test scores that you would like to share, send them to the Admissions Office as soon as you have completed your application.

English language proficiency results must be sent directly from the Testing Centre, except TOEFL which can be sent electronically through TOEFL (ETS), and IELTS which can be verified online using your TRF.

International students who do not meet our English Proficiency requirements may enroll in our English for Academic Purposes (EAP) program.

Application & Official Document Deadlines

Applicants must order all official secondary and post-secondary transcripts well in advance of the stated deadlines to ensure they arrive on time.  Official transcripts must be sent from the granting institution or Examination Authority. Official transcripts may be accepted from the applicant providing the transcript remains in the sealed envelope from the institution.  We also accept World Education Services (WES) credential evaluation reports, directly from WES.

Documents in a language other than English must be accompanied by a certified English translation and sent in an envelope sealed and signed by the translator. The certified translator must indicate in writing that they received the transcripts in a sealed envelope.

Additional documents may be requested during the assessment process.

The Admissions Office may require a scanned copy of ID documents such as a marriage certificate, birth certificate, driver’s license, or passport to confirm name change or proof of age. Do not send originals.

Transcripts submitted become the property of Brandon University and are not returned to applicants.

Admission Decisions

Applicant files will be assessed for admissibility when all required documents and the application fee are received.  Admission decisions are communicated via email.

International Student Tuition Deposit

International applicants accepted to Brandon University will receive a Confirmation of Admissibility by email and must pay a non-refundable tuition deposit before receiving an Offer of Admission. Canadian citizens, Permanent Residents of Canada, and U.S. citizens are not required to make a deposit.

The non-refundable deposit is $10,000 CAD for undergraduate programs or $5,000 CAD for graduate programs. These funds are applied directly to your tuition and fees.

September Offers of Admission will be released if the deposit is paid by June 1st.

January Offers of Admission will be released if the deposit is paid by October 1st.

*Note that not all programs accept January starters – check your Confirmation of Admissibility carefully.

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Do not pay the non-refundable deposit if you do not plan to attend Brandon University. Refunds will be issued only in cases where Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) denies your study permit application.

Deferral of Admission

Offers of Admission are eligible for deferral to future sessions. Confirmations of Admissibility are not.

Detailed information about admission deferrals is available in the Undergraduate and Graduate Calendars.

Education Costs

To join us at Brandon University, you need to have approximately $35,000 CAD to cover your first year of study (September to April) – this amount includes tuition, on-campus residence with meal plan, books and health insurance.  Travel costs are not included in this figure.

The tuition cost used in this amount is the estimated undergraduate tuition based on a full course load (30 credit hours or 5 – 3 credit hour courses per term).  Learn more about the tuition and fees you can expect to pay at Brandon University.

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.

For payment due dates, visit the current registration guide and click on the current academic session.  Then and scroll down to the Financial Information heading and click on “General Information”.

Study Permits

If your program of study at Brandon University is more than 6 months in duration, you are required to obtain a Study Permit from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). 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

Manitoba Blue Cross health insurance coverage ensures that international students have access to health professionals when needed for both emergent and non-emergent care.  This plan has an annual cost and is mandatory.  Applicable fees will be applied to your BU Student Account when you register for courses.  Additional information about health insurance can be found on the Office of International Activities website.

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