International Student Admission

International Student Admission Requirements

International students find excellent opportunities for a premier liberal arts education at Concordia University of Edmonton.  Concordia offers excellent university-level bachelor degree programs, after-degree programs and unique cross-disciplinary majors. You will study with knowledgeable teachers, benefit from supportive student resources, and earn a Concordia degree that is respected throughout Canada and internationally. 

Our welcoming environment is open to students from all beliefs and cultural traditions.  Concordia is an intimate university community set in the dynamic urban center of Edmonton, the capital of Alberta.

Get started with the following basic steps for that apply to all new student admissions. Also explore the following resources that will help you plan for your future at Concordia: 

Here are admission requirements that are specific to international students wishing to apply­.

Basic Steps For Admission

1.  Get Ready to Apply

Before applying to Concordia, please look over our program selection and check the admission deadlines for international student applications. Apply early as official transcript requests and study permit applications take time to process.

To apply online, go to  Your application will not be sent to Concordia until the international student application fee of $100.00 CDN is paid.

2.  Check English Language Requirements

Because English is the principal language of instruction at Concordia, all international students applying to any program or course of study and whose first language is not English must fulfill the English Language Requirement regardless of citizenship or country of origin. Please check the English Language Requirements and be sure you fulfill all the necessary steps.

3.  Submit Your Documents

International student applicants should be sure to submit the following documents in order to complete your application:

  • Evidence that you can fulfil the English Language Requirements  such as official proficiency exam results
  • Official transcripts  from any high school and post-secondary institutions you attended

4. Apply for a Study Permit

Once all documents have been submitted and evaluated, Concordia notifies the international student applicants in writing of their admissibility.  Eligible international students are issued an Offer of Admission and Letter of Acceptance for Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). These letters are normally submitted to the Canadian Consulate in the applicant’s home country to obtain a study permit. 

5. Pay the Pre-registration Deposit

When registration opens for the academic year, eligible international students can proceed to register. Registration deposits are paid at the time of registration. The international registration deposit of $2,500 CDN is required to secure the class schedule you have chosen.

6.  Set up Medical Insurance

International students are required to have medical insurance coverage that is effective throughout their time in Canada. All international students are automatically included in the Students’ Association Health & Dental Plan. This plan provides insurance for Prescription Drugs, Dental, Vision, and much more. Students can opt out of this coverage after providing proof that they have coverage from another insurance provider.

For more information about the coverage, visit the website

7.  Plan Your Finances

Tuition fees are due the first day of classes of each semester and are listed online.  The approximate cost for international students taking five courses is $6,700.50 CDN per semester. This amount covers tuition, international student fees, and mandatory fees. It does not include books, lab fees, or course-specific charges.

8.  Get Ready to Move to Your New Home

We’re ready to help—and welcome—new international students to our university and to Alberta!  We know that moving to a new country can be exciting and scary: You’ll need to find a place to live, learn how to get around the city, decide what to pack, and a lot more.

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