International Students

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College of the North Atlantic welcomes students from all parts of the world. International students are attracted by the college’s high quality education, reasonable costs, safe and friendly living environment, student support services, and the acceptability and transferability of its certificates and diplomas. College of the North Atlantic places a high value on the contribution that international students make towards the development of intercultural communications and understanding throughout the college and the community.

International Student Application Procedure

  1. International applicants must complete a student application form and forward it to College of the North Atlantic.  Applications can be submitted online, email or by regular mail (with payment included) to the address noted below. Include with the application the following items:
  1. the application form itself unless submitted online;
  2. the application fee;
  3. proof of English language proficiency;
  4. official academic transcripts issued directly from the originating institution;
  5. notarized, certified copies of academic transcripts will be accepted from any of the College’s approved agents; and,
  6. official transcripts or degree certificates issued in languages other than English must be translated into English and submitted to College of the North Atlantic along with the original official documents.  An official translation is an exact English translation of your academic documents that has been prepared by the issuing institution or a professional translator.
Application forms can be obtained by contacting College of the North Atlantic by email, telephone, fax, mail (see contact information below), from the Canadian Education Centre office or from any of our agents.
International Student Coordinator
Student Services Division
College of the North Atlantic
1 Prince Philip Drive
P.O. Box 1693
St. John’s, NL
Canada A1C 5P7
Tel: 709 758-7290
Fax: 709 758-7304
  1. The application will be reviewed for eligibility and, if accepted, a Letter of Acceptance will be issued to the student.  Information confirming fees, enrollment, program of study and length of program will accompany the Letter of Acceptance.
  1. Upon  receipt of the Letter of Acceptance, the confirmation fee and tuition for the first semester of the program of studies is due to the College.  In the event that a student visa is not awarded by the Canadian Embassy and the student provides a letter and evidence to support this claim, the tuition will be refunded in full except for the application fee and the confirmation fee.
  1. International applicants who plan to study in Canada should take their letter of acceptance to the nearest Canadian Embassy, High Commission, or Consulate to apply for the Student Study Permit.  An immigration officer will provide the applicant with an information package about the documents necessary to process a student study permit.  Information about the application for study permits to study in Canada, can be found at:
Generally, applicants will need:
  • Documentation verifying personal identification (such as a passport);
  • An original Letter of Acceptance;
  • Proof of funds available to cover tuition and living expenses; and,
  • Assurance that the student will return to his/her country of residence.
International applicants who plan to remain in the their home country while completing their program at College of the North Atlantic (i.e. Distributed Learning online program) are not required to obtain a student study permit or travel to Canada.
  1. Once an applicant has been issued a Student Study Permit form the Canadian Diplomatic Mission, they should advise the College and make arrangements to travel to Canada and begin their program at College of the North Atlantic.
Language Requirements
All international students must meet the college’s English proficiency requirements for acceptance into regular programs. The college will accept most internationally recognized tests of English proficiency

  1. CAEL 60;
  2. TOEFL paper based 550;
  3. TOEFL internet based 79;
  4. TOEFL computer based 213 or equivalent;
  5. IELTS Academic Test overall band score of 6.0; and
  6. MELAB minimum 78.
If a language proficiency test other than those reference above was used, applications can forward the results for assessment.
If an international applicant has attended an educational institution (high school or post-secondary) for a period of three years or more where the official language of instruction was English, the English proficiency test will not be required. Follow the link for the list of countries that are exempt from the language requirement as the official language of instruction is English.
Some programs may require specific English language requirements and proficiency scores that differ from those stated above, therefore international applicants are advised to please refer to the specific program admission requirements as identified in the College Calendar
Academic Prerequisites
Entrance requirements for each program are set out in the program description on the College website. All applicants should submit the latest transcript of marks which will be assessed on an individual basis.
Age of Students
The minimum age accepted by College of the North Atlantic is 17 years.

Proof of Status
International students must provide proof of status in Canada on or before the first day of classes.

Fees, Charges & Refunds

Program Fees
  • Application fee - $100.00 per program (only refundable if the program does not go ahead and the applicant does not wish to transfer the application to another program).
  • Confirmation fee:  $97.00 per academic year (September to August).  Due within two weeks or receipt of letter of acceptance and is non-refundable.
  • Tuition – Regular Semester (15 weeks) - $3300.00
(first semester tuition is due within two weeks of receipt of letter of acceptance.  For each successive semester, tuition is paid at the beginning of each semester).
  • Tuition – Intersession (up to 7 weeks in duration) - $1650.00
  • Out of Sequence/Trades Programs - $220.00 per week
  • Distributed Learning Courses - $825.00 per course plus technology fee
  • Technology fee for Distributed Learning Courses - $100.00 per course
  • In-class course (part-time) - $825.00 per course.
Equipment/Materials fee (some exceptions may apply)
Work Term Fee - $1650.00 per term
On the Job (OJT) Fees or Work Terms Less Than 7 Weeks - $220.00 per week
Student Health and Dental Fees ****Refer to Health and Dental****

Miscellaneous Fees

  • Supplementary Fee - $25.00
  • Re-read Fee - $25.00
  • Resource Camp Fee - $60.00 per day (covers food & lodging when students are taken off-campus for part of their program - not tuition)
  • Non-Sufficient Funds (NSF) Cheques - $25.00 each
  • Replacement Identification (I.D.) Cards - $15.00
  • Child Care Fee - (contact applicable campus)
  • Deferred Evaluation Fee (Distributed Learning) - $65.00 per request
  • Replacement Parchment - $25.00
  • Graduation Audit Fee - $50.00
  • Certifications within program of study
    • First Aid - $125.00
    • Mask Fit Test - $35.00
 Refund for Tuition and Equipment/Materials Fees
  1. Term Based (15 weeks)
A student who withdraws within the first four weeks of any term will receive a full refund.If the withdrawal takes place within the fifth or sixth week, the refund will be prorated and the student will be liable for the number of weeks enrolled.No refund will be made after the sixth week of classes.
  1. Intersession (up to 7 weeks)
A student who withdraws within the first two weeks of Intersession will receive a full refund.If the withdrawal takes place in the third week, the refund will be prorated and the student will be liable for the number of weeks enrolled.No refund will be made after the third week of classes.
  1. Continuous in-take programs
A student who graduates or withdraws from the program will be liable for the actual number of weeks in class.  Any overpayment will be refunded.
  1. Trade programs
A student who graduates or withdraws from the program will be liable for the actual number of weeks in class.  Any overpayment will be refunded.
  1. International Students
    • Application fee and confirmation fee are non-refundable.
    • In the event a student has paid tuition fees in advance and he/she is not granted a student visa by the Canadian Embassy and cannot attend the College as a result, any tuition paid will be refunded.
Refund for Textbooks
Refunds may be given for returned textbooks under the following conditions:
  1. Books are unmarked and in saleable condition
  2. Book are returned within the first three weeks after the commencement of classes
  3. Original receipts are presented before a refund is issued
Students are responsible for initiating their own refunds.  Please contact the Student Services office.  Headquarters will issue all tuition refunds.  Any refunds will be applied against outstanding accounts before any monies are returned to the student.


The College maintains residence facilities at the Bay St. George, Burin and Happy Valley-Goose Bay Campuses.  Fees for room and board at the residences range between $350.00 and $650.00 per month with optional meal plans.  Students wishing to apply for residence should apply directly to the Residence Office of the appropriate campus.
Residence Fees (Bay St. George campus, Burin Campus, Happy Valley-Goose Bay Campus).
Students must pay a minimum of two weeks residence fees in advance, or upon arrival in residence.  Students intending to move out of residence must give 30 days notice or pay a penalty fee of $100.00.
Visit our student housing page for a listing of available off-campus housing and information about applying for residence.
  • Residence Application Fee - $25.00 (non-refundable)
  • Residence Registration Fee - $50.00 (non-refundable)
  • Residence room only:
    • Daily Room Charges (single) - $15.00                Daily Room Charges (Double) - $10.00
    • Weekly Room Charges (single) - $60.00            Weekly Room Charges (Double) - $40.00
    • Room and Meals (Combined)
  • Bay St. George Campus *single rooms not available
    • Double room with 10 meals - $136.00
    • Double room with 14 meals - $175.00
    • Double room with 19 meals - $223.00
  • Burin Campus
    • Single room with 5 meals - $108.00
    • Double room with 5 meals - $88.00
  • Happy Valley-Goose Bay
    • Single room with 14 meals (weekly) - $195.00
    • Double room with 14 meals (weekly) - $175.00
    • Family Residence (2-bedroom apartments, monthly/no meals) – $365.00
Off-Campus Housing
Newfoundland and Labrador also has many off-campus housing options including renting a single room in an apartment or house, rental apartments, rental houses, and boarding houses (which often include meals).  There are often apartments within walking distance of the College and a public bus service at many College campuses.  Students who would like to live off-campus can contact the campus they are attending for information regarding off-campus housing options.  Depending on the type of accommodation and location, the cost of off-campus housing can range from $700.00 to $1,000.00 and up.
Living Expense
An average monthly estimate of living expense (not exact figure):
  • Housing:  $700.00- $1,000.00
  • Meals:  $250.00-$300.00
  • Transportation: $70.00 - $100.00
Student Services and On-Campus Facilities
The Division of Student Services provides personal and academic counseling to all students of the College. Student tutoring and other learning resources are also available. The Student Council organizes various events/activities for students throughout the year.
Once on campus, the International Student Contact at your campus should be the first contact for all international students. This person is sensitive to the special needs of international students and can assist or direct you to the people who can help with the following:

•     Assistance on accommodation search
•     Orientation
•     Monthly international events
•     Sponsoring agencies, foreign governments, consulates and embassies
•     General advising and counseling regarding personal and financial concerns
All students at College of the North Atlantic have free access to the Internet and a variety of software. This is accessible through the College’s many networked computers.
Health Insurance

Newfoundland and Labrador’s Medical Care Plan (MCP) and International Students
International students undertaking full time post-secondary studies in Newfoundland and Labrador may be eligible for MCP coverage.  A detailed explanation of MCP services can be found on the Provincial Government website at:

The MCP program applies to any foreign individual issued an official study permit by Immigration and Citizenship Canada before entering the country.  The individual must be attending a recognized post-secondary educational institution in Newfoundland and Labrador for a period of at least 12 months.  Dependents of the student will also be covered under MCP, provided they are living in the province and have relevant documentation to support their application.
To receive coverage, international students must apply for and receive an MCP card.  The application form can be found at Coverage becomes effective for eligible students and dependents on the date of registration in a full-time post-secondary program or upon arrival in the province.  Eligible students must present a letter of enrollment from the educational institution at the time of registration.  Coverage must be renewed annually at which time a current letter of enrollment must be provided.  Coverage is terminated upon completion of the study program; or the date of permanent departure from the province, whichever is earlier.  Students must be attending school and residing in the province in order to avail of coverage.
Coverage is available for services listed under the Medical Care Insured Services Regulations and the Hospital Insurance Plan Regulations.  Health insurance for other services (i.e. coverage of prescription drugs) may be available for international students with MCP cards to purchase through the College or other health insurance companies.  In order to be exempted from the College insurance plan a student must provide proof of coverage equivalent to the College insurance plan. 
International students temporarily leaving the province for vacation or other purposes may qualify for out-of-province coverage for up to 182 days in any 365-day period.  The residency requirement for international student beneficiaries must be satisfied in each subsequent 365-day period in order to receive future out of province coverage.  In order to ensure out of province coverage, international students must apply for and receive an out-of-province coverage certificate prior to leaving the province.  The application can be found at
International Health Insurance Plan
Registered international students of College of the North Atlantic are covered under an accident insurance plan.  This DOES NOT provide routine medical coverage for students.  If a student wishes to opt out of the plan, he or she must provide proof of purchase of a similar health insurance plan to the International Student Coordinator before registration.
The College does not offer scholarships or bursaries to international students upon admission.  Once a student is enrolled at the College, he or she may be eligible to apply for a scholarship or bursary.  Eligibility for the College’s scholarships and bursaries is usually determined by the student’s academic performance.