International Students

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At College of the North Atlantic we welcome students from around the World to enjoy the warm hospitality, unique culture and safe environment for which the province of Newfoundland and Labrador is legendary. We provide, free of charge, a full range of student support services, help to find accommodations, orientation, personal and academic counseling, internet access and more.

Come for a quality education…and discover the experience of a lifetime. 

International Student Application Procedure

  1. Applicants must complete the Application for Admission  and forward , proof of English competency, official academic transcripts and graduation certificates to the address listed below. While the application and application fee can be submitted on-line, all the supplementary documents are to be submitted in hard copies to the following address.

    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

    For more information please call or email
    Tel: 00 + 1 + 709 758 7290
    Fax: 00 + 1 + 709 758 7304
  2. The application will be reviewed once all the appropriate documents are received by the International Student Coordinator and, if accepted, a Letter of Acceptance will be issued to the Student. The letter will confirm fee, enrolment date, program of study and length of program.
  3. Upon receipt of the Letter of Acceptance, the student is required to pay the registration fee and tuition fee for the first semester of the program of studies. In the event that a student visa/study permit 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.
    Please refer to our refunds section for further details.
  4. Applicants should take their letter of acceptance to the nearest Canadian Embassy, High Commission, or Consulate to apply for a Student Visa (if required) and a Study Permit. 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
    • Assurance that the student will return to his/her country of residence
    For more information regarding the application process, please visit the Citizenship and Immigration Canada website at:

Once an applicant has been issued a Study Permit, he/she should advise the college and make arrangements to travel to Canada to begin his/her program at College of the North Atlantic.

Fees, Charges & Refunds

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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 (e.g. TOEFL paper based 550, TOEFL Internet based 79, TOEFL computer based 213 or equivalent, IELTS (academic) overall band score of 6.5 and 6.0 for reading and writing, MELAB minimum 85, etc.).

Academic Prerequisites

Entrance requirements for each program are set out in the program description. For most programs the entrance requirement is graduation from secondary school with marks equivalent to 60% or better in the Canadian system. Certain programs require achievement in specific subject areas, such as Mathematics, English Language, Physics, Chemistry or Biology. Applicants from British-oriented educational systems should present the General Certificate in Secondary Education. 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.

Program Start Dates

Normally, college programs commence in September of each year, however, at smaller campuses there is more flexibility around entry times. students with advanced standing may be able to enter a program in its second or third semester.

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.

The International Student Coordinator should be the first contact for all international students. The Coordinator is sensitive to the special needs of international students and is experienced in providing support to them. Below is a list of services provided by the Coordinator:

  • Advice on Accommodation Search.
  • Orientation.
  • Liaison with 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, accessible through the college’s many networked computers.

Health Insurance

Newfoundland and Labrador’s Medical Care Plan (MCP) and International Students

The Medical Care Plan (MCP) program applies to any international student issued an official study permit by Citizenship and Immigration Canada before entering the country. The individual must be attending a recognized post-secondary educational institution in Newfoundland and Labrador (including College of the North Atlantic) 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.

Coverage will become effective for eligible students and dependents on the date of registration. Eligible students must present a registration letter from the college and an MCP application form to be considered for the program. Coverage is renewable on a yearly basis, with a current enrollment letter, and will terminate upon completion of the study program or the end date of study permit, whichever is earlier. students must be attending school and residing in the province in order to avail of coverage. Work terms outside the province are not covered.

Please note that only services listed under the Medical Care Insured Services Regulations and the Hospital Insurance Plan Regulations will be accessible for international students.

For the MCP application form and more information regarding the services offered under the plan, please visit the Newfoundland and Labrador government website 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 from 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.

Living Expenses

An average monthly estimate of living expenses (not exact figure):

  • Housing: $500.00-700.00
  • Meals: $250.00-300.00
  • Transportation: $70.00-100.00
  • Total Average: $900.00


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 and $650 per month with optional meal plans. students wishing to apply for residence should apply directly to the Residence Office of the appropriate campus.

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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 International student Coordinator for information and advice regarding off-campus housing options. Depending on the type of accommodation and location, the cost of off-campus housing can range from $500-$700 and up.

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