International Students

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University of Manitoba adGeneral Offerings

  • Bachelor's Degree
  • Master's Degree
  • Doctoral Degree
  • Diploma Program
  • Certificate Program
  • ESL Program

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Located in the heart of Canada, the University of Manitoba is the perfect place to live, learn and explore. Winnipeg is home to 780,000 people and composed of more than 100 ethnic groups speaking over 8 different languages. Manitoba is known for its pristine nature, beautiful landscape, vibrant culture and friendly people. Winnipeg boasts year-round sunshine and has a very reasonable cost of living. Winnipeg is a culturally diverse city with many opportunities for a variety of sports and recreation. While living in Manitoba, you will have the opportunity to experience all four seasons and enjoy the great outdoors.

Accommodation Options

A homestay option is offered through our Homestay Program. The Homestay Program provides an opportunity for an international student to live in a Canadian home while studying at the University of Manitoba. More information can be found on the above-mentioned website.

Campus Residence:
Students have the convenience of living right on campus, steps away from classes, libraries, cafés, computer labs, the Active Living Centre and social activities. Living on-campus gives students the opportunity to surround themselves with community spirit and support. Make lifelong friends with students from around the world! There are six on-campus residences available, with room for over 1,300 students. Each residence has a unique atmosphere and offers furnished rooms, a meal plan, study spaces, lounges, laundry facilities, wireless internet access, and reserved parking. Apply early as residence rooms are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis and space fills quickly. Applications can be submitted online at the above web address. Residence applications are separate from the admissions applications and are not based on program acceptance. Prices range from approximately $6,000-$12,000 (including meals) for an eight month period. The Student Residences Office can be contacted by phone at +1-204-474-9922 or by email at

Private Housing:
Winnipeg offers a full range of off-campus living options for students - everything from room and board to house rental. There are many apartments in the university area with public transportation service to campus. Rent for off-campus accommodation varies depending on the type of accommodation, location, size, included services/utilities, and whether or not you have a roommate.

Health Insurance Requirement
International students may be eligible for free provincial health coverage from Manitoba Health. The University of Manitoba Students' Union (UMSU) provides a supplementary health insurance plan that provides extended coverage beyond what is provided by Manitoba Health. Eligible students are automatically enrolled in this plan at the time of registration.

Student Population
The University of Manitoba has approximately 29,000 students, with over 25,000 undergraduates and more than 3,700 graduate students. Over 13% of our student population is international students, representing over 100 countries. International students enrich the learning experiences of all students by bringing different perspectives to classes, research, laboratories, and student life. International students ensure that the University of Manitoba is indeed a truly global institution.

Study Periods
The vast majority our students begin their studies in the fall term (September) but certain programs also have intakes in January and for the summer terms which begin in May. Please note that the English Language Centre, which offers English courses for academic purposes, has three intakes a year: September, January and May.

Institutional Profile

University of Manitoba is the first university in Western Canada and was established in 1877. We are an internationally accredited research-intensive institution with approximately 29,000 students. We offer comprehensive programming at the undergraduate and graduate levels. We offer excellent programs, professors and first-class facilities, all at very reasonable tuition rates. We have a long and proud history of excellence and many of our graduates are among the world's leading business people, scientists, researchers and educators. Our extensive 274 hectare campus is located in the safe, suburban community of Winnipeg, which has an approximate population of 780,000. The University of Manitoba offers cooperative work terms, which are alternating work and study semesters, and are open to international students in many faculties. Following graduation, international students may apply for a post-graduate work permit, and the province of Manitoba encourages students to review immigration possibilities. International students are extensively supported by the dedicated programming staff at the International Centre for Students.

Enrolment Information

Students who apply from high school will begin their studies as an undergraduate student. Admission to undergraduate programs is divided into two categories: direct entry and advanced entry.

Direct Entry
If you’re coming to university directly from high school or have completed less than one year of university studies, you’ll take the direct entry route into a faculty or program. For most students, this means entering into University 1. You can also apply for direct entry admission to many of our faculties and programs.

University 1
University 1 (U1) is a unique approach to the first year at the U of M, giving students the opportunity to design an individualized schedule that meets the admission and/or first-year requirements for one or more target degree programs. U1 will not add any time or cost to a degree; it serves as year one of any three or four-year degree program. Upon completion of U1, students will be further prepared to advance into the program of their choice.
University 1 provides students with specialized support and guidance when making decisions about course selection and degree planning. It can also help them adjust to university life and expectations while enabling them to build the skills necessary to achieve academic success. Advisors at the University 1 First Year Centre are available prior to and during the first year of study to ensure that the transition to university is smooth and successful.

Advanced Entry
After completing University 1, students can choose to apply to a variety of different faculties and programs at the U of M. Each program that accepts students from University 1 (or with the equivalent amount of work completed in another faculty) has certain criteria that must be met in order to be considered for admission. These requirements include academic criteria and non-academic criteria.
Some faculties require at least one year of study before students can apply for admission while others require at least two or more years of study. To learn more about the admission requirements for your chosen program, please visit us online at

Residency and Citizenship
The University of Manitoba welcomes international students and recognizes the value of a diverse student population. As a provincial university, our first responsibility is the provision of education for residents of the Province of Manitoba who are Canadian citizens/permanent residents. Therefore, admission of international students may be limited to some programs.

International students applying from high school (with no previous post-secondary experience) must demonstrate English language proficiency, meet general admission requirements that apply to all applicants, and meet program-specific requirements. Entrance requirements by country/region can be found at

Inquiries regarding country-specific equivalencies can be directed to
Our online application system and a complete listing of all direct entry application deadlines is available at

English Language Proficiency Requirement
English is the language of instruction and communication at the University of Manitoba. Applicants whose first language is not English, or who were born in a country where English is not the primary language, may be required to demonstrate English language proficiency prior to admission. Methods of meeting English language proficiency, and countries exempt from the requirement, can be found at

English as a Second Language (ESL):
If students meet the academic admissions criteria, but do not meet the English language proficiency requirements, we can help. The Intensive Academic English Program (IAEP) prepares students for university studies by providing them with the language skills necessary to succeed academically. They will learn how to write research papers, learn new vocabulary and deliver academic presentations, among many other skills. The ELC focuses strictly on English for academic purposes and runs three 14 week terms a year with intake in September, January and May. There are also special English programs and part-time courses to help students in degree programs continue to refine their English skills. Depending on their initial placement level, the IAEP can take as little as one semester to complete. Small class sizes, excellent preparatory classes, qualified instructors and social integration are just a few features the ELC offers to ensure that you gain the skills and confidence you need to succeed.

A unique conditional acceptance program through the English Language Centre (ELC) prepares students for admission to undergraduate programs at the University of Manitoba. Successful completion of Level 5 of the Intensive Academic English Program can be used to satisfy the English language proficiency requirements in place of an English language test.

Intensive English Program (IEP):
Students who do not meet the minimum requirements for the IAEP on the placement test are encouraged to apply to the Intensive English Program (IEP) to upgrade their English before returning to the IAEP.

Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) Programs:
The University of Manitoba recognizes the Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) enriched secondary school programs. Many courses are available for advanced university credit, and there is no maximum number of allowable AP or I.B. credits. Detailed information is available at the above-noted website.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme :
The University of Manitoba recognizes the unique skills that are acquired by International Baccalaureate students by granting special consideration for these students in a number of different areas including admissions course requirements, English language proficiency, university credit, and scholarships. It is recommended that students request to have their official mark results submitted to the University of Manitoba Admissions Office from I.B. if they are applying to the university.

Student Support

International Student Support:
The International Centre for Students (ICS) offers support for all University of Manitoba students. Programs and services are provided to assist international students before and after their arrival to help ease their transition. Supports include orientation, advising services, inter-cultural programs, and recreation activities.
ICS also provides services for internationally-minded students who are looking for travel, study, and work experiences inside and outside of Canada. Through the ICS office, all University of Manitoba students have the opportunity to participate in an international exchange program to gain cross-cultural experience and university credit. Exchange programs are offered around the world, with over 100 programs in over 30 countries.

The University of Manitoba’s faculties provide faculty-specific academic advisors. From adjusting to university life and academics to choosing and exploring course and career options, our academic advisors are here to give students the advice they need to achieve their personal and academic goals.

Student Accessibility:
Student Accessibility Services provides support and advocacy for students with all kinds of learning and accessibility needs. They offer supports and programs that provide access for students and recognize our diverse student population.

Learning Support:
The Academic Learning Centre offers free supports and services to help students succeed and is open to all students no matter what year of study they’re in. They can help with everything from writing papers and studying for exams to time management and note taking. Free tutoring services are also available.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition costs at the University of Manitoba are among the lowest in the country - particularly for study at a large, comprehensive, research-intensive institution.

Tuition fees are determined by the number and type of courses that students register for. Tuition fees are estimated amounts based on a typical undergraduate student taking a full course load from September to April. Actual tuition costs for students may be higher or lower depending on their specific choice of courses. For an estimated first year cost, please visit our website at

After graduation, if students work and pay taxes in Manitoba, they can benefit from Manitoba’s Tuition Fee Income Tax Rebate Program. This program entitles them to receive a 60% income tax rebate on eligible tuition fees. For more information, please visit

Scholarships and Bursaries:
There is an International Student Entrance Scholarship available to all international undergraduate students who demonstrate the equivalent of at least an 85% average in five senior level academic courses from an approved list. These scholarships are valued between $800 and $2,000 each. Enhancement scholarships based on International Baccalaureate (IB) and Advanced Placement (AP) results are also available to be held with any entrance scholarship. Students who apply and who are accepted to the University of Manitoba are automatically considered for these scholarships - there is no need to fill out an additional application.

Financial need-based assistance is available to eligible full-time undergraduate international students after completing their first year of studies. To be eligible for assistance, students must complete a University of Manitoba bursary application form online at

Inquiries may be directed to:

Financial Aid and Awards
Room 422 University Centre Building
Tel: 204-474-8197
Fax: 204-474-7543

Program Details

The University of Manitoba is organized into the following academic units: A | B | D | E | F | G | H | I - K | L | M | N-O | P-R | S-Y

University 1 Health Sciences, College of Dentistry
Agricultural and Food Sciences Health Sciences, College of Medicine
Architecture (Environmental Design) Health Sciences, College of Nursing
School of Art Health Sciences, College of Pharmacy
Arts Health Sciences, College of Rehabilitation Sciences
Asper School of Business Kinesiology and Recreation Management
Education Law
Engineering Desautels Faculty of Music
Clayton H. Riddell Faculty of Environment, Earth, and Resources Science
Health Sciences, School of Dental Hygiene Social Work


Aboriginal Business Studies Agronomy
Aboriginal Governance Stream American Sign Language/English Interpretation
Accounting Animal Science/Systems
Actuarial Mathematics – Business Anthropology
Actuarial Mathematics – Science Applied Mathematics
Aging Architecture (Master’s)
Agribusiness/Agricultural Economics Art
Agriculture Art History
Agriculture Diploma Asian Studies
Agroecology Athletic Therapy


Biochemistry Biosystems Engineering
Biochemistry and Medical Genetics (Master’s) Biotechnology
Biological Sciences Business Administration (Master’s)
Biomedical Engineering (Master’s)



Canadian Studies Classical Studies
Catholic Studies Commerce
Central & East European Studies Community Health Sciences (Master’s)
Ceramics Computer Engineering
Chemistry Computer Science
City Planning (Master’s) Criminology
Civil Engineering



Dental Hygiene Drama
Dentistry Drawing
Disability Studies (Master’s)



Economics Engineering
Early Years Education English
Middle Years Education Entomology
Integrated Music/Education Entrepreneurship/Small Business
Senior Years Education Environment (Master’s)
Curriculum Teaching and Learning Environmental Design – Architecture
Education Administration, Foundations and Psychology Environmental Science
Education Post Baccalaureate Environmental Studies
Electrical Engineering



Family Social Sciences Food Science
Film Studies French



Genetics Global Political Economy
Geography Graphic Design
Geological Sciences Greek


Health Sciences Human Nutrition and Metabolism
Health Studies Human Nutritional Sciences
History Human Resource Management / Industrial Relations
Human Anatomy and Cell Science (Master’s)



Icelandic International Business
Immunology (Master’s) Italian Studies
Interdisciplinary Studies (Master’s) Italian
Interior Design (Master’s)



Judaic Studies




Labour Studies Law
Landscape Architecture (Master’s) Leadership and Organizations
Latin Linguistics
Latin American Studies Logistics and Supply Chain Management


Management Microbiology
Management Information Systems Music - Composition
Marketing Music - Conducting (Master’s)
Mathematics Music – General
Mechanical Engineering Music – History
Medical Microbiology (Master’s) Music – Integrated Music/Education
Medical Rehabilitation Music – Jazz Studies
Medicine Music - Performance
Medieval and Early Modern Studies



Native Languages Nurse Practitioner (Master’s)
Native Studies Nursing
Natural Resources Management (Master’s)



Occupational Therapy (Master’s) Oral Biology (Master’s)
Operational Research/Management Orthodontics (Master’s)
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (Master’s)  

Painting Physician Assistant Studies (Master’s)
Pathology (Master’s) Physics and Astronomy
Peace and Conflict Studies (Master’s) Physiology and Pathophysiology (Master’s)
Periodontics (Master’s) Plant Science/Biotechnology
Pharmacology and Therapeutics (Master’s) Polish
Pharmacy Political Studies
Philosophy Printmaking
Photography Psychology – Arts
Physical Education Psychology – Science
Physical Geography Public Administration (Master’s)
Physical Therapy (Master’s)



Recreation Management and Community Development Respiratory Therapy
Religion Russian


School Psychology (Master’s) Soil Science
Sculpture Spanish
Social Work Statistics
Sociology Surgery (Master’s)




Ukrainian Ukrainian Canadian Heritage Studies




Women's Studies

Some of our program specializations by academic unit are:

Faculty of Agricultural & Food Sciences Agribusiness; Agroecology; Agronomy; Animal Systems; Food Science; Human Nutritional Sciences; Plant Biotechnology; Pre-Veterinary Studies
Faculty of Architecture (Environmental Design) Architecture; Environmental Design; Interior Environments; Landscape + Urbanism
Faculty of Arts Anthropology; Art History; Asian Studies; Canadian Studies; Catholic Studies; Central and East European Studies; Classics; Economics; English, Film, and Theatre; French, Spanish, and Italian; German and Slavic Studies; Global Political Economy; History; Icelandic; Judaic Studies; Labour Studies; Latin American Studies; Linguistics; Management; Mathematics; Medieval and Early Modern Studies; Native Studies; Philosophy; Political Studies; Psychology; Religion; Sociology; Ukrainian Canadian Heritage Studies; Women’s and Gender Studies
Asper School of Business Aboriginal Business Studies; Accounting; Actuarial Mathematics; Entrepreneurship; Finance; Human Resources; International Business; Leadership and organizations; Logistics and Supply Chain Management; Marketing; Management Information Systems; Operations Management
Faculty of Education Early Years; Middle Years; Senior Years
Faculty of Engineering Biosystems; Civil; Computer; Electrical; Mechanical
Clayton H. Riddell Faculty of Environment, Earth, and Resources Environmental Science; Environmental Studies; Geography; Geology; Geophysics; Physical Geography
Faculty Health Sciences Dental Hygiene; Dentistry; Medicine; Nursing; Pharmacy; Rehabilitation Sciences
Faculty of Kinesiology and Recreation Management Athletic Therapy; Kinesiology; Physical Education; Recreation Management and Community Development
Desautels Faculty of Music Composition; General Studies; History; performance; Jazz Studies
Faculty of Social Work Aging; Child and Family Services
Faculty of Science Actuarial Mathematics; Biochemistry; Biological Sciences; Biotechnology; Chemistry; Computer Science; Genetics; Mathematics; Applied Mathematics; Microbiology; Physics and Astronomy; Psychology; Statistics

Contact Information
International Student Recruitment (Admissions information)
General Line: 1-204-474-8808
Toll Free: 1-800-224-7713
International Centre for Students (Student support)
Phone: 204-474-8501

Social Media
Twitter: @umanitoba
YouTube: University of Manitoba Channel

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