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FAQs

Q: Can international students apply for any program?

A: No. Please refer to the list of Available Programs for International Students; click on the program name and you will see the webpages for that program. But do not use the costs on the program’s webpage as those are for domestic students. Use Costs from the international pages of the website. 

Q: Does ACC offer degree programs or university transfer programs? 

A: Most of our college programs are one year certificates or two year diplomas with secondary school admission requirements. Two programs (Accounting & Finance, Sustainable Food Systems) are post-graduate programs with university degree or college diploma admission requirements; we call these “advanced diplomas”. Many programs have articulation agreements with some universities, so our graduates can receive credit towards a university degree. Where these agreements exist, they are listed on the program page of our website, under “Careers & Connections”. 

Q: Can I apply online?

A: At this time we do not accept online applications. However, you can type the international application form, print and sign it, then scan the form and attach it to an email. You can also scan your foreign documents and attach them to that email. We can accept scanned foreign documents (transcripts, English test score, passport page, study permit if you have one), however we require an official, original hard copy transcript of all Canadian schooling. 

After we receive a complete application, we will process a letter of acceptance IF you meet all requirements AND there is a seat in the program. You must provide official, original foreign documents (both in original language and notarized English translations) before August 15 (for programs which begin in September), before you will be registered in classes. 

Q: If my TOEFL or IELTS score is not high enough, can I apply for an English language course and, when my English reaches the required level, be accepted into another program? 

A: We suggest two options:  1) ACC's English for Academic Purposes (EAP) program; see more information here. You can apply to ACC's EAP program and a college program with the same application.  Please note that there could be a gap of a number of months between finishing the EAP program and the start of the college program.  Also note that you may require more than one 14-week session of EAP classes to achieve the English proficiency level required for the college program.

2) Pathway partner English schools. See the bottom of our English language proficiency page for a list; be sure to ask about the "Assiniboine pathway program" at each school.  If you apply to a college program with proof of registration in the pathway program at a partner school, we can provide a conditional letter of acceptance. The condition would be to complete the partner school’s program with a result that meets our requirement. 

Q: Must I have my transcripts translated into English? 

A: Yes, offiical English translations must accompany any document in a language other than English. 

Q: How long does an international student have to wait to be accepted into a program at Assiniboine? 

A: We begin the acceptance process in approximately October of each year.

Processing time will vary, depending on how many applications we are working on and on other responsibilities in this office.  We process applications in the order in which they are complete, including successful payment of the application fee.

 Before you call or email us about your application:

  1. Wait one full week to allow your payment to go through. Check your credit card statement or bank (for wire transfer). If we have difficulty receiving payment, we will email you. After your payment has been successful, please:

  2. Wait one more full week to receive a (emailed) letter from us. 

    We know your application is important and we want to process it as quickly as possible. But answering your phone calls or emails takes our time away from working on applications, so please do not email or phone us earlier than we suggest here. Also, please email or phone Assiniboine International (international@assiniboine.net) only; other offices cannot answer your question.

Q: How can I ensure the quickest processing time for my application?

A: 1) Send us a complete application.  See How to Apply for information about a complete application.

2) Make it easy for us to find your information

  • Type the application if possible, as handwriting can be difficult to read and could cause an incorrectly spelled name, address or email address.

  • Sign it by hand, in ink. Do not use an “electronic signature” as we cannot accept this.

  • Give your email address on Page 1 of the application, so we can contact you easily. If you use an agent or representative, put their email address on Page 2 in the “Use of Agents…” area.

  • Complete all of the questions on the application form. Include all secondary and post-secondary education including Canadian institutions.

  • If you pay by credit card, ensure that the credit card number and expiry date is typed or written clearly. Also check that the credit card is valid for the $200 fee; if your credit card is refused, this will slow you down.

  • Read over your application before you send it to be sure it is complete and accurate. Read the Declaration near the bottom of page 2 so you know what your signature means. Even if an agent is assisting you with the application, you are responsible for the information and Declaration, so read before you sign.

  • Scan documents and attach them to an email. Do not take a photograph of documents, and do not place images of documents in the body of the email,as these can be difficult to read or to print.

  • Send everything together in one email, other than official, original hard copy Canadian transcripts which you must send by postal service or courier.

  • If you phone or email us with questions about your application, please use your full name, the program you applied for, and either your birthdate or your student number (after we give you that number). Many students have similar names, so this information will make it easy to find your file.

  • If you will ask a friend or relative or agent to contact us for information about your application, you need to give us written consent (on the application or in an email later) to give information to that person. Without written consent, Canadian privacy law will not allow this.

3) Help us focus our time on processing applications.  See the FAQ above this one about approximate processing times; please do not phone or email us before our suggestion above, as that slows us down.

Q: Are credits from other educational institutions transferable to Assiniboine? 

A: The program Chair or Dean may grant credit for study at an equivalent or higher level from other institutions.  You need to apply with the application fee and be accepted to the program first.  Then you would complete the Transfer of Credit request form (which we can provide) and send required information about your previous education as described below.

For transfer of credit from Canadian institutions: Send 1) most up to date transcript and 2) course outlines from each course you are requesting credit for and 3)  complete Transfer Request Form. 

For transfer of credit from institutions outside of Canada:  Send 1) a completed external credential evaluation report showing a Canadian equivalent for your level of education, and listing the relevant courses (example: a comprehensive report from World Education Services (WES)); 2) most up to date transcript course outlines; 3) course outlines; and 4) complete Transfer Request Form. 

Q: Does ACC provide student housing? 

A: No. You will need to find a place to live. See the Living in Canada portion of our website for suggestions and resources. Also see the Orientation section of the website and download our International Orientation handbook. 

Q: Are there activities for international students? 

A: We have an active Students’ Association, which plans activities for all students, and we encourage international students to take part in these activities. There is an international representative on the Students' Association. Assiniboine International, our Athletics Director, and Aboriginal Services staff also coordinate events to which all students are welcomed. 

Q: Will I receive health insurance? 

A: Yes, if your study permit is valid for at least 6 months after your arrival in Manitoba. Complete a Manitoba Health (MHSC) form when you arrive in Manitoba; attach a copy of your study permit and an enrollment letter. MHSC is the insurance all Manitoba residents have; there is no fee. International students are required to have it and must enroll as soon as they arrive. See the MHSC website for more information.

IF your study permit is NOT valid for at least 6 months after your arrival in Manitoba, you MUST provide proof of health insurance from a private insurer before you can register in classes at ACC.

AFter receiving MHSC, many international students will also be eligible for Student VIP insurance through the Students’ Association, for services not covered by MHSC. 

Q: Where will I go if I have difficulty with my courses? 

A: We encourage all students to first ask course instructors for assistance. Beyond that, the program student success advisor can assist with any questions about your program. A peer tutor may be available for assistance with the content of courses. Learning Commons staff can help with skills like note-taking, studying, essay writing, and more. 

Q: Does ACC have co-op programs, and can I take part in this as an international student? 

A: Most of our programs have a practical component for all students in the program. Check the list of courses for your program. This can include either an unpaid work experience placement or practicum, or a co-op component (paid work experience placement) that is compulsory for your diploma or certificate.  You will require a Co-Op Work Permit from IRCC, even if it is an unpaid practicum.  Assiniboine International can give you information to apply for that permit.

Q: My goal is to immigrate to Canada. Is it easy to get Permanent Resident status once I get my diploma? 

A: College education can be a first step to immigrating to Canada, and the Canadian and Manitoba governments have established some programs to make it easier to do this. The Post-Graduation Work Permit allows graduates to work for up to three years (depending on your length of study). Many graduates also apply for the Manitoba Provincial Nominee program; if the province nominates you, this can assist your federal (Canadian) application for Permanent Residence. 

However, we emphasize that there are no guarantees that graduates can find employment in the time allowed after completion of studies, or that the Province or Manitoba or Canadian government will approve each person's application. For more details, visit the Provincial Nominee website and the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada website

Canadian law does not allow anyone to give immigration advice unless they are a certified immigration professional. ACC has a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant on staff who can answer many study permit, work permit and immigration questions. Contact Anna Simonyan at 204.725.8700 ext. 6160 or email international@assiniboine.net.