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International Students

Welcome to University College of the North (UCN).  The following information is intended to answer any questions you, as an international student, might have about applying and attending UCN The Pas or Thompson campus.  The Pas is located 600 km north of Winnipeg (6 hours by car or 1.5 hours by plane).  Thompson is located 800 km north of Winnipeg (8 hours by car or 2 hours by plane). Our winter temperature average approximately -20°C and our summer temperature averages approximately +20°C.
An international applicant must have a valid student visa or permanent resident card.  Health insurance may be purchased after arriving at University College of the North and must be purchased prior to course registration.
International students will be assessed a surcharge on tuition fees.
For a complete list of all UCN programming, please refer to the Academic Calendar. Application deadlines are outlined in the Academic Calendar.
UCN reserves the right to limit the number of applicants per program.


  • Application fee is $158.00 + GST and is non-refundable. (Admission Application)

  • International students are responsible to ensure they meet the program requirements and deadlines before they apply.

  • Deadline for completed applications is April 1.

  • Applications must be complete before they will be processed.  Incomplete applications may result in rejection of the application.  Programs may have limited space for international students.

  • Applicants will be considered only in the Regular Student classification.  An international student is not eligible to apply as a Mature Student or as a Special Student.


English Language Proficiency Requirement
English is the primary language of instruction at UCN.  Students must demonstrate English language proficiency in order to participate in all aspects of course work.

Applicants with previous education outside of Canada and/or education in a language other than English must submit proof of English proficiency with either of the following: 

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a minimum of 550 on the paper-based test with no less than 50 in each component or Internet-based test score of 80 with no less than 20 in each component
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with a minimum overall band score of 6.5; and with no individual band scores less than 6.0
  • Minimum scores may vary according to individual programs
Academic Requirements
  • All applicants are responsible to ensure that their documents are verified by World Education Services (WES) prior to applying at UCN.
  • If courses are being verified for purposes other than admission, the verification must be a course by course evaluation. (International Document Verification)
  • Specific programs may have additional admission requirements

Cost of Courses
(Does not include Lab/Material fees, Student Association fees or Student Services fees)

College Credit Courses    $253.98 / credit hour
University – Non Science Courses    $434.09 / credit hour
University – Science Courses    $511.85 / credit hour
Student Service Fees    $13.80 / credit hour
For a complete list of all of UCN programming, please refer to the Academic Calendar.
Financial Aid
International students are not eligible for financial assistance through either student loans or bursaries offered by the Government of Manitoba or UCN. 
Health Insurance
International students are required to have health insurance while studying in Canada.  Insurance is charged upon registration for the Fall term and payable by the posted fee payment deadline date.  Health insurance for UCN students is through International Insurance. For more information regarding the plan please visit  Length of coverage is for one year (Aug 1 to July 31) with an estimated cost per student.  Students entering in any term other than the Fall term must contact International Insurance to arrange coverage under the UCN required plan.  Cost of insurance will be prorated as to the start date of your entrance to UCN, with coverage ending July 31 of that school year.  
Accommodations Information
Residence facilities are available at both campuses in Thompson and The Pas.  We also offer family housing.  For more details and costs associated please visit our website.

Mailing Address: Box 3000, The Pas MB, R9A 1M7
Phone: 204-627-8576
Fax: 204-627-8666
Toll Free: 1-866-627-8500

  • The Pas Campus Box 3000, 436 - 7th Street East, The Pas, MB R9A 1M7 Telephone: (204) 627-8500 / Toll Free: (866) 627-8500
  • Thompson Campus 55 UCN Drive, Thompson, MB R8N 1L7 Telephone: (204) 677-6450 / Toll Free: (866) 677-6450
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