Admission requirements

International Students - Admission requirements

You will be considered an international applicant if you are:

  • Living and applying from outside of Canada and require a VISA/study permit to study in Canada
  • An international student currently studying in the Academic English program at Mount Royal University
  • An international student currently studying at another institution in Canada
  • Living and working in Canada but are not a Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident
Mount Royal has a general admission policy which applies to most undergraduate (credit) programs. Each program also has specific admission requirements. Please ensure you are familiar with both the general and specific admission requirements for the program(s) you select. In addition, all applicants must demonstrate English Language Proficiency for the purpose of admission if their primary or first language (meaning main language learned and used as a child) is not English.
Admission to Mount Royal is competitive, meaning students with higher grades will be considered first. Competitive and minimum grade requirements vary from program to program and from year to year based on the number of applicants. For more information visit program specific admission information on the admissions site and also review the information on your program of interest by viewing the Programs Offered section of our website. 

Your admission category will be determined by the Admissions and Recruitment Office once you have applied for admission and we have received your high school and post-secondary (if applicable) grade and transcript information. Your admission category will determine which courses and grades will be used to calculate your competitive and final admission average. See the admission categories below to find out more about each type of applicant. Please read this carefully to ensure you are looking at the admission information which is relevant to your situation.

International applicants will be assessed for admission under the applicable admission category.

High school applicants: You will be considered a high school applicant if you are in your final year of high school, if you have left or completed high school, and if you have completed fewer than eight post-secondary courses. Your competitive (conditional) admission average will be based on your top two Group A subjects.

Post-secondary applicants: You will be considered a post-secondary applicant if you have completed four or more post-secondary courses by Dec. 31 and will have completed eight or more post-secondary courses by June 30 (for the following Fall Semester). Your competitive (conditional) admission average will be based on your four most recently completed post-secondary courses as of Dec. 31 for the following Fall Semester. Courses presented for admission must be from an accredited  post-secondary institution and must be transferable courses as determine by MRU.

Mature applicants: You will be considered a mature applicant if the previous categories do not apply to you and you are at least 21 years old by Sept. 1 (for the Fall Semester). Your competitive (conditional) admission average will be based on your top two Group A subjects.

Fall Semester (Sept. – Dec.):

Applications for admission will be considered from:

  • International applicants living and applying from outside of Canada who require a VISA/study permit
  • International applicants currently studying in the Academic English program at Mount Royal University
  • International applicants currently studying at another institution in Canada
  • International applicants who are living and working in Canada but are not a Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident

Early Admission (October 1 – February 1)

You are strongly encouraged to apply and provide all final, official transcripts during Early Admission as many programs fill up quickly. Please note that some programs have deadlines of February 1 and do not accept applications beyond this date.

Ongoing Admission (February 2 – March 15)

Although you are strongly encouraged to submit your application for admission and all supporting documents to Mount Royal by February 1 to be considered within Early Admission, applicants applying from outside of Canada and the United States, may apply for admission up until the March 15 deadline for international applicants, if the program is still taking applications. Applicants must submit all supporting documents including final, official high school and post-secondary transcripts and proof of English Language Proficiency if your primary language (meaning the main language learned and used as a child) is not English by April 15 to be considered for admission for the Fall Semester. This is to allow time to process your application and obtain a VISA/study permit.

Winter Semester (Jan – April):

Applications for admission will be considered from:

  • International applicants currently studying in the Academic English program at Mount Royal University
  • International applicants currently studying at another institution in Canada

A limited number of programs offer admission in the Winter Semester. See Programs Offered to see which programs take applications in the Winter Semester. Application for admission will not be considered for the Winter Semester from:

  • International applicants living and applying from outside Canada
  • International applicants within Canada who do not already possess a VISA/study permit

Visit the Dates and Deadlines page for more information on when to apply for admission. 

When you apply for admission, final, official transcripts are required for all high school and post-secondary coursework completed. Educational institutions (both high school [secondary] and post-secondary) are required to retain official transcripts for all students regardless of the length of time since your attendance at that school. For a transcript to be considered official, high school and post-secondary transcripts must be sent directly from the issuing institution to Mount Royal University.

If the original transcripts are not in English, you must submit both a certified English translation from a valid translation service and the translation service must attach a copy of the original transcripts and verify they are a true translation of the original. 

Note: All documents (including transcripts) submitted for admission purposes become the property of Mount Royal and will not be released to, nor photocopied for, the applicant or anyone outside of Mount Royal. Documents submitted by applicants who are not accepted or who do not attend are destroyed one year after the start of the semester for which admission was requested.
 

Review this chart to find your country and the high school (secondary) credential(s) you are required to submit to be assessed for admission to Mount Royal. 

Educational institutions (both high school [secondary] and post-secondary) are required to retain official transcripts for all students regardless of the length of time since your attendance at that school. Therefore, it is only in very rare circumstances that applicants are unable to obtain their official records.

If you are unable to arrange for official transcripts to be sent directly to Mount Royal University from the issuing institution, you may complete an Applicant Declaration form and provide the required documentation to demonstrate you have attempted to obtain your transcripts but were unable to get them.  In cases where you were unable to arrange for official transcripts to be sent to Mount Royal, you may bring (or have someone else bring) that transcript to the Admissions and Recruitment Office (Room B156) on the Mount Royal University campus. We will take copies of the documents and return them to you directly. If only one official copy is available, do not send your official documents as they will not be returned to you.

Applicants who are unable to provide any official transcripts will be considered only for programs that have no specific academic requirements. An applicant seeking admission to a program with specific academic requirements must first present successful completion of these courses as well as meet the competitive and minimum admission requirements for their intended program of study.

Applicants who are unable to acquire one or more final, official transcript(s) to be sent directly to Mount Royal University from the issuing institution must provide:

  • academic documents you have in your possession (copies of original or unofficial)
  • proof that you have tried to acquire your official transcript(s) including correspondence sent to the institution such as email requests, registered mail, institutional contact names and numbers
  • written explanation of your circumstances indicating why you cannot obtain official transcripts
  • list of all of your educational and work activities in chronological order since high school

The primary language of instruction and communication at Mount Royal University is English and it is essential that all students have an adequate knowledge in the areas of reading, writing, listening and speaking in the English language in order for them to be successful in their studies. All applicants must demonstrate English Language Proficiency for the purpose of admission if their primary or first language (meaning the main language learned and used as a child) is not English.

Documentation to verify English Language Proficiency is required for students whose first language is not English.

Visit English Language Proficiency Requirement for further information and a list of ways you can meet this requirement.

If you require further study in English to meet the English Language Proficiency requirement please visit the Languages Institute. Mount Royal’s Languages Institute offers a complete range of English language courses that can help you improve your language skills for academic study, work, travel or personal development.

International students who are admitted to Mount Royal are solely responsible for making all arrangements relating to their immigration status and entry into Canada. Below are some links to the Citizenship and Immigration Canada website that may be of help:

International applicants are responsible for all program and living costs while studying at Mount Royal University. Please visit our Money Matters page for more information on tuition, student fees and living costs as well as Scholarships/Awards.

Here are the estimated costs you can expect:

Estimated Expenses *Living on Campus
Tuition/fees for International Students **$21,000
Books/Supplies$1,500
Residence/Rent$5,750
TransportationCalgary Transit U-Pass included in tuition and fees
Living Expenses and Spending Money$6,500
TOTAL$34,750 Canadian Dollars
* average estimated costs for eight months (one full academic year)
** estimated costs based on five courses per semester (based on 2017/2018 fees)

As a student who is considering studying in Canada, you are expected to have enough money to support yourself during your studies. You must ensure you have enough money to pay for:

  • tuition
  • living expenses
  • transportation to and from Canada

If you are planning to attend Mount Royal on a Study Permit, you should be aware that you are not eligible to apply for Canadian government funding. If you require a loan to attend school, you should consider getting a loan through your home country.

Some countries will offer government student loans to students who attend Mount Royal. If your home country does not fund students through their government loans program, you may wish to speak to your bank or other financial institutions to secure funding.

American students: Mount Royal is not a Title IV school. Therefore, you cannot qualify for U.S. government funding if you attend Mount Royal.