How to Apply? International Students

How to apply?

Thank you for considering City University in Canada for your next educational journey. If you are interested in applying to one of our full-time academic degree programs at our Vancouver, you must submit

  1. International Application Form
  2. Supplemental Documents (Depending on program of choice)

To start the admissions process, please take the steps outline in the Admission procedures below.

Admission Procedures

  1. Contact an advisor to select an educational objective and discuss application and enrollment requirements.
  1. Complete the Online International Student Application Form
  2. Pay the $200(CAD) nonrefundable application fee. Fee payments may be made at Application Fee payment . 
  3. Provide all required documents relevant to the respective degree or program. Supplemental materials required for admission through the online application process for processing or electronically by e-mail at Paper documents should be submitted to:

City University in Canada
Attention: International Admissions
789 W. Pender Street, Suite 310
Vancouver, BC  V6C 1H2

  1. Request official transcripts from all previously attended institutions. Have them mailed to: City University in Canada
    Attention: International Admissions
    789 W. Pender Street, Suite 310
    Vancouver, BC  V6C 1H2 Original or certified copies of diplomas and transcripts with certified English translations if applicable. Certified electronic transcripts may be sent to through an authorized vendor used by the student’s sending institution.
  2. Submit:
  • Proof of English language proficiency
  • First-quarter tuition deposit
  • Copy of ID page of passport
  • Emergency Contact information

Please send the following items to City University in Canada, International Student Office, 789 West Pender Street, Suite 310, Vancouver, BC, V6C 1H2, Canada.

For students holding Study permit and transferring from another institution within Canada or holding a Government of Canada issued Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP)

Please submit the following documents:

  • Copies of Study Permit, visa, and entry stamp
  • Copies of employment authorization documents and change of status notices if applicable
  • Proof of medical insurance

*Additional requirements apply depending on program and start date.

Additional requirements

Supplemental Documents for the BAM Program

  • Two years post-secondary courses from an accredited institution (Verify transferability)
  • Resume
  • Proof of Name Change if applicable
  • Interview with the Academic Director or her/his designee

Supplemental Documents for the MC Program

  • Prerequisite undergraduate courses in the areas of Learning and Cognition and one course that included the topics of Personality and Human Development
  • Admissions Essay
  • Background Questionnaire
  • References (3 professional references)
  • Proof of Name Change if applicable
  • Interview with the Academic Director or her/his designee
  • Writing sample after interview

City University of Seattle employs a “rolling admission” policy for most programs, which means that the University will accept applications and announce admission decisions continually throughout the year. All applicants, regardless of location, must meet the same admissions standards. Applicants should note, however, that additional program admission requirements, tuition, and fee schedules might differ from program to program. The chart below provides a summary of the application timeline.

If you are using a Third-party please submit the Consent to Release Education records form

Application Deadlines

  Start DateMandatory   OrientationApplication Deadline for   Transfer StudentsApplication Deadline for   Overseas Applicants
Fall (October)Sept.N/ASeptember 1N/A
Winter (January)Dec.Dec.December 1March 1
Spring (April)MarchN/AMarch 1N/A
Summer (July)JuneN/AJun 1N/A

English Proficiency Requirement

Because all courses at CityU are taught in English, all incoming students must demonstrate proficiency in English prior to enrollment, in addition to any other admission requirements of their prospective program.

For the purposes of English proficiency requirements, English-speaking countries are defined as the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, South Africa, and New Zealand exclusively.

Please click here to see the list of recognized standardized tests CityU is accepting.

Acceptance process and study permits

If you are admitted into one of our full-time programs, you will receive a conditional letter of acceptance (letter of offer) pending the verification of your application information with the registrar’s office.   This conditional letter cannot be used for immigration purposes.  Your next step will be to pay the mandatory International Student Admission Deposit (Canada) according to the following guidelines:

ProgramAmount in CAD $Comment
BAM$3,000For students starting in  calendar year 2020  only
BAM$5,000For students starting in 2021 (January 2021)
MC$10,000Standard deposit

This deposit will be applied towards your tuition and any other registration fees and gives you access to the registration system. You will not have access to registration until the deposit is received and posted to your account.

When you register, the tuition fee for each course will be deducted from your student account.

If the fees for your courses add up to more than the amount of your deposit, you must pay the additional amount before the fee payment deadline published in the  Important Dates and Tuition Information .

Note: If you register for courses after the fee payment deadline, you must pay any additional fees required. Check the 2020-2021 Tuition Fee Schedule and Refund Policy  for further information regarding fees and fee payment. Tuition and fees subject to change without notice; tuition is quoted quarterly unless otherwise noted.

The International Student Deposit includes a $500 CDN non-refundable and non-transferable fee.

If the Canadian government refuses your application for a study permit, you may request a refund. You must submit a written request to, attaching a copy of the letter of refusal (or an email issued by the Immigration section of a Canadian embassy or consulate office). Please note that we must receive the request no later than six days after the start of the semester in order to issue a refund. For more information please refer to our2020-2021 Refund Policy.

Please note: International Student Tuition Deposit Refund Policy

Please refer to the Payment Methods for any payment

Upon receipt of the deposit, you will be issued a separate acceptance letter after the Registrar’s Office has verified the transcript credentials and you have met all of the additional terms pertaining to international admissions that can be submitted with your application for a study permit.

International students are responsible for applying for and securing their own study permit from the Canadian Federal government.

Study Permit: A Study Permit is a document issue by Citizenship and Immigration Canada that allowing an international student to study in Canada for a limited time.

Before your arrival:

  • Get your acceptance letter after submitting all required documents.
  • Apply for a Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) – (except for citizens of visa exempt countries)
  • Apply for a Study Permit

After your arrival:

  • Submit a copy of your Study Permit to your CityU advisor as soon as you arrive in Canada. . Remember that you must maintain your student permit and obtain work authorization when applicable to remain legally in the country..
  • You might need to extend your Study Permit; click here for additional information about the process.
  • Only students who have carried a full-time load for at least six months will quality for study permits; click here for additional information.

After graduation:

  • Some students decide to stay in Canada after graduation. International students who complete their degrees from City University may qualify for up to three years post graduation work permits. Click here for additional information about the process.

For information on how to apply for a Canadian study permit, please click here.

Please allow ample time for immigration processing as international students are not allowed to attend classes without the appropriate Study Permit.