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International Students

Welcoming Students from Around the World

Our Mission: To change lives for good by offering high-quality and relevant lifelong education to anyone with the desire to learn.

A unique feature of City University is its international dimension. CityU could not call itself a global university if international students were not a huge part of who we are. More than 700 students from around the world attend CityU in greater Seattle (USA) and Vancouver, Canada. We have been helping students worldwide earn U.S. degrees and better their lives for 50 years. Our mission is to provide high-quality education that is accessible to anyone, whether they want to study in or outside of the U.S and Canada. CityU students become part of an international community with students from over 40 countries and alumni who hold executive positions around the globe.

CityU has locations in Canada, the United States (Washington State), China, Czech Republic, Mexico, Slovakia, Switzerland, and Vietnam. As a private, nonprofit university, CityU offers small classes and competitive tuition rates and accepts transfer credit from accredited institutions.

Visit the CityU USA International Admission for US-Based Programs

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Who is considered an international student?

The population of Canada is divided in three main categories: citizens, permanent residents also known as landed immigrants and temporary residents. Temporary residents are legally in Canada for temporary needs, including foreign workers, tourists and international students. In other words students who are not Canadian citizens or permanent residents in Canada are considered international students; this includes US citizens without a dual citizenship (Student Permit, Work Permit, Temporary visa or any other type of visa).

International students must maintain continuous full-time enrollment in order to preserve their study permit visa. A full-time undergraduate student at CityU Canada is defined as one who is registered in at least 15 credits (3 courses) per quarter.

CityU offers an education that is accessible to the working adult and transfer student. Its curriculum is taught by practicing professionals and is results-oriented, hands-on, and informed by what industry demands now. The learning model is focused on helping professionals earn a degree that will later earn them a better job, salary, title or life after they graduate.


Note: Our Calgary, Edmonton, and Victoria campuses are not currently accepting international students.


Information for New Students

Please contact our international admissions at If you are an international student who has already applied or is interested in pursuing your education in CityU in Canada. Our Advisors can assist you with questions related to admissions, Letter of Acceptance, Program Deferral, fees, and general queries. 

Visit the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) page for New Study Permits (Students’ Visa) application process and inquiries.

Information for current CityU students

Advisors are available to support CityU students currently studying at CityU. We can answer questions by email, in person or virtually by appointments. Additional services are accessible through the CityU Student Portal CityU Student Portal

What programs are open to international students?

Due to visa regulations, CityU in Canada only accepts international students into our full-time academic degree programs at our Vancouver, BC location. At this time, these include:

Our Bachelor of Arts in Management and Master of Counselling Program are currently not available in Alberta for international students.

News Release

The Government of Canada Announces Extension of Post-Graduation Work Permits for up to 18 Months to Retain High Skilled Talent (March 17, 2023)

As of April 6, graduates with a recently expired or expiring post-graduation work permit (PGWP) will qualify for an additional or extended work permit to stay in Canada and gain job experience for up to 18 months, Immigration Minister Sean Fraser announced on Friday. Currently, there are about 127,000 post-graduation work permits set to expire in 2023.

International graduates with a recently expired or expiring post-graduation work permit (PGWP) will qualify for an additional or extended work permit to stay longer and gain additional work experience for up to 18 months.

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Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC): Temporary Lifts the Limit on Off-Campus Work Hours (October 7, 2022)

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has announced on October 7, 2022, that from November 15, 2022, until December 31, 2023, international students who are in Canada and who have off-campus work authorization on their study permit will not be restricted by the 20-hour-per-week rule.

International students must in mind that will be obligated to keep up with their schoolwork as required by their Study Permit implied status.

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