University College of the North

Gain Your Degree, Certificate, or Diploma in Canada’s Rugged North

The University College of the North's campuses are found in the heart of Canada's wilderness in Northern Manitoba. This area's four seasons have much to offer for students who like adventure. The winter temperature here averages approximately -20°C while the summer temperature comes to around +20°C.

Campus Locations

UCN has main campuses based in The Pas and Thompson, Manitoba. Our The Pas facility is located 600 km north of Winnipeg (6 hours by car or 1.5 hours by plane). Meanwhile, our Thompson campus is situated 800 km north of Winnipeg (8 hours by car or 2 hours by plane).

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In both communities, you'll find an unparalleled northern spirit in the people who live and work there. We’ve got a list a kilometre long of natural attractions and things to do that celebrate our culture and honour our history.

Town of The Pas website

City of Thompson website

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Application Requirements

An international applicant must have a permanent resident card or a valid student visa. Health insurance may be purchased after arriving at UCN but must be settled before course registration. We reserve the right to limit the number of applicants per program. Refer to our academic calendar today for a complete list of all UCN programming open for international students.

Admission

  • The admission application fee is $150.50 + GST and is non-refundable.

  • International students are responsible for ensuring that they meet the program requirements and deadlines before they apply.

  • The deadline for completed applications is April 1. Application deadlines are also outlined in our academic calendar.

  • Applications must be complete before they are processed. Incomplete applications are grounds for application rejection. Programs may have limited space for international students.

  • International students will only be in the Regular Student classification since they are not eligible to apply as a Special Student or as a Mature Student.

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English Language Proficiency Requirement

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a minimum of 550 on the paper-based test and with no less than 50 in each component or an internet-based test score of 80 and with at least 20 in each component

  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with at least an overall band score of 6.5 and with no individual band scores less than 6.0

UCN’s primary language of instruction is English. That is why international students must demonstrate English language proficiency to participate in all aspects of coursework.

List of countries exempt from English proficiency requirements

For applicants with previous education outside of Canada or education in a language other than English, you must submit proof of their English proficiency with either of the following:

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Academic Requirements

  • All applicants are responsible for ensuring that their documents are verified by World Education Services (WES) before applying at UCN. Visit their website at www.wes.org.

  • If you are looking at courses 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

Please note that international students will be given a surcharge on tuition fees. The following course costs also do not cover lab/material fees and student association 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

Financial Aid

International students are not eligible to apply for financial assistance such as student loans or bursaries that are offered by UCN or the Government of Manitoba.

Health Insurance

All international students are required to be covered by health insurance while studying in Canada. This insurance is charged upon registration for the Fall term and payable by the posted fee payment deadline. UCN students must acquire health insurance through guard.me International Insurance. For more information regarding the guard.me plan, please visit http://www.guard.me/ucn.
The length of insurance coverage is for one year (Aug 1 to July 31), with an estimated cost per student. International students entering in any term other than the fall term must contact guard.me International Insurance to coordinate coverage under the UCN required plan. The cost of insurance will be prorated to the start date of your entrance to UCN. The plan coverage will still end on July 31 of that school year.

Student Housing

Residence facilities are available at both Thompson and The Pas campuses. We also offer family housing.

Contact Us Through the Following:

Mailing Address: Box 3000, The Pas MB, R9A 1M7

Phone: (204) 627-8576

Fax: (204) 627-8666

Toll-Free Call: 1-866-627-8500

Get in Touch With Us

For additional information on becoming an international student at UCN, feel free to contact us today. We will get back to you with a response to your questions as soon as possible.