International – FAQ

Here are a list of frequent information requested by prospective international students. If you have further questions, please email us at internationalrecruitment@mitt.ca

Does MITT offer student residences?

MITT do not have the student residences. MITT is located at a safe neighbourhood in Southern Winnipeg. Students can refer to the resources here on how to find accommodation.

How do I find accommodation?

Renting resources (not limited to the following). You can use MITT locations in this page to find a nearby accommodations:

How do I apply to MITT?

An application can be submitted online for any MITT program at mitt.ca/apply. Information on how to submit an application for an international student can be found here.

What is the application fee?

The application fee for the 2020/2021 Academic year which consists of the following start dates; Fall 2020, Winter 2021 and Spring 2021 is $190 for each Certificate and Diploma program.

The application fee for Cyber Defense and Cloud Administration, Network and Computer Technology, and Software Developer is $300 which includes the programmer assessment test fee.

How many program applications can I submit?

There is a limit of two applications for each academic year intake.

What is the specific document requirement for my country?

Applicants who have been educated outside of Canada should review the general admission requirements [PDF] based on country/curriculum of study.

What documents do I need to apply?

Applicants must provide official copies of high school and all post-secondary transcripts and proof of English language proficiency if applicable.

When applying online, the following documents are required to be uploaded to the application portal.

  • Official high school transcript and proof of graduation
  • Official college/university transcripts and proof of graduation for all post-secondary institutions
  • Official proof of English language proficiency if applicable
  • Copy of valid passport
  • Copy of immigration document such as study permit or study visa if available
  • Authorization for release of information form if applicable

Note: if you are still completing high school or post-secondary studies, please submit the most up-to-date interim transcript.

Certified translations are required for any document that is in a language other than English.

Application declaration

All applicants are required to declare any previous and current post-secondary studies on their application. When you submit an application, you sign-off on the following statement:

“I understand that misrepresentation, falsification of documents, or the withholding of requested information with respect to the application, can result in the cancellation of acceptance and registration or dismissal from the University and that any information on falsifications may be shared with the Association of Registrars of the Universities and Colleges of Canada and/or other post-secondary institutions”

Declaration of post-secondary studies is not optional. Failure to declare previous studies is a serious offense. It is important to ensure applicants are declaring ALL previous studies on their application.

Should I submit my post-secondary transcript if I have attended or still attending a post-secondary institution?

Yes. Although, we do not use post-secondary transcripts as the basis of admission for regular certificate and diploma programs, however you must still be in good academic standing at your previous or current post-secondary institution in order to be considered for admission.

If a high school grade is missing, can you accept grades from my post-secondary transcript?

If you are missing a required high school course (Mathematics, for example), we may look at your post-secondary studies to see if you have a course that meets the requirement for admission. In all cases, we require transcripts that are up-to-date.

Or, you can complete the missing courses at one of the following institutions:

What is an up-to-date transcript?

EXAMPLE 1: A student declares they studied from September 2018 to April 2020.

What to provide? A transcript issued after April 2020.

EXAMPLE 2: A student declares they began their post-secondary studies in September 2019, but withdrew in November 2019 and did not complete any course work.

What to provide? Either a) A transcript dated after November 2019 or b) a letter form the institution stating that the student withdrew and does not have any courses/grades to report on.

EXAMPLE 3: A student declares they were admitted to a post-secondary institution, but never actually attended/did not register for any courses.

What to provide? Either a) Written confirmation from the institution that the student never attended or b) a written declaration from the student declaring that they did not register in or attend any classes.

EXAMPLE 4: A student declares they began their post-secondary studies in September 2019 and they are still studying as of the date they apply to MITT.

What to provide? A transcript that includes all completed course work up to the last semester (if they applied today (Oct 29, 2020), we would require a transcript for at least September 2019 through to September 2020).

Once a student finishes their studies, they are required (as a condition of their admission) to provide a final transcript showing all final grades.

Can I transfer my application to another program?

Due to strict MITT admissions policy applications are not transferrable between programs or intake. If interested in another program or a different intake, a new application must be submitted online and pay the application fee.

Can I meet with MITT International Recruitment Team before I submit an application?

The international Recruitment Team hosts a bi-weekly MITT International Cafe webinar to meet with a small group of prospective international students to provide program advice and answer any questions you may have. For additional support, please contact us by email.

How long does it take for me to get an offer letter after applying?

After submitting an application, the Admissions will review the application and the supporting documents. The processing duration may take 6 to 8 weeks (about 2 months) due to a high volume of applications.

Many of MITT’s programs are competitive and we consistently receive more applications than available seats. Due to heavy demand, meeting the admissions requirements and having a complete application does not guarantee admission.

Admission offer will be sent by email and the application portal will be updated to show the status if a seat becomes available.

How do I check the status of my admissions application?

Application status can be checked from the application portal. The application portal will show current application status after the review of the application and documents by the Admissions Team.

Some of the following statuses are;

  • In review: the application has been received by the Admissions Team but it has not been processed.
  • Incomplete: application is missing required document(s) or information. The Admissions Team will send an email to provide detailed information. If you have not received the email, please contact admissions@mitt.ca with your full name, program, application reference number and student number.
  • Waitlisted: the program entrance requirements have been met but the program has reached the seat capacity. The Admissions Team will contact you immediately a seat becomes available and this may occur as late as the day before the program start date.
  • Admission offered: an email has been sent to offer admission and pay the required admission deposit to accept the admission offer before the stated due date in the email.
  • Admitted: You have accepted the offer of admission and you have been admitted to your program at MITT.

What happens if my application is waitlisted?

If a space does not become available by the start of the program you applied to, you will be offered consideration to the next available intake.  Please check your email regularly for updates.

Does MITT offer career services to international students?

At MITT, career development is part of your program. Students receive training on the skills needed to successfully transition to the job they want.

Can I meet with a Career Advisor?

You can contact the Student Services Team at 204-989-6512 or email for the Career Services drop-in schedule.

Can you share previous student success stories?

You can find the international alumni and student success stories here. Or, visit this page for why students choose Manitoba Institute of Trades and Technology

Can I transfer my previous education credits to MITT programs?

MITT recognizes that significant learning takes place at other schools as well as outside of class. By providing Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) services, MITT ensures that MITT programs are engaging and build on students’ prior experiences. RPL includes two different pathways, Credit Transfer and PLAR. To know more and how to apply for RPL, please visit here.

Can I study English program at MITT’S English Language Institute to meet the English language proficiency for my program?

Yes, English for Academic Purposes at MITT’s English Language Institute can help international student reach their language proficiency needs for college admission as well as everyday life in an English environment.

What is the application fee for the English for Academic Purposes program?

The application fee for the English for Academic Purposes program at MITT is $100.

How many levels do you teach?

We teach 6 different levels:

  • Foundations
  • Level 1 – Beginner
  • Level 2 – Pre-Intermediate
  • Level 3 – Intermediate
  • Level 4 – Advanced
  • Level 5 – More Academic

Can I apply if I have never taken an English proficiency test (like an IELTS or a TOEFL) before?

Yes, you can. If you apply without having taken an English proficiency test, the English Language Institute will schedule you to take a placement test. The results of the placement test will determine which level you will be in.

What are the fees? Do I have to pay them all at once?

As of right now, the Foundations course is $1750, levels 1-4 is $3500 per level and level 5 is $4200 (tuition is subject to change). At the time of admission, you would need to pay $400 for the seat deposit for each level that you need to take. One month before the start of each level, you will need to pay the tuition balance for that level. For example: if the course starts on April 5th, the payment deadline was March 5th.

How do you know which level I would be in? Do I have to start at level 1? Can I start at level 1?

We can determine which level you would be in by looking at your English proficiency test that you provide when you apply for the program, or from the placement test that you do with us. Once we know which level you should be in, we will have you start at that level. We don’t want to put you in a level that is too easy/hard for you. We want to put you in the level that is appropriate for you.

When do I get my Letter of Acceptance (LOA)?

You receive your LOA after you have paid the seat deposits required.

When do I get my Confirmation of Enrolment letter?

You receive that within the first week of each level. You will receive a new Confirmation of Enrolment letter for each level (term).

Is the class online or in person right now?

Since the pandemic started, we have switched to teaching the classes in a blended format. It is taught all online with the option of attending class in person one day a week. This is not mandatory right now, but is subject to change.

Do I need a study permit to apply for the English Program?

Usually a study permit is not required for study up to 6 months but during COVID a study permit is required to enter Canada. If you have any other questions, we do have an Immigration Services Advisor at MITT. You can email her at visainfo@mitt.ca.

Do I need to provide my high school certificate? I didn’t take anything after high school, can I still apply for the English program?

If you are applying to the English program only (not with a post-secondary program), then a high school transcript or certificate is not needed. So, yes — you can still apply to the English program.

How do I apply? Do I need to apply online or come down in person? Can you give me an application?

You need to apply online through our website and not in person. We do not accept paper applications anymore. The link to apply is: Apply | Manitoba Institute of Trades and Technology (mitt.ca).

When is the last date I can apply to the English program?

We accept applications up until the day before the term starts. For last minute applications (for example — less than one week before the start of the program), please send the application reference number that you receive when you submit your application to eli@mitt.ca in order to expedite the processing of the application.

Do I need to provide an English language proficiency test to apply for programs?

Yes. An applicant whose primary language is not English or who is not from an English exempt country, must demonstrate English Language Proficiency.

Proficiency in English may be demonstrated by one of the following methods:

What type of English language proficiency result can I submit and what is the requirement for my program?

Test Type Minimum Requirements for Category A Programs2 Minimum Requirements for Category B Programs3
CAEL CE & CAEL Online (Canadian Academic English Assessment) 60 60
Cambridge English Advanced Certificate (C1) Scale Score of 180 / Grade of C Scale score of 180 / Grade of C
CanTEST (Canadian Test of English for Scholars and Trainees) 4.0 in all components 4.5 in Reading & Listening
4.0 in Writing & Speaking
IELTS (Academic)
(International English Language Testing System)
6.0 overall, no band less than 5.5 6.5 overall, no band less than 5.5
MELAB (Michigan English Language Assessment Battery) 80 80
PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) 54 58
TOEFL iBT
(Test of English as a Foreign Language Internet Based)
*MITT Institution Code #8870
Overall score of 78, with no less than 17 in each component Overall score of 86, with no less than 20 in each component
TOEFL PBT (Test of English as a Foreign Language - Paper Based) Overall score of 550,
with no less than 50 (unscaled) in each component
Overall score of 550,
with no less than 50 (unscaled) in each component
Revised TOEFL Paper Delivered Test 17 in Reading, Writing and Listening 20 in Reading, Writing and Listening

What is the validity duration for my English language proficiency result?

Tests taken more than two (2) years prior to the anticipated start date of the post-secondary or post-graduate program applied to will not be considered.

What alternative options are available to applicants affected by COVID-19 who cannot schedule an English language proficiency test?

For applicants affected by test centre closures due to COVID-19, MITT will be temporarily accepting the following English Proficiency tests as a means of meeting the English language proficiency requirements for Category A and B post-secondary and post-graduate programs. Results will be accepted for Winter 2021, Spring 2021 and Fall 2021 programs at this time.

NOTE: Official test results may need to be forwarded directly from the test centre to Manitoba Institute of Trades and Technology. MITT can verify IELTS scores online - please upload a scanned copy of your Test Report Form (TRF) Number and an official test result will not be required to be submitted. For more information check our English Language Proficiency page: mitt.ca/admissions/english-language-proficiency

Program category: English language proficiency requirement varies by the program category. Please refer to mitt.ca/admissions/english-language-proficiency for the program category and the corresponding English language proficiency requirement.

What are the international student program fees?

As a public institution, MITT is pleased to offer international students an affordable post-secondary education experience. Tuition and fees vary by program. For program-specific details, please view Tuition & Fees.

Is there a payment plan for international student fees?

International students are provided two payment options;

  • First option: Pay the tuition in full before the program start date
  • Second option: Pay the tuition in two installments. There is a $50 additional payment for selecting the installment payment option.
    • The first tuition installment must be paid two month prior to the start of the program.
    • The second tuition installment payment must be paid one month after the program start date.

What are the payment methods for international students within and outside Canada?

Available payment methods can be found here payment methods [PDF].

Are my fees refundable?

Non-refundable fees at any point when you withdraw from your program or any courses in it: application fee, admission deposit, late payment fees (if applicable), payment plan fee (if applicable), and other compulsory fees

Is the tuition fee refundable if my visa or study permit application is rejected?

Please note that only the application fee and a $100.00 CAD administration fee will be charged if the applicant is denied a study permit. A rejection document from the Canadian Embassy or Consulate and a completed withdrawal form are required no later than 6 weeks after the date of rejection by the IRCC. Withdrawal requests due to visa rejections must be received prior to the start of the program or the regular refund schedule will apply.

When does my coverage start and end?

Enrolment in the insurance plan is based on your period of attendance. Coverage does not begin until you arrive in Canada.

Your insurance card will include your policy number, the start date and the end date of your coverage.

Guard.me will email students a reminder approximately 30 days before their coverage end date. Instructions for purchasing insurance directly through guard.me will also be included. Make sure your email address is updated in the Student Portal. For post-secondary and post-graduate students in 1-year programs:

Coverage 1 year
Coverage dates vary according to program

Notes:

Exact coverage dates will be sent via an International Student Health Insurance email prior to program start.

Students attending 2-year programs will pay for their first year of insurance coverage with the first tuition payment for Year 1, and will pay for their second year of insurance coverage with the first tuition payment for Year 2.

These details may be different for students receiving program extensions or re-applying for admission in order to complete missing program requirements.

Students who start their program online from their home country can request a delayed enrolment in the guard.me @ Manitoba plan by submitting a complete Study Abroad - Opt Out Request Form [PDF]. The form must be submitted before the end of the first week of classes.

For ELI students:

The coverage periods for English Language Institute students vary depending on the length of the program.

Levels Coverage*
Foundations - Level 3 6 months of coverage
Level 4 or Level 5 3 months of coverage

*Coverage dates may be longer than 3 or 6 months due to scheduled breaks (i.e. winter break, spring break) and/or gaps between an English Language Institute program and an MITT post-secondary program in order to ensure continuous coverage in the international student health insurance plan.

We strive to provide continuous coverage during a student’s enrolment with MITT; however, it is a student’s responsibility to pay attention to coverage dates and purchase additional coverage during any breaks in coverage.  Additional coverage can be purchased through www.guard.me/mitt.

What does this plan include/cover?

The guard.me @ Manitoba plan is a comprehensive health insurance plan.  This plan provides you with coverage that is very close to what all Manitoba residents receive through Manitoba Health.

Please carefully consider the following information as you make decisions about what level of care is best for your health and wellbeing. The guard.me @ Manitoba plan provides you with access to medical services for:

Routine health care needs (annual exam/physical, cold, flu, etc.)

Existing, chronic or new illnesses (diabetes, pregnancy, etc.)

Serious illness (sudden and severe sickness, food poisoning, etc.)

Emergency incidents and accidents (broken bones, cuts needing stitches, heart attack, etc.)

NOTE: International students are eligible to receive the flu vaccine free-of-charge.

You can continue your routine care and monitoring of existing and chronic conditions by making appointments at a clinic or with a family doctor. You are also covered for new illness or injury and may visit a clinic, a family doctor, or hospital to receive care.

Please note that, just like Manitoba residents, you should purchase additional coverage when travelling outside of Canada. You may want to purchase additional coverage when travelling outside of Manitoba. This plan does not provide you with coverage in your home country.

The full policy details about this plan are available on the guard.me website - you will need your policy number to access the documents

When will I get my insurance card?

MITT students will be registered in the guard.me @ Manitoba plan automatically close to the program start date.

You are still covered by the plan as of the first day indicated in the International Student Health Insurance email.

After you have been registered in the plan, guard.me will send an email with detailed instructions to access your online guard.me account, your guard.me insurance card/claim form. You may print this card/claim form to keep in your wallet or purse, and/or download it and keep a copy of it on your phone or computer.

Important note: Guard.me will email you using the email address we have in the MITT Student Portal, so it is important that this information is correct. Log in to your Student Portal today to view the information we have on record and update it if needed.

What if I arrive before this coverage begins?

You may buy additional coverage directly through the guard.me website. Use the "Early Arrivals" link to do this. It is best to have your policy number for the guard.me @ Manitoba plan before purchasing early arrival coverage.

Note: This will be a different insurance plan than the one offered through MITT. Please indicate when your MITT coverage will start when purchasing this coverage.

What is the cost for this plan?

The cost for students up to 64 years of age is $2.50 per day, and is non-refundable.

The cost for students 65 - 74 years of age is $5.50 per day, and is non-refundable.

MITT is automatically charging all international students for an individual-coverage plan.

How do I access medical care?

There are a few ways to find the right service provider for you.

mobileDOCTOR (a guard.me service)

Students with guard.me have access to mobileDOCTOR to talk to a doctor/or nurse, 24-hours a day, 7-days a week. The doctor or nurse has the knowledge to provide answers over the phone to health questions, guide students to the care they need, and if needed write prescriptions.

  • Fast – nurses and doctors are available day and night
  • Flexible – the right advice and care at the right time
  • Friendly – the health care team ensures students feel at ease by providing expert advice and support
  • Unsure about whether you should go to a clinic or Emergency?

How to use mobileDOCTOR

  • Contact Assistance Line (number on back of guard.me card) or visit me/mobiledoctorto create your account
  • Give your policy ID & a brief description of issue
  • The Assistance professionals will determine if Mobile Doctor is right for you and how to direct your concern
  • If necessary, a licensed Nurse or Doctor will call you back 20 min later

Winnipeg Regional Health Authority websites:

www.wrha.mb.ca/myrightcare/
Use this website to determine and find the right care, depending on your needs.
www.wrha.mb.ca/healthinfo/healthlinks/
Use this website and contact information to speak to a nurse, find service, view Emergency Department and Urgent Care wait times, and to find a doctor
www.guard.me/mitt
Use this website to help you find a clinic based on your location. Some clinics bill directly to guard.me

What if I already have insurance?

Students with valid Manitoba Health coverage may request not to participate in the guard.me @ Manitoba plan.

To do this, please complete the Opt-Out Form [PDF].

Please follow the instructions on the form and submit the form and required documents to 7 Fultz Blvd. or international.health@mitt.ca by the required deadline

Alternative plans will not be considered, and cannot be used to request not to participate in this plan.

Where can I get more information?

Please email international.health@mitt.ca with your, student ID number, full name, program, date of birth, updated email address and your questions.

You may visit the guard.me website for answers to frequently asked questions, and to contact guard.me directly.

Am I eligible for Post Graduate Work Permit (PGWP) after graduating from MITT programs?

To learn more about applying to PGWP, visit this page: mitt.ca/international-student-resources/permits-visas-and-more/post-graduation-work-permit.

How do I immigrate to Canada after graduating from MITT?

There are a several immigration pathways to international students who are graduating from a Canadian post-secondary institution. Please check the link below to learn more. mitt.ca/international-student-resources/permits-visas-and-more/permanent-residence

Do you have Immigration Service Advisor?

MITT's Immigration Services Advisor is available for one-on-one online consultation. You can schedule an appointment here or send an email.

Where can I see MITT program listing?

MITT offers more than 25 post-secondary and post-graduate certificate and diploma programs to learners looking to start or continue their career training or education. Our strong industry relationships enable us to develop programs that teach in-demand skills, including work practicum placements, and position our students for successful employment upon graduation. Programs offered can be found here or you can visit here for more information.

Where can I see available programs?

You can find the current programs available for international students here.

How do I choose a program that fits my career goals?

As an institution dedicated for student success, we recommend you to find a program that fits your career goals. Check out the resources on the Career Development Services page.

What are the post-secondary entrance requirements?

Post-secondary programs require the following documents for the application assessment;

  • High school transcript and diploma (grade 12)

Note: There may be additional program specific document requirement, please refer to the program page for more information.

What are the program requirements for post-graduate programs?

Post-Graduate programs require the following documents for the application assessment;

  • Undergraduate degree or diploma from an accredited institution, with good academic standing. A minimum of 2 years of full-time undergraduate level coursework may also be considered.
  • Proof of English Language proficiency
  • Current resumé or CV

Note: Students do not need to provide high school transcript or diploma to apply to post-graduate programs.

*Preferred Admission Criteria (There may be a competitive admissions process for entry to this program; meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission. Minimum 2 years of prior relevant work experience is required for some programs. Please refer to the program pages for specific post-graduate requirements.)

What is the programmer assessment test (PAT)?

The programmer assessment test has been identified by industry as a method to ensure that students entering this field have the skills necessary to be successful within it. Completing the PAT will help you determine in advance whether the type of work performed in the field of Cyber Defence & Cloud Administration, Software Developer or Network Computer Technology is of interest to you.

Which programs require the programmer assessment test (PAT)?

Software Development requires specific thinking patterns. Individuals who apply to the Cyber Defence & Cloud Administration, Software Developer or Network Computer Technology programs at the Manitoba Institute of Trades and Technology (MITT) must achieve a qualifying score on a Programmer Assessment Test (PAT).

Can you provide practice questions for the programmer assessment test (PAT)?

No. The type of questions is described above and this is not the type of test that you study for, but one that evaluates your logical and analytical thinking patterns to measure if you will be successful in the Cyber Defence & Cloud Administration, Software Developer or Network Computer Technology program

What is the minimum pass mark for the programmer assessment test (PAT)?

The minimum score for the programmer assessment test is 50%.

Additional programmer assessment test information can be found from the FAQ [PDF].

Is student parking available?

Parking at the campus is maintained and monitored by Impark. At each location there a limited amount of visitor, student, and staff parking. All areas are clearly marked.

How much is the student parking fee?

This area is monitored closely by Impark. Your parking pass MUST be hanging facing out on your rear-view mirror. There is a $25 non-refundable decal fee and a refundable $25 decal deposit for the parking pass which is due at the time of set up. Parking in this area is $25 per month. Registration can be done at impark.myparkingworld.com, for more instructions see this PDF.

What are the public transit options in Winnipeg?

*You can purchase a transit Peggo Card at MITT one of the MITT campuses.

News and Updates on COVID-19 from MITT’s Registrar’s Office: Please refer to the Registrar’s page for updated information.

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