Studying in Manitoba FAQ
In order to apply for a Canadian study permit, prospective international students must first obtain a letter of acceptance from a Designated Learning Institution (DLI). As each institution may have different admission requirements and application processes, interested applicants may contact the desired institution(s) individually. Find out more about studying in Manitoba.
For a full list of DLIs by province, click here.
- The University of Winnipeg ranks high for student satisfaction, particularly among undergraduates. Located in downtown Winnipeg, many of its courses and programs involve projects in the community. The University of Winnipeg has also invested heavily in state-of-the-art facilities for athletics and contemporary art.
- Signature programs: Theatre and Film, Kinesiology, Bio-anthropology, Marriage and Family Therapy
- The University of Manitoba, also in Winnipeg, has a strong academic reputation, having produced 97 Rhodes scholars. It also cares about student experience, and has been ranked number one for its outstanding student services.
- Signature programs: Actuarial Mathematics, Architecture, Engineering, Law, Pharmacy
- Brandon University is the only university in Manitoba located outside Winnipeg, in the province’s second-largest city, Brandon. The university also offers one of the cheapest tuition rates for international students in Canada.
- Signature programs: Nursing, Education, Music
- Signature programs: Network Security, Restaurants and Food Services, Entrepreneurship Diploma Program, University preparation
- Assiniboine Community College emphasizes apprenticeship, continuing education, and contract training. It is particularly well-known in the province for its delivery of practical nurse training. The college’s practical approach to teaching pays off — according to a 2014 report, 93% of graduates found a job in their field within six weeks of graduating. While the number of international students attending each year is small, the college still offers tailored student services and support. In conjunction with Brandon University, the college also offers a 2+2 program to spend two years at each institution.
- Signature programs: Nursing, Culinary Arts, Network Administration Technology, Business Administration
- Manitoba’s universities and colleges also offer a broad range of specialized engineering study programs.
- As the healthcare and natural resources sectors employ many thousands of workers, these are also popular study areas.
- In addition to the programs above, institutions across Manitoba offer a broad range of programs.
Tuition for international students varies widely, depending on the institution and study program. International students in Manitoba may expect to pay between $11,000-$13,000 per year at a college, and $13,000-$19,000 per year at the undergraduate level at a university. Language school and graduate school tuition may differ significantly.
- International students studying in Canada must purchase health insurance before landing in Canada.
- International students in Manitoba, and their accompanying dependants, are eligible for provincial healthcare if they are studying for at least six months, and live in the province for at least six months of the year. Students are advised to apply as soon as possible.
In order to apply for a study permit, a potential international student must show that he or she has $10,000 in addition to tuition fees to cover living expenses in Manitoba. This equates to $833 per month.
Below is an approximate estimate of the cost of living for students in Winnipeg. Average cost of living can vary between rural and urban locations. Estimate may also vary depending on the type of accommodation and the type of study program. The University of Manitoba also estimates that new students may spend $600-$1000 on appropriate winter clothing, as a one-time expense.
|Factor||Per month (approx.)||Per year (approx.)|
Accommodation (single, off-campus)
|Recreation and entertainment||$150||$1,800|
|Health and Dental Insurance||$25||$300|
|Transportation (Winnipeg price)||$70||$840|
|Cost of living total||$1,510||$18,120|
International students in Manitoba may have access to private loans on the same terms as Canadian citizens and permanent residents. Loans may be offered by banks, student organizations, or other groups. It is important to properly research loan options, and understand the interest and repayment plans, before committing to any contract.
Many organizations and institutions may offer scholarships or bursaries to international students studying in Manitoba. For more information, students are encouraged to contact the international student services department of their institution.
Graduate programs in particular often have funding options for students pursuing a Master’s or PhD program. It is important to contact the educational institution directly for more information.
- Engineering is a popular study program across Canada. In Manitoba, the University of Manitoba and Red River College of Applied Arts and Technology are known for their Engineering programs.
- The University of Manitoba offers degree programs in Civil, Biosystems, Computer, and Mechanical Engineering. Students may choose from over 25 specializations at the undergraduate, Master’s, and PhD Level.
- Red River College offers several engineering technology programs which specialize in areas such as computer-aided design, geographic information systems, environmental protection, and geomatic technologies.
- Computer science, computer engineering and computer technology programs are popular across Canada. Different institutions in Manitoba offer a variety of program specializations in Computer Science and technology.
- The University of Winnipeg’s Applied Computer Systems Bachelor program offers specializations in Health Informatics and Information Systems; students may build a software project for a local organization as a final project
- The Manitoba Institute of Trades and Technology offers courses specializing in network security, cloud administration, and cyber defence.
- Assiniboine Community College is known for its nursing programs. It offers six programs in the field of healthcare, including Practical Nursing and Palliative Care.
- Brandon University offers Bachelor degree programs and certificates in healthcare field. Students may pursue a Bachelor of Nursing or a Bachelor of Science in Psychiatric Nursing, as well as a Master of Science in Psychiatric Nursing and pre-professional programs in various health-related fields.
- The University of Manitoba’s Bachelor of Nursing program offers a course focusing on nursing practice in culturally diverse societies, which may include a tour to China.
STEM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. While careers in STEM fields are popular, there is no specific program entitled “STEM” in a Manitoba college or university. Prospective students are encouraged to research programs in their particular area of interest. Use the School Search tool to research programs in these fields.
Job creation in the province is growing: the government of Manitoba has projected that a total of 177,800 new job openings will be created between 2015 and 2021, with the unemployment rate expected to decline from 5.5% to 4.9% over the same period.
The healthcare industry is the biggest employer in Manitoba. There has also been growth in the professional, scientific and technical services and finance, utilities, and natural resources sectors between July 2015 and September 2016.
Graduates from a DLI in Manitoba may apply for the Post-Graduation Work Permit after graduating from an eligible study program.
Does studying in Manitoba provide options for permanent immigration to Canada for international students?
Under the Skilled Workers in Manitoba category of the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP), applications are accepted from qualified temporary foreign workers and international student graduates who are currently working in Manitoba and have been offered a permanent job with their Manitoba employer. Combined with the positive labour market forecast, this makes studying in Manitoba an attractive long-term option for individuals who wish to make Canada their permanent home.
International graduates may also pursue an application for permanent residence through the federal Express Entry immigration system. Candidates for immigration to Canada who have completed their education at a school in Manitoba may be awarded points on account of their high level of education. Moreover, international graduates of Canadian educational institutions may have obtained important Canadian work experience, another highly valued factor under the Express Entry system.
Manitoba is such a big province that climate differs significantly throughout. In general, winters are among the coldest in Canada, and summers are hot. The province ranks second in Canada for sunniest province year-round, and first for clearest skies.
In addition to having some of the most affordable tuition and living costs in the country, Manitoba offers a 60% tax rebate on certain post-secondary fees to individuals who work in the province after graduation.
Manitoba may be a good choice for international students with families. In addition to the opportunity to avail of public health care after six months, individuals studying in Manitoba on a study permit with dependent children may, under certain conditions, receive subsidized public school education for their children.
Housing costs — including rent prices — in Manitoba are among the lowest in Canada.
- Winnipeg is the province’s only major urban centre, with over half the provincial population living within the city’s bounds. Its economy is one of the most diversified in Canada, with major employment in the trade, manufacturing, educational services, and health care and social assistance sectors.
- Brandon is the second-largest city in Manitoba, and is increasingly becoming known for its educational services. With a lower average age and a lower average housing cost than the Canadian average, the city proves popular with young workers and families.
To learn more about studying in Manitoba, consult the Study in Manitoba page.