Free-Moving Students

If you would like to study at Mount Allison University but your home university does not have a bilateral agreement with Mount Allison, you can come as a visiting international student for one or two semesters.

You will pay international student tuition to Mount Allison. For international student tuition fees,click here. Applying to Mount Allison as a visiting international student is a simple process. All you need to do is complete our visiting student application. You will then need to gather all of your supporting documents before sending in your application.

Please note application deadlines are as follows:

May 30th - Fall Semester (September - December) or Full year

October 30th - Winter Semester (January - April)


Below is a list of documents you will need to provide with your visiting student application:

  • Original or certified copies of all previous university studies undertaken (a full academic transcript showing all courses attempted, including failures, marks, or grades)*
  • Evidence of English language proficiency (if applicable)
  • A key/guide to the grading system
  • Proof of your identity — this is usually achieved by providing a certified copy of the personal details page of your passport or a birth certificate (in English)*
  • Letter of Permission from your home university stating that they will offer transfer credit for studies completed at Mount Allison

*Documents not in English must be accompanied by official English language translations.


To be eligible to apply as a visiting international student you should have:

  • Completed at least one year of study at an accredited university
  • Current enrolment at your home university
  • A cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 or the equivalent


Meeting the English language requirements

If your first language is not English you must provide evidence of a satisfactory level of English language proficiency. Click here for Mount Allison's English language requirements.

If you apply to Mount Allison as a visiting international student without meeting the minimum English language proficiency, students will be given a conditional acceptance letter provided they meet all other requirements for admission.


Academic information

Language of instruction: English is the language of instruction.

Course information: Courses are capped and only a certain number of students can register in courses. It is important for visiting international students to find courses they are interested in taking early in the process so that they can get registered in these courses.

Visiting international students are permitted to take upper year courses at Mount Allison provided they have taken the appropriate pre-requisites at their home university. For more information about registering for courses see the below section on course selection.

Please note: Courses in Music and Fine Arts are restricted to students in Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Fine Arts program only.

Course load requirements: A normal course load per semester is five courses. Each course is three credits, so visiting international students should plan to enroll in 15 credits.


Course selection

Visiting international students can view courses that are offered during the semester that they are here by going to the CONNECT@MTA portal and clicking on "search for courses". Visiting international students can take upper year courses at Mount Allison provided they have the appropriate pre-requisites from their home university.

For example, if a course states the the pre-requisite to register for the course is Introduction to Macroeconomics, the visiting student must have taken the equivalent course to Macroeconomics at their home university.

It is very important that once visiting students have received their official acceptance to Mount Allison University that the student send the international affairs co-ordinator a list of courses they intend on taking while here. The international affairs co-ordinator will assist visiting international students with getting permission to take upper year courses by asking the appropriate academic department head or professor teaching the course. The visiting student will then be manually registered in the requested course.

For courses that have no pre-requisites, students can register for these on their own through CONNECT@MTA once they have received their letter of acceptance and paid the $100 registration deposit.


Paying fees

Once you have received an acceptance letter from Mount Allison University for your studies at Mount Allison, you will need to confirm your acceptance by e-mail.

The next step to confirm your exchange is to pay a $100 registration deposit. Visiting international students can pay this fee through Peer Transfer.

Your acceptance letter will also indicate that you should pay either a $250 (one semester) or $500 (full year) residence deposit. Visiting international students should only pay this deposit if they intend to stay on-campus in residence for the duration of their exchange. Students can also pay this fee throughPeer Transfer.

Any other fees that you are charged are required to be paid approximately two weeks after the first day of classes. Please check theacademic calendar for details on fee payment deadlines.



On-campus accommodation is recommended for visiting international students who will be studying at the Mount Allison for one or two semesters.

There are nine different on-campus residences for students to choose from, in either a single room or a double room. Students living on campus benefit from an unlimited meal plan at the University dining hall. Having a meal plan is a requirement of living on-campus.

Once a visiting international student receives their acceptance letter and pays the $100 registration deposit, they will be able to go into CONNECT@MTA and complete their residence application. For students who will spend one semester at Mount Allison the residence deposit is $250. For students who will spend one year at Mount Allison the residence deposit is $500.

Once the online residence application has been submitted the student will automatically receive an e-mail confirming receipt. No further action is required. The housing office will contact the student directly if any further information is required.


Applying for a visa or study permit

Most visiting international students who come to Mount Allison for one semester (less than six months) do not require a study permit.

For students studying at Mount Allison for more than one semester (more than six months), they must obtain a student permit prior to their arrival in Canada.

For a list of countries that require study permits and for more information about the application process (including forms) visit:


Health insurance

All students are required to have health insurance for the duration or their studies and will be automatically registered for the Mount Allison Students' Union's health insurance plan. For more information about health insurance for international students, including visiting international students, pleaseclick here.


Financial matters and the cost of living in Sackville, New Brunswick

The cost of living in Eastern Canada is very reasonable and generally lower than the rest of Canada. That said, it can often cost more to travel places because there aren't as many options for getting here and getting away by train, bus, or plane.

In addition to paying international student tuition to Mount Allison for the duration of time that they are here, students also need to factor in round-trip travel from their home country to and from the Moncton airport, accommodation, meal plan, insurance, fitness centre fees, and miscellaneous day-to-day expenses.