International admissions FAQ

What are key scholarship deadlines?

All complete applications are assessed for entrance scholarships by March 1.

Don’t wait until you complete your high school or post-secondary courses before applying. Submit your application using your most recent official grades, and make sure that your final grades are submitted when they become available. Please include a list of all courses in which you are currently enrolled.

What are the key timelines if I want to enroll in particular courses?

Mid-May: All accepted new students set to begin their studies in September or January can register in courses for September and the following January semesters. It is possible to change your mind or to register in courses right up to the first week of classes, but by that time your choices will be limited to courses where space is still available. 

How long will it take to secure my study permit and, if necessary, temporary resident permit for Canada?

This will depend on your country of residence, and where you need to apply. You can find country-specific information by visiting the Citizenship and Immigration Canada website.

As soon as you receive your official letter of acceptance from Saint Mary’s University in the mail, begin the process of applying for your study permit.

Key Dates

*Please note: It is suggested that you apply for a study permit as soon as possible. View a more complete list of key international admission dates.

Apply to Residence Send final grades to Saint Mary’s Register for Classes Attend Orientation Start Classes
Before May 1 By July 15 April Late August September
Before November 1 By December 1 As soon as you are admitted Early January January
Beginning February 1 By March 1 March Early May May