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MacEwan University



MacEwan University offers a transformative education in Canada. International students can earn a degree, diploma or certificate, and get closer to their dream careers.

The university provides a supportive education where learners have many opportunities for growth. Excellent teaching is combined with personalized learning experiences. Friendly student services ensure everyone adjusts to life in Canada and enjoys their time there. MacEwan University has:

  • Over 1,000 international students
  • More than 60 countries represented in the student community.
  • 42 students in the average first-year class
  • Over 150 opportunities for research and work experiences
  • Scholarships available for international students.

The university was founded in 1971 and has always put students at the heart of what it does. Students have consistently noted that the university excels in teaching style and the teacher to student ratio.

Edmonton, Canada

Students love the local area that MacEwan is in, with multicultural Edmonton the capital city of Alberta. It's full of vibrant attractions and things to do, from live music to walks along the North Saskatchewan River Valley. Alberta itself is home to five UNESCO World Heritage Sites. This includes part of the Canadian Rocky Mountains which are a short drive from MacEwan.

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What's new

What's new

Model UN club with a global influence

Students can be part of the university's Model UN club, which is gaining global recognition. The club provides opportunities to:

  • Explore world issues
  • Practice debating
  • Travel the world
  • Represent a UN country in a similar environment to a UN conference.

MacEwan's Model UN group shares its best practices with other students across the globe. It has recently collaborated with institutions in Germany and Ukraine. MacEwan students have supported these universities through peer-to-peer training and virtual mentoring. Students have the ability to be active within a global environment, learn intellectual responsibilities and gain skills such as leadership, and public speaking.

MacEwan University is home to a wide range of student-led organisations and clubs, offering a diverse range of enrichment opportunities which allow students to progress as well-rounded and sought after graduates.

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Teaching quality

Teaching quality

Student-focused instruction

University faculty provide a quality learning experience at MacEwan and strive to put students at the core of all they do.

As well as teaching, staff are involved in pioneering research that's respected all over the world. Classes are informed by this research. There are many chances for students to take part in research opportunities and ground-breaking projects.

Students often comment that MacEwan faculty are accessible. Teachers work hard to build good relationships with their classes. Most classrooms have between ten and 50 students, where teaching staff get to know each of their students personally.

Outside of the classroom

There are plenty of activities held throughout the university that enrich learning. Students can explore beyond the classroom and study areas through special events such as:

  • Conferences
  • Performances
  • Speaker series

Renowned experts visit MacEwan from all over the world to share their knowledge, talents and experiences.

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Department structure

Department structure

MacEwan University offers a variety of degree, diploma and certificate programs. From health studies to the visual arts, there are many different choices. Programs lead to professional careers or further study opportunities. Programs are taught across the following faculties and schools:

  • Faculty of Arts and Science
  • Faculty of Fine Arts and Communications
  • Faculty of Health and Community Studies
  • Faculty of Nursing
  • School of Business
  • School of Continuing Education.

95 percent of MacEwan degree students said they were satisfied with their student experience. 97 percent said they would recommend the university.

MacEwan also offers professional and personal development courses, university preparation programs and English language courses. Several programs can be studied part-time. There are different start dates throughout the year.

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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

International applicants require a good level of English language proficiency to study at MacEwan.

For bachelor's degrees, diplomas and certificates, students need one of the following minimum scores:

  • IELTS – overall 6.5 with no band below 5.5
  • TOEFL iBT – overall 86, with 21 in listening, reading, speaking and writing.
  • TOEFL PBT – overall 580, with no band below 50
  • An accepted equivalent.

For the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program, students need one of the following minimum scores:

  • IELTS – overall 6.5, with 7.0 in speaking, 6.0 in listening and 5.5 in reading and writing
  • TOEFL iBT – overall 86, with 26 in speaking, 23 in listening and 21 in reading and writing
  • An accepted equivalent.

For the Psychiatric Nursing program, students need one of the following minimum scores:

  • IELTS – overall 7.0, with 7.5 in listening, 7.0 in writing and speaking and 6.5 in reading
  • TOEFL iBT – overall 98, with 27 in writing and listening, 23 in speaking and 21 in reading.
  • An accepted equivalent.

Preparatory programs

International students who don't quite meet the entry criteria can take a preparatory program. This helps them develop their English language skills and improve courses required for academic study. Programs include English as an additional language (EAL), foundation program international and University Preparation.

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Student support

Student support

As well as expert teaching and academic guidance, MacEwan has many support services in place for students.


The Students Association of MacEwan University is the student voice on campus. SAMU offers a range of services, student advocacy, health and dental plans, as well as a universal transit pass to help students commute around Edmonton with ease.

Writing centre

Those who need help with their academic skills can gain feedback on their writing. They can book appointments with a tutor and find many study resources online.

Wellness and psychological services

Students struggling with any academic or personal issue can access confidential counselling. Free and professional consultations can be in person, on the phone or via video call.

International student support

There's plenty of dedicated support for international students. This includes an orientation event for new international students. Orientation involves seminars on cultural integration, immigration, academic integrity, tax returns and the local area.

Student advisors help international students settle into life as a student in Canada. They assist with areas such as:

  • Pre-Departure Webinars
  • Enrolling in classes
  • Taking part in activities
  • Study abroad opportunities for International Students
  • Understanding campus policies

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Scholarships & funding

Scholarships & funding

Tuition and fees vary depending on the chosen program. Bachelor's degrees range from CAD 23,000 to CAD 30,500 per academic year. Preparatory programs range from CAD 13,500 to CAD 15,000. This does not include accommodation or the cost of living.

International students have access to generous scholarship opportunities. Those applying for a degree or diploma program may be eligible. Students are automatically considered for scholarship at the time of acceptance. There is no application necessary.

Awards are based on academic achievement. Students in degree programs may qualify for returning student awards in subsequent years.

International degree scholarships

With an admission average score of a minimum of 80 percent (based on the Alberta High School equivalent) and above, students may receive a scholarship of CAD 4,000 to CAD 14,000.

International diploma scholarships

With an admission average score of a minimum of 80 percent, students may receive a scholarship of CAD 4,000 to CAD 12,000 in the first year of their program.

Other scholarships, awards, and bursaries

Students are also eligible to other scholarships, awards, and bursaries during their studies in Canada or at MacEwan. They can check what is available and the eligibility requirements on the university's website.

The Canadian government has scholarships in place for internationals looking to study in Canada. Students should go to the Canadian Embassy or Consulate website in their country to find out more about these opportunities.

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International students

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