Inbound Students

Choose from a variety of courses that will enhance your understanding of Canadian culture, introduce you to a student-centered post-secondary learning experience and provide you with a strong foundation in academics.

To attend MacEwan University as an inbound exchange student, your home university must have a formal agreement with us. Contact an exchange advisor at your institution for information on exchange agreements and the nomination process. We can only advise students who have been formally nominated for an exchange.

Application process

Apply through our online application and include the following with your application:

If your primary language is not English, you must present proof of English language proficiency with your application unless you are applying from one of the following universities:

  • University of New England, Australia
  • University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria, Austria
  • Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences, Finland
  • Abo Akademi, Finland
  • Hanze University of Applied Sciences, Netherlands
  • HAN University of Applied Sciences, Netherlands
  • Linkoping University, Sweden
  • Umea University, Sweden
  • Keele University, United Kingdom
  • Staffordshire University, United Kingdom
  • University of Gloucestershire, United Kingdom
  • University of Wales Trinity St. David, United Kingdom

If you are applying from a university not on the list above to an academic program at MacEwan (all MacEwan programs except EAL/ESL), you must present one of the following or equivalent:

  • IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 5.5 in each component)
  • TOEFL iBT 86 (with a minimum score of 21 in all four sections)

If you are applying to MacEwan’s EAL/ESL program, you must present one of the following or equivalent:

  • TOEFL iBT (internet based)
    Minimum score of 31
    Score of 4.0 (with no skill below 3.5)
  • TOEIC (I and SP)
    Score of 405
  • EIKEN Grade 2

TOEFL ITP will not be accepted for proof of English language proficiency. Students will take a placement test upon arrival at the MacEwan University.

You must take between three and five courses per term while you study at MacEwan.

Select 10 courses from the list of courses available to exchange students and rank them in order of preference on your application form. We will use your lower ranked alternates if a preferred course has filled or is unsuitable based on your academic preparation.


Photocopy the photo page of your valid passport and include it with your application.
Include transcripts from all universities you have attended.

If you are planning to take Bachelor of Communication Studies (BCSC) courses, you are required to submit two writing samples of approximately 500 words each. The samples cannot be edited by anyone other than you.

You will not be considered for enrolment in BCSC courses until the writing samples have been submitted.

Demo performances

If you are applying to MacEwan's Music program, you must submit two demo performances, each representing a different musical style or genre. The performances should be between three and five minutes. Provide YouTube links to the demos in your application.

Information about previous music knowledge

Complete the attached form and submit it with your application to tell us about your music knowledge. The information you provide will help us advise on your course selection.


Dates and deadlines

Application deadlines

  • May 1 for fall and/or winter term (September to December and/or January to April)
  • October 1 for winter term (January to April)

Important dates

Fall 2021

September 7 – December 18, 2021 (including exams)

August 30 – September 3 Residence move-in week
September 7 Exchange student orientation followed by an evening social event (tentative)
September 7 University-wide student orientation
September 30 Residence and mandatory fees due
December 30 (Fall 2021 term)
To be determined (Winter 2022 term)
Residence move-out deadlines

Winter 2022

January 4 – April 23, 2022 (including exams)

To be determined Residence move-in week
January 4 Exchange student orientation followed by an evening social event (tentative)
January 4 University-wide student orientation
January 31 Residence and mandatory fees due
To be determined Residence move-out deadlines

Next steps

If you are accepted, you will receive an email that contains your letter of acceptance. You need the letter of acceptance to apply for necessary visas or study permits.

If you plan to live in residence while attending MacEwan University, you must apply to residence services online.