Application Process

If you have questions about the application process or the status of your application, please email for assistance.

Plan your program

Not sure where to start?

Before you apply to the Foundation program, you should have a clear and direct goal in mind about what post-secondary program you want to go into. This helps us develop your educational plan. Your post-secondary goal will also keep you focused on attending classes and doing well in your studies.

Check requirements

Fall 2020 requirements have changed

All applicants must meet an acceptable level of English language proficiency. This program requires proof of successful completion of standardized language evaluation such as an overall IELTS score of 5.5 with no skill under 4.5, or equivalent.

Once admitted to the program students may be required to write a placement test to determine their current academic standing and placement level in the program.

Confirm dates and deadlines

The application deadline for programs at MacEwan University is based on when you want to start your studies (the intake term). Check admission dates & deadlines to learn when you can start (fall, winter or spring/summer intake) and the last possible date to apply.

If you apply after a deadline has passed, your application fee is not refunded.

Apply online

Online applications are processed through ApplyAlberta, an application service used by most post-secondary institutions in Alberta. You will need to pay a non-refundable application fee to complete your online application.

Submit application documents


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Track Your Application and Confirm Admission

Track your application

Throughout the admission process, you will need to track your application and monitor the email account you used on your application to ensure you meet requirements and to respond to any requests for additional documentation.

After you apply, we will send your Network ID to the email account you listed on your application. This will be the username and password you use to log in to If you have not received your Network ID within two weeks of your application, you can contact the International Admissions Unit at


myStudentSystem is MacEwan's online student enrolment system. Use myStudentSystem to track your application.

Confirm admission

Confirm admission

Once you receive an offer of admission or conditional admission, you must accept or decline the offer by the deadline. You will log in to myStudentSystem to give your confirmation of admission.

If you are unable to access myStudentSystem from your location, contact the Office of the University Registrar for assistance.

Pay your admission confirmation deposit

Pay your admission confirmation deposit. by the deadline indicated in your offer letter. This deadline is also posted in myStudentSystem. If you do not pay your deposit by the deadline, your offer of admission will be withdrawn.

There are several ways to make a payment.

Deposit Receipts

A receipt for your admission confirmation deposit will automatically be sent to your MacEwan University student email account when your payment arrives at the university. If the receipt has not arrived in your myMacEwan Gmail account after two weeks, contact the Office of the University Registrar International Admissions Unit to enquire about the funds or your receipt.

International applicants: Apply for visas and permits

If you will be studying in Canada for more than six months, you require a valid study permit for the duration of your studies. You are responsible for ensuring your study permit is valid at all times.

Learn more about visas and study permits



Next Steps

Go to MacEwan International

Go to the MacEwan International office at our City Centre Campus on the first business day after you arrive.

MacEwan International staff and volunteers will supply orientation information and help you prepare for your studies. They can help you:

  • Change your address.

  • Set up a Canadian bank account.

  • Get your MacEwan University photo ID card.

  • Once registered you can pick up your U-Pass (bus and train) with SAMU.

Macewan International Office


Students’ Association of MacEwan University (SAMU)

Submit original documents

You must bring your original transcripts, supporting documents and certified English translations to MacEwan International when you arrive in Canada.

You cannot enrol in classes until your original documents have been reviewed by a university advisor.

Write the placement test

Placement Testing

Placement testing takes place at Alberta College Campus (10050 MacDonald Drive NW). All foundation program students are required to complete the placement test. We test your English and academic skills.

Placement testing is included in your application fee. Please bring the receipt for your application fee and photo id to the placement test.

Call the University Preparation office to arrange for placement testing.

How to prepare for your placement test

Before your placement test, confirm your date, time and location (Google hyperlink) to avoid late entry and stress before your exam. It is mandatory to arrive on time. Unfortunately, we will not permit any late comers as it is distracting to the other students taking the test. In addition to being on time, it is mandatory to provide identification at the placement test as well.

Enrol in courses

You will meet with an advisor at Alberta College Campus or City Centre Campus to enrol in classes. The advisor will make a personalized educational plan for you based on your current academics and English language proficiency level.

All students entering the Foundational program will be required to complete a placement test unless their Canadian High School Transcript is within two years.