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International Centre

The International Centre at Memorial, located in the Education Building in room ED4007, provides assistance to exchange and visiting students at MUN. These students come from over 75 partner institutions around the world in order to study or research at Memorial for a semester or two.

The International Centre also offers outbound programs for Memorial University students who wish to study broad at one of MUN's partner institutions. You may even be able to get credits transfered towards your MUN degree -  contact the International Centre for more information.

The Faculty of Business Administration has its own inbound and outbound International Study Programs for students in its faculty.

For more information, you can also check out Go Abroad Memorial.


    Memorial's Admissions

    International undergraduate admission information.

    International graduate admission information.

    For more informaiton, check out the Office of the Registrar's page.


      Medical Care for International Students

      The ISA Office, as part of Memorial's Student Affairs and Services division, provides information about medical coverage for international students.  As of June 2007, international students are eligible for Medical Care Plan (MCP) Helath Care benefits.  Students must have a valid study permit for 12 months or longer, and be attending a recognized post-secondary instiitution in NL.  This coverage is not automatic, and students are required to apply for their MCP card

      For more information about this process, you can go to the International Student Advising Office, which is located in Corte Real, room 1000A, in Burton's Pond.  Or, you can check out the Government of NL's Department of Health and Community Services website.


        Memorial's Programs and Services

        Arrivals program, which provides new international students at Memorial with lists of recommended things to do both pre-arrival (such as requesting ISA's free airport pickup service and making decisions about housing) and post-arrival (such as attending orientation and picking up your campus card).

        Professional Skills Development Program, a free of charge program that's aimed at preparing (both undergraduate and graduate) international students for employment. 

        Culture-to-Community program, a great way for international students to become more involved with the community. The program connects international students  with provincial students from kindergarten to grade 12 in an effort to increase knowledge, understanding, and respect of cultural differences. 

        Family program, which provides assistance to international students arriving at Memorial with their families. Areas of assistance include: family health care; schools for children; family tax benefits; and parenting resources, among others. In addition, events and programs, such as The Back to School Program and a number of monthly events, are provided.

        Income tax program, which offers information sessions and workshops on income tax, as well as tips and adivce on the subject.

        The ISA's Outreach program, which includes weekly Coffee Clubs on Fridays as well as weekly discussion groups on Wednesdays. These are great opportunities to meet other students at Memorial, both international and local.

        MUN Mentors, a peer mentorship program that connects new international students with current MUN students in an effort to ease the transition.

        The International Student Video Project provides a series of videos focused on various subjects, relating both to the university itself and to the city of St. John's, that have been created by international students.

        Memorial also supports international students on campus through the provision of a number of different International Student Groups, as well as a number of clubs and societies.


          Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial Nominee Program, International Graduate Category

          The general NLPNP program is a way for certain eligible persons to gain permanent resident status in Canada.  There are four categories under which an individual may apply.  One of these is the NLPNP International Graduate Category, which provides an opportunity for eligible international students to be considered for nomination for permanent residence in Canada. 

          On the International Graduate Category page you will find: more information about eligibility requirements; access to required provincial and federal forms; a list of required supporting documents; and information about submitting your application.


            Selected Community-based Organizations

            The Association for New Canadians (ANC), located on Military Road in St. John's, is a non-profit, community-based organization that is committed to supporting immigrants and refugees in a number of ways.  The organization provides a number of services and programs that aim to help provide this support. Specifically, the ANC focuses on: settlement and orientation to the province, language learning, skills development, and employment.

            The Refugee Immigrant Advisory Council (RIAC), located on Water Street in St. John's, is a non-profit, charitable organization that focuses on providing support to refugees, immigrants, and other Canadians of diverse origins, in becoming productive members of society (and in making NL their home). The group also aims to raise awareness of refugee and immigrant issues. A collection of programs and services helps to achieve these objectives, including: the Combo Partner Program, the Bridging the Gap workshop, and the Human Library Project, among others.


              Important Contacts at Memorial

              Karin Thomeier, the DLC director: karint (at)

              Sonja Knutson, from the ISA and the International Centre: sknutson (at)

              Hadija Drummond, ESL Coordinator at Grenfell: hdrummond (at)

              General ESL at Memorial: esl (at)


                International Student Advising Office

                The International Student Advising Office (ISA), located at Corte Real, Room 1000A, in Burton 's Pond Apartments, aims to assist international students with the adjustments that come with moving to St. John's and with beginning student life at Memorial University.

                The ISA, managed by Sonja Knutson, offers transition advising, immigration advising, and outreach services to international students through the provision of a number of programs, services, and events.

                Check out the ISA's contact page for a listing of the office's awesome staff members, and the programs and/or services that each member is responsible for.


                  International Student Handbook

                  The International Student Advising Office at Memorial has created an International Student Handbook for international students of the St. John's campus.  This handbook contains: information about: the ISA office and its programs and services; housing for both on and off campus; Canadian immigration; employment; health insurance; Memorial’s services; transportation in the city; a checklist for new students, and more. 


                    Funding Opportunities

                    Memorial University offers a number of possibilities for scholarships and awards for both undergraduate and graduate international students. 

                    For undergraduates, Memorial offers: entrance scholarships, undergraduate academic awards, and undergraduate conference travel funding.

                    Also available for undergraduates are: a student community service award and global engagement grants.

                    Additionally, the School of Graduate Studies offers a number of internal and external scholarships and awards for eligible graduate students.  

                    Memorial University is designated to distribute US students loans and Veterans Affairs funding for US students who qualify.

                    Finally, the Government of Canada provides international scholarship opportunities for students and researchers from outside of Canada, organized by country of origin.


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