The International Centre is the University of Manitoba’s hub for all things global. Whether you’re a student looking to explore, a faculty member looking for international partners or a researcher hoping to work with us, we’re here to support you.
On January 22, 2024 Immigration Refugee and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) introduced a new requirement for the Study Permit application process. IRCC will now request an additional document called an “attestation letter” issued by the provincial government. At this time, the University of Manitoba does not have an attestation letter to issue to students. The University of Manitoba will be working closely with the Government of Manitoba to ensure compliance. This process is expected to be in place by March 31, 2024.
IRCC will update their website with more information as it becomes available from each province and territory. Visit the IRCC website for the most up to date information.
While this process in being developed, you can still apply to University of Manitoba as an international student.
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How to book an appointment with an international student advisor:
To book a virtual/in-person appointment to see an International Student Advisor, please go to the International Centre's WaitWell page.
We also have in-person drop-in advising:
Drop-in appointments can’t be booked in advance through WaitWell. Availability is limited and appointments are offered on a first-come, first-serve basis. They are subject to change without notice, based on the availability of the International Student Advisors (ISAs).
For all students
Study with us as an exchange student
If you're a student at a partner university, you can apply to spend one or two semesters with us, while earning credits toward your degree.
UM provides some supports to students going abroad with Mitacs, and to Globalink Research Interns coming to the University of Manitoba.
Funding and awards
GSO Application information
What can GSO funding cover?
Depending on where you go and for how long, funds may cover between 30% and 80% of the costs of your outbound experience. Funds will be allocated based on the GSO target group criteria and destinations, the cost of the program, and the length of your experience.
The funds can be used to pay for any expenses required to support your mobility program such as student tuition, airfare, relocation, family support, living expenses, accommodation, health insurance, passport / visa application, dependent care, etc.
Funding is limited to one physical international outbound mobility experience per student for the period 2023-2025.
Who can participate?
Funding is open to UM undergraduate students who are Canadian citizens or Permanent Resident of Canada. Priority will be given to groups for whom international experiences have traditionally been less accessible, specifically:
- Indigenous students
- Students from low-income background
- Students with disabilities (must be registered with UM Accessibility Services)
- Visible minorities, 2SLGBTQIA and those who practice minority faith religions.
How to apply?
Please contact the International Centre at GSO@umanitoba.ca for an application form.
Students must be approved to participate in a UM recognized outbound mobility program (e.g., student exchange, field/research/studio course work, travel study and co-op, etc.) before applying to be considered for a GSO funding
Tony T.K. Lau Awards for Volunteer Services to International Students
In order to promote cultural understanding, and in honour of the support he received as an international student, Tony T.K. Lau (B.A.’71), past President of the International Students' Organization (1971-1972), and co-founder and current President of the University of Manitoba Chinese Alumni Association of Canada (1986), has established two awards to recognize student volunteers who have had an impact in the lives of international students at the University of Manitoba.
Each year, one bursary and one scholarship will be awarded. The same student may qualify for both the bursary and scholarship in the same year.
Tony T. K. Lau Bursary for Volunteer Service to International Students
Each year, one bursary will be offered to an undergraduate student who meets the following criteria:
- enrolled full-time (min 60% courseload) in the second year of study or higher in any faculty, college, or school at University of Manitoba;
- has achieved a minimum DGPA of 3.0;
- has volunteered to help international students adapt to Canada and the University of Manitoba, either through participation in programs offered through the International Centre, or through any University of Manitoba association or group;
- has demonstrated financial need on the standard University of Manitoba bursary application form; and
- meets all general bursary eligibility criteria.
Applications for the bursary are now open and due on October 1. Students must also apply for the UM general bursary through Financial Aid & Awards by October 1 to be considered.
The bursary is open to undergraduate domestic and international students.
Bursary Applications close October 1st.
Tony T. K. Lau Scholarship for Volunteer Service to International Students
Each year, one scholarship will be offered to an undergraduate or graduate student who meets the following criteria:
- enrolled full-time (min 80% load) in the second year of study or higher in any faculty, college, or school at University of Manitoba;
- has achieved a minimum DGPA of 3.5;
- has volunteered to help international students adapt to Canada and the University of Manitoba, either through participation in programs offered through the International Centre, or through any University of Manitoba association or group.
Candidates will be required to demonstrate how they meet the third criteria by submitting a nomination from International Centre staff, and/or members of a University of Manitoba association or group. Students will fill out the application form (see Apply Now button below), and attach the nomination with the application.
The scholarship is open to domestic and international students. Applications will close on October 22, 2023. Applicants can download the PDF nomination form below and send to their nominator to complete.
Applications for the scholarship are now open:
Scholarship Applications close October 22nd.
Questions about the Tony T.K. Lau Awards for Volunteer Service to International Students can be directed to IC.Awards@umanitoba.ca.
For faculty and staff
Contact the Research and International Agreements Team for support with international agreements, international funding opportunities, proposal development, and delegation visits.
Whether you’re planning to travel, supporting someone who is, or want to work more closely with others around the world, we’re here to help.
International partnerships and agreement development
With over 500 active research, funding and education partnerships around the world, we’re experts in helping you identify potential partner institutions and develop, negotiate and renew agreements with them.
International mobility, development, and collaboration funding opportunities
The Research and International Agreements team provides information on international funding opportunities and supports international funding proposal development for faculty and staff.
Information sessions and events
We host several information sessions each term on topics related to international funding opportunities, international development funders and agreement development.
German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Information Session
Delegation and visiting student researcher support
If you’re hosting a diplomatic or research delegation, or coordinating a visiting student researcher or intern, we can assist with the logistics.
Travel safety services
We provide support for international mobility for faculty, staff and students, including travel risk advice, a travel registry, training, and access to International SOS, which provides free, 24-7 medical and travel security assistance.
Exploring barriers to participation in international experiences
Read our 2021 study and recommendations: Exploring Barriers And Bridges to UM Participation in International Opportunities
International Centre EventsView more events
Cross-cultural understanding and making connections Workshop
Weekly Wednesday Conversation Group
Working in Canada as an international student – information session
Room 541 UMSU University Centre
65 Chancellor's Circle
University of Manitoba (Fort Garry campus)
Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2 Canada