Provincial Attestation Letter

On January 22, 2024 Immigration Refugee and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) introduced a new requirement for the Study Permit application process. Students who are applying to study in a master’s degree or doctoral degree program are not affected by this new requirement. IRCC will now request an additional document called the Provincial Attestation Letter (PAL) issued by the provincial government. A list of students who don’t need a PAL can be found here.

As of March 4, 2024, the PAL process for Manitoba is now in place. For students admitted to undergraduate programs, UM will require a non-refundable $2000 CAD tuition deposit, paid by credit card, for students requiring a Provincial Attestation Letter (PAL) for study permit applications. This deposit will need to be paid within 10 business days once a decision has been made on your application. For Extended Education students, you will be contacted by Extended Education, regarding a PAL for your study permit application.

If you are an undergraduate student and you have any questions related to the process of obtaining a PAL or paying the tuition deposit, please send an email to the Undergraduate Admissions office:

If you are an Extended Education student and you have questions related to obtaining a PAL, please email

If you are applying for a study permit extension or TRV, you are likely exempt from providing a PAL, please check out this page for detailed instructions on applying for study permit extensions.

How to book an appointment with an international student advisor:

  1. To book a virtual/in-person appointment to see an International Student Advisor, please go to the International Centre's WaitWell page.
  2. Drop-in advising:
  • Please come EARLY to secure your spot.

  • Drop-in appointments can’t be booked in advance. Availability is limited and appointments are offered on a first-come, first-serve basis.

  • Drop-in times are subject to change without notice, based on the availability of the International Student Advisors (ISAs).

For all students

Funding and awards

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Global Skills Opportunity

The University of Manitoba is excited to launch Intercultural Leadership: From Awareness to Action, a brand-new project to fund UM students’ outbound mobility opportunities to enhance your experiences, skills and connections through work and study abroad.

This project is funded by Global Skills Opportunity (GSO), Government of Canada through Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) in partnership with University of Manitoba and is administered by Universities Canada.

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 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 scholarships to recognize student volunteers who have had an impact in the lives of international students at the University of Manitoba.

Each year, one or more scholarships will be awarded to undergraduate or graduate students.

Questions about the Tony T.K. Lau Awards for Volunteer Service to International Students can be directed to

Tony T. K. Lau Scholarship for Volunteer Service to International Students

Each year, one or more scholarships will be offered to undergraduate or graduate students who meets the following criteria:

  • enrolled full-time (min 80% load) 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, University of Manitoba 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 ask their nominator to complete the online nomination form (see Nomination Form button below). Nominations must be received by the deadline for students to be considered for the scholarship.

The scholarship is open to domestic and international students. Applications will close in October each year. To be considered, students must seek a nomination from UM staff, members of a UM association, group or student club. Nominators can submit their nomination through the form linked below. 

Applications for the 2024 scholarship will open in mid-August 2024. Application deadline on October 21, 2024. 



Other funding opportunities

Outbound IC Exchange Program funding and awards

Nahlah Ayed Prize

International student funding opportunities

Emergency financial support for international students

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

Oct. 25, 2023 at 1:30 pm
Location: 103 Isbister
Topics: Research Funding and Graduate Studies in Germany
For more details: view the poster or contact 

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

If you have questions about how the Research and International Agreements Team can support you, please contact us.

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International Centre
Room 541 UMSU University Centre
65 Chancellor's Circle
University of Manitoba (Fort Garry campus)
Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2 Canada

Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.