Next Steps for New Students

Admission to the University of Lethbridge

The Registrar's Office is responsible for the administration of all University applications, including international students.

Letter of Acceptance

Once you have received a “Letter of Acceptance – Use for applying for Canadian Study Permit,” you can then apply for a study permit.

You will receive this letter even if you are currently residing in Canada.

You will use this Letter of Acceptance as a supporting document in your study permit application. This document provides the personal, institutional and program information that immigration officers need to assess your study permit application.

You may see more than one possible start date. Please indicate on your application which semester you wish to begin your studies.

Applying for a Study Permit

We will email you with information required for your study permit application, based on your country of citizenship.

The Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada website has valuable information for you, including an Instruction Guide, Application for a Study Permit and a document checklist.

Each visa office has its own instructions about which documents you must submit with your application. Consult the list of Canadian visa offices to find the office responsible for your country.

Processing Time

Please refer to the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada website for up-to-date estimates for study permit processing times.

After your study permit application has been processed, you will be informed whether your application was approved or refused. Please contact us to let us know the result.

Upon Approval of your Study Permit Application

You must email us to let us know that your study permit has been approved. Please include a scanned copy of your Letter of Introduction (stating approval of your study permit) and your temporary resident visa (TRV), if applicable.

You will then receive detailed instructions on how to register for classes.

Accepting Your Offer of Admission

You may choose to accept your offer of admission either before or after receiving approval of your study permit.  Please follow the instructions provided on the Confirmation of Admission form included with your offer of admission.


Registration privileges will be activated once you have:

  1. Sent a copy of your Letter of Introduction (or valid study permit) to the International Centre
  2. Accepted your Offer of Admission

Once you have registered and begun your first semester of studies, you will be considered a current student See Fees for International Students.