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International Students

Not sure where to start? We're here to help! On this page, you will find a step-by-step guide to help you get started at Algoma University.

Welcome to the Algoma University family! We’re excited to welcome you to campus. The first step is to accept your offer. Please see the instructions below.

Option 1: Direct/Agent Application

Login to your AU application OR ask your agent to login to your AU Application and accept your offer of admission.

Option 2: OUAC Application

Login to your OUAC account and accept your offer. This will take 3-5 business days to be reflected on our system.

Your offer letter will give you a required tuition deposit that must be paid prior to submitting your study permit application. This is a VERY important step because your offer letter is NOT valid without proof of payment of your tuition deposit. Please view our payment options and important dates at this link here.

Visiting Study Abroad and Exchange students are not required to submit a tuition deposit.  For questions, please contact [email protected].

Option 1: Are you an international student applying to study in Canada for the first time?

If you do not currently hold a Canadian Study Permit, you will need to submit an application online at the Government of Canada’s website.


Option 2: Are you an international student already studying in Canada as a university or college student?

As a university or college student in Canada, you should already have a valid study permit. Please check the conditions of your study permit to ensure you can use it to study at the university level (not at the highschool/secondary level). You will need to apply for a new study permit if your current study permit is valid for high school.


Option 3: Are you an international student already studying in Canada as a high school student?

As a high school student in Canada, your current study permit is NOT valid for study at university. You MUST apply for and receive a new study permit that allows you to study at the post-secondary level BEFORE beginning your studies at Algoma University..

You can submit an application on the Government of Canada’s website. Processing time will be approximately 2 months.

If you require further assistance, please email [email protected].

Now it’s time to choose your courses. Click on a degree button below to see suggested first year courses by program. Please note that these are only suggested courses. 

View course schedule

Bachelor Degree Students

  1. Access your student portal here: students.algomau.ca.
  2. Click on the Academics tab and then Online Registration and then Information.  The Information tab gives you steps to register and has a checklist of information about you. Make sure the correct boxes are checked.
  3. Click on Select Courses.
  4. Choose the semester you are registering for.
  5. Select courses.
  6. Once courses are chosen, click on the My Backpack tab to verify that the courses appear there.

NOTE:  students cannot change courses themselves after they have submitted and will have to email [email protected] to make changes.

Graduate Certificate Students

Graduate Certificate program course registration must be completed on your student portal. Log in to your student portal at https://students.algomau.ca/home.

Your student portal login was automatically emailed to your personal email on the day you accepted your offer of admission OR on the day your deposit was received by the university. Check your email and junk email thoroughly. If you cannot find it, use the “having problems logging in” link to reset your password.

Confirm through the student portal that you are registered.

In your student portal, click on the tab “Academics” and then “Summary” to view your academic summary/timetable to ensure all of your classes are listed.  If something doesn’t look right and your courses aren’t appearing, contact [email protected].  


Congratulations on registering for your classes. Your next step is to learn about the transition to university. The following links will provide you with a great deal of information on supports and services.

Important emails:
Academic Advising: [email protected]
Registrar’s Office: [email protected]
Financial Aid Office: [email protected]
Accessibility Services and Learning Centre: [email protected]
Student Success: [email protected]

Important Information:
Residence: https://algomau.ca/students/residence-life/
Financial Aid: https://algomau.ca/students/financial-aid/osap-goverment-aid/
Accessibility Services: https://algomau.ca/students/student-success/the-learning-centre/accessibility-services/
Student Portal Tutorial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YHiH89MBOj8
Student Cards: https://algomau.ca/it-services/ (click on each campus FAQs)
Access AU email: Your Algoma U email is our main way of communicating with you so you need to check it every day (even multiple times a day!) https://algomau.ca/it-services/
Parking Pass: Parking passes are purchased at the beginning of each semester. You can purchase your parking pass at NW307 or through your student portal under the “Profile” tab: students.algomau.ca. The pass costs $100 per semester, or $5.00 to exit without a parking pass.

Supports and Resources:
Health Services: https://algomau.ca/health-services/
Academic Supports: https://algomau.ca/students/student-success/the-learning-centre/academic-assistance/
Library: https://library.algomau.ca/ and https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCCkGzQmkGfxHmjYFaqHXTXQ
Bookstore: https://www.bkstr.com/algomastore
Strategies for Success: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mknuNBTs32o
Co-op: https://algomau.ca/academics/co-operative-education/
Jobs on Campus: Any jobs on campus are posted on your Student Portal under Resources and Job Opportunities.
Exchange Program: https://algomau.ca/academics/exchange/
Academic Calendar: https://algomau.ca/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/2019AcademicCalendarupdated.pdf
Algoma University Student Union (AUSU): http://www.ausu82.ca/about-ausu.html
Shingwauk Anishinaabe Student Association (SASA): https://algomau.ca/students/anishinaabe-students/shingwauk-anishinaabe-students-association/
Anishinaabe Student Handbook: https://algomau.ca/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/anish-student-handbook-1.pdf

When you’ve received your study permit/visa or your AIP (Approval in Principle), please ask your education consultant to send a copy of it to [email protected]. We will add it to your file.

If you applied without the help of an education consultant, you can email it to us directly athttps://students.algomau.ca/home.


We’re here to make sure that you are familiarized with Algoma University, and are prepared to be successful this semester.



Learn the recommended details for efficient passage into Canada as an Algoma University Student by visiting our Travel Readiness Webpage.

As the COVID-19 situation evolves, Algoma University continues to take proactive steps to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our University community across all three campuses. For COVID-19 related information and it’s impact on international students, please click here.


Admissions: [email protected]
Immigration: [email protected]
Advising and Course Selection: [email protected]
Registration, Documents Requests, & Records: [email protected]
Student Accounts and Payments: [email protected]
Student Life & Orientation: [email protected]