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Frequently Asked Questions

Concordia Northwest University would like to thank each counselor who advises students about their academic future. We know the time, effort and care you take to ensure your students have opportunities to succeed and we appreciate it. In fact, we couldn’t do our job without you. This portion of the website has been designed to answer questions that you and your students may have. Please browse our university information and let us know if we can be of any further assistance.

Q: Is there an application fee?

There is a $150 application fee for all students.

Q: What are the entrance requirements for international students?

Applicants to undergraduate programs are expected to have the equivalent of a Canadian High School (Grade 12) diploma. English is the language of instruction and communication. If English is not a student’s first language, they will need to provide evidence of their proficiency in English. For more details please see our talk with an Admissions Representative.

Q: What is the average class size?

Class sizes will never exceed 50 students. Classes will be divided into five or six student Learning Teams which allows for more interaction and group work with classmates. Face-to-face environments including individual time with professors will provide opportunities for students to ask questions and improve their learning skills.

Q: Do all a student’s Grade 12 courses need to be provincially examinable?

No, for some schools academic courses on specific subject may be accepted. For more information contact an Admissions Representative.

Q: Does CNOU offer scholarships, bursaries or awards?

University Canada West will be offering a variety of scholarships and bursaries to qualified students. CNOU students will also be eligible for awards offered by other organizations. Contact the an Admissions Representative for more information.

Q: Do students attend classes in the summer?

The Concordia Northwest University academic year is broken into five, 10-week terms. Students must attend a minimum of three terms each year, taking three courses each term. The early and late summer terms are open to students who wish to continue with their studies or they can be taken off for holidays, work or to pursue other enriching activities away from the classroom.

Q: Can students take longer than two years to complete their degrees?

CNOU’s program format condenses the work of a traditional four-year degree program into as little as two years. Students are welcome to take longer than two years but have a maximum of seven years to complete their degrees. The sooner a student graduates, the sooner they can start their career.

Q: Does cnou have a Co-op program?

No, although we do place great importance on mentoring and teaching by people with practical business experience.

Q: Does CNOU have any student exchange or study-abroad opportunities for conu students?

We have recently signed a number of Memorandums with International institutions and are working to establish student exchanges and study-abroad programs later this year. Contact the Vice President, Academics for more information.

Q: Do you have facilities for students with learning disabilities?

We will prepare to meet the needs of students with learning disabilities on an individual basis as required.

Q: Do you recognize prior/life learning?

CNOU respects the knowledge and skills that are gained through a life of learning. We have a Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) process in place to evaluate potential credit for non-traditional, academic experience.

Q: What extracurricular activities do you have for students?

An events coordinator in our Student Services Department provides an array of activity options for CNOU students. Contact Student Services for more information.

Q: How do you help student’s transition into the working world?

CNOU will assist students with career counselling and potential job opportunities in an integrated fashion using both internal and external resources.

Q: What are your application deadlines?

For a list of deadlines see our Admission Deadlines page.

Q: What is the best way to register?

The easiest way to register is at www.cnou.us using our online registration form.

Q: Will CNOU mail out student calendars/handbooks to school resource centers?

CNOU is happy to send out calendars/handbooks to resource centers. You may submit your request to info@cnou.north.am.