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How to apply as a VIFP student

If your home university does not have an exchange agreement with Concordia University and you would still like to study at Concordia for 1 or 2 semesters, then you may do so by applying as a (VIFP). Visiting international fee-paying students (VIFP) are students from abroad who typically attend Concordia for one semester or an academic year. As a VIFP, you are responsible for paying Concordia tuition and fees.

How does it work?

International students wishing to spend a semester or 2 as a visiting international fee-paying student (VIFP) must apply directly to the faculty in which they would like to take courses.

Concordia has 4 faculties from which you can choose and each faculty has its own application procedures and requirements. 

Application Process

Applying to Concordia University as a visiting international fee-paying (VIFP) student is as easy as 4 simple steps. 

1. Select Your Faculty

Concordia University has 4 faculties offering hundreds of programs to meet your academic needs. Discover their programs and select the one that meets your academic needs. 

2. Explore our Courses

Most courses last only one semester, but some last for the full academic year. If you are admitted for only one semester, you cannot register for courses that last the entire Academic Year. One Concordia course typically equals 3 credits.

  • Undergraduate students are permitted to take a minimum of 12 credits or a maximum of 15 credits each semester.
  • You will need to list at least 6 courses in your exchange application
  • Consult the How to Browse the Course Catalog guide.

  • Graduate students normally take a maximum of 9 credits per semester.
  • MBA student can take a maximum of 12 credits per semester.
  • Consult the How to Browse the Course Catalog guide.

3. Submit your Application

Concordia University has four faculties; the Faculty of Arts & Science, the faculty of Fine Arts, the Gina Cody School of Engineering & Computer Science and the John Molson School of Business. Each faculty has different application requirements and processes. Click on the faculty below that correspondes to the courses that you wish to take at Concordia for application details.

Faculty process

4. Register for Courses

Advising Information for New Students

Academic advisors and department staff remain dedicated to providing assistance to new and returning students.

Consult the on-line Registration Guides

Have any questions?

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