Study in Newfoundland and Labrador

Last updated: 2 September 2020

An increasing number of international students are studying in Newfoundland in order to develop their careers.

Studying in Newfoundland (also known as "The Rock") is primarily focused on courses that relate to the local economy, which is good news for individuals with an eye on trades, maritime, and natural resource professions. Higher education in Newfoundland is primarily centred in the beautiful city of St. John's.

Memorial University in Newfoundland. 

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International Student Population

2,088 (2014 figures)


A map of Canada with Newfoundland and Labrador highlighted

Main Study Destinations

St. John's, Stephenville


Studying in Newfoundland: The Advantages

  • Transition into the local economy

    Students who study at undergraduate or graduate level in Newfoundland may give themselves a launching pad into some lucrative in-demand professions in the province, which has experienced an energy and resources boom since the turn of the century.

  • Low tuition fees

    Just over a decade ago, Newfoundland and Labrador political leaders decided to swim against the nationwide tide of university funding cuts by reducing tuition fees and then freezing them. Government funding makes up around 85 per cent of the budget of the province’s only university, Memorial University, with the remainder coming from tuition. This has been a major selling point for bringing people into the province to study, not only from other provinces in Canada, but also internationally.

  • Experience life on "The Rock"

    Newfoundland has a unique culture and a proud history. Local people, often known as "Newfies", are renowned for giving a special welcome to newcomers to their province. In Newfoundland, you may find peace, tranquility, and opportunity.


Immigrate After Studying in Newfoundland

  • Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial Nominee Program: International Graduate Category

    The government of Newfoundland and Labrador is looking to welcome the best and brightest to its shores. Consequently the Newfoundland And Labrador Provincial Nominee Program (NLPNP) has an International Graduate Category, through which international students who have graduated from a recognized post-secondary educational institution in Canada can considered for nomination for permanent residence in Canada.

  • Atlantic International Graduate Program

    The Atlantic International Graduate Program (AIGP) allows international graduates of eligible educational institutions in Atlantic Canada to submit an application for permanent residence without first having to obtain work experience. The AIGP is part of the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program (AIPP), a new Canadian immigration venture for 2017 and beyond.

  • Express Entry

    Candidates for immigration to Canada through the federal Express Entry immigration selection system who have completed their education at a school in Newfoundland may be awarded a significant number of points on account of their high level of education. Moreover, international graduates of Canadian educational institutions may have obtained important Canadian work experience, another highly valued factor under the Express Entry system.


Destination Schools in Newfoundland

These institutions are featured due to their size, proximity to urban centres, and tradition for enrolling international students into their student bodies. Learn more about each school by clicking their titles below, which will take you to the relevant page on School Search.

Memorial University of Newfoundland

Memorial University of Newfoundland is one of the top comprehensive universities in Canada. With a wide breadth of academic offerings and more than 18,000 students, it is also the largest university in Atlantic Canada.

Signature programs: Maritime Studies, Marine Management, Engineering, Physics and Physical Oceanography, Business Administration

Location: St. John's (additional campus in Corner Brook)

The Memorial University of Newfoundland in Newfoundland, Canada

College of the North Atlantic

CNA graduates enjoy a higher percentage of employment in high-paying jobs specific to their field of study than other post-secondary institutions in the region. It also has the lowest tuition fees in Atlantic Canada of any post-secondary school.

Signature programs: Academics, Applied Arts Business Studies, Health Sciences, Engineering Technology, Industrial Trades, Information Technology, Tourism, Natural Resources

Location: Stephenville

College of the North Atlantic in Newfoundland, Canada