Admissions Process for International Students

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Admissions Process for International Students

When you choose to study in Canada you know your education will be highly regarded. Today students have many options when it comes to education. A popular choice for training is a Private Career College. Maritime Environmental Training Institute is an excellent choice for anyone looking for career-based training. To see Why METI? see our Programs page. METI is in the heart of Sydney, Nova Scotia on beautiful Cape Breton Island. In 2011, Cape Breton Island was named the “#1 island destination in Canada and #3 in the world” by Travel & Leisure Magazine and was also named one of National Geographic’s “Best Trips of 2013.”


Your first step should be to visit to learn about studying in Canada and what permits/visa’s you may need or should have. You must meet all criteria necessary for regular program entrance as well as International Requirements.

  1. Submit a completed application form (Download and Print) completed education equivalent to or higher than a Nova Scotia High School or a two year post secondary program
  2. Submit a current resume
  3. Confirmation of high school diploma. (Must be in English)
  4. Documentation confirming date of birth. – your passport is acceptable
  5. Picture Identification – your passport is acceptable
  6. Proof of English Language if your education was not taught in English

Once you have submitted your application a member of the Admissions Team will be in contact with you informing you of any missing documents and the next step needed. They will also inform you how to submit your application fee ($500). All fees must be made in Canadian Dollars. The application fee is non-refundable, but should you attend METI it will be applied to your tuition cost. You may be asked to provide information regarding your ability to meet financial obligations of your studies. After all entrance requirements have been met, including the application fee, an Acceptance Letter will then be provided so you can begin preparing to study at METI.

METI is a Designated Learning Institute (DLI) with Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) Our DLI number is O112783108317. This can be verified here. All instruction carried out at METI is in English. If English is not you first language, a transcript to show proof of your level of English studies is required. METI accepts testing results from Education Testing Services of Canada at require a minimum TOEFL test score of 550 (paper version) or 213 (computer version) or 80 on the Internet-based test. If English training is required, you will be required to successfully complete an English as a Second Language Program. Upon successful completion of this program, you may then reapply for admission. METI programs are less than 6 months in duration. Generally, students may only require a valid temporary resident Visa that does not expire prior to the study period end date. It is important to know that graduates from any private career college, are currently not eligible to receive a Post Graduate Work Permit upon completion of their studies.

These admissions requirements apply to all students wishing to study at METI who are not Canadian Citizens or Permanent Residents. The financial obligations of your tuition are met with two equal payments; the first day of training and the second payment due at the half way mark of your training. Should your country of origin require full tuition payment, this requirement may supersede METI’s policy. Our Admissions team is here to help you with any questions you have. Contact us at 902-539-9766 or email

Living In Sydney, Nova Scotia.

Becoming a student at METI and living in Sydney gives you a quality education and the opportunity spend some time on our world renowned island. In 2011 in Cape Breton Island was named the “#1 island destination in Canada and #3 in the world” by Travel & Leisure Magazine and was also named one of National Geographic’s “Best Trips of 2013.” A rugged coastline, fresh Atlantic breezes and a relaxed atmosphere is an ideal setting for anyone needing to take a weekend break from daily studies.

Cape Breton is richly steeped in its Scottish and Irish heritage but was once the ‘Melting Pot’ of Atlantic Canada. Industries were rich in coal and steel. Through this we have a culturally rich population of French, Polish, Italian, Croatians, African Nova Scotians, Ukrainian, Lebanese and our earliest settlers, Mi’kmaq.

You will find an island of magnificent natural beauty yet very modern. We have a full array of shops, restaurants, services, entertainment and amenities. Music is a large part of our cultural background. Sydney is surrounded by many smaller communities, each one offering its own uniqueness to an interested person. Around every corner it seems there is a beach! One thing remains the same living in Sydney or wherever you are in Cape Breton…the people are the friendliest.

Sydney is home to the J.A. Douglas McCurdy Sydney Airport (YQY), only a ten-minute drive from Sydney. Please note that flying into Halifax, requires a four hour drive to Sydney. Taxi fares from this location would be expensive so we recommend flying to Sydney. Your travel documentation and passport will be asked for at the airport. Keep them on you and not packed in a suitcase.

And of course, you are probably wondering about the weather! The climate in Cape Breton is moderate. Our beautiful summers and autumns make up for the colder winters with average snowfall amounts. The typical weather pattern in Cape Breton includes cool, snowy winters (especially in the highlands region); mild, wet springs; warm, breezy summers; and wet, blustery autumns full of magnificent fall foliage.


METI does not maintain a student residence therefore it is the student’s responsibility to secure accommodations for their study period. There are a lot of safe, affordable and welcoming options when choosing a residence.

For more information about Cape Breton Island, visit


Aerial view of Sydney.

A view from the Skyline on the Cabot Trail.

A beautiful fall day on the Cabot Trail overlooking the Highlands National Park.

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