Q : Who is ICM?
A : ICM - International College of Manitoba is your pathway to the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. It is a unique opportunity to begin your degree studies in a supportive learning environment, on the campus of the University of Manitoba, and be successful.
Q : What courses does ICM offer?
A : ICM offers:
University Transfer Program Stage I (UTPI): a foundation or pre-university studies program that acts as a bridge between secondary school and university-level studies.
University Transfer Program Stage II (UTPII): equivalent to the first year university program at the University of Manitoba, this program is offered for Arts, Business, Engineering, Environment and Science. Upon successful completion of UTPII and satisfying the university's transfer requirements, students transfer to the second year of their degree at the University of Manitoba.
Q : Where is ICM located?
A : ICM is located on the University of Manitoba campus in the vibrant city of Winnipeg in Manitoba,Canada. Winnipeg is situated at the heart of the North American continent and is home to a wonderful multicultural community of nearly 800,000 people. Winnipeg plays a prominent role in transportation, finance, manufacturing, agriculture and education. The Province of Manitoba is known for its more than 100,000 lakes, beautiful landscapes, and stunning prairie sunsets.
Q : As ICM is located on the University of Manitoba campus, can ICM students use the campus facilities and services?
A : Absolutely! As an ICM student you are able to use the services and facilities at the University of Manitoba, including the library, computer labs, recreation facilities and so on.
Q : Is the UTP Stage II course equivalent to first year university?
A : Yes! The courses are the same level as those for the relevant first year undergraduate programs offered by the University of Manitoba and are moderated by the University.
Q : What is the advantage of going to ICM rather than doing first year University?
A : The advantages for students are many. You can be admitted to ICM if you don't quite meet either the English and/or academic requirements of the University of Manitoba. Classes are much smaller than the usual university lecture size, approx. 30-35 students per class. ICM students have longer class hours which allows more time to better understand the course and they have regular access to lecturers. Additionally, ICM students receive extensive academic and personal support, not only for their studies, but to help them adjust to living in Canada.
Q : How long is the UTP Stage I program?
A : The foundation program, UTPI is an 8 month program (two terms). Students can begin their studies in January, May or September. Upon successful completion of UTPI, you can progress to the first year university program, UTPII.
Q : How long is the UTP Stage II program?
A : The UTPII program, which is equivalent to first year of the degree, can be completed in three terms, or one year. Students can begin their studies in January, May or September. Upon successful completion of UTPII and satisfying the university's transfer requirements, you can transfer to the second year at the University of Manitoba.
Q : What is the composition of the student population at ICM?
A : Students at ICM are from more than 80 different countries around the world, including Nigeria, Kenya, Zambia, Pakistan, Bangladesh, India, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Russia, Turkey and China.
Q : Can I study part-time?
A : All ICM students must study full-time.
Q : What if I need help with my studies whilst I am at ICM?
A : There are many avenues of help and support throughout your terms at ICM. If you find yourself having difficulty in a course, you can contact your lecturer and organise a time to meet for consultation or a Student Advisor is also available to help with many areas of your studies and your life at ICM.
About the classes
Q : How are classes taught?
A : All classes are four hours duration. The class content may consist of a lecture, workshops, computer laboratory sessions or interactive activities. There is some variation in this structure according to the nature of the individual lecturer, the course and specific requirements.
Q : What time are classes scheduled at ICM?
A: Classes normally run from 8.30am-12.30pm and 1.30pm-5.30pm and some courses run week nights from 5.30pm-9.30pm.
Q : What is the maximum number of courses that I can study each term?
A: Four courses is the maximum for any student in any one term, however 3 courses are also common.
Q : What is the minimum number of courses that I can study each term?
A : ICM students must study a minimum of 3 courses each term unless it is the student's last term.
Q : What if I fail some courses - do I have to repeat the whole term?
A : No. Because of the flexible nature of the program it is possible to progress to new courses whilst retaking those which have been failed. As three terms of study can be completed in one calendar year, students who fail one or more units can get back 'on track' without loss of time.
Q : How many intake dates are there each year?
A : There are three intakes per year - January, May, September.
Applying to ICM
Q : How do I apply?
A : It is easy, click on the following link and follow the instructions.
Q : How long will it take to receive an offer from ICM?
A : It will only take 24 - 48 hours to receive an offer from ICM provided you have submitted a complete application inclusive of required academic documents.
Exemptions/Recognition for Other Course Work
Q : Can I apply for exemptions?
A : No, not at ICM. Once you have transferred into the second year at the University of Manitoba, you can apply for credit for prior learning, which includes formal study.
ICM Entry requirements
Q : What are the entry requirements for ICM?
A : Entry requirements are course specific and country specific. Click on the following link to find out more.
Q : Does ICM accept mature age applicants?
A : If you are a mature age student (aged 21 or above), you may be admitted into a program without meeting the formal academic requirements if you have relevant work experience and/or other acceptable qualifications such as secondary school, college or vocational studies results.
Q : How do I pay my fees?
A : Payments should be made in Canadian dollars to the International College of Manitoba. Payments may be made by direct deposit, telegraphic transfer or international bank draft. ICM also accepts online payments by credit card (MasterCard and Visa). ICM does not accept payments in cash in the ICM office, however does accept debit card payments. Click on the following link for detailed information.
Q : Are scholarships available at ICM?
A : Yes, check out the following link for more information.
Q : Do I require health/medical coverage or insurance?
A : Yes. ICM and the U of M students must have medical coverage. As of April 1, 2012, the Province of Manitoba will be covering international students' health insurance. International students are eligible for Manitoba Health coverage if they have a valid study permit issued by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) for a minimum of six months and also live in the province for a minimum of six months in a calendar year. Health coverage is only provided while the study permit is valid. To find out what is and what isn't covered through this health coverage, please visit the following link.
Q : What happens at Orientation and do I need to attend?
A : Yes, attendance at Orientation is mandatory as this is the day you will receive important information about your time in ICM. You also get your University ID card and be informed about the many services available to you as an ICM student. It is also a great opportunity to make your first group of friends.
Q : What do I need to bring to Orientation?
A : Bring your ICM offer letter, pen and passport and any other documents you have been asked to provide.
Q : What happens if I am late?
A : Please notify ICM immediately if you cannot attend orientation. Students who do not receive their visa in time for orientation may need to defer their intake to the following term.
Course Changes / Withdrawals
Q : Can I change my courses after I have enrolled?
A : Students can make changes to their course selections through the enrolment tab on the Student Portal until the end of the first week of classes, pending availability in classes. A course can be dropped until the end of the fourth week, in which case fees paid for the dropped course will be credited to the next term. After the fourth week, a course can be dropped, however no fees will be transferred to the next term. Students who drop a course after the fourth week will have 'VW' recorded as their result in the course. Courses cannot be dropped after the published VW deadline. Before considering dropping a course, it is important to note that full-time enrolment must be maintained.
Q : How do I change my course?
A : Students can make changes to their course selections through the enrolment tab on the portal during the enrolment period. Students can make these changes themselves until the end of the first week of classes, pending availability in classes.
Q : How do I withdraw from my course?
A : Students who wish to withdraw from a course must go online to the ICM Student Portal and fill out the 'Dropping a Course' form in the Documents section of the ICM Student Portal. Withdrawals will not be processed unless a Withdrawal form has been completed in full. Students are bound by the ICM Refund Policy as stated on the website and student portal.
Q : Does ICM hold a graduation ceremony?
A : Yes, ICM holds a graduation ceremony each year for all students who have successfully completed their program of study at ICM. The ceremony is typically held in October. Family and friends are encouraged to attend. An invitation to the Graduation Ceremony will be sent to graduates via email approximately 4-6 weeks prior to the ceremony.
Transferring to the University of Manitoba
Q : How do I transfer to the University of Manitoba?
A : To progress to the second year at the University of Manitoba, students must successfully complete the UTPII program at ICM and satisfy the university's transfer requirements, with a minimum of 30 credit hours of advanced standing. Access to selected faculties of the university may require the completion of certain prerequisites and/or a higher GPA. ICM will advise students individually in this regard, as required.
Q : How can I obtain more information about the programs available at the University of Manitoba?
A : Simply go to the UofM website: www.umanitoba.ca