International Students

A World-Class Education

CMU is pleased to offer leading makeup artists courses to international students  from every corner of the world. We’re happy to guide international applicants with everything from applying for a study permit to obtaining health insurance.

All prospective international students are now required to carefully review our COVID-19 Resources and Guidance to safely travel to Canada during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Are you an international student looking to access world-class makeup artist courses in Canada? As Toronto’s Top College for Professional and Special Effects Makeup, we are proud to set the international standard for makeup artistry education. Our students benefit from an outstanding standard of instruction from industry experts who are dedicated to helping each student unlock their creative potential.Here is everything you need to know about joining the CMU community as an international student:

Academic Requirements

To apply to CMU, you must either:

  • Have an Ontario Secondary School Diploma or its equivalent, or
  • Be 18 years of age or older and pass a SLE (Scholastic Level Exam)

Study Permits

If you are accepted into CMU, a confirmation of enrolment letter and a registration package will be sent to you via email and mail. Once you receive this package, you will need to apply for a study permit. Study permits are required for all diploma and certificate programs.


Due to COVID-19, if you want to study in Canada for 6 months or less, you’re now required to:

For more information visit Government of Canada’s website.

You won’t be able to travel to Canada if you don’t have a study permit and your DLI isn’t on the approved list.

To find out if you are eligible for a study permit, click here.

For study permit processing time by country, click here.

To apply for a study permit, click here.

Financial Assistance for International Students

Canadian student loans are not available for international students. Please contact your government’s Ministry of Education to find out more about student loans in your country.

Health Insurance

As an international student studying in Ontario, you must be covered by a private health insurance plan for services such as doctor visits, hospital stays and treatment, examinations, and emergency services. Alternatively you can arrange for your own international medical insurance from home. You must provide CMU with proof that you have health insurance coverage for the duration of your studies.

Health insurance policies can be purchased by visiting Study Insured and Guard Me insurance websites.

Employment Opportunities

CMU is a Canadian Designated Learning Institute. This means that international students who have study permits may work off campus up to 20 hours per week.

International students who attend a private college in Canada (excluding the province of Quebec) are not eligible for a post-graduation work permit. Because of this, they are not able to work in Canada after they have completed their studies.

Please note: The information on this website does not constitute legal or immigration advice. It is each individual student’s responsibility to ensure they are in compliance with all laws and regulations. Students may choose to contact a law firm for independent legal or immigration advice.

Ready to start your journey with CMU?