Canadian Students FAQ Overview

Canadian Students FAQ: Here’s what you need to know. We are proud to share that Canadian students have a long history of succeeding at Northwestern Health Sciences University. We love making our Canadian students feel right at home.

We’ve gathered the most frequent questions we’re asked by our Canadian students, along with our best answers. From information on applying for a visa to tips on preparing for your chiropractor schooling, you’ll find answers to your top questions.

If you need more information or still have questions, please reach out to the contacts listed on this page.

What is the process for applying for an international student visa?

Please refer to our International Student Life Cycle document for all the steps you’ll need to take before becoming a chiropractic program student at Northwestern Health Sciences University. Please keep in mind that you’ll need to be accepted into the College of Chiropractic prior to submitting your visa application.

You will need to submit a Certification of Finances. Please see our Certification of Finances Example for guidance.

We also have an NWHSU International Student Checklist you may reference that further lays out the steps you will need to take, and when. Canadian students seeking chiropractor schooling at Northwestern Health Sciences University may not be required to complete a World Education Services® evaluation, so please be sure to reach out to admissions for details. You can contact admissions at or 952-885-5409.

How do Canadian students pay for school?

For Canadian students starting our Doctor of Chiropractic program, we offer a tuition adjustment based on the currency exchange rate between the U.S. and Canada. The maximum reduction of your chiropractor schooling tuition is 25% for fall 2023 and beyond. Read more about the Canadian Tuition Currency Exchange Adjustment here.

What financial aid resources are available?

We have compiled information in our Canadian Financial Resource Guide that will help you plan the financing of your chiropractic program at Northwestern Health Sciences University.

How can I find out about housing?

While Northwestern Health Sciences University does not offer on-campus housing, there are many housing options close to campus—some within walking distance. We produce and regularly update a housing newsletter that features housing options nearby.

How can I get involved on campus?

Northwestern Health Sciences University offers more than 50 campus clubs, one of which is the Canadian Club. The purpose of NWHSU’s Canadian Club is to provide information and networking opportunities for students wishing to practice chiropractic, acupuncture, or massage therapy in Canada. Our Canadian Club also helps us create an authentic Canadian cultural experience on campus.

What is it like to live and learn in the Twin Cities?

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You’ll quickly discover that the Twin Cities metropolitan area is one of the most culturally rich, health-conscious, and fun places to live, study, and practice. Ranked as one of the 10 best U.S. cities for techies by, Minneapolis-St. Paul offers an extensive park system, recreational centers, adult hockey leagues, biking and hiking trails, and much more. Learn more about our wonderful area here.

Which version of the boards should I take – U.S. or Canada?

Canadian students usually take both the Canadian and U.S. board exams to obtain their license in both countries in order to practice in either country. Your choice will depend on where you see yourself practicing once you graduate from our chiropractic program, and throughout your career. As a Canadian student at Northwestern Health Sciences University, you’ll have the option to take the U.S. board exam on campus during your chiropractor schooling here.

How do chiropractic students take their Canadian board exams?

Northwestern Health Sciences University offers Canadian chiropractic program students board prep materials for students returning to Canada to take the exam. Our Canadian students have been highly successful in obtaining their Canadian licenses and launching successful careers in Canada.

Canadian students are responsible for scheduling and traveling to take the exam. Locations and dates can be found on the CCEB website.

There are three components to the Canadian exam. The CCEB website includes an overview of the process, including information on when to take the exam.

How much do the Canadian board exams cost?

Each of the three components of the Canadian board exam has an associated fee. Please see the following charts for all the fees associated with the Canadian board exam.

Exam Fees*
Component A: Basic & Applied Sciences $750 (Canadian Sites)
$1125 (International)
Component B: Clinical Decision Making & Diagnostic Imaging $750 (Canadian Sites)
$1125 (International)
Component C: Clinical Skills Evaluation  $1500


Other Fees
Administration $150
Late Fee (Components A & B)  $375
Request for a Retabulation $150
Other $150
Appeal Policy  See appeal fees


*Fees are subject to change at any time. Please visit the fees page on the CCEB website for the most current information.

Can I work work in the U.S. while in school or after graduation?

Please refer to our International Student Checklist or contact the Office of Student Affairs directly for any questions or concerns relating to Optional Practical Training (OPT). The Office of Student Affairs can be reached at or 952-885-5405.

What is NWHSU’s TOEFL code?

Northwestern Health Sciences University’s TOEFL code is B591. Include this code number when indicating that NWHSU should receive your test score. Your score will then be sent directly to us.

Who can I contact for support?

Contact the Office of Student affairs about I-20s, student visa status, or other immigration-related questions.

Phone: 952-885-5405

Contact Financial Aid about proof of enrollment letters for insurance purposes (both car and health), OSAP forms, confirmation of enrollment forms for Canadian loans, and enrollment letters for banks.

Phone: 952-222-0030

For any other questions, feel free to contact Admissions at or 952-885-5409. Live chat with admissions is also available online.