Entrance Requirements and Application Process

The admission requirements differ from college to college; therefore, students need to research programs at specific colleges.  Note that some programs have limited enrollments and entry is very competitive. International students must apply directly to the college of their choice. As a general guideline, students may apply as early as the October prior to the next year’s September semester, and by February 1st at the latest. Your secondary school guidance counsellor will be able to assist you with this application process. 

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In general, international students who have an OSSD may apply and will need the following documentation:

  • Transcripts
  • Proof of language proficiency (different colleges may require different English proficiency tests, such as TOEFL/IELTS/CAEL/MELAB)
  • Proof of good health
  • Study permit 
  • Evaluation of credentials

International students are usually not eligible for government loans, but may be eligible for scholarships

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New Study Permit Regulations

New rules that take effect on June 1, 2014, make it easier for study permit holders to work off campus. Full-time students pursuing an academic, professional or vocational training program at a designated learning institution will be:

  • eligible to work off campus without a work permit 
  • allowed to work off campus for up to 20 hours per week during a regular academic session and full time during regularly scheduled breaks
  • able to work off campus immediately rather than waiting six months. 

For more information: www.cic.gc.ca/english/study/study-changes.asp

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