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What programs are available to international students?
Most of our University Transfer programs, Certificates and Diplomas are available to international students. Programs that are not available include Apprenticeship programs, ThinkBIG Service Technician and Perioperative Nursing.
University Transfer and Certificate & Diploma Programs
For admission to our programs, some prerequisites must be met by all GPRC students, including English Language Proficiency (ELP) requirements. On our website, you will find details about our programs and the requirements to gain admission, as well as the most up-to-date information on post-graduate work permits. As a public college, most of our Certificate and Diploma programs are currently eligible for Post-Graduate Work Permit applications if they are eight months or longer.
GPRC reserves the right to determine the criteria for selection in all of its programs and courses. General regulations notwithstanding, the College, at its discretion, may refuse admission to any applicant.
When should I apply?
GPRC operates on a two-semester system: Fall (September to December) and Winter (January to April). Our programs are designed to be started in the Fall semester. Although beginning in the Winter semester is possible, it may take longer to complete your program if you are missing pre-requisites from the Fall semester. Programs cannot be started in the spring session, and no classes are available during the summer.
If you are applying for a study permit, we recommend applying 4-6 months before the start of the semester. You can check the IRCC processing times for your country to determine if you have enough time to receive a study permit before the start of classes.
If you have a valid study permit, we recommend applying before July 30th for the Fall semester and by November 30th for the Winter semester. Applications received after these dates may not be processed in time for admission.
If you are applying to the Nursing program, we start accepting applications October 1st of each year for the following September, and selection of applicants begins March 1; therefore, all official transcripts must be received by March 1. Transcripts from outside of Canada must be accompanied by an IQAS Educational Assessment:
How do I apply? How long will it take?
- Documents will not be reviewed for admission until an application has been received.
- All documents provided must be in English or come with certified translations.
- You will be notified if an IQAS assessment is required.
- During busy times of the year (August - September and December - January) processing times may increase.
- A completed Release of Information Consent Form is needed if you would like us to communicate with a 3rd party about your application, admission, financial details, etc.
When and how do I have to pay?
Admission to a program does not guarantee you a seat in that program. Once you have been admitted, and have a valid study permit, you will be given instructions on how to register for your courses. When you register for courses all remaining tuition and fees must be paid to secure your seat in the program.
Registration for new students opens on May 1st of each year for both the Fall and Winter semesters, so we strongly recommended that international students apply early, and register as soon as they are eligible to avoid being waitlisted in required courses. Waiting to register until the start of classes may result in students being waitlisted in required classes for their program, and there is no guarantee a seat will become available in a required course.
What are the housing options?
GPRC offers on-campus housing, and also maintains an off-campus housing and apartment directory. Most students choose to live on-campus, so housing can fill up fast. We strongly recommend submitting an online application as soon as you have been admitted to a program.
Do I need Health Care Coverage?
Yes, all students require health insurance while studying at GPRC and you are responsible for obtaining personal health care coverage. International students must have basic health care coverage from either the Alberta Health Care Insurance Plan (AHCIP), health care from another province, or health insurance from a private provider.
Students moving permanently to Alberta from another country or students with a valid study permit may be eligible for the Alberta Health Care Insurance Plan (AHCIP).
Full-time students in most credit programs at GPRC may be automatically enrolled in, and be required to pay for, the Student Health and Dental Plan, which provides extended health and dental care coverage not covered under AHCIP. The plan can be opted out of if alternate coverage can be proven, and eligibility requirements are met.
English Language Proficiency (ELP)
The language of instruction and communication at Grande Prairie Regional College is English. Regardless of the country of origin or citizenship status, if an applicant's native language is not English, they must demonstrate proficiency in the English language before they will be considered for admission to any credit course or credit program. This includes online courses and part-time study.
|GPRC will accept one of the following: ||Details and conditions |
|IELTS Academic (taken within the last 2 years, copy of original certificate with TRF number to verify results online required) ||At least 6.0 overall with no band less than 5.0 Nursing applicants: At least 7.0 overall, with no less than 7.5-Listening, 6.5-Reading, 7.0-Writing and 7.0- Speaking |
|TOEFL iBT (taken within the last 2 years, must be issued to GPRC directly from the testing office) ||At least 83 total; minimum score of 20 points in each section Nursing applicants: at least 86 with a minimum score of 21 in Listening, Read |
|O-level, AS-Level, A-Level, GCSE, IGCSE English Language or Literature course ||A final grade of B or better (if alpha-grades are further defined by numerical grades, a minimum grade of B3) |
|Three or more years of full-time education in English (excluding EAL) in a country where English is the principal language. (Please contact international admissions for a list of ELP exempt countries) ||Education must be equivalent to Alberta Grade 12 and can be a combination of secondary and postsecondary training. |
|Three years of full-time instruction in a school/institution in Canada in which the major language of instruction is English. ||The level of English proficiency required for graduation must be equivalent to that in English language schools/institutions in Canada. |
|Successful completion of three years of full-time education in English at a recognized school/institution that uses English as the primary language of instruction. (Please contact international admissions for a list of recognized institutions) ||The level of English proficiency required for graduation must be equivalent to that in English language schools/institutions in Canada. |
|One year of full-time study including 6 credits of transferable university-level English Language & Literature completed at a postsecondary institution where English is the language of instruction. ||Passing Grades |
|Graduation from a degree program offered by an accredited university at which English is the primary language of instruction. ||The institution must be located in a country where English is the primary language. |
|Successful completion of an EAP (English for Academic Purposes) program from a recognized accredited postsecondary institution may be considered on a case-by-case basis. Must have been completed in the last 2 years. ||Passed level required for admission to credit program by the institution. |
*Meeting ELP requirements for admission to GPRC does not guarantee that a student meets the ELP requirements of other post-secondary institutions. Students are responsible for ensuring that they meet the ELP requirements for the institutions to which they intend to transfer.