Grande Prairie Regional College welcomes applications for admission from students from other countries for Fall Semester beginning in September. Students applying later than April 1 may find they are unable to obtain a student visa in time to begin classes in September. International student visa applicants applying for admission to Winter Semester beginning in January may be considered for admission if they are currently studying in another institution in Canada or the U.S.A.
International student visa applicants are considered for admission to programs at Grande Prairie Regional College on the basis of:
- Completed application form
- Full payment of non-refundable application fee of $140.00 Canadian
- Receipt of official transcripts of secondary grades and any post-secondary transcripts
- Notarized translations of all documents presented for admission that are not in English
- Appropriate admission requirements for the program
- English Language Proficiency
- Proof of basic health care benefits
Prospective international (student visa) applicants from outside Canada who are accepted by the College will receive a Letter of Admission. Students must submit the Letter of Admission to the appropriate Canadian consulate or immigration officials in their home country in order to secure an official Student Visa. All arrangements relating to immigration status and entry into Canada are the responsibility of the student.
English Language Proficiency
The language of instruction and communication at Grande Prairie Regional College is English. Regardless of your country of origin or citizenship status, if your native language is not English, you must demonstrate proficiency in the English language before you will be considered for admission to any credit course or credit program. This may be demonstrated in one of the following forms:
- Successful completion of the equivalent of two years of full-time study in an English language secondary institution in Canada. The program must include English 30-1, English 30-2, or their equivalent, with a minimum grade of 50 percent.
- Successful completion of a full year or more of course work, including an introductory course in English, at an accredited Post-secondary institution where English is the language of instruction.
- Presentation of a computer-based test score of 213, a paper-based test score of 550 or an internet-based test score of 83 with no less than 20 in each part on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Results are valid for two years only.
- Presentation of a score of at least 6.0 on the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) with no band less than 5.0.
- ESL programs from other recognized, accredited post-secondary institutions will be considered on an individual basis.
If you do not meet the specific requirements outlined above, contact the Associate Registrar, Admissions in Student Services. Your written request for admission should be accompanied by supporting documentation.
In addition to demonstrating English Language Proficiency, you must also present appropriate admission requirements for your chosen program. If you are accepted, a letter of admission will be mailed to you.
Meeting English Language Proficiency for admission to GPRC is no guarantee that the student also meets English Language Proficiency requirements of other post-secondary institutions. Students are responsible to ensure that they meet the requirements for admission and English Language Proficiency of the post-secondary institutions to which they may be applying.
Fee Payment Schedules
International students are required to have registration fees paid in full at the time of registration.
Health Care Coverage
All students require health insurance while studying at GPRC. International students must have basic health care coverage from Alberta Health Care, health care from another province or health insurance from a private provider. Students are responsible for obtaining their own personal health care coverage. Students moving permanently to Alberta from another country or students with a Student Authorization may contact Alberta Health Care at www.health.alberta.ca for health care coverage and services.
Full time students in credit programs GPRC are automatically enrolled in and are required to pay for the Student Health and Dental Plan, which provides extended health and dental care coverage, unless existing coverage can be proven. The Student Health and Dental plan can be opted out of at www.mystudentplan.ca/sagrpc.