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International Student Application Requirements

To apply to Northwest Community College as an International Student you must:

  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Have successfully completed Grade 12 (Sixth Form), five 'O' levels (including English), and, at least two 'A' levels or near equivalent standing.
  • Have a TOEFL score of 220 on CBT, 83 on IBT or 560 PBT or better. See the TOEFL website. Students applying to enter English as a Second Language or Career and College Preparation courses do not need to take the TOEFL.
  • Submit official transcripts from all education institutions attended. (Official transcript means it is received by NWCC in a sealed envelope from the sending institution and it includes the official seal or signature of that institution.) A notarized translation must accompany any transcripts that are not in English; also if you have completed the West African Examination Council Exams we must be supplied with scratch card information so results may be verified.
  • There may be other application requirements that are program specific. Please see individual program pages for more details.

Click here for general information regarding International Students.

Admission Process

Step 1
To apply for admission, please submit your application form along with your educational records and application fee ($100 CDN - non-refundable) to Northwest Community College.

Step 2
Northwest Community College will review the application, and if acceptable, will send you a provisional letter of acceptance requesting that you pay 50% of the fees for your first year of studies. On receipt of these fees the College will send you a Letter of Acceptance. If you are not already residing in Canada with a student permit, take this Letter of Acceptance and all other required documents to the Canadian Embassy or High Commission in your home country. Depending on your country of origin and the type of program and length of study, you may require:

  • Canadian Student Visa
  • Study Permit
  • Both Visa and Student Authorization

The visa requirement depends on your country of origin. Countries of citizenship requiring a Visa can be found on the Immigration Canada's website. Visit for current information on the documents that you will need to enter and study in Canada. If you think you might want to travel to the United States of America during the time that you are in Canada, you should apply for a US Visa while you are still in your home country.

Step 3
All International students are asked to arrive at the Northwest Community College campus five (5) days before scheduled classes start. Please notify the Registrar's Office of your planned arrival date.

Step 4
Once you arrive, you should come to the Admissions Office at the Northwest Community College campus, to confirm your arrival and to finalize details regarding accommodation and payment of the balance of your fees.

Start Dates




Fall Semester
(August to December)

May 15

5 days before start of classes

Winter Semester
(January to April)
September 10 5 days before start of classes
Spring Semester
(May to August)
December 15 5 days before start of classes


Please note: It is recommended that you apply at least 6 months before the start of the semester to allow time for processing of your Student Visa application.