Algonquin College or AC, established in 1967 in Ottawa, Ontario, is one of the finest publicly funded institutions in Canada. The college proudly ranks as one of Canada’s Top Research Colleges popular for its work in fields of Biotechnology, Energy, Environment, and Business.
AC has a total student enrolment of around 19,500, over 2,100 of which comprises of international students coming from more than 100 countries. With its recent projects in foreign countries including India, China, South Africa, Tanzania, Yemen, and Montenegro, it is rapidly becoming one of the sought-after global institutes.
The admissions to more than 340 programs available at Algonquin College is offered in the 3 intakes of fall, winter, and spring.
|Rank||37th in Canada|
|No. of Campuses||3|
|Employment rate, 2018||84.1% (graduate)1|
|Application Fee||71 USD|
|English Language Proficiency Tests||TOEFL/ IELTS/ PTE or equivalent|
|Financial Aid for International Students||Merit and need-based Scholarships and Bursaries|
With over 340 courses at AC available at the diverse levels and the multiple accommodation options to choose from, the institute is quickly becoming one of the favorite colleges among international applicants.
It offers a variety of programs that includes 114 College Certificates, 85 College Diplomas, 33 Advanced Diplomas, 50 Graduate Certificates and 6 Bachelor’s Degrees, among many others.
The available variety of programs is distributed in the 14 schools and institutes of the college namely, Advanced Technology, Algonquin Centre for Construction Excellence, Business, Academic Access Centre, Centre for Continuing and Online Learning, Corporate Training, General Arts & Science, Health & Community Studies, Hospitality & Tourism, Languages, Media & Design, Algonquin College in the Ottawa Valley (Pembroke Waterfront Campus), Heritage Institute (Perth) and Police & Public Safety.
The college offers some of the highly popular programs some of which includes:
The institute has 3 beautiful campuses in major cities of Canada which are Ottawa (main campus), Perth and Pembroke. The campuses are designed by keeping various interests and needs of students in mind and offers every possible facility on the premises of the campus. At the same time, it also provides a safe, friendly and supportive environment with endless learning opportunities.
Ottawa Campus (Main Campus):
To ensure the stay of its students is facilitated in every way, the college offers various on-campus and on-campus accommodation options to choose from which are discussed as follows:
The on-campus living facilities are provided only in the Ottawa campus’ Woodroffe residence. The residence welcomes over 1,000 students in its fully furnished suites and various other facilities like lounges, game and fitness rooms, laundry facilities, to name a few. There are also multiple alternatives to meal plans provided for the taste and comfort of residents which includes vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options.
Note: The applications for residence open each year in the month of February. Aspirants must apply for accommodation through the same with a nonrefundable fee of 56 USD. There are no student residences available at the Perth or Pembroke campuses.
Cost of living on-campus: 5,543 + 2,400 meal plan ( in USD, per academic year).
Housing options available for candidates seeking off-campus accommodation includes apartments, houses or cottages. Another alternative also includes boarding in Pembroke and Perth, with the choice of opting meal plans. Students interested in exploring Canadian culture by simultaneously experiencing home-like comfort can opt for living with a Canadian family where they can enjoy the privacy of their room along with meal plan of choice (minimum 8 months).
Students can seek the help of following sources for help related to off-campus housing:
Note: Candidates are advised to start house search by late spring/early summer. For the Ottawa Campus students, the West end of Ottawa or along the main transit bus route #95 are the preferred locations for off-campus residence.
Cost of living off-campus
|Programs||Fees Per Annum|
|B.I.T Information Resource Management||$2,334|
|B.Com E-Supply Chain Management||$4,860|
|Bachelor of Automation and Robotics||$4,968|
|Bachelor of Interior Design||$5,720|
Information to be considered by the international aspirants before applying for admission at AC is compiled as follows:
The application for admissions is available in the three intakes of fall, winter, and spring. Though there are no fixed deadlines observed at the institute, some of the important dates to be noted are mentioned below.
|October||Applications open for admissions|
|February 1||Equal consideration deadline|
Note: Applications received after equal consideration deadline are processed on a first-come, first-served basis until the availability of space in a program permits.
Application process in a few easy steps:
Note: Usually it takes Algonquin College 6 to 8 weeks for processing applications and releases decisions.
An estimated cost of living is an important aspect of every admission process as it gives a vague idea of the necessary accounts and helps aspirants plan their stay in a foreign land. For most students enrolled at AC, a year of stay costs around 11,250 USD for tuition fees and 7,500 USD for other living expenses.
The tuition fee for various programs available at the institute varies in relation to different parameters. Some of the popular programs along with their corresponding fee are tabulated as follows:
|Name of Course||Tuition fee (in USD, per sem)||International Student Premium (in USD, per sem)|
|Marketing Research & Business Intelligence||1,438||3,658|
|Computer Engineering Technology- Computer Science||4,745||1,021|
Distribution of other living expenses apart from basic tuition is as follows:
|Type of Expenditure||Cost (in USD, per year)|
|Books and Supplies||150 to 750|
|Health Insurance||522 (for fall term)|
|Total||10,303 to 10,903|
For international aspirants looking for scholarships to study in Canada, Algonquin College is a great option since the college is renowned for its endless commitment to helping the deserving. The institute provides a various number of studentships as awards for academic and curricular achievers on the basis of their transcripts and personal statement.
Some of the scholarships available to international candidates include:
|Name of Scholarship||Type of Scholarship||Eligibility|
International House Prize
|Application-based||Best all-rounder graduating diploma student on a student visa;|
academic achievement and participation in extracurricular activities
|International student scholarships and leadership award||No application required||6 scholarships to outstanding academic achievers with maximum GPA, per school;|
1 to outstanding student leadership
|Harry Bloomfield Bursary School of Media and Design: Music Industry Arts||Application-based||Enrolled in a full-time program at the School of Media and Design;|
good academic score; financial need
Note: Applicants can avail the benefits of various scholarships and bursaries offered by applying for them using their ACSIS official account.
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|Average Cost of Attendance||$2,040 / Year|
The table shows average yearly cost of attendance for international students. Amount may vary with the course opted, nature of accommodation, and personal spending habits of a candidate. Check Program wise Fees
|Undergraduate Programs||$2,040 / Year|
|On Campus Accomodation|
|Residence Room||$11,580 / Year|
|Meal Plan||$6,337 / Year|
|Program Wise Accreditations|
|Engineering Programs||Canadian Council of Technicians and Technologists|
|Interior Design Programs||Council for Interior Design Accreditation|
|Nursing Programs||Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing|
|Programs||Human Resources Professionals Association of Ontario|
based on 22 students ratings
I decided to go to practice nursing as a way to build my bedside manner and patient care before going to RN. I chose this college because it was close to home, and made everything cheaper, and had me save money. The application was easy through OCAS. This program does require writing the HPAT which will run you 50$.
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Algonquin University was the only university to which I applied for. Since it was the nearest university from my home I applied and took admission in it. I had applied for it with the help of a common application form. And that cost me around $100. Along with the application form, I also submitted some documents to the university's admission department.
Throughout my course, I was able to gain experience working with the collection of artifacts, and a variety of materials, from wood, metal, plastic, and graphics, to paper, textiles, ceramics. All sections of the program worked closely with cultural institutions in the local area, where I had the opportunity to gain experience working with real collections in real settings. Apart from the practical experience I also had the theoretical classes as well.
The main reason behind joining Algonquin was its great robotics lab and the co-op program available in the college. The exposure and experience provided by the college will help me to grow in my future. Also, after completing a course from Algonquin College - Ottawa, will surely multiply the reach of my degree. A common application form helped me to apply for the course.
This four-year course curriculum at Algonquin is more comprehensive and practical and gets tougher with each year. With the help of this curriculum, I am able to acquire the knowledge and skills specific to electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, and computer science. I am also being taught the skills required in project planning and management as well as leadership skills.
I wanted to make my career in the field of interior design. Thus I applied to the various colleges and universities that offer the interior designing course in the bachelor's degree. My application form was accepted in two colleges. But I took admission at Algonquin College as it was cost-efficient. I applied to the college through a common application form that cost me $95.
This two-year course will help me to develop my creativity and artistic flair in commercial and residential interiors. I will be developing creativity through hands-on projects using modern digital techniques as well as traditional skills. After completing this course I will be better at handling the businesses. And will be able to improve the residential and commercial spaces to enhance the user's experience.
My sister did Electrical Engineering from one of the top Canadian colleges. I am too a science student. So I also decided to pursue the same course from the same college. But somehow I did not get admission in that college. So I applied to some other colleges. My application was accepted at Algonquin College and I immediately took the admission.
In the Electrical Engineering Technology program, I am required state-of-the-art facilities to gain the knowledge and experience that are necessary to enter the electrical engineering field. This program is the continuation of the Electrical Engineering Technician program. Through a series of theory courses and extensive practical labs, I am learning the skills required to become an Electrical Engineering Technologist.
*All distance are measured radially. Actual distance may vary