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Algonquin College 2020-2021 Admissions: Entry Requirements, Deadlines, Application Process

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Located in Ottawa, Ontario, Algonquin College is a public institute established in 1967 which offersadmissions to more than 340 programs available at both undergraduate and graduate level. Highly devoted to its motto of “your goals, your career, your college”, the institute is renowned globally as one of the top Ontario colleges for student satisfaction (KPI results, 2019).

The college is among the favourite higher education institutes of Canada and is a site of diverse cultural ethnicities with a student population of more than 130 countries. Renowned for providing some brilliant programs in a ranging array of disciplines including Engineering (Computer Science), Green Architecture, Nursing and Management, among others, the institute is a coveted organization ranking as 37th best in the whole country.

Aspirants hoping to enroll at the Algonquin College must take note of the below mentioned salient points:

  1. Application for admissions at the college are available in the 3 seasonal intakes of Fall, Winter and Spring.
  2. Candidates must send in their entries by equal consideration deadline which is February 1. Applications received post this date are considered on first-come first-served basis till availability of seats permits.
  3. A nonrefundable fee of 95 CAD needs to be deposited while submitting the application forms. The required amount to be submitted needs to be provided via Flywire.
  4. An acceptance rate of nearly 60% makes seeking admission at Algonquin College moderately selective. Strong academic history, work experience, extracurriculars and brilliant test scores make for a highly eligible profile for the institute.
  5. The institute is a perfect fit for helping you grab one of the high-paying jobs in Canada as it has a great employer satisfaction ratio, with a strong graduate employment rate of over 95%.

Algonquin College


Application Fee95 CAD
English language proficiency accepted testsTOEFL/ IELTS or equivalent
TOEFL (iBT) minimum scoreOverall 88 for undergraduate degree & graduate certificates
Application SeasonFall, Winter and Spring
Acceptance Rate60%
Financial Aid for International StudentsAvailable as Scholarships and awards
Work-studyAvailable on campus


The application deadlines for Algonquin College’s seasonal intakes available in fall, winter, and spring are flexible in nature and programs are generally offered till the availability of seats. However, there is an early consideration deadline which must be strongly observed, especially for the highly competitive courses for international students. 

Some of the important dates to be noted while seeking enrollment at the institute are as mentioned below.

OctoberApplications open for admissions
February 1Equal consideration deadline

International Admissions

Algonquin University International Admissions

Admission Portal: Apply online at the official website.

Application Fee: 95 CAD.

Basic Academic Requirement: Higher Secondary School Certificate.

Admission Process

Application process for seeking admission into various courses for international aspirants hoping to study in Canada is explained as follows: 

  1. Complete an online application by choosing a program of preference and checking its availability.
  2. Ensure you have checked other specifications like country-wise, English language and program-specific requirements.
  3. Log in to upload the mandatory documents including official transcripts, test scores, et al.
  4. Wait for an offer of place from the institute which shall be notified to you via email.
  5. Keep a close track of your application status, accept the offer of place when received, pay the expected tuition fee within prescribed deadlines and move forward with app;ication of study permit.

Country-Specific Requirements

The college follows some country-specific requirements while enrolling natives of different nations across the globe. Some specifications for both undergraduate and graduate courses, based on the country of a prospective candidate are as given below:

CountryAdmission Requirements for Bachelor’s ProgramAdmission Requirements for Diploma Program
IndiaHigher Secondary Certificate (HSC)/ Pre-University Examination CertificateCBSE or ICSE Certificate with an average of 60% & no core subject below 55%
IndonesiaSurat Tanda Tarnat Belajar Sekolah Menengah Tingkat Atas (STTB-SMA); Overall grade 7 or aboveSurat Tanda Tarnat Belajar Sekolah Menengah Tingkat Atas (STTB-SMA); Overall grade 6 or higher
Philippines1-year post-secondary studies with passing grade of B1-year post-secondary studies with passing grade of C
SrilankaSri Lanka General Certificate of Education at Ordinary Level Examination Level results or equivalentSri Lanka General Certificate of Education at Advanced Level Examination Level results or equivalent

English Proficiency Requirements

Since the primary medium of instruction at the institute is English, international applicants are required to demonstrate their corresponding language proficiency befores seeking successful enrollment at the institute. The minimum required scores that the college requires is as tabulated below.

Level of ProgramTOEFL(iBT)IELTSPTECambridgeMELAB
Bachelor’s Degree/ Post Graduate Certificate88 (no score below 22)6.5 (no band below 6.0)6017685
3-year Advance Diploma80 (no score below 20)6.0 (no band below 5.5)5416977
Postgraduate Certificate886.5-70-

Visa Application Process

International aspirants require a study permit and visa to study in Canada while seeking enrollment into a course of duration of 6 months or longer. The entire process can take up to 4 to 8 weeks to months, and thus should be applied as soon after the candidate has received an offer of acceptance.

To receive the necessary study permit, candidates must submit the below mentioned mandatory documents.

  • An acceptance letter from the Canadian Institute.
  • An identity proof, i.e, a valid passport.
  • 2 passport size photographs.
  • Proof of finances.
  • Letter of Intention (to help visa officers understand the motive behind going to Canada).

Canada also offers an option of Student Direct Stream (SDS) to the legal citizens of a few countries (China, India, Philippines, and Vietnam) through which it becomes easier to gain ones permit within a short span of hardly 20 days. However, to be eligible for SDS, applicants must meet certain specifications few of which are as follows:

  • Proof of first-year tuition fee payment.
  • GIC (Guaranteed Investment Certificate) of 10,000 CAD.
  • Medical exam report.
  • Police verification certificate.

Graduate Admissions

Admission Portal: Apply online at the official website.

Application Fee: 95 CAD.

Basic Academic Requirement: Bachelor’s degree from a recognised institution (Preferably Ist or II division).

List of additional requirements

  • Letters of recommendation.
  • English proficiency test score.
  • Statement of Intent.
  • Resume.
  • Work experience (if required).

International aspirants applying to graduate-level admissions must fulfill some program-specific requirements which for the ease of students has been tabulated below:

RequirementsProject ManagementHuman Resources ManagementAdvanced Care ParamedicGreen ArchitectureAccounting & Financial Practice
Duration1 year1 year1 year1 year42 weeks
Intake SeasonsWinter, Fall, SpringFall,WinterFallFallWinter, Fall
Tuition Fee (in CAD, Fall intake)16,91815,69126,62216,25823,566
English Language ProficiencyIELTS score of min 6.5 or equivalentIELTS score of min 6.5 or equivalentIELTS score of min 6.5 or equivalentIELTS score of min 6.5 or equivalentIELTS score of min 6.5 or equivalent
Academic QualificationOntario College Diploma/Degree or EquivalentOntario College Diploma/Degree or Equivalent2 year Ontario College Paramedic & A-EMCA; Ontario Class F Driver’s License or EquivalentOntario College Diploma/Degree in related field or EquivalentOntario College Diploma/Degree or Equivalent
Resume/CVNot RequiredNot RequiredNot RequiredRequiredNot Required
Work ExperienceNot RequiredNot RequiredNot RequiredRequiredNot Required
Additional Requirements--Health Assessment Form, Immunization CertificatePortfolio, Knowledge of Building Design Fundamentals, Drawing Skills, Softwares like AutoCAD-

International aspirants must take note that the college has 3 campuses with the main campus in Woodroffe Avenue in Ottawa, and two satellite campuses in Perth and Pembroke, respectively. However, the International Student Office is unavailable in the last two campuses and the centre is situated only on the main campus. Thus, students must take note of this fact while applying for admission to different campuses of the college.

Usually it takes Algonquin College around 6 to 8 weeks for processing and reviewing applications and releasing their final decisions along with an offer of place. Candidates are advised to keep a close track of their application portals during this time and ensure that no admission-related updates have been missed.

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