Calgary, AlbertaLOCATION
Estd 1965Established Year

Bow Valley College is public college, operating as community institution being the partner in Campus Alberta. Established in 1965, is located in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. It offers diploma, certificate programs, post diploma certificates, English language learning and continuing education programs.

Why choose Bow Valley College?

An innovative world-class college providing high-quality instructions and applied learning.


  • Webometrics- World Rank: 8237
  • Webometrics- Country Rank: 130

Key Features

  • 89% of students find jobs within six months of their graduation.
  • Career programs including work placement component.
  • Aboriginal Reboot: free drop-in tutorial to provide more accessible academic support to Indigenous learners.
  • Online Proctoring of exams for ease of remote learners.
  • ‘Talk with Me,’ a 24- hour service in 140 languages for learners.


Type of UniversityPublic community college
Academic staffAround 600
Total number of students15,000
Number of programs offered280
Number of specialized schools7
International students intake1300
Tuition fee rangeCAD 6,000 – CAD 10,000
Languages for coursesEnglish
Test scores acceptedIELTS, TOEFL, PTE, BVC, CLB

Campus and Housing at Bow Valley College

The main campus of Bow Valley College is the Calgary campus located in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. It is public college operating as a community institution under the post-secondary learning act of Alberta.

Other than this, Bow Valley College has 6 different campuses.

  1. Airdrie campus

  • Offers a variety of credit and non-credit programs.
  • It offers programs like Business Administration Certificate, Hospital unit clerk certificate, Medical office assistant certificate, Legal assistant diploma, Practical nursing diploma, health care aide certificate.
  • It also offers academic upgrading courses like
ArtstreamCareer program pathways-Business
Aboriginal upgradingAdult basic education
Adult basic literacy educationGED preparation
High school-Anytime online learningHigh school upgrading
Supported adult learning classroomAdult basic literacy education- computers for beginners
  1. Banff & Canmore

  • Located at 229 Bear St, Banff, AB T1L 1C3
  • Offers programs such as Hospital unit clerk certificate, medical office assistant certificate, Regional language skills courses, Regional LINC.
  1. Cochrane campus

  • This campus offers variety of credit and non-credit programs
  • Offers courses like Hospital unit clerk certificate, the medical office assistant certificate, and the legal assistant diploma.
  1. High River campus

  • Along with the credit and non-credit courses, it also offers English language classes.
  • It offers the hospital unit clerk certificate, the medical office assistant certificate, the early learning & childcare certificate
  • By partnering with ILVARC and the government of Canada, Bow Valley College offers Canadian language benchmark (CLB) testing at High River campus.
  1. Okotoks campus

  • Okotoks campus offers practical nurse diploma, the early learning & childcare certificate, accounting applications.
  • Bow Valley campus partners with local organizations to support community initiatives.
  1. Strathmore campus

  • This campus offers Healthcare aide certificate, Practical nurse diploma, the Business administration certification, the hospital unit clerk certificate, the medical office assistant certificate and the legal assistant diploma.


  • Bow Valley College does not offer on or off-campus housing.
  • Students have to find housing from the list of Canadian homestay, rentals, student housing at SAIT, University of Calgary residence, off-campus housing.
  • University of Calgary residence is open to non-UCalgary students.
  • Students can live in Cascade hall or Crows nest hall designed for single student, varsity courts designed for family living.
  • Housing at UCalgary is fully furnished that include full kitchen and bathroom, all utilities, Wi-Fi etc.

There are many off-campus rental options like:

  • Rent faster
  • Rent spot
  • Capreit
  • Rent-seeker
  • Search for student housing
  • Mainstreet apartments
  • Flatbook

Programs offered at Bow Valley College

The Bow Valley College offers academic programs in different areas. The college is divided into 7 different schools. They are:

  • The Chiu School of Business
  • The School of Continuing Learning
  • The School of Community Studies
  • The School of Creative Technologies
  • The School of Foundational Learning
  • The School of Global Access
  • The School of Health and Wellness

The different programs offered by the college are:

BusinessCreative Technologies
Community studiesHealth and Wellness
Careers in Immigrant AdvancementIntercultural studies
Continuing EducationAcademic upgrading
English Language learningDual credit program
Open studies -

All the above schools and programs come under different program types. Programs are available in full-time and part-time options, in class, off-campus and online courses. A student can choose courses from different types of programs:

Post-Baccalaureate certificateDiploma
Post diploma certificateUpgrading
English language learning programsContinuing education certificate
Continuing education courseWorkshop

The college provides specializes in various below-mentioned fields:

Data management and analyticsAddiction studies aboriginal focusBusiness administration accounting major
Business administration digital marketing majorBusiness administration human resourcesChild and youth care diploma
Digital designDisability studiesEarly learning and childcare
Interior decoratingJustice studies- aboriginal focus specializationLegal assistant diploma
Pharmacy technicianSocial workSoftware development
ACE TESOLAddiction studiesArt stream

Bow Valley College Application process

  • Check the application deadline and program availability.
  • As Bow Valley College processes applications on the first come, first qualified basis, start applying beforehand.
Winter termNovember 1
Spring termMarch 1
Fall termJune 28
  • Need to use APAS Online Portal Application Form to apply.


English Language Requirement for International students

  • The minimum English Language Proficiency test scores required are:
Test nameTest score accepted
PTE A59-64
Canadian Language Benchmarks8
CELPIP GeneralScore of 7


Documents required

All the international students are required to submit the following documents:

  • Proof of English Language Proficiency
  • High school transcripts
  • Post-secondary transcripts
  • A copy of passport

Steps to apply

  • Choose the program.
  • Check the program start date and start the application process.
  • Fill all the necessary details and submit the required documents and test scores.
  • Submit the application through online portal APAS
  • Provide the name as in the passport, a valid e-mail id, and contact number to get the further updates.
  • Application process time is 3-4 weeks
  • Once you receive the offer of admission, you will also receive MyBVC account login information to make online payments.
  • Pay a confirmation fee of CAD1500 and get letter of acceptance.

Application fee

  • Students have to pay the application fees of amount CAD 130
  • Fees once paid is non-refundable
  • Fees can be paid via credit card.

What it costs to study in Bow Valley College

Tuition fee for domestic and international students are tabulated below:

Tuition fee for Domestic studentsCAD 1,500 – CAD 5,000
Tuition fee for International studentsCAD 5,000 – CAD 10,000

In addition to the tuition fee students need to pay the following fees as well:

Material fee per semesterCAD 45 - CAD 100
Student services fee per semesterCAD 50
Student association fee per semesterCAD 54
H&D per semesterCAD 140
Parchment Replacement FeeCAD 50
Replacement of Student ID CardCAD 10
Early and Deferred Examination FeeCAD 50
NSF Cheque Administrative FeeCAD 50
Application FeeCAD 65 for domestic students CAD 130 for international students
Confirmation DepositCAD 200 for domestic students CAD 1,500 for international students
Course Extension Fee for credit coursesCAD 100 - CAD 200
Late Payment FeeCAD 50
International Student Medical Insurance through 3rd party insurerCAD 244 per term
Non-refundable portion of international students' tuitionCAD 1,500

Living expenses

Bow Valley College does not offer on-campus residence. Students have the option of off-campus residence, homestays, rental houses etc.

General costs and Homestay costCost
Standard service feeCAD 750
Security depositCAD 500
Homestay feeCAD 825/month
Textbooks for career programCAD 500 - CAD 700
ExcursionsCAD 200
FoodCAD 500 per semester
Weekend expensesCAD 200
Transit monthly passCAD 99 per month

Financial aid to help students to fund their education

Bow Valley College offers more than 300 awards, scholarships and bursaries to help students fund their education.

  • Students should apply for Student awards advisors, Academic and financial need bursaries and Entrance awards.

Types of Entrance awards:

  • Alberta Blue cross entrance bursary
  • Entrance awards for international students
  • High school entrance bursaries program bissett
  • Paul and Gerri charette entrance awards
  • The kanovsky family foundation bursaries

International students Entrance awards, Learner Pathway awards, In Course awards

Entrance ScholarshipAmount
International Student Entrance ScholarshipCAD 2000
Africa International Student Entrance ScholarshipCAD 2000
Caribbean International Student Entrance ScholarshipCAD 2000
Latin America International Student Entrance ScholarshipCAD 2000
Southeast Asia International Student Entrance ScholarshipCAD 2000
International Student Learning Pathway BursaryCAD 2000
International Student Learning Pathway ScholarshipCAD 2000
International Student Awards of Academic AchievementCAD 1500
Internationalization Award of ExcellenceCAD 2250
International Student Applied Education Recognition AwardCAD 1500
International Student Award of ExcellenceCAD 2250
International Student Community Involvement AwardCAD 1500
International Student Leadership AwardCAD 1500
International Student Peer Help AwardCAD 1500


Apart from these, some of the bursaries and scholarships available are:

  • Metis scholars award
  • Indigenous careers award
  • Indigenous learner transition award
  • Aboriginal career enhancement opportunity
  • National chief alteo scholarship

Bow Valley College Work Study program

Students are eligible for different work study options.

Work on-campus

The student can work without work permit on school campus if they meet following requirements:

  • A full-time post-secondary student at a public post-secondary college or university.
  • Have a valid study permit
  • Have a Social Insurance Number (SIN)

You need SIN from Service Canada to work in Canada

Work off-campus

  • If a student has been a full-time student for 6 months, they can search for off-campus jobs.
  • Can work up to 20 hours per week during regular academic sessions and full-time during scheduled breaks.

Students have to provide proof of medical exam while applying for a work permit.

Get a Social Insurance Number (SIN)

  • The student must have Social Insurance Number (SIN) to work in Canada.
  • To apply for SIN, international students should present either:
  • A study permit issued by Canada Immigration and Citizenship (CIC) that indicates the permit holder “may accept employment” or “may work” in Canada; or
  • A study permit with a confirmation to work off-campus letter issued by CIC.
  • The following is the link to apply for SIN and required documents to submit:

Work after you graduate

  • Students can work in Canada for up to 3 years.
  • To work after graduation, you need valid work permit.
  • Students can apply for Post-graduation work permit (PGWP)

Requirements to apply for PGWP

  • 18 years or older when you apply
  • Continuously studied full-time in Canada in a study program at least 8 months.
  • Required documents (transcripts, official letter, certificate, etc.)
  • Have graduated from a public post-secondary school, a college, or university.
  • Apply for a work permit within 90 days of completion of graduation.
  • Have a valid study permit during applying for work permit.

Alumni Network

The Bow Valley College Alumni Association is a group of alumni representatives that organizes events, coordinates programs.

Campus and Partner benefits for alumni:

  • RGO Library and Learning Commons
  • Career services
  • Transfer credit fair
  • Privileged access to TD Insurance Meloche Monnex program
  • Calgary Connector program with Calgary Economic development
  • Memory Express
  • Rogers Mobility and Cellcomm Wireless
  • Laureate Online Education
  • Broadway across Canada- offers discounted tickets to Bow Valley College Alumni.
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Application Deadline
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Acceptance Rate
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