Bow Valley College, Calgary, Alberta

    Calgary, AlbertaLocation
    CollegeSchool type
    Estd 1965established year

    Bow Valley College: Rankings, Courses, Admissions, Tuition Fee, Cost of Attendance & Scholarships

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    Bow Valley College is a public university functioning within Alberta's Post-Secondary Learning Act as a community-based institution. The university is located in Calgary, Alberta, Canada and established in 1965. Bow Valley College embraces acceptance globally and has 2,359 international students from 148 different countries studying in Canada. Bow Valley College delivers multi-disciplinary diploma, degree, and professional development courses. This also offers career programs and advanced courses. Banff and Cochrane, Airdrie, Canmore, Okotoks, Strathmore and High River are the branch campuses.

    New teaching tools and methods are being introduced. At the university campuses, there are hi-tech laboratories, computer laboratories, library services, meeting rooms, studios and Wi-Fi that enable a highly developed teaching method.


    As per Webometrics, it has been ranked for following in 2020:


    Type Public
    Campus Setting Urban
    Academic Calendar Semester
    Location Calgary, Alberta, Canada
    Applications Submitted Offline/Online
    Total Number Of Students 15,000
    Establishment Year Number Of Dedicated Schools 1965 7
    Financial Aid Scholarships
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    • Bow Valley College's main campus is Calgary Campus situated in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Banff and Canmore, Cochrane, Airdrie, Okotoks, Strathmore and High River are the branch campuses.
    • A brief description of various campuses and facilities of Bow Valley College is given below:
    • Banff & Canmore Campus
      • The facilities provided by Banff and Canmore campus are Canadian Language Benchmark Testing and Community Collaboration.
      • Location: 330 Banff Avenue, Banff and 800 Railway Avenue, Suite 105, Canmore.
    • Airdrie Campus
      • Airdrie Campus provides a range of facilities that are Canadian Language Benchmark Testing, Airdrie Entrepreneur Centre and Community Collaboration.
      • Location: Provincial Courthouse, 121, 104 - 1st Avenue NW, Airdrie.
    • Cochrane Campus
      • Facility provided by Cochrane campus is Community collaboration.
      • Location: 305 1, Street E, Cochrane.
    • Okotoks Campus
      • Okotoks Campus provides a variety of facilities that are Exam Proctoring, Online Basic Life Support and Community Collaboration.
      • Location: 11 Elizabeth Street, Okotoks.
    • Strathmore Campus
      • The Campus provides facilities that are Canadian Language Benchmark Testing, Strathmore Entrepreneur Centre and Community Collaboration.
      • Location: 1 320 2 Street, Strathmore.
    • High River Campus
      • Facilities provided by high river Campus are Community collaboration, Exam Proctoring and Canadian Language Benchmark Placement Testing.
      • Location: 2nd Floor, 710 Centre Street SE, High River.


    • Bow Valley College offers no accommodation on or off the university.
    • Yet the university will give students a better idea about housing nearby.
    • However, the university does not have any link with the housing companies.
    • The accommodation details are given below to help students search houses, rentals and other types of student accommodation in Canada.
    • Bow Valley College students get a discount from Pick Homestay. It helps foreign students to stay with a host family and explore the new community as a part of the family.
    • Canada Homestay Network is also a popular option for students studying here. International students can enjoy living as a family member in a Canadian house.
    • Students from Bow Valley College qualify for residence at SAIT.


    • Various courses at Bow Valley College include Post-baccalaureate certificates, diplomas, post diplomas, English Language learning programs, and degree programs.
    • Bow Valley College provides various programs through its seven schools:
      • The Chiu School of Business offers diplomas in business administration and legal assistant and medical office assistant certificate.
      • The School of Continuing Learning delivers courses in clinical assisting for health administrators, database fundamentals, new business idea validation and advanced performance management.
      • The School of Community Studies provides diplomas in social work, justice studies- general justice specialization, disability studies and education assistant certificate.
      • The School of Creative Technologies offers diplomas in interior decorating and information technology systems and digital design.
      • The School of Foundational Learning provides courses such as GED preparation science and social studies.
      • The School of Global Access offers programs like international ELL, Full time ELL, online LINC and youth in transition.
      • The School of Health and Wellness offers diplomas in pharmacy technicians and practical nurse and certificates in health care aide and nutrition manager.
    • Some of the popular programs are in the fields of Data Management and analytics, Business Administration, Digital Design, Child and Youth Care, Social Work, Disability Studies and more.

    Application Process

    Applicants must apply through online application. Any processing fees charged by the university would require a credit card. Following steps need to be kept in mind if you are an international student applying for admission at Bow Valley College:

    • Application Fee: 140 CAD for international students
    • Application Portal: Apply Alberta
      • A paper application form must be completed by the students applying for the following courses:
        • ACE TESOL Certificate
        • Health Care Aide Learning and Recognition
        • Immigration Practitioner Certificate

    Application Requirements:

    • Applicants must submit official transcripts
    • Applicants must provide TOEFL/IELTS scores proof of English language proficiency
      • IELTS score must be 6.0 with minimum score 6.0.
    • Other requirements depend on each program
    • The minimum English Language Proficiency test scores required are:
    Test name Test score accepted
    IELTS 6.0
    TOEFL 83
    PTE A 59-64
    Canadian Language Benchmarks 8
    CELPIP General Score of 7
    CAEL 60


    Cost Of Attendance

    • The estimated tuition fee for International students at Bow Valley College ranges from CAD 5000 - CAD 10,000.
    • This is not the total fee to be paid by students. Other costs include:
    Description Fee
    Student Services Fee for Full-time Students CAD 50 each semester
    Technology Fee for Full-time Students CAD 30 each semester
    Learner Health and Wellness Fee for Full-time Students CAD 50 each semester
    Courier Service for official transcript charges CAD 50
    Application Fee CAD 140 international students
    Confirmation Deposit CAD 1,500 international students
    Student Association Fees -Full Time CAD 54 each semester
    Student Association Health Plan Fees CAD 70 each semester
    Student Association Dental Plan Fees CAD 70 each semester
    International Student Medical Insurance through third party insurer CAD 244 per term (depends on the insurer
    Non refundable fee of international student tuition CAD 1500
    • Living expenses range from 825 CAD to 1,000 CAD per month depending on the type of accommodation.
    • Meal expenses cost anywhere from 500 CAD per semester to 1,000 CAD.
    • Other miscellaneous expenses like transportation, security deposit etc need to be calculated as well.

    Financial Aid

    • Financial aid is available in various types for international students: entrance awards, learner pathway awards, in- course awards and work while studying.
    • There are also other sources for international students to fund studying in Canada.
    • Various types of entrance exams are as follows:
      • International Student Entrance Scholarship – Students get CAD 2000 and 4 awards.
      • Africa International Student Entrance Scholarship- students get CAD 2000 and 2 Awards.
      • Southeast Asia International Student Entrance Scholarship- Students get CAD 2000 and 1 Award.
    • Various types of in-course awards are as follows:
      • International Student Awards of Academic Achievement nominated by staff- student gets CAD 1500 and 1 Award.
      • International Student Community Involvement Award- students get CAD 1500 and 1 Award.
      • International Student Leadership Award- students get CAD 1500 and 1 Award.
      • International Student Peer Help Award- students get CAD 1500 and 1 Award.
    • Two types of learner pathway awards:
      • International Student Learning Pathway Bursary- students get CAD 2000 and 1 Award.
      • International Student Learning Pathway Scholarship- students get CAD 2000 and 2 Awards.


    • Students can be in touch with every member of bow valley college through the alumni community.
    • Bow valley college offers BVC cards for BVC alumni to get discounts and membership profits.
    • Benefits To Alumni ​
      • RGO Library and Learning Commons
      • Career services
      • Transfer credit fair


    • Bow Valley College operates a placement assistance cell that helps students get work.
    • In addition, the college has partnered with the future employees to promote internships and jobs for students.
    • There are many online job listing boards, Job fairs for students as well.
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    Bow Valley College Overview

    Insitution type
    Student Population
    DLI Number
    Application Cost
    Average Cost of Attendance
    $11,215 / Year
    Student : Faculty Ratio
    19 : 1

    Admission & dates

    winter Deadlines

    December 11

    Application deadline

    Spring Deadlines

    April 20

    Application deadline

    Fall Deadlines

    August 12

    Application deadline

    Test Scores For International Applicants

    ExamsAvg. ScoreMin ScoreMax. Score%Submitted
    Language Proficiency
    IELTS Check Detailed Score-6--

    Attendance Cost


    attendance cost

    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

    Tuition fees
    Undergraduate Programs
    $11,215 / Year


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    College Rating

    Based on 11 Students Rating

    8.3 out of 10
    7.7/10Social Life


    8.0 /10

    I chose this college because of its offering of my desired course

    Course Curriculum :

    The course syllabus is purely based on todays world and I would say it is completely updated

    8 /10 academic/food
    8 /10 faculty
    7 /10 infrastructure
    10 /10 accomodation
    8 /10 placement
    7 /10 extracurricular
    9.0 /10

    My elder brother did his diploma course from this university and therefore he suggested me to take admission here as the University has the best curriculum as well as the infrastructure is very good. I was required to pay an application fee and apply through the online portal of the college.

    Course Curriculum :

    In my course, I was brought about the programming languages from very basic to advanced level.

    9 /10 academic/food
    8 /10 faculty
    10 /10 infrastructure
    9 /10 accomodation
    9 /10 placement
    9 /10 extracurricular
    9.2 /10

    I completed my higher secondary from a University in Calcutta and then decided to shift to Canada and complete my diploma from this particular University as one of my relatives has been passed out from this university and is very successful so, he inspired me to do so. I was required to apply through the online portal of the college.

    Course Curriculum :

    I was taught designing from a very basic to an advanced level in which I was taught every step in a very clear manner.

    8 /10 academic/food
    10 /10 faculty
    10 /10 infrastructure
    9 /10 accomodation
    10 /10 placement
    8 /10 extracurricular
    8.2 /10

    My cousin studies here and he told me about this college as I was looking for a institute abroad for my studies. I was really impressed by the college, hence I applied for it. My GPA was 8. I had to submit an application form costing around $130. I was keen to get admitted here.

    Course Curriculum :

    Through Accounting Major, I'm gaining a broad understanding of business with a focus on the development of job-ready, technical accounting skills, soft skills, and other related business abilities needed for success in the accounting field.

    8 /10 academic/food
    9 /10 faculty
    8 /10 infrastructure
    7 /10 accomodation
    9 /10 placement
    8 /10 extracurricular
    8.0 /10

    I came to know about this college through study portal sites, after which i did my own research. For the admission process, I applied from the APAS online portal, and the cost of the application fee was $150.

    Course Curriculum :

    topics such as human resource management, business analytics, and topics such as trading are touched. The course is easy as compared to a degree, less time consuming and cheaper too.

    8 /10 academic/food
    8 /10 faculty
    8 /10 infrastructure
    8 /10 accomodation
    8 /10 placement
    8 /10 extracurricular
    345 - 6 Avenue SE, Calgary, AB T2G 4V1

    Nearby This Campus

    • Hospital
    • Shopping Mall
    • Restaurant
    • Book Store
    • Airport


    Imagine Health Centre - Downtown Macleod Trail0.12 km
    Medisys Preventive Health Clinic0.86 km
    Bridgeland Medical Building1.00 km
    Naturmend Naturopathic Clinic1.15 km
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    Palomino Smokehouse0.53 km
    SALTLIK Calgary0.55 km
    Blink Restaurant & Bar0.57 km
    Royal India Calgary0.62 km
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    Calgary (City/Bow River) Heliport1.72 km
    Blackfoot NDB ZCA 2332.89 km
    Calgary (Children's Hosp) Heliport4.09 km
    Corporate Passenger Departure and Arrivals5.56 km
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    Shopping Mall

    Dragon City Mall0.48 km
    Tanzimat Apparel0.53 km
    Sun Life Plaza0.65 km
    Roxboro River Shoppes2.15 km
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    Book Store

    YouthInkIT Magazine0.97 km
    Map Town1.05 km
    Shelf Life Books1.28 km
    The Cookbook Co. Cooks1.60 km
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    *All distance are measured radially. Actual distance may vary

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