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

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Bow Valley College is a center of progressive learning in Alberta since its establishment, 1965. The Bow Valley College is an affiliate with the Alberta Rural Development Network and Colleges and Institutes Canada. Moreover, faculty at Bow Valley College is highly-experienced in terms of teaching and industrial knowledge. Further, the college arranges visits of industry experts and eminent scholars to deliver special lectures.

The college offers year-round career programs which include business, creative technologies, community studies, health and wellness, careers in immigrant advancement, intercultural studies, continuing education, academic upgrading, English language learning, dual credit program, and open studies. Moreover, the college offers specialized services and career services that help newcomers to Canada.

  • Bow Valley College opens admissions in Fall, Spring, and Summer.
  • Programs start on September 2020 and January 2021. Certificate programs start in May.
  • Candidates can apply online, the application deadline for Fall 2020 (September 1, 2020 - December 18, 2020) is July 31.
  • The college has stopped accepting applications for Spring/Summer Term 2020 (May 04, 2020 - August 21, 2020).
  • Due to the COVID19 pandemic, application open dates for 2021 have been delayed
  • May 2021 Spring: Application open May 15.
  • 2020 September 2020 Fall: Application deadline is June 29.
  • 2020 January 2021 Winter: Application deadline is October 30.
  • 2020 September 2021 Fall: Application open August 4, 2020.


Application PortalOnline
Application Fee (non-refundable)Domestic: 65 USD International: 130 USD
From August 4, 2020: Domestic-75 USD International- 140 USD
Mode of PaymentVisa, MasterCard, Debit, Cash, Personal Cheque, Money Order, Certified Cheque
Academic CalendarSemester-based
Intake SeasonFall, Winter, Spring
Financial AidLoan, Grants, Scholarship, Bursaries

Bow Valley College Admission Deadlines

At Bow Valley College, application for admission opens 13 months before the program start date.

Applicants are required to apply as early as possible as the applications may be closed for the programs before the deadline if the capacity is been reached.

Fall 2020September 1, 2020
Winter 2021December 18, 2020
Spring 2021To be announced. Application dates delayed due to COVID-19 pandemic
Fall 2021August 27, 2021
Practical Nurse Diploma (Calgary campus): September 14, 2020, by 4:00 p.m.
Winter 2022December 10, 2021
Practical Nurse Diploma (Calgary campus): January 15, 2021, by 4:00 p.m.

Bow Valley College International Student Admissions

Students from all over the world seek admission at Bow Valley College. Students from 148 countries with 98 different languages have been studied in the college. Before starting the application, the applicant should check whether seats are available for the program for which they are applying. The students are required to apply 12 months before the start dates of the studies.

Application Portal: Online

Application Fee: 130 USD

The application fee for Bow Valley College Admission will be increased to 140 USD from August 4, 2020.

Admission Requirement:

Applicants are required to submit the following supporting documents along with the application

  • Official high school transcripts
  • Official translations
  • Proof of English language proficiency

Students are needed to submit the documents via email to including their Alberta Student Number-ASN in the subject line.

Bow Valley College requires additional country-specific documents with the application form.

Some of the popular South-Asian countries with admission requirements are listed below:

CountryDocuments required
High SchoolPost-Secondary
IndiaExamination certificates and transcripts from State Boards, All India Boards;
Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS), Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE), and Punjab School Education Board (PSEB).
For university/college education: Final or provisional degree certificates issued by the degree-awarding institution i.e. Bachelors, Masters. Each year’s statement of marks or academic transcript enlisting all the subjects;
For Technical Education, Nursing & Midwifery: Diploma certificate and statement of marks.
NepalSecondary School Leaving Certificate, Higher Secondary or Intermediate (10+2) Certificate, Proficiency CertificateCertificate of Graduation such as Bachelor's, Masters, Diploma, Postgraduate Diploma, and/or Doctorate. Academic Transcripts
Sri LankaGeneral Certificate of Secondary Education O Level and General Certificate of Secondary Education A Level issued by Department of Exams or UK examining body.Academic Transcripts showing units/credits and grades obtained.
BangladeshSecondary School Certificate, Higher Secondary Certificate, Certificate of Education, Diploma or Senior Certificate in Nursing and Midwifery awarded by the Bangladesh Nurses Council.For university/ college education: Final or provisional degree certificates issued by the degree-awarding institution that is Bachelors, Masters. Each year’s statement of marks or academic transcript enlisting all the subjects.
PakistanSecondary School Certificate, Higher Secondary School Certificate, Intermediate Examination Certificate from Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education, and Inter Board Committee of Chairman.Bachelor of Science in Technology, Diploma of Associate Engineering, and other diplomas except for Vocational/G-II / GIII and Other Vocational Training Diplomas or Certificates.

Note: All the documents should be in scanned PDF format along with official English translations. For high school, documents have to be scanned 2-sided and full color.

English Proficiency Test Score for International Students

As the courses at Bow Valley College are taught in Canadian English, the English Proficiency Language test score is required in order to meet the requirements for admission.

TestMinimum test scores
IELTS6.0 Bands

Note: If the above-mentioned test scores are not available, applicants can submit documents of Successful completion of an Alberta Education English Language Arts course or transcripts which mentions the completion of 1 or 3 years of full-time secondary education where instructions were given in English.

Validity for test scores is of 2 years from the day of the test

As the IELTS testing centers all over the world are closed temporarily due to the COVID-19 outbreak, Bow Valley College will be accepting Duolingo Language Test Scores for the intake of Spring 2020, Fall 2020, and Winter 2021.

Student Visa Process for International Students

After a letter of acceptance is received by the student, they can apply for a study visa at their nearest Canadian Embassy or Consulate.

Requirements for Canadian Visa:

  • Fee payment including application processing fee and other applicable fees such as biometric fee in an acceptable form.
  • Photocopy of the information page of a valid passport or travel document which includes passport number, issuance and expiry date, and photo, name, place of birth and date.
  • Two photos
  • Letter of acceptance
  • Proof of financial support
  • If married, proof of Marriage License/ Certificate

Bow Valley College Diploma and Certificate Admissions

Given below are the requirements required for the various diploma and certificate admission.

Where to apply: Online application

Application Fee: 65 USD

Academic Requirements:

  • Three years of full-time secondary education or completion of one year of full-time post-secondary education at a school where English was the language of instruction can waive ELP requirement
  • Transcripts of High school courses
  • English test scores

Here are specific academic requirements for some of the popular programs offered by Bow Valley College

RequirementsBusiness administration diplomaHuman Resources CertificateInternational English Language Learning Program
Application Fee (USD)140140140
Work ExperienceRequiredRequiredRequired
Professional CV/ResumeNot RequiredNot RequiredNot Required
Admission testRequiredRequiredRequired

Learning at Bow Valley College offers great teaching experience with industry knowledge, with the expert faculty members. Many of the certificate and diploma programs offered by Bow Valley College include work experience. That gives the advantage to get hands-on experience before you graduate. In the current COVID 19 situation, Bow Valley College will continue to deliver courses online for the Fall term. Online classes are equipped with BVC Technology Support, D2L Brightspace orientation video, and D2L Brightspace resources.


Ques. I have a question about my student loan. Who should I contact?

Ans. Book an appointment with Financial Aid Advisor via email at for more information regarding how to apply for the loan or any queries while applying for the loan.

Ques. Is Bow Valley College a registered Designated Learning Institution?

Ans. Bow Valley College is a registered Designated Learning Institution with DLI: #O19273769422. Certificates, diplomas, and post-diploma certificates are listed as Designated Learning programs. However, open studies, continuing education, pre-business, and pre-health pathways within the High School upgrading courses are not Designated Learning Programs.

Ques. How long will my application take to be processed?

Ans. Applications for career programs take around 6 to 8 weeks from the date at which all mandatory documentation is received and the application fee is paid.

Ques. Can I take more than one level of a subject during the same semester?

Ans. No, you need to complete one level before moving onto the next level of the same subject.

Ques. What are the minimum admission requirements for non-credit continuing education courses?

Ans. There are no admission requirements but, English language proficiency benchmarks of at least 7 for listening, reading, writing, and speaking are optional to confirm the best likely chance of getting admission.

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