Cranbrook, British ColumbiaLOCATION
Estd 1975Established Year

The College of the Rockies is a public community college in Cranbrook, British Columbia, Canada. Established in the year of 1975 as East Kootenay Community College, the institute now offers a wide range of academic programs in various fields of study.

Why Choose College of the Rockies


  • University ranking 2018 (national): ranked 128th in Canada by webometrics
  • University ranking 2018 (continental): ranked 2061st in the continent by webometrics
  • University ranking 2018 (international): ranked 8196 in the world by webometrics

Key features:

  • Possesses the British Columbia Education Quality Assurance Designation
  • Has been granted LEED® Canada Certification for the Kootenay Centre South Expansion project
  • Offers internship opportunities and has a funding of up to $10,000 CAD in student research internship
  • Supports the college faculty in pursuing academic innovation and applied research through the Inspire Centre
  • Has a $133.8 million CAD yearly socioeconomic impact on the area according to the report of CCbenefits Inc.

Students’ satisfaction:

On the International Student Barometer surveys held in 2013 and 2014, College of the Rockies ranked 1st in Canada and 1st in the world in overall international student satisfaction


Type of UniversityPublic
Number of Students2500
Percentage of International Students8.33% (approximately)
Basic Tuition Fee$63.72 to $237.53 CAD (per credit)
Test Scores AcceptedTOEFL, IELTS, or equivalent

Campus and Residential Facilities at College of the Rockies

The main campus is located in the city of Cranbrook in the province of British Columbia. The college also has its regional campuses in Creston, Fernie, Golden, Invermere, and Kimberley.

Each of the campuses has some Signature Programs of their own, such as:

Campus Signature Programs
Creston CampusActivity Assistant
Health Care Assistant
Fernie CampusMountain Adventure Skills Training(MAST)
Rocky Mountain Educational Adventures
Haul Truck Operator Program
Golden CampusAdventure Tourism Business Operations
Health Care Assistant
Education and Skills for Employment
Invermere CampusHospitality Management Diploma
Health Care Assistant
Kimberley CampusBirth Doula Studies
Intro to Timber Framing
Special Event Planning
Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
Fire Services Training
Mountain Hospitality Program

Housing facilities:

Housing facility is available for students at Prucell House Residence. It has 16 living units with a total capacity of 96.  Every students gets a private bedroom at the on campus residence.

Besides on campus residence, students have the following options for accommodations:

  • Homestay: The international students can stay at the homes of Canadian families and the housing facilities are thoroughly checked by the representatives of the college authority.  
  • Off-campus residence: The off-campus residential facilities are available in the locality and the students have to make the research on their own.

Programs Offered by College of the Rockies

  • The College of the Rockies offers online, onsite, and blended (a mix of online and onsite) courses
  • The types of programs offered by the College of the Rockies are:
    • Diploma – 21 programs
    • Certificate – 39 programs
    • Associate Degree – 6 programs
    • Apprenticeship – 8 programs
    • Foundation – 8 programs
  • The divisions of studies at the institute are:
    • University Studies
    • Business
    • Health
    • Fire Services Training
    • Global Studies
    • Kinesiology
    • Office Administration
    • Information Technology
    • Child, Youth and Family Studies
    • Trades and Adult Upgrading
    • Recreation
    • Tourism
    • Computer Science

College of the Rockies Application Process

Students need to check the course availability and requirements on the official website before applying for the institute.


  • Original Transcripts
  • Copy of Passport
  • Study Permit
  • English Language Proficiency test score

English Language Requirement

Applicants whose first language is not English, need to demonstrate proficiency in the language through one of the following test:

TestMinimum Required Score
IELTS AcademicOverall 6.0 with minimum 6.0 in Reading, 6.0 in Writing, 6.0 in Listening, 6.0 in Speaking
IELTS AcademicOverall 6.0, with no band less than 5.5

What to do next?

  • The Canadian candidates are needed to make the online application through the AccessCOTR portal
  • The international students are needed to make the online application through the EducationPlanner BC portal
  • Applications can be made via mail or fax as well
  • There is no deadline for applying but it is required that the applications are made at least two months prior to the commencement of the selected programs
  • Application for the on-campus housing facilities should be made by May 1st for September admission and by September 1st for January admission

Application Fee:

All the applicants (both Canadian and international) are required to pay the non-refundable application fee of $30 CAD

What after you get admission?

  • After submitting the completely filled up application form along with the application fee and the required transcripts.
  • All the applicants are required to wait for two weeks to get the acceptance from the college

Cost and Expenses

Given below is an outline of the expenditure a student may bear while studying at College of the Rookie –

Tuition fees:

The tuition fees to be paid by the students of the College of the Rockies are discussed below:

Cost-per-credit$63.72 to $237.53 CAD
Cost-per-week$78.60 to $122.28 CAD

Accommodation charges:

Candidates willing to avail the housing facilities are needed to pay the following fees:

Homestay$700 CAD per month
On-campus residence$1900 CAD per semester

Financial Aid Provided by College of the Rockies

More than a few scholarships, awards, and bursaries are given to the deserving students of the College of the Rockies. Following is the list of some of them:

Type Name Value (in CAD)
ScholarshipAboriginal Advisory Committee Scholarship500
BC Hydro Scholarship500
BDO Canada LLP Scholarship1000
AwardBrian Pagnucco Computer Technology Memorial Award350
Dr. Nicholas Rubidge Award400
Lockhart Family Award250
BursaryAdele Thompson Memorial Bursary650
AECBC Bursary500
C.N. Parkin Memorial Bursary250

In addition, there are miscellaneous external awards available for the students of the College of the Rockies

Work While You Study

  • Students in an academic program (excluding ESL) are allowed to work off-campus for up to 20 hours/week and 40 hours/week during the scheduled breaks
  • To avail this opportunity, the students need to possess the valid work permit
  • Students must possess an SIN to be permitted to work off campus

How to get an SIN?

One can obtain SIN by going in person to Service Canada office along with the following documents:

  1. Your Passport
  2. Your study permit
  3. Your off campus work permit/ co-op/internship program permit
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