Durham College, one of the top 50 research colleges of Canada, was established in 1967 and is renowned for offering admissions to more than 140 quality programs available through its nine academic schools along with over 500 educational pathway opportunities across the globe.
The institute is a site of cultural diversity and ethnicity which provides admissions on a rolling basis to its international applicants coming from more than 65 countries around the world. Renowned for its exceptional and unparalleled programs in the fields of Business, Engineering, Computer Science, Arts and Design, the college is one of the most sought-after higher education institutes of Canada.
Admissions to Durham College are considered moderately selective in the light of nearly 41% acceptance rate and depends on various individual factors. Selection of candidates is majorly governed by parametres inclusive of student’s track record, GPA, work and volunteer experience, letters of recommendation and test results. An impressive portfolio and a natural interview are also the guiding factors under certain circumstances.
Indian applicants aspiring to apply at the institute must note that the college requests only IELTS scores (minimum overall score of 6.0) as the acceptable proof of English language proficiency from the natives of India.
While the entire process can be strenuous and demanding in nature, the college with its high graduate employment rate of nearly 87% assures the students some of the high-paying jobs in Canada, making it all worth the effort in the end.
|Application Fee||75 USD for undergraduate admissions|
|English language proficiency accepted tests||TOEFL/ IELTS or equivalent|
|TOEFL (iBT) minimum score||88 for degree and graduate certificate courses|
|Application Season||September, January and May|
|Employment Rate||Around 87% (2019)|
|Financial Aid for International Students||Available as Grants, loans and scholarships|
|Work-study||Available on campus|
International aspirants must take note that the admissions at Durham College are available in various intakes and though there are no fixed deadlines, the institute however does observe some equal consideration deadlines for entries coming in from around the globe.
Note that entries sent post the mentioned dates are considered on a first-come first-serve basis. Candidates must thus ensure to send in their applications as early as possible, especially for highly competitive programs.
The equal consideration deadlines for different intakes is as mentioned below.
|Season of Intake||Deadline|
Admission Portal: Apply online at the official website.
Application Fee: 75 USD.
Basic Academic Requirement: Higher Secondary School Certificate.
NOTE: Applicants applying for nursing programs must also submit the proof of the Casper Qualifying test.
Application process for seeking enrollment into various courses available for international students of the college aspiring to study in Canada has been compiled in a step-by-step detailed manner as follows.
The institute does require its international students coming from different corners of the world to abide by certain country-specific requirements. The specifications for some of the south-asian countries are compiled as follows.
|Name of Country||Undergraduate Courses||Graduate Courses|
|India||All India Senior School Certificate by CBSE or ICSE/Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC)/Intermediary Certificate/Statement of Marks||Scanned original copies of university degrees (1st or 2nd division shall qualify) and transcripts with English translations. , gap of more than 5 years shall be considered on under special circumstances|
|Sri Lanka||GCE at Advanced Level Examination Level, at least 5 subjects|
with a minimum grade of A, B or C/ GCE at Ordinary Level, with at least 5 subjects having minimum grade A, B, C and D (Distinction).
|Scanned original copies of university degree and transcript (English translation)|
|Nepal||Higher Secondary School Certificate/Proficiency Certificate/Mark Sheets||Scanned original copies of university degree and transcript (English translation)|
|Myanmar||Basic Education Standard X Examination (Matriculation).||Scanned original copy along with English-translated copies of university degree and transcripts|
|Bangladesh||Higher Secondary Certificate /Intermediate Certificate in arts, science or commerce/certificate issued by the central board/GCE 0 level with 5 academic subjects, including English, having grade C||Scanned original copies of university degrees (1st and 3rd division are eligible)|
The college requires that its international applicants demonstrate English language proficiency as English is the primary medium of instruction at the institute. This an be met by submitting any one of the following test scores:
|Test Name||Minimum Score for Certificate & Diploma Programs||Minimum Score for Degree & Graduate Certificate Programs*||Minimum Score for Practical Nursing & Communicative Disorders Assistant|
|IELTS||6.0 with no individual section less than 5.5||6.5 with no individual section less than 6.0||7.0 with no individual section less than 6.5|
|TOEFL(iBT)**||80 with no section below 20||88 with no section below 22||94 with no section below 23|
|Pearson PTE||53 with no individual section below 49||60 with no individual section below 57||-|
|CAEL||60 with each separate section at minimum 60||70 with each separate section at minimum 70||-|
*List of certain diploma degrees which also require this score for eligibility can be found on the official website.
Note: The college accepts only official IELTS scores from Indian applicants and no TOEFL/PTE/CAEL scores shall be considered.
International aspirants enrolled in a course of duration longer than 6 months need to acquire a study permit and visa to study in Canada. The entire process can last a minimum of 4 to 8 weeks and thus candidates are advised to apply at the earliest possible opportunity by consulting the nearest Canadian Embassy.
The following steps must be followed for procuring a permit to study in Canada.
Legal residents of countries like China, India, Morocco, Pakistan, the Philippines, Senegal, or Vietnam, can also apply via Student Direct Stream (SDS) for processing their permits faster, only if they meet the required specifications.
To qualify for SDS, following documents are considered mandatory and must be submitted at the time of procuring permit.
Admission Portal: Apply online at the official website.
Application Fee: 75 USD.
Basic Academic Requirement: Bachelor’s degree or equivalent.
International aspirants must note that the college offers only certificate programs at the graduate level. Any candidate applying to graduate-level certificate courses must fulfill some program-specific requirements which are tabulated as follows:
|Requirements||Human Resources Management||Advertising- Digital Media Management||Advanced Law Enforcement & Investigations||Project Management||Information Systems Security- Computers & Networking|
|Duration||3 semesters||3 semesters||2 semesters||2 semesters||2 semesters|
|Start Date||September, January||September||September||September, January, May||September, January|
|Campus||Pickering Learning Site||Oshawa||Oshawa||Oshawa||Oshawa|
|Work Experience||3 to 5 years||3 years||2 years||Minimum 3 years||Required|
|Interview||Not Required||Required||Not Required||Not Required||Not Required|
|English language requirement||Minimum score of 6.5 in IELTS academic||Grade 12 English||Minimum score of 6.5 in IELTS academic||Minimum score of 6.5 in IELTS academic||Minimum score of 6.5 in IELTS academic|
|Laptop||Not Required||Required||Not Required||Required||Required|
|Additional Requirements||Knowledge of MS Excel||Strong Communication Skills||-||MS Office products, especially excel||Knowledge of TCP/IP, networking concepts, MS & Linux server platforms|
The average time taken by the college to process applications and release offers of place is around 5 or more weeks. Applicants must note that a guaranteed place is not reserved till the student accepts the offer of place and deposits the required tution fee (annually or semester-wise).
Where most institutes only require you to submit your college grades, it is highly recommended that you submit your high school marks as well because some organizations give high weightage to an entire academic history of the candidate. This might also help you in gaining some grace where the highly competitive exams are concerned as each parameter there holds equal weightage.