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Seneca College (Newnham Campus) 2020-2021 Admissions: Entry Requirements, Deadlines, Application Process

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Located in Toronto, Seneca College is a public Canadian institute established in 1967 that offers admission to more than 300 full-and part-time programs at the ranging levels of degrees, diplomas and certificates. 

Regarded as one of the finest higher education institutes of Canada, the college offers admissions to its various courses for international applicants of around 150 countries in the seasonal intakes of Fall, Summer and Winter. Renowned for providing some of the brilliant programs in the fields of Accounting, Management, Social Work and Computer Science, the college is one of the highly coveted institutes worldwide.

Following a comprehensive approach towards admission, Seneca College observes an acceptance rate of approximately 85%, making enrollment at the institute highly accessible. The organization considers various parameters while offering admissions inclusive of an individual's GPA and extracurriculars. Hidden factors like availability of seats in a program, completeness of application at the time of receipt and quality of academic history along with English language proficiency play an equally significant role in while offering admissions.

Graduate programs of the college are unparalleled in terms of industry experience and career-focused opportunities they offer which is evident in the institute’s high graduate employment rate of nearly 82%. With an employer satisfaction rate of more than 90%, the institute provides you enough exposure of real-world challenges through its co-op programs and field placements and prepares you well for landing one of the high-paying jobs in Canada


Application Fee68 USD for both undergraduate and graduate admissions
English language proficiency accepted testsTOEFL/ IELTS or equivalent
TOEFL (iBT) minimum score80
Application SeasonFall, Summer and Winter
Acceptance RateAround 85%
Financial Aid for International StudentsAvailable as Scholarships, bursaries and awards
Work-studyAvailable on campus
Students’ Helpline416.491.5050 ext. 22608


For international applicants wanting to study in Canada, admission intakes at the college become available in the three seasonal intakes of September (fall), January (winter) and May (summer). But, not all programs are available in these respective intakes and thus, candidates must ensure a close track of the deadlines. 

The popular highly-competitive programs fill very early and are offered on a first-come first-served basis. Some of the upcoming deadlines for international candidates to be observed at the institute are as mentioned below.

Type of DeadlineDates
Applications openOctober 1
Equal ConsiderationFebruary 1

Graduate Courses

Deadlines for admission in graduate programs during its 3 seasonal intakes varies for different courses. International aspirants must note that the applications for the term of January 2021 will be accepted starting March 2, 2020.

International Admissions

Seneca College International Admissions

Admission Portal: Apply online at the official website.

Application Fee: 68 USD.

Basic Academic Requirement: Higher Secondary School Certificate.

Additional requirements to be observed before applying are as follows:

  1. Scanned PDF copies of the photo and signature pages of the passport.
  2. Original academic record in native language along with their translated.
  3. Proof of English language proficiency like IELTS, TOEFL or equivalent.

Admission Process

Application process for international aspirants of Seneca College explained in a few easy steps.

  1. Create an account at the official website or sign in using your Facebook, Google or Twitter account.
  2. Provide complete personal information as required and choose the program of choice along with the semester and campus you are interested in.
  3. Provide details regarding your academic history, language proficiency proof and upload the corresponding documents.
  4. Complete the Information Release form and print your application for personal record.
  5. Provide any additional nonacademic requirements exclusive to the program of your interest such as questionnaires, essays, portfolios, auditions or testing.
  6. Submit the completed form with a nonrefundable application fee and wait for an acknowledgement mail.

What to do after you have applied?

  1. Wait for an acknowledgement email sent within 24 hour of applying that will include your Seneca Student Centre login details to help you access your account for all admission-related updates.
  2. Follow the instructions step-by-step as mentioned in the mail and activate your account for any further important messages and updates regarding your application status.
  3. Keep a close track of your application and contact the college directly if no response is received after 4 weeks of waiting. 
  4. If your application is selected, you will receive an offer of place from the organization. Accept the offer letter, deposit the required tuition fee as mentioned and apply for study permit at the earliest. 

NOTE: The required documents can be sent to the institution via Email or courier.

  1. By Email: 
    1. E-mail the application with the subject saying “Scanned Application-Confirmation Number # 55-xxxx-xxxxx” to
    2. Attach the scanned signed application along with the remaining academic documents and test proofs in PDF format.
  2. By mail or courier to International Admission, Seneca College, 1750 Finch Avenue East, Toronto, ON M2J2X5 Canada.

English Proficiency Requirements

The primary medium of instruction at the institute is English and thus, international aspirants of the college require to submit a proof of their proficiency in the language by submitting the acceptable test scores. Some of the tests with their corresponding minimum scores are as tabulated below.

Name of TestCertificate programsDiploma and advanced diploma programsDegree programsGraduate certificate programs
IELTS AcademicMinimum 6.0 with no skill below 5.5Minimum 6.0 with no skill below 5.5Minimum 6.5 with no skill below 6.0Minimum 6.5 with no skill below 6.0
PTE AcademicMinimum score of 58Minimum score of 58Minimum score of 60Minimum score of 60
TOEFL iBTMinimum 80 with no skill below 20Minimum 80 with no skill below 20Minimum 84 with no skill below 21Minimum 88 with no skill below 22

Visa Application Process

International candidates hoping to enrol in a course of duration longer than 6 months will require a study permit and visa to study in Canada, both of which can be obtained from the help of nearest Canadian Embassy. Students can apply for a study permit online or on paper and should remember to apply them at the earliest as soon as they receive their Letter of Acceptance. 

Study permit can be obtained via the regular application process or Student Direct Stream (SDS) which is currently open for the legal residents of countries including China, India, Pakistan, the Philippines and Vietnam on meeting specific requirements. 

To apply for the permit, following easy steps need to be observed.

  1. Create an account at the official IRCC website.
  2. Answer an online questionnaire and upload the mandatory documents along with the completed form.
  3. Submit the entry along with a nonrefundable application fee of 113 USD.

Graduate Admissions

Admission Portal: Apply online at the official website.

Application Fee: 68 USD.

Basic Academic Requirement: Bachelor’s degree.

Additional Requirements:

  • Submit university and college transcripts for all years of study.
  • Copies of degrees, diplomas or certificates.
  • A credential assessment from a recognised agency might be required in some cases which shall be informed accordingly to the students.
  • Official English translation of all the academic records that are not originally in English.

Program-wise specifications for graduate-level international admissions are tabulated as follows:

RequirementsHuman Resource ManagementProject Management-ITPublic Relations-Corporate CommunicationsClinical ResearchVisual Effects for Film and Television
Duration8 months8 months1 year1 year8 months
Intake SeasonsFall, WinterFall, WinterFall, WinterFallFall, Winter
Work ExperienceNot RequiredRequiredNot RequiredNot RequiredNot Required
SOI/EssaysNot RequiredNot Required-RequiredNot Required-Required
Resume/CVNot RequiredNot RequiredRequiredRequiredNot Required
Additional Requirements--Writing ExerciseReading/ Language TestArt/ Image Portfolio

Aspirants must note that though the college observes first-come first-served practice, however, at no times preference to applicants shall be given on this basis while reviewing entries and sending out offer of place.

Respective additional requirements mentioned with various programs play a very significant role and hold a heavy weightage during the time of issuing a letter of acceptance. For some highly-competitive programs, they even determine the ranking of the applicants. Candidates are thus advised to ensure they have completed all such specifications at the earliest opportunity to avoid any complications.

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