Kelowna, British ColumbiaLocation
    CollegeSchool type
    EStd 1963established year

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

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    Okanagan College is a post-secondary public institution located in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada. More than 20,600 students are enrolled in the college every year. The college has nearly 1,800 international students from more than 60 countries. It is the second-largest trade training institution in British Columbia. Programs offered at the university are a pathway to the top tier universities in Canada. It is known for preparing students and giving them a step up in their careers. The location of the college offers students an ocean of opportunities after graduation. Moreover, Canada is among the top destinations for studying abroad.

    Okanagan College Campus


    Type of university Public
    Establishment Year 1963
    Location Kelowna, British Columbia
    Campus Setting Urban
    No. of campuses 4
    On-campus accommodation Available on Kelowna campus
    Total Number of Students Enrolled per year 20,600+
    Total Number of Staff 1,200
    Total Number of International Students Enrolled 1,785
    Average class size 18
    Mode of Application Online
    Financial aid Scholarships/ Grants/ Loans/ Work-Study

    Okanagan College Campus

    • Okanagan College has 4 campuses located in the Southern Interior of British Columbia, Canada – Penticton campus, Kelowna campus, Vernon campus and Salmon Arm campus.
    • The campuses of the college are close to beautiful lakes, sandy beaches, rich in art, culture, wine, craft beer, etc. with a 4-season lifestyle where students can take the opportunity to ski, swim, golf, bike, or climb.
    • The campus in Kelowna is the largest and has a Health Sciences Centre and also offers residential facilities to students.
    • The Vernon campus has a Bunker, Kalamalka Indigenous Garden and Vernon Trades Training Centre.
    • The Penticton campus has various amenities such as gymnasiums, fitness centers, BC Beverage Technology Access Centre, etc.
    • The Salmon Arm campus hosts various vocational and academic courses. It is known for the on-call Therapy Dog which is just a call away.

    Okanagan College Residence

    • On-campus housing is offered at the Kelowna campus known as the Skaha Place residence. These are furnished, non- smoking accommodations located close to classrooms, libraries, and other campus recreational activities.
    • Each pod in the accommodation has a high-speed internet connection, bed, dresser computer desk, and chair.
    • Residence halls have multi-purpose rooms, TV lounge, study lounge, game room, laundry facility, bicycle storage, vending machines, high-speed internet, etc.
    • Off-campus housing is available for all campuses. A list of accommodations is available on the website of the university but they are not approved or recommended by the university.
    • The campus housing bulletin at Salmon Arm campus has details about the apartments, suites and house rentals close to the campus.
    • Students can make use of BC Classified or BC Housing for finding suitable off-campus housing for themselves.
    • Off-campus housing options close to the Vernon campus can be viewed on BC Housing, Kijiji, Indigenous Housing Providers, Rent Board, Rent Faster, etc.

    Okanagan College Courses

    • Okanagan College offers more than 120 programs including associate degrees, diplomas, vocational training, corporate training as well as bachelor’s degrees.
    • Various areas of study are Arts, Business, Commercial Aviation, Food, Wine and Tourism, Technologies, Science, Health and Social Development, etc.
    • Bachelor of Business Administration, Business Administration Certificate, Business Studies Certificate, Commercial Aviation Diploma, Associate of Science, Computer Information Systems Diploma are some of the popular courses offered by the university.
    • Okanagan School of Business has national recognition and produces a number of accountants, advisors, managers, financial planners, administrators, etc. every year. It offers degree, diplomas, and certificates in business.
    • Students get to experience studying abroad opportunities across 23 partner institutions in 16 countries around the world.
    • The College has one of the highest pass rates for the Red Seal program across the country.

    Okanagan College Application Process

    International students willing to study at Okanagan College are required to apply for a study permit to study in Canada if the program chosen is longer than 6 months. Students are advised to apply early as the process is time-consuming.

    How to Apply?

    The process for admission to Okanagan College has been discussed below:

    Application Portal: Online Application

    Application Fee: 100 CAD

    Admission Requirements: The following documents must be gathered for admission:

    • Secondary school transcripts have to be uploaded.
    • A copy of passport is required.
    • Documents of English Proficiency Tests like DET, IELTS, TOEFL, etc. are required to be uploaded.
    • All post-secondary documents like diplomas, degrees, or certificates have to be uploaded in a single file.

    Okanagan College Cost of Attendance

    An international student incurs 18,000-24,000 CAD on an average covering the tuition fee, accommodation and cost of living in Canada.

    The estimated cost of attendance for international students for 2020- 21 are given below:

    Expenses Cost
    Application Fee 100 CAD
    Undergraduate tuition fee 14,160 CAD
    Post diploma certificate tuition fee 8,496 CAD
    Student Activity Fee 50 CAD
    Development and Technology Fee 150 CAD
    Student Association Fee 80 CAD
    Medical Insurance 250 CAD
    Extended Health and Dental Plan 130 CAD
    Accommodation Homestay (includes meals) Placement fee 200 CAD
    Accommodation Homestay (includes meals) Monthly Fee 800 CAD
    Residence – Kelowna Campus Application Fee: 25 CAD
    Damage deposit Cost per Semester: 250 CAD
    Pod: 2,100 CAD
    Private : 2,600 CAD

    Okanagan College Scholarships/Financial Aid

    • Various financial aids are offered by the university as well as external sources to students at Okanagan College.
    • Some of the high school entrance awards are tabulated below. To apply, students are required to send transcripts directly from high school and submit one reference letter.
    Name of Scholarship Amount Awarded
    Okanagan College President’s Entrance Scholarships 5,000 CAD
    Okanagan College Community Spirit Awards 1,000 CAD
    Okanagan College Board of Governors Entrance Award 1,000 CAD
    Penticton Campus Arts Entrance Scholarship 1,000 CAD
    Penticton Campus Science Entrance Scholarship 1,000 CAD
    Tony Sellar Leadership Entrance Scholarship (students entering Vernon campus) 800 CAD
    McGillivray Entrance Award for Business (students of Business Administration degree or diploma program at the Kelowna Campus) 5,500 CAD
    • Some of the external scholarships are offered by Irving K. Barber British Columbia Scholarship Society.

    Okanagan College Alumni Network

    • The Okanagan College Alumni Association was founded in 1998 and it aims to connect the alumni with the college as well as each other. It has over 60,000 alumni members.
    • Alumni are offered with various discounts some of which include:
      • 40% off at the Standard rate at Sparkling Hill Resort
      • 150 CAD off at Contiki Tours etc.
      • 10% discount is offered to alumni by the Continuing Studies and Corporate Training (CSCT) department.
      • Discounted rate on TD group insurance, home, condo and renter’s insurance
      • 15% discount off on BC Wine Festivals
      • Free library card to access the campus library
      • Access to career services
    • Some of the notable alumni are:
      • Jeannette Armstrong- Canadian author and activist
      • Maureen Gruben- Canadian Inuvialuk artist
      • Ryan Holmes- Founder and CEO of Hootsuite

    Okanagan College Placements

    Okanagan College’s Student, Graduate and Co-op Employment Centre is responsible for handling career-related service for the students. It serves as a hub for students, employers and alumni to look for prospective jobs and connect with employers.

    The College offers co-op programs where-in students are offered paid part-time employment as a part of their program. The placements are located all over BC and Alberta. The wages for such employment ranges from 15-20 CAD per hour depending on the company, industry and location.

    4 years

    Course Duration

    Jun 30

    Application Deadline


    2 years

    Course Duration

    Jun 30

    Application Deadline


    2 years

    Course Duration

    2 years

    Course Duration


    9 / 10

    2 years

    Course Duration

    Okanagan College Overview

    Insitution type
    Student Population
    DLI Number
    Application Cost
    Average Cost of Attendance
    $10,312 / Year

    Admission & dates

    Fall Deadlines

    June 30

    Application deadline

    July 15

    Application results

    Test Scores For International Applicants

    ExamsAvg. ScoreMin ScoreMax. Score%Submitted
    Language Proficiency
    IELTS Check Detailed Score-6.5--

    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
    $10,312 / Year
    On Campus
    Residence Room
    $4,320 / Year

    Top Accreditations [Institutional & Program Wise]

    Program wise accreditation
    Canada's Association of I.T. Professionals
    Engineering Programs
    Canadian Council of Technicians and Technologists
    Accreditation Council for Business Schools & Programs?

    College Rating

    Based on 7 Students Rating

    8.7 out of 10
    9.2/10Social Life


    6.8 /10

    Its in BC- love the weather, reasonable tuition fees, location

    Course Curriculum :

    Curriculum was good but need more focus on industry or in market training to make students market ready

    8 /10 academic/food
    9 /10 faculty
    8 /10 infrastructure
    9 /10 accomodation
    7 /10 placement
    10.0 /10

    I was always keen to study business administration, so that I can do further studies in this field, such as an MBA. I had applied online and had paid an application fee of around $100. I had uploaded my secondary and high school transcripts and had also uploaded a copy of my valid passport.

    Course Curriculum :

    I was a full time student and my program was of 30 credits. We had about 10 courses and the quality was really good. I had chosen Marketing as my specialization and we used to participate in competitions and community projects locally.

    10 /10 academic/food
    10 /10 faculty
    10 /10 infrastructure
    10 /10 accomodation
    10 /10 placement
    10 /10 extracurricular
    10.0 /10

    I had applied online and had paid an application fee of around $ 100. I had made the payment online through my credit card. I had uploaded my secondary and high school transcripts and had also uploaded a copy of my valid passport.

    Course Curriculum :

    I was a full time student and my program was of 30 credits. We had about 10 courses and the quality was really good. I had chosen Marketing as my specialization and we used to participate in competitions and community projects locally.

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

    From a really young age, I was a diary scribbler. I used to write stories and poems of my own. And one day I decided that I want to pursue my career in this field. So while I was searching for a perfect program that could lead me to my dream, I came across Okanagan College. This was the only college I found that was providing a course precisely on Writing and publishing. And the college even had various scholarship programs to help students to pursue their studies. So, I submitted my application form through the official website, the application fee for the process was $100.

    Course Curriculum :

    The course has been very strategically designed to provide the students with theoretical and practical knowledge along. This program is not just about writing, design, and letterpress printing. This program blends a variety of subjects like English and applied technical skills and makes it a really innovative program. We have gained technical skills and a wide range of experience crucial to navigating the publishing industry.

    9 /10 academic/food
    9 /10 faculty
    9 /10 infrastructure
    9 /10 accomodation
    9 /10 placement
    9 /10 extracurricular
    7.5 /10

    Being a Computer Science specialized student from high school, before applying to any college I tested my interest by attending some online classes. That's when I realized that I should focus on database systems which are a developing field. Scanning through various available colleges, I came across Okanagan college offering a bachelor's degree in computer systems with a database as a specific concentration. With some background specialization in mathematical applications and English language proficiency, my application was chosen for admissions. I paid an application fee of $100 as I applied through the online application process. Also, I have a personal computer which is considered as one of those important requirements for the course study.

    Course Curriculum :

    Currently, I am in my first year of study where I learn a wide variety of subjects that includes Operating systems, System analysis, and design, Visual Programming, Networking and Telecommunications, Information Technology, Critical Writing, and Mathematics. Second-year would mostly have its focus upon base subjects such as web development and computer data structures. The third and fourth year majorly is concentration inclined and hence, I would be studying Database Management, Database Administration, Software engineering, and Management Principles. Overall the course curriculum that the college has put up is appealing enough and satisfying.

    8 /10 academic/food
    7 /10 faculty
    8 /10 infrastructure
    8 /10 accomodation
    7 /10 placement
    7 /10 extracurricular
    1000 K.L.O. Road

    Nearby this campus

    • Airport


    Kelowna International Airport51.39 km
    Vernon Regional Airport55.26 km
    Kamloops Airport73.35 km
    Penticton Regional Airport77.28 km
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    *All distance are measured radially. Actual distance may vary

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