Okanagan College is a public institution that offers post-secondary courses. The college is well known for Bachelor of Business Administration, Diploma in Mechanical Engineering Technology, and Electronic Engineering Technology diploma courses. It is British Columbia’s second-largest trades training institution.
Reasons to choose Okanagan College
The college is recognized as one of the leading educational institutes in Canada.
Knowing the Rankings and Standings
- It has earned the Education Quality Assurance (EQA) designation, which certifies that this college meets or exceeds quality assurance standards set by the province of British Columbia, Canada.
- 2018 Canadian University ranking (UniRank): ranked 82nd in Canada
- 2018 international University ranking (UniRank): ranked 4675th in the world
Key features at a glance
- Okanagan College offers external accreditation for many of its programs, including business, health, engineering technologies, and trades.
- Offers 120 certificates, diplomas, degrees and programs including apprenticeship and pre-apprenticeship trades programs.
- Offers the baccalaureate degrees in Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) and Bachelor of Computer Information Systems (BCIS).
- Has a unique diploma program of a two-year water engineering technology.
- Okanagan College offers six engineering technology diploma programs.
- The college has average class size of 20 students.
- Students from 60 countries enroll in different courses in this college.
- 100 percent of bachelor degree graduates were satisfied or very satisfied with their education.
- 94 percent of apprentices surveyed said they were satisfied or very satisfied with their education.
- 93 percent of those who took diplomas, certificates or associate degrees said they were satisfied or very satisfied with their education.
|Type of University||Public|
|Total Number of International Students||900|
|Undergraduate Full Time Programs||13|
|Tuition fee range (costs of tuition, accommodation and living expenses while in Canada)||$19,000 to $24,000 CAD per year including tuition|
|Language for Courses||English|
|Test Scores Accepted||TOEFL, IELTS, OCELA|
Explore the campuses of Okanagan College
Based in Canada, the college has four main campuses. They are-
- Penticton campus,
- Vernon campus, and
- Salmon Arm
Its largest campus is located in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada.
Choose from different programs offered
Okanagan College offers more than 1850 courses in different streams. The major ones are listed in the following table:
Civil Engineering Technology
Electronic Engineering Technology
|Food, Wine and Tourism|
(Tourism and Hospitality Management)
|Bachelor of Business Administration (Tourism and Hospitality Management)|
- Culinary Arts
- Pastry Arts
|Bachelor of Business Administration|
- Accounting Assistant
- Accounting/ Bookkeeping
- Administrative Assistant
|Computer Science||Computer Information Systems||Bachelor of Computer Information Systems|
Advanced Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
Audio Engineering and Music Production
|Health and Social Development|
Early Childhood Education
|Bachelor of Science in Nursing|
Certified Dental Assistant
Health Care Assistant
Communications, Culture and Journalism Studies
Criminal and Social Justice
|Advanced Certificate in Communication|
All you need to know about the Application Process
Applicants must keep the following documents with them in order to get admission in Okanagan College.
- Official transcripts
- Proof of English proficiency
- Program admission requirements
- Payment of the admission deposit
- Any other conditions noted in the admission letter must be satisfied by July 15 for the September semester
English and program specific requirements
Applicants to diploma, degree and certificate programs whose first language is not English must submit documentation of one of the following:
|TOEFL||At least 550 (paper-based), 213 (computer-based), or 79 (Internet-based)|
|IELTS||An overall band score of 6.5|
|Okanagan College English Language Assessment (OCELA)||A score exceeding level 6|
Apart from the English requirements, program specific requirements must also be met. These are given in the following table:
|Bachelor of Business Administration degree, Business Administration diploma, Commercial Aviation diploma or Advanced Culinary Arts diploma||Minimum grade of 70% in each of EAPD 040, EAPW 041 and EAPR 042|
|Arts, Science, Computer Information Systems and Engineering Technology programs||Minimum grade of 60% in EAPD 040, EAPW 041 and EAPR 042|
How, where and when to apply?
The deadline for applications is June 30. Documents must be submitted by July 15 for the September semester.
- Students must check their admission and graduation requirements for the course in which they seek admission in.
- On meeting the admission criteria, students may apply online on the Okanagan College website or by downloading the international student application.
- Gather the documents: You are required to attach all supporting documentation to your application. Please note that transcripts must be in English or translated into English by an official translator.
- Upload your documents and save and label them
- All secondary/high school transcripts in one file.
- English language proficiency documents (IELTS, TOEFL, LPI or other) into one file
- All post-secondary documents (transcripts, degrees, diplomas or certificates) in one file
- Copy of your valid passport
Complete the online application process:
- The non-refundable fee for processing an international student application is $100 CAD and it must be paid at the time of application
- You can apply for 2 programs per application.
- You must attach all supporting documents to your application when you apply.
- Students may pay the application fee in any one of the following ways:
- Flywire Application Fee (International payment methods only)
- Cash or cheque in person
- Credit card accepted via Flywire or in person at Okanagan College
- International wire transfer
- Arrange for your accommodation
Fees and other expenses incurred by students
Given below are the outlines of expenses (approximately in Canadian Dollars) a student may have to bear:
|Books, Supplied + Materials||$3500||$3500|
|Degree/Diploma Programs||$ 1,375 per 3 credit course||$154.65 per billing credit|
|Activity Fees||$40 Approx.||$39.02|
|Technology Fees||$145 Approx.||$39.02 per semester|
|Student Association Fees||$70 Approx.||$58.92 for 9 or more credits|
|Medical Insurance: Student Guard||$2/day||NA|
|Medical Insurance: BC Medical Services Plan (MSP)||$ 37.50/month||$58.11|
|Medical Insurance: Health and Dental Plan||$125/semester||$67.59|
|Total||$19,000 to $24,000 CAD per year including residence||$13,294.30 CAD per year at least|
- There are a number of housing options available for international students.
- Students can choose to live on-campus in Skaha Place (student residence) or live off campus in a homestay.
- Students can also arrange their own accommodations off campus.
- Students must apply for accommodation at least 3 to 4 months before their arrival to avoid disappointment.
- Students will have to bear the following cost (in Canadian Dollars) approximately:
|Accommodation & Meals: Placement fee||$250|
|Accommodation & Meals: Refundable Damage Deposit||$400|
|Accommodation & Meals: Monthly Fee (per calendar month)||$800|
Financial aids to help students fund their education
Okanagan College provides a wide range of financial support to encourage and enable our students to meet their educational goals.
- Students can apply for the awards and other financial assistance of the college website.
- It offers following types of financial assistance:
- Scholarships: based on academic performance
- Bursaries: based on demonstrated financial need
- Emergency funds: offered in case of unpredictable emergencies
Work while study
- Okanagan College provides Student Employment Program work experience for OC students through part time jobs at campuses.
- The jobs and descriptions are posted on the college website.
- Students can work a maximum of 15 hours per week during the Sept–Dec and Jan-Apr terms.
- During the summer term, May–Aug, students can work a maximum of 35 hours per week.
- Wages start at $10.85 per hour.
Perks of being an Okanagan alumnus
Okanagan College has strong alumni network and associations that bring the following benefits to the college alumni:
- Alumni status entitles students to special benefits and opportunities to save money on home and auto insurance.
- Okanagan College Alumni Association offers access to exclusive discounts on tickets, hotels and other various events, products, and services to our alumni through our discount partner, Perkopolis.
- Okanagan College Library Cards are available free for alumni at all campuses.
- Students and alumni can meet with the SGCE (Student, Graduate and Co-op Employment) staff early in their job search and get the following help free of cost:
- Prepare a competitive résumé and cover letter
- Find a job/career in your field of interest/study
- Develop and practice professional interview skills
- Connect with employers in your field
- Explore the job market and find a career you enjoy
- Learn about overseas employment opportunities
- Gain volunteer experience