Selkirk College, established in 1966, is the oldest regional community college located in Kootenays, British Columbia, Canada. The College offers Post-Secondary Certificates, Diplomas and Associate degrees in various programs. It also has a school of University Arts and Sciences which offers over 100 university Arts and Science courses to prepare students for their Bachelor’s degree.
|Type of university||Public Post-secondary community college|
|Faculty Members||Over 250|
|Number of Seats||2,370|
|Number of International Students||311|
|Languages for Courses||English|
|Test Scores Accepted||TOEFL, IELTS|
|Score Required (varies depending upon the program)||TOEFL-79-80 IELTS-6|
|Full time students||2,370|
|Part time students||10,000|
|International full-time students||311|
Selkirk College offers Certificates, Diplomas, Degrees, Associate Degrees, University Transfers and post-graduate diplomas to international students in over around 60 programs. School of University Arts and Sciences offers over 100 courses for students to choose from.
The institute offers the following areas of study:
|Arts (Fine arts)||Business|
|Environment and Geomatics||Hairstylist|
|Hospitality and Tourism||Industry and Trades|
|University Arts and Sciences||-|
Besides the above, international students can choose from the following specific programs:
The areas in University Arts and Sciences are-
Students are given the liberty to apply for classes as per their schedule and study plan. Some of the groups in which programs can be filtered in, are given below.
Selkirk College has the following affiliations:
The College has eight campuses and three learning centres in located in the West Kootenay/Boundary region of British Columbia. These are mentioned below:
The campuses are equipped with libraries, cafeterias, daycare for children, dining rooms, research centres, student residences, etc.
Applications are accepted 12 months preceding the start of most programs. Here are a few common steps that one has to follow to fill in the application form.
Candidates will have to show a proof of finance while applying for student visa. The tuition fee charged by Selkirk College vary from course to course. Tuition fee charged from international students for some specific programs is mentioned below:
|Program||Tuition (in CAD)|
|Post-Graduate Diploma in Gerontological Nursing||$26,234|
|Heavy Mechanical Foundation||$14,055|
Selkirk College also provides scholarships, awards and bursaries to international students. These are mentioned below:
Students need to submit applications for these awards.
Students can work on campus while studying at the institute through the work-study program. For this, they will have to fulfil the following conditions:
Students can work between one to ten hours per week and earn $11.35 per hour.
Students can also work off campus while studying at the institute. They will have to fulfil the following conditions:
Students can work for 20 hours per week during term and full time during scheduled breaks.
SIN is mandatory in order to work on campus or off campus and for tax purposes. It is no way related to a person’s health insurance number. A social number is valid until the end of your stay or a maximum 5 years. You can renew the same if necessary.
One can obtain SIN by going in person to Service Canada office along with the following documents:
One can work post their graduation after obtaining a work permit. The post-graduation work permit is valid for the same duration as that of the last study program you have completed. Students have to fulfil the following conditions.
On campus housing
The College has two of its own residential halls/houses at campuses – Kekuli House at Castlegar and the other at Tenth Street (Nelson). Depending on the room type one might pay between $1520 and $3060 per term.
Depending upon the residence, one can avail the following facilities:
|Fully furnished bedroom (with storage)||Free parking|
|Living room||Laundry room|
|Kitchen facilities||Game room|
Off Campus Housing
The College website also has listings for off-campus housing in the Nelson, Trail and Castlegar areas.
Selkirk College is home to some notable alumni as mentioned below:
The institute has an active portal to provide its alumni with various career management services.
|Average Cost of Attendance||$9,532 / Year|
|Student : Faculty Ratio||40 : 1|
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
|Undergraduate Programs||$9,532 / Year|
|On Campus Accomodation|
|Homestay||$6,750 / Year|
|Meal Plan||$3,600 / Year|
|Program Wise Accreditations|
|Engineering Programs||Canadian Council of Technicians and Technologists|
|Nursing Programs||Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing|
|Programs||Canada's Association of I.T. Professionals|
|Total Faculty||Full Time||Part time||Graduate Assistants|
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I choose this college because I did my 12th in business and this college is one of the best colleges for business students. It is a government recognized college located in a small and beautiful city. There are very fewer requirements for admission to this college and it is one of the cheapest colleges in Canada for business students.
I opted for this program because I did my all previous education in the field of business and I want to get higher international education in the same field. I want to open my own business in my country. After doing this course in Canada, I will get an opportunity to work in this field in an international country. So that's why I choose this program.
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