International Students

NorQuest College, located in the heart of downtown Edmonton, is a community college serving approximately 7,500 students each year. Offering post-secondary diploma and certificate programs, NorQuest graduates are prepared for careers in business, human services, and health-care agencies.  Most of the programs and courses described in our calendar are available to international students.

Since every student is unique and students come from diverse cultural, educational, and social backgrounds, we offer pathway options such as ESL, Open Studies, and high school academic upgrading for you to reach your educational goals. 

The International Education Office is committed to serving the unique needs of our international students and we offer services related to:

  • International student advising
  • Immigration support
  • Health insurance
  • Social activities
  • Cross-cultural counselling
  • International student orientation program
  • Opportunities to meet other students

Known for their community-minded outlook, our students, faculty, and staff make NorQuest a place that prepares graduates to live, work, and contribute to local and global communities. Our graduates are culturally aware, competent global citizens who are valued by employers. After completing our programs, graduates have the opportunity to pursue further study at other post-secondary institutions.

Edmonton is a safe and friendly city of one million people with hundreds of parks and recreational sites. Edmonton has a lot to offer including a variety of restaurants, galleries, museums, festivals, theatres, sporting events, and recreational activities.

Tuition & Fees

International tuition fees are generally higher in each credit course or program. Book costs, program and supplies fees, and Students' Association fees are the same for both international and Canadian students. Each program indicates the tuition & fees for international students. See Tuition & Fees for more information.

General Admission Information

Applicants must be 18 years of age or older. International students must meet the admission require­ments for the program to which they are applying before admission will be granted. See  General Admission  for details.

It is important that international students obtain health insurance when they travel to Canada and during their stay in Canada. Eligible students will automatically be enrolled in the Students’ Association’s Health and Dental Plan. Students who have other coverage may choose to opt out of the coverage provided. For more information, please contact the International Education Office.

Application dates vary from program to program, so it is important to apply early as study permits may take several months to obtain.

Application Deadline Dates

International students who reside outside of Canada must apply to NorQuest College a minimum of three and a half months prior to the term start date of their program. This time period will ensure that the admission process is fully complete and a valid study visa is obtained.

  • To enter fall term programs, you must apply by May 15.
  • To enter winter term programs, you must apply by September 15.
  • To enter spring term programs, you must apply by January 15.

International students who reside in Canada are not subject to these deadlines and may follow the Admission Deadlines 2014/15 provisions.

Applying as an International Student

  1. Complete an online application through ApplyAlberta at
  2. Pay the non-refundable, non-transferable $120 CDN application fee.
  3. Receive acknowledgement from the College.
  4. Ensure all required documents, including official transcripts, prerequisite documents, English Language Proficiency (ELP) results and other admission requirements are sent to NorQuest College as soon as possible.
  5. Receive admission decision: An official offer of admission will be issued by NorQuest College once all admission requirements are deemed to have been met.
  6. Obtain a study permit or student visa for a program longer than six months. You will also need to use NorQuest College's Designated Learning Institution Number on your application. NorQuest's DLI number is O18795996622. Contact the Canadian embassy or consulate in your home country for details. Visit
  7. Accept NorQuest College’s offer of admission and reserve your seat in a program by paying a $500 CDN non-refundable, non-transferable tuition deposit. Methods of payment include credit card (Visa or MasterCard), certified cheque, bank draft, money order, or wire transfer. (For details regarding wire transfer, please email

Note: Official transcripts and ELP results must be sent directly to the College from the issuing institution. Please ensure the required documentation is mailed to:

NorQuest College
Admissions and Transfer Credit Unit
Office of the Registrar
10215-108 Street NW
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada  T5J 1L6

Note: NorQuest College reserves the right to grant or refuse admission to any individual. Applicants who are not accepted in a program will be advised of the reason and may be offered assistance in choosing another program.

Cancelling Your Application

Please notify the Office of the Registrar if you wish to cancel the consideration of your application. If you cancel your application after you have accepted NorQuest’s offer of admission and paid your tuition deposit, please note that a refund is not issued for this non-refundable, non-transferable amount.

Paying Your Tuition and Fees

Full tuition and fee payment for each term is required by or before the first 10% (drop period) of the term. See “Payment of Tuition and Fees” on page XX .

Refunds and Withdrawals

Please see the refund policy for withdrawals that occur after the program start date. See Withdrawal from a Course or Program for academic penalties that apply, or review the Withdrawal Chart of Academic and Financial Penalties.


International Transcripts

In order to evaluate your senior high school/higher secondary education for admission to a program, your transcripts/examination certificates must be forwarded directly to NorQuest College from the educational institution/examination board in your country. In order to ensure that you request the proper documentation, please view the High School Credentials by Country Chart (204K pdf).

If you have attempted to have your transcripts sent directly from the issuing institution and your request has been refused, please read the Official Transcript Submission Bulletin (41K pdf) and complete an International Transcript Exception Request form (50K pdf). You can submit your form and original documents in person or by mail.


English Language Proficiency (ELP)

Applicants whose first language is not English and those from countries where the language of instruction is not English will need to provide an ELP. To view acceptable forms of ELP for your program of choice, see the program's admission requirements. Some countries may be ELP exempt if English is the official language of instruction. Please view the ELP Exempt Countries Chart (26K pdf) to see if your country qualifies for exemption.


Admissions Process

Applying to NorQuest College is simple.  If you have any questions, email

There are four steps to the admission process.  Please refer to the Admission Process page for details.

It's important to apply early to allow time to obtain a Student Visa or Study Permit.

International Student Services

NorQuest College provides a number of services to international students to help in the transition to living in Canada and encourage success. For a list of specific services available to international students, visit our International Student Services page.

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NorQuest College's Designated Learning Institution (DLI) number is O18795996622.