Alexander College Admissions 2023: Requirements, Fee Details & FAQs ,Burnaby,Canada

  • Burnaby,Canada
Piyush Kohli

Located in Vancouver and Burnaby of British Province in Canada, Alexander College is a private institution that provides academic and vocational study programs to students. The college is recognized and accredited by the Degree Quality Assurance Board (DQAB), BC Ministry of Advanced Education, and BC Education Quality Assurance (EQA)program. It is also a participant in the BC Transfer System, organized by the BC Council on Admissions and Transfer (BCCAT).

Alexander College Highlights

Alexander College has a holistic environment for students and a supportive learning platform. It is particularly famous for Science, Biology, Trade, Computing, Finance, English, Film Contemplates, Geology, Arithmetic, History, Reasoning, Brain Research, Physical Science, Humanities, and French. Offering top-of-the-line courses and degree programs to the students, it also offers more than 80 university-level courses that transfer to different colleges and universities in the BCCAT system. It further provides academic planning recognized by other scholarly organizations across North America and beyond.

Courses Offered


What are the courses available to international students?


Alexander College offers various courses ranging from undergraduate degrees to associate programs for students to choose from. It offers a host of college courses in different subjects, such as:

Alexander College Courses

The Alexander College with Thompson Rivers University (TRU) offers a pre-MBA course. This program permits students with a non-business college certificate to graduate with an MBA degree in two years.

The English for Academic Purposes (EAP) comprises seven courses. Every course includes and incorporates academic reading, writing, talking, vocabulary, listening, and expressions. It also offers English for Tutorial Purposes programs and different exchange programs, including Associate of Science Certificate, Associate of Arts degree, and University Transfer.


Eligibility & Documents Required


What are the eligibility requirements?


The eligibility requirements for undergraduate and postgraduate courses at Alexander College are as follows:

General Eligibility Requirements

  • English proficiency test scores
  • The candidates should have completed secondary education
  • GPA requirements depend on the candidate’s competency
  • Legal students permit to study in Canada
  • The candidates should be 16+ years of age

Indian Eligibility Requirements

Indian students are required to complete Grade 12 for admission to the university. The basic structure is three years of secondary education (Grade 8-10) and two years of senior secondary education (Grade 11-12). Students must have covered the academic and vocational courses. Candidates who have covered both the courses can choose from three possible streams, i.e., Humanities, Business, and Science.

Undergraduate Requirements

To secure a seat in an undergraduate course, students are required to have a Grade 12 certificate or high school diploma from the CBSE (Central Board of Secondary Education) Board or CISCE (Council for Indian School Certificate Examinations). Intermediate certificates or pre-university certificates are also accepted by the university.

No specific cutoff is mentioned. However, a score above 80% in secondary education from CBSE or ICSE is recommended. General English language requirements are:

  • IELTS score: 6 band
  • TOEFL: 550
  • PTE: 60

Graduate Course Requirements

For graduate courses, students are required to have an undergraduate degree or diploma from tier-1 or tier-2 universities. The GPA or academic necessities differ for each course. Still, they need an evaluation of 12 GPAs at any rate with at least 65% aggregate on every subject.

English Language Proficiency Requirements

The English language requirements based on the university codes and courses for undergraduate and postgraduate courses are as follows:

Test Type

ENGL 098 + 2 University Courses

ENGL 099 + 3 University Courses

IELTS Academic

5 bands, with no bands below 4.5

5.5 overall bands, with no bands below 5.0








64 overall, with a minimum score of

Reading – 15

Writing – 15

Listening – 14

Speaking – 14

71 overall, with a minimum score of

Reading – 17

Writing – 17

Listening – 16

Speaking – 16

PTE Academic




40 overall and 45 in Writing

50 overall and 50 in Writing

Language Proficiency Index (LPI)

3, essay 20, and 50% on each of the three components

Note: Some of the courses may have higher score requirements. Please refer to the intended course page on the university website to check the exact limit on each course.

Alexander College normally offers an English Placement Test (EPT). However, due to Covid-19, they are currently unable to administer the EPT in an in-person setting. So, as a temporary solution, they are offering English placement testing via a third party, Duolingo. The below-mentioned Duolingo English Test (DET) score requirements are in effect for tests taken from October 10, 2020.

DET Score Minimum

New Course Codes

Previous Course Codes


EASL 068

ENGL 095


EASL 069


EASL 078

ENGL 096


EASL 079


EASL 088

ENGL 097


EASL 089

85 (Literacy: 80)

ENGL 098


100 (Literacy: 95)

ENGL 099


> 110 (Literacy: 105)

ENGL 100


What are the documents needed for the application?


The following documents are required while submitting the admission form:

Undergraduate Documents

  • A copy of the duly filled application form
  • Official transcripts* of:
    • Class 12 mark sheet or high school scores
    • Certificates of passing from high school
  • Passport size photo
  • A copy of your passport
  • student visa
  • Medical insurance coverage
  • English proficiency test results**

Graduate Documents

  • A copy of the duly filled application form
  • Official transcripts* of:
    • Undergraduate degree certification from recognized institutions
    • Certificates of passing from high school
  • Passport size photo
  • A copy of your passport
  • A student visa or study permit
  • Resume/CV
  • Portfolio (for some courses)
  • Medical insurance coverage
  • English proficiency test results**

**International applicants must clear Alexander’s Internal English test if they do not have an IELTS or TOEFL score.

*Transcripts should be either in English or translated into certified English.

Note: Document requirements may vary with different programs. To check the exact requirements, please refer to the intended course page on the university website.


Application & Tuition Fees


Is there any application fee?


Yes, there is a mandatory application fee of CAD 200 for all undergraduate and postgraduate courses. The late application fee of CAD 50 is charged for a single course. If you are applying for more than one course, the late application fee will be charged accordingly. The application fee is non-refundable and has to be paid for each application. All the fees paid are non-transferable and are subject to change.


What is the fee structure of courses offered by the university?


The tuition fee at Alexander College is evaluated on a credit basis in every term. Hence, the course fee for programs offered to international students can be understood as follows:



Cost* (in CAD)

Undergraduate tuition fee – 14 weeks

All courses

550.00 per credit

English for Academic Purposes (EAP) Program – 14 weeks

English 095, 20 hours per week


English 096, 20 hours per week


English 097, 20 hours per week


English 098, 15 hours per week


English 099, 10 hours per week


English as a Second Language (ESL) – 7 weeks

EASL 068-089


Academic Upgrading (excluding EAP) – 14 weeks

e.g. Mathematics, Biology, etc.

3 credit fee

University Preparation Program – 14 weeks

UPRE 099


Source: Alexander College

*Tuition fees might be different for different courses and majors. Additionally, the university reserves all rights to revise the tuition fee before a new academic session. To learn about the latest course fees, it is recommended to check the university website.

Please note, that the overall cost of the study is likely to include additional charges such as books, supplies, health insurance, student fees, living expenses, and miscellaneous expenses.


Scholarships & Financial Aid


Is there any scholarship or financial aid available for international students?


Student loans are only available for students living in Canada, i.e., the residents of Canada.

Alexander College offers scholarships based on excellence in the relevant field of study. The scholarship is provided in every significant term.

The academic scholarship is CAD 1,250, given to students who excel in their degrees.

Scholarships given in the Fall Semester are awarded in the Winter Term. These scholarships include Norman Swartz Philosophy Scholarship, Asian Studies Scholarship, Computing Science Scholarship, Film Scholarship, English Scholarship, and Biology Scholarships.

Scholarships offered in the Winter Term are dispensed to students in the Spring Semester. It includes Commerce Scholarship, History Scholarship, EAP Scholarship, Psychology Scholarship, and Chemistry Scholarship.

Scholarships given in the Spring Term are awarded in the Winter Semester. It includes Physics Scholarship, Math Scholarship, French Scholarship, Sociology Scholarship, and Peter Kennedy Economics Scholarship.

The eligibility criteria to avail of the scholarships are as follows:

  • Exceptional academic skills and performance
  • A total of 2.67 GPA in 9 credits
  • Good attendance record

External Scholarships: The university also offers various external scholarships to international students. The external scholarships include CAEL Scholarship (CAD 5,000), BC Excellence Scholarship of CAD 5,000, Ayn Rand Scholarship (1st Prize - CAD 25,000, 2nd Prize - CAD 2,500, and 3rd Prize - CAD 500), etc. Students can check the detailed list on the scholarship webpage on the university’s website.

Note: Scholarship deadlines and amounts may vary. For more details on the scholarship application process and deadlines, please visit the university’s scholarship webpage.


Admission Process


When do the admissions start?


At Alexander College, an academic year is divided into four semesters, three of which are regular and one is intensive (summer). The admissions deadlines and durations for all these semesters are given below:

Semester Name

Semester Duration

Application Deadlines*

Fall Semester



Winter Semester



Spring Semester



Summer Semester



*Deadlines vary depending on the course and can change frequently. We encourage you to check the school/department’s website for exact deadlines.

Note: All deadlines end at 4:00 PM PST unless otherwise specified by the university or the department of Alexander College.

It is recommended that you submit your application as soon as the slots open. The regular registration period is mid-Feb to mid-April.

Admission stays open until the finish of the second week of classes of a regular term and the finish of the first week of classes of Spring and Summer Intensive Terms. This date is known as the add/drop/change cutoff time. A few courses can fill rapidly, and students are suggested to submit applications at the earliest for the best course choice.


What are the steps to the application process?


The process for undergraduate and postgraduate courses is the same. International students can apply to the courses using the university’s official website. The step-by-step process is as follows:

Step 1: Log in to the Alexander College website at

Step 2: Once you have logged in, you will be directed to a page where you will be asked if you want to submit the form yourself or through an agent.

Step 3: Once you have selected an option, you will be directed to the admission instructions page.

Step 4: After reading the instructions correctly, click on ‘Next’. You will be directed to the admission form.

Step 5: Select your course and the number of courses you wish to apply to.

Step 6: Fill in your academic qualification and history details.

Step 7: After completing all the sections and filling in the details and qualifications required, review and submit the application.

Next, wait for the results.


When will I hear from the university after I submit my application?


Once you submit the application form with the required documents, the evaluation process begins. Alexander College maintains the right to deny admission based on general academic records and restricts enrollment by choosing individuals for admission from among the qualified candidates. You will get a notification about your enrolment status within a week. The admission committee is prompt at making a decision.

Note: It is recommended to register with an active email ID and check it frequently for the latest updates on admission related information.


Student Diversity & Preferred Profile


What are the chances of getting into this college?


As the college admits more than 2,000 students in a year, it is pretty challenging to grab a seat at Alexander College. The university is highly competitive, and it is tough to secure admission. You will most likely secure a seat at the college if you fulfill the minimum eligibility requirements prescribed by Alexander College’s admission committee.


How many Indian/international students study at the university?


Alexander College in Canada accepts applications from all over the world, admitting over 2,000 students every year. Among these, nearly 31% of students are international.

Alexander College Student Body

Source: Alexander College

This share of international students comes from more than 50 different countries. Among these international students, approximately 100 are Indians.


Part Time Work While Studying


Can I work while studying here?


Yes, you can work while studying at Alexander College. As an international student, you are eligible for part-time jobs, i.e., up to 20 hours per week. You can also work full-time during the scheduled breaks, i.e., up to 40 hours per week. If you complete an Associate degree from Alexander College, you are eligible for a PG work permit in British Columbia.

The Off-Campus Work Permit Program (OCWP) permits international students to work off-campus while finishing their studies. Qualified students are allowed to work as long as 20 hours every week during full-time examinations and as long as 40 hours every week during booked breaks. Students with a valid study permit are eligible to apply for this program.

Note: International students are advised to check the conditions of working in a foreign country on their study visa. They are also advised to confirm any specific instructions on the same from their respective departments and faculties. Under no circumstances should they be found compromising with the law and order of the country.

Students must also get familiar with the rules and regulations of working in a foreign country and learn about the minimum wages they are entitled to. For more details, students can check the on and off-campus opportunities on the university website. Also, refer to the Canada Student Visa Guide.


Campuses & Accommodation


How many colleges and campuses does the university have?


There are two college campuses of Alexander College. One is located in Vancouver, while the other is in Burnaby. Both of them fall under British Columbia. The campuses are known by their location:

  • Vancouver

This campus is located in the core of downtown Vancouver near Seymour and Hastings Street. The Vancouver campus is famous for its proximity to different entertainment centers and eateries. The facilities include the library, laboratories, and bookstore.

  • Burnaby

The Burnaby campus is near Mckay Street and Kingsway. It is located near the Metrotown Shopping Centre.

With more than 35 student clubs operating on campus, the college administration empowers extracurricular. Both campuses under the college are international. It means that international applicants may get a place in their dream course through either of the colleges on either of the campuses.


Is on-campus housing available? How much does it cost?


Alexander College does not offer on-campus residential facilities to its students. However, it helps international students find suitable homestays, shared rentals, or apartment rentals. The facilities are as follows:

  • Shared Rentals: Shared rentals are an affordable method of housing. A student can live in an apartment with other students, and they can share the rent.
  • Homestays: As per the law in British Columbia, students under the age of 19 should stay in a homestay with a family.  Homestay companies give guardianship administrations to international students whenever required.
  • Apartment Rentals: Another option for international students is to take an apartment on rent. The rentals will depend on the neighborhood you pick. This is an independent way of living, and students can explore the urban surroundings of the city.

Living Expenses

International students are advised to prepare a budget of over CAD 1,000 per year for their transportation needs. For food, CAD 1,000 to CAD 2,000 per year might be required. The overall living general expense will cost around CAD 6,000 per year while studying at Alexander College. Refer to the following cost of living specified by the college:

Living Expenses

Annual Cost* (in CAD)



Medical Insurance


Homestay Accommodation


General Expenses


 Source: Alexander College

*Living costs vary depending on students’ lifestyle choices. Additionally, housing and dining rates are subject to change with progressive years. To know the exact costs of on or off-campus accommodation, please check the university’s accommodations webpage.

Note: Students must run a security check on any off-campus accommodation they choose. Also, they must prepare for the additional charges and facilities offered in off-campus housing. Since accommodations are offered on a contractual basis, it is recommended to do a thorough check before investing a huge amount in an unknown place.


University Contact Information


Whom should I contact in case of doubts?


Students can contact the university at:

Address: Alexander College, 4603 Kingsway #101, Burnaby BC V5H 4M4, Canada



  • Burnaby Campus: +1 (604) 435 5815
  • Vancouver Campus: +1 (604) 681 5819



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