With the mission to “transform hopes and dreams into lifelong success” and a vision “to be a global leader in personalized, digitally connected, experiential learning”, Algonquin College of Applied Arts and Technology (AC) was established in 1967. A publicly-funded institution, it was named after the First Nations people living in that area. The college came into being after the merger of the Eastern Ontario Institute of Technology and the Ontario Vocational Centre. It also a member of the Association of Canadian Community Colleges, Colleges Ontario Heads of Applied Research, Colleges Ontario Network for Industry Innovation, and Eastern Ontario Manufacturers Network. With 1,386 full-time and 3,290 part-time employees, AC is one of the top employers of the region. In 2019, the college had 2,680 academic faculty on its payroll. Apart from this, the college also provides several student support services to ensure equal opportunity and aid to all students.
The college has various international partnerships with universities and other educational institutions such as the Manav Rachna International University (MRIU) in Faridabad, India, Hotelski Educativni Centar (HEC) in Montenegro, and Jiangsu Maritime Institute (JMI) in Nanjing, China. It has an international campus in Kuwait – Algonquin College, Kuwait. Additionally, it has also partnered with Canadian Leaders in International Consultancy (CLIC), Iraq and Kenyan Education for Employment Program (KEFEP), Kenya.
- Courses Offered
- Eligibility & Documents Required
- Application & Tuition Fees
- Scholarships & Financial Aid
- Admission Process
- Student Diversity & Preferred Profile
- Part Time Work While Studying
- Campuses & Accommodation
- University Contact Information
What all courses are available to international students?
AC offers a range of courses in over 300 areas of interest across its three campuses at the undergraduate and graduate level. Students can choose any program type, such as diploma, advanced diploma, UG degree, and graduate certificates in the following fields of study:
AC offers 122 College Certificates, 41 Ontario College Certificates, 93 Ontario College Diplomas, 33 Ontario College Advanced Diplomas, 52 Ontario College Graduate Certificates, 10 Bachelor’s Degrees, and 6 Collaborative Degrees. The college does not offer any graduate degree programs.
English for Academic Purposes (EAP)
International students who do not meet the English language requirements for admission can enroll in this program. It is offered as a full-time program that provides language training as per the country’s education standard. Taught by TEFL certified teachers, this program enables students to gain the necessary reading, writing, and speaking skills to be abreast with the college curriculum.
To know more about the courses offered by Algonquin, check the college brochure here.
Eligibility & Documents Required
What are the eligibility requirements?
Algonquin has country-specific requirements for international students. For Indian students, eligibility requirements are as follows:
Type of Programme
English Language Requirements
Higher Secondary School Certificate:
IELTS: Overall 6.0 and no section below 6.0
Any one of the following certificate with a minimum grade of 70 or above in required subject/s:
IELTS: Overall 6.5 and no section below 6.0
IELTS: Overall 6.5 and no section below 6.0
Note: For graduate certificate programs, six or fewer retakes for a three-year bachelor are accepted. For a four or more years’ bachelor’s degree, eight or fewer retakes are accepted. More than three retakes for any subject is not accepted. Some courses may require higher average scores. For more details on this, check the official website.
What all documents are needed for application?
All documents submitted during the application process need to be original drafts and in English or translated into English. Students should also get their documents evaluated by trusted credential evaluators.
Documents required for UG Programs
Documents required for Graduate Certificate Programs
English proficiency test score report
English proficiency test score report
Application & Tuition Fees
Is there any application fees?
International students need to pay a non-refundable amount of CAD 95 for all programs.
What is the fee structure of courses offered by the college?
For international students, the college estimates the following range of annual tuition fee for all programs:
Note: Tuition fee includes Health Insurance, Upass (bus pass) and Student Access Fees. Other charges such as books and school supplies are not included in the tuition fee. Tuition and additional costs are subject to change. Check the college website for the current academic year fee structure.
Scholarships & Financial Aid
Is there any scholarship or financial aid available for international students?
Algonquin confers six international student scholarships and one leadership award to international students at the end of each academic year. The scholarships are merit-based, and are awarded to students showcasing outstanding academic achievement (minimum GPA of 3.6) one award is issued for exceptional student leadership. There is no separate application process for this as the college chooses the recipients automatically. International students can also avail the following bursaries:
- South Nepean Muslim Community Bursary
- Hair Donation Ottawa Bursary
- Retired Teachers of Ontario Bursary
- Beverley Swords Bursary
- Yarrow Darby LeRoy
- Builders Lodge Masonic Bursary
- Harry Bloomfield Bursary
Check the college’s financial aid website to know the process of applying for these bursaries.
When do the admissions start?
Students can apply to Algonquin College around the year as admissions are offered in Spring, Fall and Winter Intakes. However, a majority of programs are offered in the Fall Intake. The college recommends UG aspirants to apply by the February (all intakes) deadline to enhance their admission chances, especially for competitive programs, such as:
Note: Course deadlines may differ each academic year. Check the respective course page to know about the current academic year deadlines.
How to apply to UG and PG courses?
You can apply to UG and Graduate Certificate courses directly through the college’s application portal. As an international student, you need to fill the international student’s form for admission.
Applying through the Algonquin Application Portal
Use the link given below to fill the online application for international students.
Step 1: Firstly, you need to sign up as a new user by registering your account.
Step 2: Select your preferences.
Step 3: Read the declaration carefully and submit your acknowledgement. Pay the application fee and start filling your application form. After filling your form and uploading all relevant documents, review each section carefully and submit the application form.
When will I hear from the college after I submit my application?
The college reverts to applications by:
Student Diversity & Preferred Profile
What are the chances to get into this college?
Algonquin College is one of the most sought-after Canadian colleges for international students. Thus, the difficulty level remains a bit on the higher side when it comes to admissions. The college advises applicants to apply as early as possible for enhancing admission chances.
How many Indian/international students are studying at the college?
In 2019, the college admitted over 19,000 students across all its programs. Out of this, more than 4,000 were international students from over 130 countries. The college is also involved in international projects in countries like India, China, Kuwait, Kenya, Dominica, St. Lucia, and Montenegro. Thus, AC welcomes students from all ethnic and cultural backgrounds that makes the college a multi-cultural and diverse community.
Part Time Work While Studying
Can I work while studying here?
Algonquin allows international students, who are registered in full-time programs, work both on and off-campus as per their visa status. Students can work while studying only after the start date of the program and not before that. There are no restrictions on the number of hours for students working on the campus. For students working off-campus, the restrictions are as follows:
- Part-time: Up to 20 hours a week, when the college is in session
- Full-time: Up to 40 hours a week during vacations and breaks
Note: Some programs may not have regularly scheduled breaks. Thus, students enrolled under such programs can work a maximum of 20 hours per week for the entire program duration. For more information, check the college’s International Education Centre website.
Campuses & Accommodation
How many campuses and schools does the college have?
AC has three campuses in the Ontario region. Woodroffe Campus in Ottawa is the main campus, and the other two satellite campuses in the Ontario region are Pembroke and Perth. Each campus offers a variety of programs. The Ottawa campus offers courses in all major fields of study, while the Pembroke campus offers courses in Carpentry, Outdoor Adventure, Forestry, and Police foundations. The Perth campus provides specialized programs such as Business Agriculture and Heritage Carpentry. It also has an international campus in Safat, Kuwait. Algonquin has three faculties monitoring five academic schools, apart from distinct institutes and centres for assisted learning and safety.
Is on-campus housing available?
Algonquin College offers both on and off-campus housing in the Woodroffe Campus and off-campus housing in Perth and Pembroke campuses. Students can opt to stay in homestays as well. Homestays allow international students to experience Canadian culture first-hand with enough privacy and choice of meal plans.
For students studying at the Woodroffe Campus, the housing options include on-campus student residence and homestays. It houses over 1,000 students in 525 bedroom-suites with all utilities and meal plans. Meal plans are compulsory for all first-year students. Facilities like 24-hour security and controlled access, games room, common area, laundry room, TV lounge, etc. are available in the student residence.
Perth and Pembroke Campuses
In Perth, local landlords offer a variety of student accommodations, including rooms in people’s homes, private apartments, and houses or cottages for rent. Similarly, in Pembroke, rooms, apartments, and private student housing options are available. Private student housing is available in:
- 320 Lake Residence
- AMNA Student Living
- Algonquin House
Note: The rates are subject to change. Check the college website for the current academic year room rates.
University Contact Information
Whom should I contact in case of any doubts?
In case of any doubts, students can contact the college here:
Address: 1385 Woodroffe Avenue, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada K2G 1V8