George Brown College Admissions 2022: Requirements, Fee Details & FAQs ,Toronto,Canada

  • Toronto,Canada

George Brown College, also denoted at GBC, is a public college of Applied Arts and Technology in Canada. Published in The Globe and Mail, GBC was announced in the Greater Toronto’s Top Employers 2021 report in December 2020. The college has been recognized as one of the greater Toronto’s top employers for five years in a row.

A team of Business Administration students launched a Business Strategy Game (BSG) as an online simulation exercise under Professor Mario Pascucci’s Applied Business Planning class. As a result of which George Brown students rank among the World’s Top 100 Business Strategy Simulation.

In addition to this, George Brown partnership with six post-secondary institutions is on its way to create new paid work-integrated learning opportunities for its recent graduates. Known as Drive Ability—Opening Doors program, it aims at providing paid work placements in the automotive and advanced manufacturing sectors to the students of  Business, Technology, and Engineering programs. Funded by the provincial government of Canada, this program will generate nearly 600 placements.

Table of Contents
  1. Courses Offered
  2. Eligibility & Documents Required
  3. Application & Tuition Fees
  4. Scholarships & Financial Aid
  5. Admission Process
  6. Student Diversity & Preferred Profile
  7. Part Time Work While Studying
  8. Campuses & Accommodation
  9. University Contact Information

Courses Offered


What all courses are available to international students?


GBC offers over 170 career-focused programs including certificate, diploma, degree, and postgraduate courses. All these programs are offered full-time in a variety of disciplines.The college also offers continuing education in more than 190 areas.

Divisions

  • Arts, Design, and Information Technology
  • Business
  • Community Services and Early Childhood
  • Construction and Engineering Technologies
  • Health Sciences
  • Hospitality and Culinary Arts
  • Preparatory and Liberal Studies

Program Types

  • English for Academic Purposes (EAP) (ESL)
  • Diploma/Certificate Programs
  • Graduate Certificate/Post-Graduate Programs
  • Degree Programs
  • Specialized Programs

Popular Programs

  • Diploma/certificate programs
  • Postgraduate programs
  • Degree programs

Other GBC Programs

  • Apprenticeship programs
  • Bridging programs
  • Continuing education
  • Degree programs
  • Postgraduate programs
  • Second career program

Popular Courses

  • Business Management
  • Computer Science
  • Marketing

GBC’s location in Downtown Toronto allows the college to connect with the top employers. This helps students gain industrial exposure and network with the industry partners.


Eligibility & Documents Required


What are the eligibility requirements?


The minimum program-wise eligibility criteria that international applicants need to meet before applying to George Brown College are given below:

Basic Education —

The basic academic requirements vary with the type of program in which the applicants aspire to apply. These are as follows:

Note: All international applicants must be at least 18 years old at the time of registration for any course at GBC.

Diploma/Certificate

  • Graduated from senior secondary school (Grade 12)
  • Minimum overall of 60% aggregate for all streams in Grade 10 and Grade 12
  • Minimum overall of 50% aggregate in English in Grade 10 and Grade 12
  • Applicants applying to Information Technology, Construction, and Engineering programs* must have a minimum overall of 50% aggregate in Mathematics in Grade 10 and Grade 12
  • For all other programs, applicants must have passing scores in English and Mathematics in Grade 12 (50% aggregate in Mathematics in Grade 10 for students who completed Grade 12 without Mathematics)
  • For some limited programs, minimum grades in Science, Mathematics, and English may be required from Grade 12

*List of programs: Mechanical, Civil, Electro-Mechanical, IT/Computers, Architecture, Construction, and Interior Design

Degree Programs

  • Graduated from senior secondary school or equivalent
  • Minimum five major subjects in Grade 12 (including English, with an average of 65% aggregate and no course less than 60% aggregate)
  • For students who completed Grade 12 without Mathematics, subject scores from Grade 10 or 11 (or from any post-secondary courses taken) may be considered if the score is minimum 70% aggregate
  • For some degree programs, minimum grades in Science courses are also required from Grade 12

Postgraduate

  • Graduated from a university or college
  • First or second-class degree results required (second-class degree result must have a minimum overall average of 55% aggregate for Business programs and 60% aggregate for all other streams)
  • Fashion program aspirants must have a first-class degree with a minimum of 70% aggregate

English Proficiency —

All international students from non-English-speaking countries must meet the following program-wise language requirements:

Diploma/Certificate

  • IELTS: Minimum 6 bands overall with no less than 5.5 in each skill band
  • TOEFL: Minimum score of 80 (online) minimum 20 in each skill band
  • PTE Academic: Minimum score of 54, overall minimum with 50 in each skill band
  • Duolingo English Test (DET): Minimum score of 105
  • Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB): Minimum score of80
  • Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL): Minimum overall score of 60
  • Cambridge English Exams (B2 First, C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency): Minimum score of 169 or more with no individual skill below 162

Degree Programs

  • IELTS: Minimum 6.5 bands overall with no less than 6 in each skill band
  • TOEFL: Minimum score of 84 (online) minimum 21 in each skill band
  • PTE Academic: Minimum score of 60, overall minimum with 55 in each skill band
  • DET: Minimum score of 115
  • MELAB: Minimum score of 85
  • CAEL: Minimum overall score of 70 with 60 in the Writing section
  • Cambridge English Exams (B2 First, C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency): Minimum score of 176 or more with no individual skill below 169

Postgraduate

  • IELTS: Minimum 6.5 bands overall with no less than 6 in each skill band
  • TOEFL: Minimum score of 88 (online) minimum 21 in each skill band
  • PTE Academic: Minimum score of 60, overall minimum with 55 in each skill band
  • DET: Minimum score of 125
  • MELAB: Minimum score of 85
  • CAEL: Minimum overall score of 70 with 60 in the Writing section
  • Cambridge English Exams (B2 First, C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency): Minimum score of 176 or more with no individual skill below 169

Note: To learn more about the specific entry requirements, it is recommended to visit the exact page of the intended course on the official website.


What documents are needed for the application?


International students need to provide the following sets of documents at the time of application at George Brown College:

  1. Academic documents*
  2. Application documents

*Refer to the table below for validity of all documents:

Proof of English Proficiency

Validity Duration for Admission to Post-Secondary Programs

IELTS/TOEFL/PTEA

2 years from test date

GBC EAP certificate (Level 8 or 9)

No set limit established, but review may be required if over 3 years since completion.

GBC Admissions Test

1 year

Certificate of Completion from approved private language school partner

1 year

Certificate of Completion from other Ontario public Colleges EAP

3 years

2 consecutive years FT High School in Canada or other English-speaking countries

Graduated within last 4 years

Degrees/Diploma, 2+ years' FT in Canada or other English-speaking countries

Graduated within last 4 years

Source: George Brown College

Program-based requirements of supporting documents for Indian applicants —

All Indian students need to provide the following as proof of their academic qualification for the following programs:

Diploma/Certificate Applicants

  • Notarized marks sheets and certificates of Grade 12
  • Notarized marks sheet of Grade 12
  • Grade 12 certificate may be required under certain circumstances
  • Applicants with only Grade 10 would need to submit notarized marks sheet and certificate of Grade 10 along with notarized marks sheets and a diploma from vocational training

Degree Applicants

  • Notarized marks sheets and certificates of Grade 10
  • Notarized marks sheets of Grade 12
  • Grade 11 mark sheets may be required under certain circumstances
  • All India Senior School Certificate (CBSE) or Indian School Certificate (ISC) or Year 10+2 State Board
  • Transcripts for post-secondary courses or programs (if any)

Postgraduate Applicants

  • Notarized individual marks sheets (consolidated degree marks sheets not accepted except for universities that do not issue individual mark sheets e.g., Pune, Delhi)
  • Notarized provisional/final degree or diploma

Points to Remember:

  • To prove that the documents being submitted are true copies of originals, they must be attested as ‘true copies’ by either the educational institution or by a notary
  • GBC does not accept a study gap of more than five years in any of its program
  • Postgraduate applicants must not have more than six backlogs in a three-year degree or more than eight backlogs in a four-year degree
  • Since most of the programs require a comprehensive assessment, all international transcripts need to be evaluated by either ICAS or WES

Application documents for al programs —

The application documents help in establishing student’s candidature apart from their academic qualification:

Note: These are general requirements for applying to George Brown College and may vary with different courses. It is recommended to check the exact requirements from the course page of the official website.


Application & Tuition Fees


Is there any application fees?


International applicants need to pay a non-refundable fee of CAD 95 to apply for any program at George Brown College. This fee is valid for all the three intakes within one academic year.


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


The annual tuition fee chargeable to all new and returning international students for the 2021-2022 academic year at GBC is as follows:

Program Type

Tuition Fee* (in CAD)

Incidental Fee** (in CAD)

English for Academic Purposes (EAP) (ESL)

2,825

212.93

Diploma/Certificate Programs

15,190

2,000

Graduate Certificate/Post-Graduate Programs

15,480

2,000

Degree Programs

18,190

2,000

Specialized Programs

8,245-13,965

NA

Source: George Brown College

*Fee varies depending on the course and progressive years. We encourage you to check the school/department’s website for the exact fee.

**Incidental tuition fee is a mandatory part of Student Association Membership in college. It includes Student ID, relevant material, etc.

GBC Heath Cover

Another mandatory cost related to all the GBC courses is health insurance. Refer to the program-based health covers offered as follows:

Program Type

Health Insurance* (in CAD)

Duration

English for Academic Purposes (EAP) (ESL)

99.23

Per 8-week session

Diploma/Certificate Programs

736.05

One-year coverage (September-August)

503.52

8-month coverage (January-August)

270.64

4-month coverage (May-August)

Graduate Certificate/Post-Graduate Programs

736.05

One-year coverage (September-August)

503.52

8-month coverage (January-August)

270.64

4-month coverage (May-August)

Degree Programs

736.05

One-year coverage (September-August)

503.52

8-month coverage (January-August)

270.64

4-month coverage (May-August)

Specialized Programs

NA

NA

*This cost is relevant for the academic year 2021-2022 and may vary with progressive years. We encourage you to check the school/department’s website for the exact fee.


Scholarships & Financial Aid


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


George Brown College awards in-program scholarships to international students. These are based on the academic performance and extracurricular criteria that qualify certain students.

All the students need to apply for these awards and only successful applicants are notified about the decision. Students who have won once may not apply again for the same scholarship in the upcoming years or semesters. This is done to allow each student to perform at their best and compete for the awards.

These scholarships or awards are defined into two categories:

  1. College-funded scholarships
  2. Externally-funded scholarships

Refer to the details as follows:

George Brown College-Funded Scholarships —

These are awarded on program basis:

Diploma/Degree Scholarships

  • Fall competition:
    • 14 scholarships worth CAD 5,000
    • 17 scholarships worth CAD 1,000
  • Winter competition:
    • 6 scholarships worth CAD 5,000
    • 9 scholarships worth CAD 1,000

The ideal time to apply to diploma and degree scholarships is as follows:

Competition Intake

Application Deadline*

Award Decision*

Fall competition

September end

October end

Winter competition

Late January

February end

Certificate Scholarships

  • Scholarships of CAD 2,000:
    • 12 awards at the beginning of January session
    • 7 awards at the beginning of May session
    • 15 awards at the beginning of September session

The ideal time to apply to certificate scholarships is as follows:

Competition Intake

Application Deadline*

Award Decision*

January session

May end

June end

May session

September end

October end

September session

Late January

February end

English for Academic Purposes (EAP)

  • Scholarships of CAD 1,000:
    • 6 awards in April competition
    • 6 awards in August competition
    • 6 awards in December competition

The deal time to apply to EAP scholarships is as follows:

Competition Intake

Application Deadline*

Award Decision*

April competition

Mid-April

May end

August competition

Mid-August

September end

December competition

Mid-December

January end

Externally-Funded Scholarships —

There are some externally-funded scholarships ranging from CAD 1,000–2,000 awarded to international students based on their academic performance and community involvement. The ideal time to apply to externally-funded scholarships is as follows:

  • Application deadline*: Late January
  • Award decision*: February end

*Deadlines vary with progressive years and can change frequently. We encourage you to check the college’s website for exact deadlines.

Note: These awards are not sufficient enough to bear the living expenses or cost of study for international students.


Admission Process


When do the admissions start?


Students may apply in either of the three intakes at George Brown College:

GBC Admission Intakes

The admissions open a year in advance for any upcoming intake. For instance, aspirants of Fall, Winter, and Spring Intakes may start applying any time after October of the previous year. For more clarity on deadlines, refer to the table below:

Admission Intake

Application Deadline*

College Orientation Week*

January Intake

Early April

2nd week of January

May Intake

Early August

2nd week of May

September Intake

Mid-December

2nd week of September

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


What are the steps to the application process? Does this involve an interview round?


There is only one online application portal to apply to all the programs offered by GBC. International students need to apply to their chosen program as per the following steps:

Step 1: Visit the college’s application portal at applynow.georgebrown.ca/International.

GBC Application Steps

Step 2: Sign up using an active email ID.

GBC Application Steps

Step 3: Verify the account using the email acknowledgement received from the college and login to the portal again.

GBC Application Steps

Step 4: Start filling the details such as:

  1. Personal information and emergency contact details
  2. Agent/source information
  3. English requirements

GBC Application Steps

Step 5: Select the program to be applied to. Students may choose up to two programs at a time.

GBC Application Steps

Step 6: Upload supporting documents.

Step 7: Pay the application fee.

Step 8: Review and submit the application.

Step 9: Check application status.

Note: Students may need to undergo interviews or auditions for some courses at GBC.


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


The college admission decisions are generally out within a month after the completion of an online application. However, in some cases, the time required to process an application may go beyond four weeks. Under any condition, international students get about seven months for arranging funds and visa application.

Listed below are tentative decision dates at GBC:

Admission Intake

Admission Decision*

College Orientation Week*

January Intake

Late June

2nd week of January

May Intake

Mid-October

2nd week of May

September Intake

Late January

2nd week of September

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


Student Diversity & Preferred Profile


How difficult is it to get an admission? What is the acceptance rate of the college for international students?


The acceptance rate of the college is high as the courses are mostly dedicated to serving undergraduate aspirants. Since the university offers a variety of specializations, international students also find a place in their dream courses.

Check out the statistics as shared by the college on the official website:

Statistics

Full-time students

31,000+

International students

30%

Programs offered

170+

Graduate employer satisfaction

91%

Experiential learning college-wide

100%

Source: George Brown College

As the table indicates, George Brown graduates enjoy 100% experiential learning, and hence, the employer satisfaction is high.


How many Indian/international students are studying at the college?


Students from more than 120 countries come to GBC to pursue their dream courses.

GBC Students

Source: George Brown College

Within the given share of international students, aspirants from more than 120 countries find a place making the classroom full of diversified ethnicities.


Part Time Work While Studying


Can I work while studying here?


GBC is dedicated to producing more desirable and potential candidates ready to face industrial challenges. Hence, all George Brown students are eligible to work while studying to increase their awareness, knowledge, and skills and enhance their career prospects.

The college has been awarded Gold for providing internationalization excellence to its students. It offers a variety of global learning opportunities to all its students, wherein they can work for its community or industrial partners. Students get exciting possibilities to prepare for their future and boost their global skills by applying to both on-campus and off-campus industrial opportunities.

Working Hours

Working on-campus during the term period is allowed up to 15 hours a week. Students working off-campus are generally involved in some form of an internship. Hence, they need to follow the rules followed by the industry and country in which they are interning. It is advisable to consult the same from the concerned authorities at GBC.

International Work Experience

GBC allows its students to experience work-integrated learning (WIL) abroad. As part of this, students work in an international setting and learn while gaining industrial exposure.

How to apply?

There are two ways to find suitable work options:

  1. WIL Opportunities
  2. International Centre

WIL Opportunities

Some of the GBC schools and courses allow their students to fly abroad for studies, internships, and jobs. For instance:

  • School of Early Childhood, School of Social and Community Services, Sally Horsfall Eaton School of Nursing are eligible to work at Ritinjali, India for two-months from January to February
  • School of Social and Community Services (excluding C406 and A103) are eligible to work at WROC Jamaica from February to March (approximately 30 days)

More opportunities keep opening up with time. Students need to remain active to find the latest and most suitable possibilities.

International Centre

To utilize this facility, students need to connect with the International Centre’s Global Mobility team. They provide all the instructions on the application process, deadlines, and requirements.

Note: International students must have a valid study permit and be registered in a full-time program at GBC to avail these facilities.


Campuses & Accommodation


How many campuses does the college have?


With its main campus in Casa Loma, George Brown College has two more campuses:

GBC Campuses

Campus Highlights

Casa Loma campus comprises:

  • Administrative offices
  • Classrooms
  • Theater
  • Cafeteria
  • Library
  • Gym
  • Student services

St James campus holds:

  • Center for Business
  • Arts Design
  • Information Technology
  • Hospitality
  • Culinary Arts
  • Preparatory and Liberal studies
  • Continuing education classrooms

Waterfront Campus features:

  • Daphne Cockwell Centre for Health Sciences
  • School of Dental Health
  • Health Services Management
  • Nursing
  • School of Design with some other courses

Life at GBC

  • Athletics and recreation
  • Black student success network (BSSN)
  • ENACTUS: Entrepreneurial; Action; Us; Mission
  • Research project opportunities
  • Student association
  • Student clubs
  • Student Leadership Academy
  • Study and work abroad

More Schools under GBC

Apart from these three campuses, the college has other locations within Toronto where the following classes are held:

Type of Study

Center Name

The Sally Horsfall Eaton Centre for Studies in Community Health

Ryerson University – School of Early Childhood

Sunnybrook Centre for Independent Living

Prosthetic and Orthotic Programs

The Young Centre for Performing Arts

School of Media and Performing Arts

Fashion Exchange

School of Fashion and Jewellery

The salient feature of all GBC schools and campuses is that these are easily accessible via public transport. Students also prefer riding bikes through the lanes while enjoying Toronto’s cycling network.


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


Students may find housing facilities within or nearby all the George Brown campuses. These are situated as follows:

Campus

Location of Accommodation

St. James Campus

At walking distance

Waterfront Campus

At Daphne Cockwell Centre for Health Sciences

Casa Loma Campus

Within 40 minutes of travel via public transit

All GBC residential areas feature Wi-Fi coverage that allows students to seamlessly connect with the George Brown College network.

Accommodation Options

  • Homestay
  • The George Student Residence
  • 4Stay

GBC Student Residence for International Students

GBC offers student residence with private bedrooms in two-bedroom suites. As part of this arrangement, residents enjoy a private bedroom, a common kitchen and living space, and a shared bathroom. The fully-furnished suites facilitate the residents with all necessary utilities, cable television, internet, and local calling.

Check out the room details:

GBC Accommodation

How to Apply?

Residence application is not a part of the college application. Hence, students need to apply for residence separately through GBC’s My Housing Portal. A refundable deposit of CAD 475 (payable using an international credit card) is chargeable to international students at the time of residence application.

In case, students do not receive a college admission, they must withdraw their homestay application 15 weeks before the course commencement to receive this refund deposit.

Homestay Fees

The charges for students who choose to live in a homestay are as follows:

Charges effective till September 1, 2021

Fee* (in CAD)

Placement fee

265

Airport pick-up (optional)

120

Homestay, with 2 meals/day, internet included

885

Homestay, with 3 meals/day, internet included

965

Source: George Brown College

*Fee/rates do not include early move-in or staying in residence during the winter break.

Note: Cost will increase effective September 1, 2021. For detailed information, students are advised to contact the residence.

Details for Off-Campus Accommodation

The college does not have the facility to arrange off-campus or non-homestay accommodation for national or international students. However, information on the same is available on the college website:

Privately-Arranged Accommodation:

Students may find different living arrangements in various locations, the budget of which may range anywhere from CAD 500–1,200 per month:

  • Students may also choose from Dorm-Style Housing in Toronto that allows single and shared room options
  • Average prices:
    • Shared room: CAD 1,265 per month
    • Private room: CAD 1,350–1,777 per month
    • Entire place: CAD 3,010 per month
  • Common facilities include air conditioning, furnished apartments, internet, laundry, and shared kitchen

Note: Any off-campus accommodation needs to be sought by the students on their own. College representative or housing board is not liable to help students opting for off-campus accommodations.


University Contact Information


Whom should I contact in case of any doubts?


Indian students may contact the Indian college representative of George Brown College at:

India Liaison Officer: Vivek Yadav

Email: vivek.yadav@georgebrown.ca

Telephone: +91 – 98181 87531

For more details, visit the college’s official website at www.georgebrown.ca and reach the main campus of the college at 160 Kendal Ave, Toronto, Ontario, M5R 1M3, Canada.


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