St. Lawrence College (SLC) was established as a College of Applied Arts and Technology in the late-1960s. It is committed to cultivating an institutional culture that values, supports, and promotes belonging, equity, human rights, respect, and accountability. It has modern, expansive facilities in three vibrant eastern Ontario cities and offers a world-class education to its students. The college has received accreditation to offer Baccalaureate Degree programs in the following areas, out of which two are offered in partnership with Laurentian University:
- Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BScN) (partnership)
- Bachelor of Business Administration (partnership)
- Honours Bachelor of Behavioural Psychology
As per its Annual Report 2017, 86.5% of SLC graduates found employment within six months of graduation. With over 800 academic faculty, SLC puts students first, and the staff is committed to help students and ensure their success.
- 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?
SLC offers more than 100 full-time programs, which include graduate certificates, fast-track delivery, and four-year degrees. It has various international partnerships and articulation agreements that allow students to take their college education further with opportunities worldwide. There are 135 programs available to international students in the following fields:
Check the list of programs available to international students here.
Eligibility & Documents Required
What are the eligibility requirements?
SLC requires international students to hold a qualification equivalent to an Ontario High School Diploma for a direct entry to college certificate, diploma, and advanced diploma programs. Thus, it will look at students’ Grade 11 and 12 courses at the C/U/M level. Program and course-specific requirements can be found here: www.stlawrencecollege.ca/apply/admission-requirements.
Apart from this, students need to submit any one of these English proficiency scores:
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Note: The Health Occupations Aptitude Examination (HOAE) requirement has been temporarily waived for applicants applying to Veterinary Technology for Fall 2021. Credit transfer for internationally recognized exams, such as Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate, may be available for some courses.
Know more about these exams:
What all documents are needed for application?
All documents submitted during the application process need to be scanned copies of original drafts and in English. If not in English, certified translated copies in English should be attached along with scanned documents. The college advises students to get their documents evaluated by trusted credential evaluators if applying to other Canadian colleges. Applicants applying to only SLC need to complete the Transcript Assessment Request Application Form, which is available on the college website.
Documents required for SLC programs are:
- Academic transcripts
- Letters of Recommendation (LORs)
- Supplement essays
- Financial documents
- Essays or SOP, as per course requirement
- AP score report
- Transcript Assessment Request Application Form
- English proficiency test score report
Application & Tuition Fees
Is there any application fees?
International students need to pay a non-refundable amount of CAD 100 for all SLC programs.
What is the fee structure of courses offered by the college?
The tuition fee at SLC varies depending on the type of program and campus. For international students, the college estimates the following range of annual tuition fee for respective programs:
Note: Tuition fee includes ancillary and compulsory fees. 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?
SLC offers over 500 bursaries each year through its extensive Scholarships and Bursaries program. Interested applicants need to fill out only one application to be considered for all bursaries, which usually range from CAD 500 to CAD 3,000. These are conferred in the form of Convocation, In-year, and External awards. A full list of scholarships and bursaries can be found on the college’s website.
When do the admissions start?
SLC programs are offered in the Fall, Winter, and Spring intakes. The application process begins in October as soon as the Ontario College Application Service (OCAS) portal opens for admissions. The college advises students to apply by February 1 for competitive programs and take a note of these key dates as per intakes:
*The college also starts sending offers to students who have applied before this deadline.
#Equal Consideration Date: Applications received on or before this date will be given equal consideration. After this date, applications are considered on a first-come-first-served basis.
Note: The majority of the courses are offered in the Fall Intake. Closing dates may differ with each intake and academic year. Check the official website to know about the current academic year deadlines.
How to apply to UG and PG courses?
You can apply to SCL through the OCAS portal. Within the OCAS application portal, you will be able to:
When will I hear from the university after I submit my application?
SLC releases its decisions by February 1 for applications received before this date. For application received after this date, the college reverts within four to five weeks.
Student Diversity & Preferred Profile
What are the chances to get into this college?
Getting into SLC can be competitive for international students as the college usually admits students in the following order of preference:
Applicants need to have a strong academic record and good language proficiency scores to increase their chances of getting accepted into SLC. Apart from this, competitive programs (see table below) have limited seats and usually get filled before the February 1 deadline. Thus, the college advises aspirants to apply as early as possible.
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Communicative Disorders Assistant
Pre-Health Sciences Pathway to Advanced Diplomas and Degrees
General Arts and Science - Behavioural Psychology Stream
Social Service Worker
Honours Bachelor of Behavioural Psychology
Medical Laboratory Science
How many Indian/international students are studying at the college?
SLC welcomes students from all over the world. It witnesses an increasing number of enrolments from international students each academic year. In 2019-20, the student body featured 9,519 students, out of which 1,505 were international students. It was a significant growth as compared to 2017-18 when only 815 international applicants were enrolled. Thus, it can be said that SLC is quickly becoming a favourite among international students.
Part Time Work While Studying
Can I work while studying here?
International students can work part-time on and off the campus as per their visa status. Students can work off-campus, without a work permit, if they meet all of these requirements:
- Have a valid study permit
- Registered as a full-time student at a designated learning institution (DLI)
- Enrolled in a post-secondary academic, vocational or professional training program, or secondary-level vocational training program (Quebec only)
- Classes should have, and the program should be of six months’ duration (minimum) leading to a degree, diploma, or certificate
- Have a Social Insurance Number (SIN)
Interested aspirants can work off-campus up to a certain duration as per the CIC, such as:
- Part-time: Up to 20 hours a week while the college is in session
- Full-time: During vacations and scheduled breaks or up to 40 hours a week
Note: International students cannot work during a break that comes before they start their first semester classes. If a program does not have any scheduled academic breaks, students cannot work more than 20 hours per week.
Campuses & Accommodation
How many schools and campuses does the college have?
St. Lawrence has three campuses in the eastern Ontario region – Kingston (main), Cornwall, and Brockville. The college has four major faculties that further oversee various academic departments and schools.
Is on-campus housing available?
SLC offers university housing and partnered off-campus services. International students can also enrol in the Homestay Program, where families in Canada open up their homes to host international students. Refer to this page for more information on homestays near SLC campuses.
All SLC residences have fully furnished single or double-occupancy suites and common areas for group study and social activities. All three SLC campuses offer:
- Fully-furnished suites (single or double rooms)
- Accessible suites
- Common areas for group study and social activities
- Access to college computer labs, library, dining services, and meal plans
- On-campus health center in Kingston, and access to a doctor's office in Brockville and Cornwall
- Intramural and varsity sports
- Easy access to public transit
- Good access by bus to shopping centers and downtown
- Hiking trails and conservation areas
Kingston Campus Residence
It has a 600-bed residence overlooking the campus and Lake Ontario Park offering single and double occupancy rooms. The cost for the 2021-22 academic year, as given by the college, is as follows:
Brockville Campus Residence
Located directly beside the main campus building, it is a 59-bed residence offering double-occupancy rooms. The cost for the 2021-22 academic year is CAD 6,778. No mandatory meal plan required.
Cornwall Campus Residence
It is an affordable housing alternative overlooking the St. Lawrence River with 44 rooms. The residence rooms are single occupancy and located within the Moulinette Hall in the same building where students have their classes. The cost for the 2021-22 academic year is CAD 6,778 without any mandatory meal plan.
Living & Accommodations Costs
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: St. Lawrence College, 100 Portsmouth Avenue, Kingston, Ontario K7L 5A6