Frequently Asked Questions
When should I apply for my program?+
You must have applied at least a minimum of 4 months prior to the program start date. This will help ensure the timelines for receipt of visa and assessment of your academic credential will be met.
How long will it take for my application to be processed?+
Once we have received all required documents, your application will take approximately two weeks to process.
What happens if I apply after or miss this deadline?+
Your application will be closed and you must reapply to be considered for the next intake.
What happens if the timeline for receipt of my permit (Work or Study) is not met??+
Your application will be closed and you must reapply to be considererd for the next intake.
Can I bring my international transcripts to Northern Lakes College for assessment?+
No, you must have your transcripts assessed by an external Canadian service such as IQAS (International Qualifications Assessment Service.) To obtain information about IQAS, visit the IQUAS website.
What happens if I disagree with my academic credential assessment used for admission? (i.e. IQAS)+
We recommend you pursue and appeal through the organization that assessed your out of country transcripts.
What happens when I do not meet the admission requirements for my program?+
Applicants may be recommended to apply for academic upgrading programs.
What happens if I do not submit a permit?+
Your application will be closed.
If my program is normally offered as a full time program for less than six months and I would like to take the program as a part time student for a period longer than 6 months, can I do this?+
Your permit must demonstrate the length of time you will be enrolled.
What happens if my work permit or my study permit ends before the program completion date?+
A student must have applied to Canada Immigration a minimum of three months (90 days) to extend their permit. Evidence of extension request must be provided.
What happens if my study permit is not approved before the program start date?+
NLC will hold your seat until the last day for your program registration.
Are there any special international admission requirements for applying for a trade?+
Yes. To apply for a trade program, applicants must be a Canadian citizen or Landed Immigrant. All trades programs require that you be a registered apprentice with Alberta Industry and Training to be eligible to take the program. For more information, visit the TradeSecrets website.
What happens if I wish to switch programs after I have been accepted?+
You would be assessed against the admission requirements for the new program to determine if your current permit would meet the program timeline.
When and how should the program fees be paid?+
Once your application has been processed and your permit has been provided, an initial commitment fee is required upon acceptance. Payment in full is due 10 business days prior to the start of your program. International Fees are twice the domestic rate for Tuition only. The Learning Resource Fee and Student Association Fee are at domestic rates.
If I am unable to attend my program, will I be refunded?+
Please refer to our website for information on our refund practices.
Are there bursaries or scholarships available to international students?+
Not at this time.