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Apply to Bow Valley College

Thank you for choosing Bow Valley College for your future and your education!

How to Apply

To find out how to apply, click the link below for the type of program you are applying for:

Career Programs

Other Programs

International Students

Useful Links

Career Program application process

    Step 1: Check your program admission requirements

    Program admission requirements can be found by selecting your program of interest in one of the following departments:

    Step 2: Check the application open date

    Bow Valley College typically begins to accept applications for programs offered at our downtown Calgary campus thirteen (13) months in advance of the program start date.  When the first day of the month falls on a weekend or holiday, applications will open at 8:00 a.m. on the first business day of the month.

    Start Term

    Application Open Date

    Application Close Date

    Winter 2018

    8:00 a.m. on December 1, 2016 End of first day of classes (Jan. 8, 2018 for Winter 2018)
    Spring 2018
    8:00 a.m. on April 1, 2017 End of first day of classes (May 3, 2018 for Spring 2018)

    Fall 2018

    8:00 a.m. on August 1, 2017

    End of first day of classes (Aug. 30, 2018 for Fall 2018)

    NOTE: Practical Nurse diploma (Calgary campus)
    Visit the PN diploma webpage for application close dates and document submission deadline information.

    Step 3: Submit your application 

    Ready to apply? Submit your application online on the Apply Alberta website. (What is Apply Alberta?)    

    Step 4: Submit transcripts

    When applying to Bow Valley College programs through Apply Alberta, applicants authorize Bow Valley College to obtain Alberta high school and post-secondary transcripts from any participating Alberta institution which the applicant has previously attended. There is no charge for transcripts obtained through Apply Alberta.

    All other applicants must arrange for their official transcripts to be sent to Bow Valley College:

    • If you were educated in Canada, you must request that your official transcripts be sent by the provincial education department or the institution that issued the transcript(s). Official transcripts must be sent directly to Bow Valley College from the issuing institution in a sealed envelope.

    • If you were educated outside of Canada, you must provide official secondary and post-secondary transcripts, as well as a notarized English translation if the original is not written in English. Please bring these documents to the Prospective Student Centre to be stamped as a certified copy of the original.

    • If you have not yet completed one or more of the courses required for admission to your program of interest, you will need to submit Proof of Enrolment to ensure the timely processing of your application for admission.
      • The Proof of Enrolment must:

    (a) be issued by your school or school board;
    (b) include your name;
    (c) include your course code(s);
    (d) include the start and end date(s) of your courses OR your test date for your English Proficiency Exam (i.e., IELTS - Academic, TOEFL, etc.); AND
    (e) include expected date of high school graduation (only for programs that require a high school diploma, such as Justice Studies or Pharmacy Technician).

    Step 5: Pay the non-refundable, non-transferable application fee

    In order for us to process your application, you must pay the non-refundable application fee.

    • When you apply online through Apply Alberta, you can pay online using Visa or MasterCard.
    • If you do not wish to pay online, you can choose the 'Pay Later' option. By choosing this option, your application information will be held until payment is made using one of the options listed below.
      • Applicants can pay over the phone using Visa or MasterCard
      • Applicants can pay in person, at the Registrar's Office, using Visa, MasterCard, cash, debit, personal cheque, certified cheque, money order.
      • Applicants can mail in a personal cheque, certified cheque, or money order (do not send cash through mail):

    Office of the Registrar
    Bow Valley College
    345 - 6 Avenue SE 
    Calgary, AB   T2G 4V1

    Step 6: Next Steps

    Once you submit your application and pay the required application fee, you will receive further information from the Registrar's Office about your next steps.

    Learners with Disabilities:

    Learners requiring academic accommodations must contact the Learner Success Services at least four months prior to the commencement of their scheduled classes at Bow Valley College to establish an academic accommodation plan. Reasonable effort will be made to provide suitable academic accommodation; however, there is no guarantee that services will be available and it is possible that start dates may have to be deferred in order to provide required accommodation. While the College will attempt to facilitate all learner requests for accommodation, there is a current shortage of sign language interpreters.

    Getting Assistance

    You may find answers to your questions on our Frequently Asked Questions page.

    If you need additional information or help with your application, please email info@bowvalleycollege.ca or contact the Student Advising Centre during regular office hours.

    International students should contact the International Office.


    The domestic student application fee is $65 CAD. The international student application fee is $130 CAD

    • The domestic student fee applies to Canadian citizens and Permanent Residents (Landed Immigrants) only
    • There is no charge for LINC (Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada) applications
    • Aboriginal applicants will not be charged an application fee if they self-declare their Aboriginal status on the Application for Admission. Applicants need to be prepared to provide proof of Aboriginal status if required by the College. Bow Valley College is committed to increasing access to College programs for Aboriginal individuals and their application fees are covered through the generosity of donors to the college.