International Students

Last updated: April 30, 2021

This page contains information that applies specifically to International Students, for more general information visit the Current Student FAQs page.

Please email should you require any clarification on the information below.

Important updates :

Bow Valley College will continue to deliver programming online until May 2021. Click on (q.1) for more information.
IRCC has announced that international students can continue to study online until December 31st, 2021. Click on (q.2) for more information.
Quarantine policies continue to be in effect for eligible students who wish to travel to Canada. Click on (q.3) for more information.

You must have internet access, a dedicated study space and the equipment (laptop, desktop, webcam, microphone, etc.) required to take online classes.

You must also feel comfortable with taking classes that might be offered during late hours due to the difference in time zones. Most classes are offered between 8:00AM and 4:00PM Mountain Standard Time (Calgary time). Click here to convert to your time zone. Watch our online video to understand more about online delivery. For help with any technology need, please email the BVC Help Desk at

Select courses in our Health Care Aide, Practical Nursing and Pharmacy Technician programs are to be conducted face to face, in accordance with Alberta Health Service guidelines.

If you do not feel that you are able to start your classes online due to technology issues or other COVID-19 circumstances, please request a deferral for your application by emailing by March 19th, 2021.

Students studying online, whether inside Canada or overseas, can remain studying online until December 31st, 2021. If your in-person classes in Canada have been moved to an online-only format because of COVID-19, time spent studying online until December 31st will be counted towards your PGWP.

For additional information, please find important updates from IRCC regarding international students, which is updated continuously. More information on this decision can be found here.

Testing and quarantine requirements have been updated by the Government of Canada to support the safe and gradual entry of international students, which took effect February 21st, 2021.

If you are considering travelling to Canada, please click here for IRCC information on travel to Canada.

Please refer to our quarantine guide and provide your quarantine plan here.

Health Care Aide: These practicums will take place in person. Please ensure you arrange for travel plans to arrive in time for your practicum. You require a study permit to travel to Canada.

Kitchen and Bath Design: Work experience programs will take place remotely.

No, we do not provide fee reduction. While online classes may be an adjustment and different from what students are used to, they are an effective method to achieve the job-ready skills our students need and employers' value. Our goal is to maintain our standards in teaching and learning while balancing the necessary maintenance of our campus to ensure it is safe, secure and ready for your eventual return. Our tuition reflects the tools, resources, digital licenses and materials required to offer educational excellence.

It is very important for you to know that if your policy is valid, you are covered for all medically necessary treatment for new and emergent conditions, including COVID-19. You can check the dates of your coverage on your ID Card.

Students must be aware that proof of a negative pre-departure test in their country of departure, as well as their mandatory quarantine period and COVID-19 molecular test upon arrival to Canada are at their own cost and are not eligible under policies. In addition, any request for subsequent non-emergency tests while in the government-prescribed quarantine period are not eligible expenses; any non-emergency tests required by a third party are also not eligible expenses. Coverage for COVID-19 does not include costs associated with self-isolation or mandated quarantine, including private accommodation and day-to-day expenses (food and non-emergency transportation). Only medically necessary treatments for new and emergent conditions are eligible.

See website for more information.

IMPORTANT: If you are a current student and travelled outside of Canada after March 13th, 2020, your policy is VOID.

According to Gallivan: International students can now claim for eligible health services received in their home country for the upcoming benefit year. Claims for services eligible under your Student Health & Dental Plan, made from a student’s home country, with a date of service during the benefit year are eligible for reimbursement. Travel benefits are excluded.

The benefits will be paid based on the existing insurance policy according to the terms of the contract with all reimbursements, maximums, physician requirements, fee guide, frequencies, policy details, etc. remaining in force. Claims can be submitted using a standard claim form once the student is back in Canada. If a student has registered for Groupnet with a Canadian bank account, they will be able to submit claims electronically from their home country. All claims will be paid in Canadian Funds.

Please check here for more information.



  • If you are currently studying in a post-secondary program at BVC, please register for your courses via mybvc to ensure your enrolments and fees are processed appropriately.
  • Cart total based on domestic tuition rates. For information about International Tuition rates please see Fee Information
  • If you anticipate applying for a student loan, your payment will be refunded to you based on your loan award once your funding has been received by BVC.

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