Our goal is to develop and maintain long-term working relationships with our agents. This begins with an application and rigorous screening process. Applications are reviewed twice a year. Interested agents must submit their application in February or October during our recruitment period.

Start by reviewing the Guide for Prospective Agents and later complete Bow Valley College's Prospective Agent Application FormSubmitting an application does not guarantee that an agreement will be offered.

Due to the number of applications received, we will only contact successful applicants.

Frequently Asked Questions

No, commissions are only provided to agencies that have a current formal agreement with Bow Valley College.

Yes. Your agency can submit an Application for Admission on behalf of a student as an unauthorized agency under lawful terms.


We review applications biannually (February and October). We will contact you if we need more documents or information. We appreciate your interest in working with Bow Valley College. Because of the overwhelming number of applications, we will only contact successful applicants.

No, if your contract is not extended at the time of the renewal period, you need to submit a new Prospective Agent Application form. Your application will be reviewed during our biannual review periods (February and October).

All commission-related information will be disclosed to agencies when they are offered a Bow Valley College Contract Agreement.

Bow Valley College admission requirements are designed to accommodate mature students. Applicants to Bow Valley College programs or courses must be 18 or older or be able to show the Registrar the maturity to benefit from a selected program of study.

A completed high school diploma is not needed to apply to programs or courses at Bow Valley College. Admission requirements are listed on each program page. Agent representatives and applicants be familiar with them. In some cases, pre-program requirements or extra admission requirements are also listed. Applicants must provide proof of either:

  • successful completion of the admission requirements
  • proof of current registration in pre-requisite courses for the programs selected

If their first language isn't English, they must also meet the English Proficiency Requirements.

Application fees for international students are $140. All funds are in Canadian dollars.

Note: Bow Valley College is not responsible for the impact of exchange rates, bank fees, or related matters outside of college control.

Yes. There is a separate fee for every application submitted regardless of similarities in program type (certificate and diploma) and semester (fall, winter, spring).

International students should not apply to the following programs:

  • Practical Nurse programs (Not offered to international students)
  • Nutrition Manager Certificate (online program)
  • Recreation Therapy Aide Certificate (part-time program)
  • Addiction Studies Certificate (Not offered to international students)
  • Early Childhood Education & Development Certificate (Not offered to international students)

International students can submit their application through the Apply Alberta online portal. Please review the Apply Alberta application guide for more information. It explains how to submit an online application on behalf of the learner.

We offer a High School Upgrading option for students who do not meet the academic requirement(s). International students must take the full-time course load to be eligible for a study permit. Read more about high school upgrading.

Yes, they can apply for the International English Learning Language program. Upon arrival, we check their language skills. The results decide which of the four courses they'll be in. The assessment is done the week before classes begin.

Note: We assume applicants have at least an intermediate level of English proficiency. We offer a 15-week Basic English Language courses for those with lower skill levels. Find out more about studying English.

No, it's not the same thing as satisfying the English 30-1 or 30-2 or equal requirement. That's because under academic requirements, English 30-1/30-2 is a Language Arts course. Depending on the country of origin, applicants may not need to have Grade 12 English. But they must have a Language Arts course equal to English 30-1 or 30-2.

International students don't need to send in original transcripts unless the admissions team requests them. But students must bring in the original transcripts before the start of classes.

It depends on the program. Please check the specific program page for academic requirements.

First we need all required documents. Once we have them, it will take 1 week for the International English Language program. Career program processing times are 4 to 6 weeks.

You have different options. You can:

  • Cancel the application for the waitlisted program.
  • Stay on the waitlist until a seat becomes available. The waitlist time is difficult to predict. It depends on other students dropping out of the program.
  • Submit a second application for the same program for the next available intake. You'll need to include a new application fee of $140 CAD. If you choose this option, you'll have two applications in place for the program of interest.
  • Submit a second application for a different program for the same intake. Include a new application fee of $140 CAD. Please contact us to find out the latest program availability:

For students applying directly or through non-contracted agents, email international@bowvalleycollege.ca.

If you're an authorized or contracted agent, email agents@bowvalleycollege.ca.

To reserve a seat in the program, students must pay the first semester of tuition and fees within 21 days of the Offer of Admission.

Or they can pay the $1500 CAD non-refundable, non-transferable confirmation fee within 21 days of the Offer of Admission. The remaining amount is due before the fee deadline of their intake start date.

Once the confirmation fee is paid, the student can receive their Letter of Acceptance. Overseas Canadian Citizenship and Immigration Visa offices need to see proof of tuition, but the amount varies. Please familiarize yourself with all requirements from your nearest Canadian Visa Issuing Office.

It depends on the method of payment. Please allow at least 2 to 3 business days for the Letter of Acceptance to be issued.

Contact the International Education Office by email before the start of the term with a copy of the visa denial letter. A refund of tuition and fees will be assessed, including the non-refundable confirmation fee.

  • For students applying directly or through non-contracted agents, email international@bowvalleycollege.ca.
  • If you're an authorized or contracted agent, email agents@bowvalleycollege.ca.

Requests received after the start of a term or offering will be assessed according to the date of notice of withdrawal. Requests are subject to Bow Valley College's Learner Accounts Policy. A copy of the visa denial letter issued by a Canadian Embassy or Consulate must be presented.

A copy of the visa denial letter issued by a Canadian Embassy or Consulate for the specific term/offering is required. If you make a refund request without proof of visa denial, it will be assessed under our regular terms and according to the cancellation or withdrawal date.

All international students must give a copy of their valid study permit to the International Education Office no later than five business days before New Student Orientation.

If they don't, they will lose their seat in the program and the confirmation fee. It's the student's responsibility to make sure they apply for their permit in time. Check the IRCC website for minimum processing timeline guidelines.

Please notify the International Education Office 15 business days before New Student Orientation if there is a possible delay with the study permit. Students who start without a valid study permit will be removed from classes. A refund will be assessed according to the date of withdrawal. Failure to have a valid study permit before the program start date does not constitute reason for an automatic adjustment of the start date. Students may be considered for a start date adjustment based on special consideration of unforeseeable circumstances with documented proof. Start date adjustments are not guaranteed.

It is the student's responsibility to tell the International Education Office if there is a delay in getting a study permit. We must be notified before the start of the term or offering of registration. Students who start studies at Bow Valley College without a valid study permit will be removed from classes. A refund will be assessed according to their date of withdrawal.

Note: If a student is taking only one term/semester (i.e. four months) of the English Language Learning program, a valid visitor visa can be used instead of a study permit.

Open dates are 13 months in advance for all 3 intakes (fall, winter and spring). Our programs fill up quickly. We suggest students apply at least a year in advance.

No, they need to wait until the application open date to apply.

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North Campus, N333
345 - 6 Avenue SE

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