Transport Canada continues to update travel restrictions and expectations on a frequent basis. Travelling students must visit the travel Canada website before departure to determine the latest travel requirements. Please ensure that when you travel, you use a N95 mask.

Student Travel Guide   Study Permit Guide


Important updates on travel rules and quarantine

Students are responsible for checking additional travel requirements through the travel Canada website.

  • Starting April 1, 2022, pre-entry tests will no longer be required for fully vaccinated travelers entering Canada by land, air or water. Until then, follow the pre-entry test requirements.
  • As of January 15, 2022, international students who are 18 years old and older should be fully vaccinated to enter Canada. Please read details here.

Check Travel Requirements 

We have provided a summary of information below. However, this is not fully inclusive of all the information you will receive on the IRCC website. Check border measures here.

Requirements for fully vaccinated Students age of 18 years old or over


You need to set up your ArriveCAN account before you travel and enter your proof of vaccination, quarantine, and travel information. Details here.

Proof of vaccination

Please find details here.

Arrival Test
Fully vaccinated students will be randomly selected for an arrival test at the first Canadian airport upon your arrival. Find details here.

* If you're traveling with minor children  please check for details here.

Travel to Canada Webinars 

Join our in-house Immigration Specialist, to learn the latest information on travelling to Canada and the current rules and quarantine/vaccination requirements. Click here for the Travel to Canada webinar schedule and links to register!

Obtain your travel letter 

  • Complete your travel plan here. Once you complete the travel plan form, you will receive a travel letter automatically into your email account. Both vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers should provide a plan.
  • If your travel itinerary or other details require updates, please use this link and submit a new quarantine plan.
  • Please note, your Letter of Acceptance will act as your Confirmation of Enrollment letter until the start of your term.
    If you are an ongoing student, please obtain a confirmation of enrollment letter through my bvc portal. Please visit here to learn how to obtain a confirmation of enrollment letter.

Review your Plan

  • Ensure your medical exam is up to date according to IRCC guidelines.
  • Review the IRCC COVID-19 webpage, to understand how to prepare for your trip, if you are approved to travel to Canada.
  • Review the Student Travel Guide, to understand what you need to include in your quarantine plan, and submit your travel support letter request to the College.

** If you are an international student who is travelling with family members to Canada, it is important to understand the different factors involved with enrolling your children into school. Please review this document for more information.

For questions on planning for your arrival to Calgary, please book an appointment with an International Learner Advisor. Book an Appointment

IRCC Updates

  • You can complete up to 100% of your studies online from outside Canada. All of the time you spent studying online from outside Canada between spring 2020 and August 31, 2022, counts toward the length of a PGWP. You are eligible for this temporary policy if you meet all criteria: Please find details here.
  • Students must receive approval on their study permit application before August 31, 2022, to add their time spent on studies toward the total length of a Post-Graduation Work Permit.

Study Permit Application and Refund Policy

Students who submit proof of a refusal after course add/drop deadline Students are not eligible for a refund of the tuition and fees paid. Students can continue to study for the remainder of the term.
Students who do not receive a response from IRCC before August 31, 2022. Students are not eligible for a refund of the tuition and fees paid. Students can continue to study for the remainder of the term. 


Important Reminders

Travel window date

Effective as of January 15, 2022: Unvaccinated international students who are 18 years or older cannot enter Canada. International students are advised to arrive in Canada no earlier than 4 weeks prior to starting a program, but may be able to enter Canada more than 4 weeks prior to the start of their program provided they meet all other entry requirements and the time between their arrival and the start of their program of study is considered reasonable as determined by a CBSA official at the port of entry. Check more here.

Tuition refunds are no longer available after the add/drop deadline.

Housing options

Bow Valley College does not offer on or off-campus housing, however we offer a list of resources for housing options.

International Education

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345 - 6 Avenue SE

  • 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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