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.

Study Permit Guide


Important updates on travel rules and quarantine

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

Temporary Measure for People’s Republic of China, Hong Kong and Macao

As of January 5, all air travellers who are two years of age and older, arriving on flights originating from the People’s Republic of China, Hong Kong or Macao, will need to provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 test result, taken no more than two days before their departure, to the airline prior to boarding. The test could be either a negative molecular (such as a PCR test), or a negative antigen test that has documentation to show that it has been monitored by a telehealth service or an accredited laboratory or testing provider. Passengers who tested positive more than 10 days before their departure flight, but no more than 90 days, can provide the airline with documentation of their prior positive, in place of a negative test result. Check more here.


Check Travel Requirements 

On October 1, 2022, all COVID-19 border requirements, including vaccination, mandatory use of ArriveCAN, and any testing and quarantine/isolation requirements ended for all travelers entering Canada whether by land, air or sea. 

Until then, find out if you can enter Canada and use ArriveCAN before you enter. Check border measures here.

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

Webinars for International Students

Join our in-house Immigration Specialist and International Learners Advisors, to learn the latest information on travelling to Canada, Work Permits & Working Off Campus, PGWP and more topics. Click here for all webinars schedule and links to register!


Review your Plan

** 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

IRCC has extended distance learning measure on August 25, 2022

International students who wait for a decision on their study permit application can study outside Canada.
Transition period for distance learning measures -

If you have submitted your study permit application before August 31, 2022: You can start your program and complete up to 50% of the program by August 31, 2023. The time spent on your studies will be added toward the total length of PGWP.

Students who are inside Canada or have received an approval on study permit application are expected to take in-person courses in Canada.

Study Permit Application and Refund Policy

Students who submit proof of a refusal letter after study permit deadline: November 25, 2022 Students are not eligible for a refund of the confirmation deposit.
Students who do not receive a response from IRCC after drop deadline: January 19, 2022. Students are not eligible for a refund of the tuition and fees paid.

Check important dates for international students here.

Important Reminders

Travel window date

There is no set time frame for you to arrive in Canada before you begin your studies. You should just arrive to give yourself a reasonable amount of time to prepare before you start studying. You are not allowed to work on or off campus until you begin your studies in Canada. Students will need to provide evidence to demonstrate that they have the means to support themselves as a temporary resident in Canada. Check more here.

Please note: no tuition refunds 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.

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