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.

For students planning to travel to Canada, please click here for the Student Travel Guide

Temporary switch to online learning Winter 2022 Update

Due to the evolving situation with the Omicron variant of COVID-19 and the College's ongoing commitment to the health and safety of our community, we have made the decision to start the new term with a temporary switch to online learning until at least February 13, 2022. Please review this page for general college updates regarding online learning for Winter 2022.

Check the Return to Campus document for additional information specific to international students. Please note this does not require students to change their course registration.

Important updates on travel rules and quarantine

  • July 5, 2021: Exemption from quarantine for fully vaccinated travelers. Please read details here. Please check if you qualify for the exemption here.
  • As of November 30, 2021, the Government of Canada will expand the list of accepted vaccines. The list include Sinopham, Sinovac and Covxin. Please read details here.
  • 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.
  • Additional travel requirements for travelers from India. For details, please click here.
  • Additional travel requirements for travelers from Morocco, For details, please click here

November 26 IRCC announcement:

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. This applies even if you’re completing 2 study programs.

If you’re completing 2 study programs, you can finish 100% of your studies online if the programs were ongoing or started between March 2020 and summer 2022, and both study programs are with an eligible DLI and are completed within 2 years, and each program meets all PGWP eligibility requirements and is at least 8 months long. 

The following time won’t count toward the length of a PGWP:

  • Time spent studying outside Canada after August 31, 2022.
  • Time spent studying before you applied for a study permit.

For more information please visit IRCC page here

Study Permit Denial Submission                      
Refund Options

Students who submit proof of a denial by January 9, 2022

Students will be refunded their confirmation fee of $1500 CAD and any tuition fees paid

Students who submit proof of a denial between January 10 and January 19, 2022 (add/drop deadline)

Students who submit a denial and drop their classes via MyBVC will be refunded their tuition 

After the start of class, student will not receive a refund on their student association fees, health and dental fees, or their confirmation deposit. This applies to all students. 

Students who submit proof of a denial after January 19, 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.

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 


Confirm travel requirements before planning your trip to Canada

Students who will be completing all courses online for the September semester, are not encouraged to travel at this time.

Visit IRCC for the most recent updates and requirements here.

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.

Vaccination Status


 Fully Vaccinated Travelers

  • Confirm travel requirements here
  • Download and learn how to use the ArriveCAN app, here

- Full series of an accepted COVID-19 vaccine or combination of accepted vaccines & Completed last dose at least 14 days prior to entering Canada - Proof of Vaccination

-14 days back up quarantine plan. Quarantine is now required until Day 1 test results are received
-Pre-entry test & Arrival test 
-ArriveCAN app downloaded with your travel information added


-Arrival test (Day1 test) : if you get tested positive from the Day 1 test, you are required to isolate additional 10 days.


Not required:

-Day-8 testing

Unvaccinated Travelers
  • Confirm travel requirements here
  • Download and learn how to use the ArriveCAN app here

-14 days quarantine

-Pre-entry test & Arrival test & day 8 test (unless under the age 5)

-ArriveCAN app downloaded with your travel information added


-If you get tested positive from the Day 1 test, you are required to isolate at a suitable location or a designated quarantine facility for an additional 10 days.

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.

Plan your trip to Canada

  • 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.
  • Review the Study Permit Guide before you start your application for a study permit.

** 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

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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