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International Applicants

American applicants, please use this page

We strongly recommend the following application deadlines for international students:

  • For September enrolment, applications must be received by March 15.
  • For January enrolment, applications must be received by August 15.

*Late applications may not allow enough time for a study permit to be processed by the Government of Canada. A delayed start date may need to be considered. To check processing times for study permit applications, visit the Government of Canada website.

IMPORTANT NOTE: A letter of acceptance for the purpose of obtaining a study permit cannot be released until the application portfolio is complete and reviewed and sufficient funds have been deposited into the applicant's student account.

Application Process

Step 1:

Be informed

Read the general Admission Requirements before proceeding.
Read the Financial Requirements before proceeding.
Read the Academic Admission Requirements before proceeding.
Read the English Proficiency Requirement  before proceeding.

Step 2:

Submit your Briercrest application

Complete the Online Application Form. (International students must provide a $100 non-refundable application fee made in Canadian funds.)
Submit other application-related documents.

*Faxed or emailed copies of your high school transcripts will not be accepted as official copies.

*Please note that the Briercrest College Admissions Office reserves the right to request additional information from any applicant.

Step 3:

Deposit the full amount of your first year’s tuition, fees, and living expenses into your Briercrest student account.

After applying, a cost of attendance letter will be sent to you with the estimated cost for your first year of studies and steps for depositing the required financial guarantee.
See Financial Requirement [link to section below] for more information.

Step 4:

Prepare documents for your study permit application

Once accepted, your letter of acceptance and a proof of funds statement will be sent to you. You will need these to apply for your study permit with the Government of Canada.
Learn more about study permits and what’s needed .
NOTE: You will receive a letter of introduction from the Government of Canada once your application has been approved. Please note that this is NOT your study permit. Study permits are given at customs/borders.

Financial Requirements

At Briercrest College and Seminary, international students attending the college and/or seminary are charged the same tuition and fees as Canadian students! Likewise, the refund schedule follows the same schedule as for Canadian students. All unused funds deposited to a student account for the purposes of demonstrating financial stability for entrance into the country will be refunded to the student.

See these pages for more information on:

For the study permit application, the Canadian government requires international students to provide a financial guarantee for themselves and all dependents that will be accompanying them to Canada for their first year of study. International students must deposit sufficient funds to cover tuition, living expenses, and other school fees for the student and family for the first year of studies in the applicant's Briercrest College and Seminary student account. Your financial estimate will be sent to you by your Admissions Adviser during the Briercrest application process.

NOTE: Payment should be made in Canadian funds and is payable only by wire transfer, certified cheque, MasterCard, or VISA. These amounts will be held on deposit at Briercrest until they are needed for their intended purpose. If a study permit is denied, the full cost of attendance deposited minus processing fees will be refunded to the student.

Academic Admission Requirements

Students must submit official copies of transcripts from all previously attended:

  • high schools
  • language schools
  • colleges and/or universities

Where transcripts are in an original language other than French or English, certified English translations of the transcripts must also be provided.

Transcripts will be evaluated based on the academic requirements for students who are Canadian citizens.
Credit Transfer and Recognition of Prior Learning

Foreign Credential Recognition

Briercrest requires that the academic records of applicants who have completed post-secondary education outside of Canada and/or the United States be assessed for Canadian equivalency. Briercrest requires a course-by-course or comprehensive assessment. This policy can also be found in our College Academic Calendar.

English Language Proficiency Requirement

If English is not your first language, you must complete one of the following Standardized Tests, for a list of accepted results, please see the table below:

  • TOEFL (Institution Code: 9644)
  • CAEL

Test Name

Accepted Score



Test of English as a Foreign Language

Internet Based: 83
Minimum Category Scores:

Reading: 19
Speaking: 18
Writing: 18

Paper Based: 550

Computer based: 213

CN 6151, Princeton, New Jersey, USA, 08541-6151
Tel: 609.771.7100

Briercrest Institution Code: 9644


International English Language Test System

Band Score: 6.5

The British Council, IELTS Enquiries
Medlock Street, Manchester, M15 4AA, United Kingdom
Tel: 0161.957.7755


Canadian Academic English Language Assessment

Minimum Score: 60

CAEL Assessment Office
228 Paterson Hall
1125 Colonel By Drive
Ottawa, ON K1S 5B6
Tel: 613.520.2600 ext.2271


Michigan English Language Assessment Battery

Minimum Score: 85

English Language Institute
3020 North University Building
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA 48109-1057
Tel: 313.764.2416

Completion of an English competency test is not required if the applicant has:

  • Completed Grades 11 and 12 English, in sequence, as part of two full academic years, in a high school using a provincially- or state-accredited Canadian or U.S. curriculum; OR
  • Achieved a grade of 80 per cent or better in a Grade 12 provincially-examined English course, as part of one full term of study; OR
  • Completed at least three years of formal education in an approved English language school (mature and Adult 12 applicants only); OR
  • Successfully completed English as a Second Language (ESL) 050 or achieved a minimum average score of 55 on the ESL placement exam; OR
  • Successfully completed at least 24 credit hours in an approved English-language post-secondary institution, including at least 6 credit hours in humanities or social science subjects and with a grade point average of 60 per cent (or equivalent).
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From the National Survey of Student Engagement 2015