International Students

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ABC is excited by the perspectives our international students add to our student body, and we are available to help you with what can seem a daunting task…applying for college in a foreign country. Below are some key details and steps.

But first, a little bit of fun – A WARNING ABOUT COMING TO CANADA…

Applicants who are not current Canadian Citizens or Permanent Residents will require a Study Permit issued by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).

All potential applicants must provide the following:

  • Completed International Preliminary Information Form  International Preliminary Information Form (PDF)
  • All appropriate legal and official documentation verifying eligibility to attend ABC (i.e. official transcripts, high school verification, English competency test scores, etc.)
  • Financial confirmation proving educational costs and living expenses can be covered
  • Transfer Credit Evaluation (mandatory for students who want to transfer credits to ABC). Contact IQAS. There is a $200 (CAD) fee paid to IQAS.

Please be advised that Alberta Bible College does not provide scholarships to International Students.

For further information, see the Government of Canada’s page regarding Study in Canada: Visas, Work and Immigration for International Students.

Program Options

International Students can apply for any ABC degree, diploma or certificate program.

International Student Tuition & Costs

ProgramProgram Details Tuition
College Program- Up to a maximum of 30 credit hours
- Texbooks not included
PACE Program- Up to a maximum of 21 credit hours
- Texbooks not included
Application FeesInternational Preliminary Information Form $75
International Application Fee$150
ABC reserves the right to increase tuition and fee costs as circumstances may require. Please be advised there are no international student scholarships available from Alberta Bible College.

Living Expenses

  • Calgary is an expensive city to reside in. Students should budget for living costs – food, rent, utilities, transportation medical/dental, clothing, etc. – for the length of the entire estimated study period to complete the degree program (48 months).
  • Please be advised that the average monthly living expenses could vary between $1100 and $1500. However, students may be able to live more economically by sharing accommodations with other students or community members.
  • Staff at the college can assist international students in locating community residential options but Alberta Bible College does not have dorms or on-campus housing and the responsibility for choosing economical and appropriate accommodations rests with the student.

International Student Development

Alberta Bible College is committed to the holistic support and development of its international students, each of whom has unique needs and contributions to make to our multi-cultural learning community. The following services are available to incoming international students:

Physical Well-being

  • Assistance in finding suitable housing in Calgary
  • Coaching in applying for Alberta Health Care coverage
  • Information regarding local medical services
  • On-campus gymnasium and exercise space for student use

Intellectual Growth

  • Academic advising from the Registrar and/or Academic Dean to chart a course of study that meets the student’s personal goals
  • Orientation to ABC’s academic philosophy, core values, and policies/procedures
  • Nurturing relationships with classroom instructors and peers in a learning environment featuring small class sizes
  • Ongoing research support offered through the Library
  • See Student Development information found in both the College and PACE Program sections

Emotional Health

  • Access to faculty/staff who are available for students who want to talk about life
  • Information regarding, and referrals to, community resources including psychologists and counsellors, as well as to immigrant and legal support services

Social Development

  • Introduction to ABC student life during student orientation sessions
  • Orientation to living in Calgary at student orientation sessions (e.g., transit system, food purchasing, 911 emergency services)
  • Complimentary Community Lunches (College Program)
  • Ongoing student body activities on and off campus

Spiritual Formation

  • Regular chapel gatherings for worship and encouragement
  • Assistance in getting engaged in a local community of worship

ABC operates in compliance to Bill C-35, An Act to Amend the Immigration and Refugee Protection A. All questions regarding immigration matters must be directed to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) and its representatives. Alberta Bible College does not consult nor function in the role of consultant in regards to immigration concerns. Please contact the Government of Canada directly.