An international applicant is a person wishing to study in Canada who is neither a Canadian citizen nor a permanent resident as defined by the current Immigration Act. The mature student clause does not apply to international student applicants.
International students may apply by the following methods:
1. Education agent
Loyalist College has partnered with education agents around the world. Agents are very knowledgeable about our programs, services, processes and procedures. Using an agent to submit your application can make the process more efficient. Contact International Admissions (InternationalAdmissions@loyalistcollege.com) to be connected with an education agent.
2. Direct application – student
To help serve you better, Loyalist College’s International Application has moved to the ontariocolleges.ca International Application Service (IAS). Within the International Applicant Service portal, you will be able to:
- Create a new application
- Upload supporting documentation (e.g. transcripts, payment receipts and study permits)
- Receive offer notifications and Letter(s) of Acceptance (LOA)
- Download proof of payment documentation for a VISA application
- Download LOA for a VISA application
- Upload a copy of the VISA/Study Permit approval to notify the College
Direct application steps:
STEP 1 – Create an account
STEP 2 – Pick the program(s) and upload documents
Applicants can pick the program(s) they are interested in applying to at Loyalist College. Applicants will need the following documents to proceed with the application:
- Original/certified and translated (if applicable) copies of the applicant’s secondary/post-secondary transcripts or equivalent
- Original/certified secondary/post-secondary diploma/degree
- Proof of English proficiency
STEP 3 – Pay the application fee
Applicants are required to pay a non-refundable fee of $100 to Flywire. You will receive confirmation of payment from Loyalist College.
STEP 4 – Submit the application
Once the applicant has paid the application fee via Flywire, it is important to return to the IAS portal and click SUBMIT to complete the application.
Applicants are able to monitor the status of the application, upload supporting documentation and review offer decisions on the IAS Portal. It is important that applicants meet all deadline requirements.
- If the application is approved, the applicant will receive a LOA; for details, view the International Student Offer Package.
- If the application is not approved, the applicant will receive email notification through the IAS portal.
STEP 5 – Pay the tuition and download the receipt
Applicants will need to confirm their offer of acceptance and make the tuition deposit by the deadline indicated in their LOA. Missing payment deadlines may result in loss of admission. Payment must be made on Flywire. Applicants will receive a receipt from Flywire for their payment(s). Once the full payment has been received successfully, the applicant will receive a confirmation of payment from Loyalist College through the IAS portal.
Note: Applicants will need to download proof of payment to support their VISA application. Receipts will only be issued once a full payment has been received by the College. As part of immigration requirements, international students are required to prove that they have sufficient funds to fully support themselves during their stay in Canada.
STEP 6 – Download LOA
Applicants can now download their LOA.
Note: Applicants will need to download their LOA to support their VISA application.
STEP 7 – Apply for a visa/study permit
After receiving their LOA, applicants should contact the nearest Canadian embassy or consulate as soon as possible to begin the process of applying for a student visa/permit (cic.gc.ca). Once the visa is approved, the applicant should upload their visa/study permit to the IAS portal and send Loyalist College an email confirmation of the same. Applicants should refer to the College’s key dates when making travel arrangements.
STEP 8: Apply to Residence (if applicable)
Applicants may wish to consider applying to Residence at this time.
When is the application deadline?
International students should apply as early as possible in order to allow enough time to obtain student visas and study permits, which can take several months depending on their home country. It is the responsibility of the student to ensure they have enough time to apply for their study permit and/or student visa.
As space in some programs may be limited, applicants are also strongly encouraged to apply to their desired intake. Applications will be evaluated on a first-come, first-served basis.
As the educational documents provided to support an application to Loyalist College are international documents, applicants may need to arrange to have a Credential Assessment Report for Loyalist College to continue processing the application for admission. Once Loyalist has reviewed the documentation, the College will notify the applicant if further documentation is required. Applicants may need to contact one of the following companies to provide Credential Assessment Reports for international documents. Please visit the following websites for further information and instructions on how to obtain the required report.
International Credential Assessment Service of Canada (ICAS)
100 Stone Road West
Guelph, Ontario N1G 5L3
World Education Service (WES)
2 Carleton Street
Toronto, Ontario M5B 1J3
Any transcripts not in English or French should be translated into English. Applicants should provide word-for-word translations of all documents in the same format as the original. All records (official certificates and transcripts) of your high school, college and university education must be sent with your application form. These records must include the original copies or certified “true” copies in the original language and the English translation.
International applicants must provide proof of academic standing equivalent to the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) (Grade 12), along with transcripts from any post-secondary education (if applicable).
The following certificates are acceptable for admission:
- India, Pakistan, Bangladesh: 10 + 12 with marks over 50%, Bachelors – less than eight backlogs
- England, Wales, West Africa and Middle East: GCSE – General Certificate of Secondary Education (O Level) with grades of A, B, C (or 1, 2, 3) in five academic subjects
- West Indies: General Certificate of Education (O Level) with grades of A, B, C (or 1, 2, 3) in five academic subjects, or Caribbean Examinations Council with grades of A, B, C (or 1, 2, 3) in five academic subjects
- Hong Kong: Hong Kong Certificate of Education with credit standing in five academic subjects, or pass standing in six academic subjects, or the Chinese University of Hong Kong Entrance Examination with a pass in five academic subjects
Post-Graduate Program Admissions:
- Require submission of proof of completed degree/diploma in a related field with transcripts
- Degree must be second class or above
All teaching within Loyalist is conducted in English. In order to be successful in a program, skills such as communication, listening comprehension, and reading and writing must be at a level sufficient to meet the demands of post-secondary studies. All applicants to Loyalist whose first language is not English, or whose previous education was in another language, will be expected to provide an English proficiency assessment for admissions approval.
Please forward test scores from one of the following tests with your application:
English Language Proficiency Test
Certificate/Diploma Programs/Advanced Diploma
TOEFL: (Test of English as a Foreign Language)
550 (paper-based test)
80 (iBT internet-based test with minimums of 20)
560 (paper-based test)
84 (iBT internet-based test) with minimums of 21
IELTS (International English Language Test Service)
6.0 overall with no bands less than 6.0 (under SDS)
6.0 overall with one band at 5.5 (generic category)
6.5 overall with no bands less than 6.0*
7.0 overall with no bands less than 6.5**
6.5 overall with no bands less than 6.0 in each section
CAEL (Canadian Academic English Language Assessment)
Overall band of 60, writing 60
Overall band of 70, writing 60
Cambridge English Exam
C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency
|C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency|
Duolingo English Test***
95 – 100
105 – 110* (equivalent to IELTS 6.5)
115 – 120** (equivalent to IELTS 7.0)
105 – 110* (equivalent to IELTS 6.5)
Pearson PTE Academic
*For the following programs: Early Childhood Education, Developmental Services Worker, Fitness and Health Promotion, Recreation & Leisure Services – Sports
**For the following programs: Care of Vulnerable Populations, Personal Support Worker
***The Duolingo English Test is an online English proficiency test that can be taken online, on-demand, in under an hour. The test is taken via a computer with a camera and includes a proficiency score, video interview, and writing sample which will be shared with Loyalist College when you send your results. Certified results are available within 48 hours of the test session. For more information, visit englishtest.duolingo.com/applicants.
Gap in Studies
If there is a gap between education and application to Loyalist College, the applicant is required to submit a curriculum vitae or resume along with their application package.
For more information, contact InternationalAdmissions@loyalistcollege.com.