International students who wish to study at Alexander College must first obtain authorization to study in Canada from Refugees, Immigration, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). To learn about eligibility requirements to obtain a study permit for Canada, visit the IRCC website.
Alexander College is a Designated Learning Institution (DLI), and this authorization allows the College to accept international students. Alexander College’s DLI number is O19347185182 (note that the first character is the letter O, not zero)
Once an international student has been approved for a study permit, they must arrive in Canada to be issued to physical permit (normally to be placed into the student’s passport). On arrival in Canada, an international student is required to comply with the terms of their study permit.
The following requirements are taken directly from the IRCC website: https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/study-canada/study-permit/eligibility.html
Study permit holders are required to comply with the terms of their permit, which may include (but not limited to):
Students must also follow any other specific conditions listed on the study permit, which could include:
Full-time status at Alexander College requires one of the following:
Fall, Winter, Spring Terms
Note: At both the ENGL 098 and ENGL 099 levels, students are encouraged to practically apply their language skills in an academic course. Although there is a difference in the number of course hours (ENGL 098 is 15 hours per week, while ENGL 099 is 10 hours per week), both course combinations sufficiently provide the baseline of required hours for what is considered full-time.
Summer Intensive Term
*UPRE and EAP are not offered during the summer term due to the shortened term length.
At Alexander College, there are three regularly scheduled breaks during the academic year.
International students on a study permit are permitted to work full-time during the regularly scheduled breaks, if so authorized on their study permit.
You must be a full-time student both before and after the break to work full-time.
You can’t work during a break that comes before you start your very first school semester.
During the summer, students may choose to register for Summer Intensive term (which is a regularly scheduled break), or to take the corresponding dates off as an authorized study break.
Option 1: Take a break from studies
Option 2: Register for Summer Intensive term
Students may take the Summer Intensive (July – August) term off as a study break. While there are a small number of condensed classes offered during the summer months, the Summer Intensive (July – August) is not considered a regular term for the purposes of study permit or work permit eligibility provided that the student is enrolled, full-time, in both the term prior to the break and the term following the break.
As a Designated Learning Institution (DLI), Alexander College is required to report to report on the status of international students both to IRC and to Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA). The Registrar regularly responds to ad-hoc requests for authentication of official letters and credentials, and/or to confirm enrolment details, from both IRCC and CBSA. Routine compliance reporting to IRCC on the status of all international students is required, and occurs at least twice per academic year.
Students are reported as one of the following categories:
Program or degree completed
No longer registered or enroled
Academic Break (regularly scheduled break)
Per Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) policy, international students require a study permit to study in Canada, and must comply with the terms of the permit throughout their studies. Foremost among the terms of a study permit is the requirement to be actively pursuing studies by maintaining continuous enrolment at a Designated Learning Institution (DLI), without any unauthorized breaks in study.
By process of appeal to the college’s Registrar, study permit holders in good academic standing may be eligible to take an authorized leave from studies under certain circumstances beyond their control, and still be considered actively pursuing studies during the approved period. Authorized leave from studies may extend to a maximum of 150 days or one regular term.
Reasons for requesting authorized leave from studies could include (for example):
Students approved for a period of authorized leave by Alexander College are not required to inform IRCC, but must retain a letter of Confirmation of Authorized Leave for their own records (if proof of approval is requested by IRCC at a later date). Students approved for authorized leave must return to full-time studies in the subsequent term, and may not work during the authorized leave.
To request authorized leave from Alexander College for up to one regular term, students are required to:
Applicants will be contacted if more information is needed, and notified of the decision within 10 business days. If approved, students will be provided with a Confirmation of Authorized Leave letter.
The following requirements are taken directly from the IRCC website: https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/study-canada/work/work-on-campus.html
Who can work on-campus
You can only start working in Canada when you start your study program. You can’t work before your studies begin.
You can work as an international student in Canada if your study permit lists a condition that says you’re allowed to work on- or off-campus.
You can work on your school campus, without a work permit, if you:
Who can’t work on campus
You must stop working on-campus:
You can return to work only once you’re back to studying and you meet all the requirements to work on-campus.
The following requirements are taken directly from the IRCC website: https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/study-canada/work/work-off-campus.html
Who Can Work Off-Campus
You can work off campus without a work permit if you meet all of these requirements:
If you’re a part-time student
You can work off campus only if:
If you’re on an authorized leave
If you’re on an authorized leave from your studies, or you’re switching schools and you’re not studying, you can’t work off campus. You can only return to work once you’re back to studying.
Graduates of an Associate of Arts degree (any concentration) or Associate of Science degree (any concentration) program from Alexander College are eligible to apply for a Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP). The PGWP program provides an opportunity for graduates to obtain a work permit and to remain in Canada and enter the workforce for a period of up to three years.
The following requirements are taken directly from the IRCC website: https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/study-canada/work/after-graduation.html
The following are general eligibility requirements for the PGWP:
You have up to 180 days to apply for a PGWP after you get your
To be eligible, your study permit must have been valid at some point during these 180 days.
Don’t let your status expire while you wait for your [credential]. [Processing time for an Application for Graduation from Alexander College is approximately 6 weeks]
If your study permit will expire before you [are awarded your credential], you have 2 options. You can
If you stay in Canada and let your permit expire, you must apply to restore your status as a student to apply for your PGWP. To restore your status, you must pay additional fees.
You can apply for a PGWP if
You must also have
Exceptions to the eligibility requirements
You aren’t eligible for a PGWP if you
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