How to Apply – International Students

Each new student is assigned an Enrolment Advisor at the application phase of their studies. Enrolment Advisors at Alexander College are responsible for answering general questions, providing personalized support, and ensuring that each student has a direct contact and connection to the College staff.

Our Enrolment Advisors are also able to offer assistance and support to our diverse student population in additional languages, including Mandarin, Punjabi, Korean, and Spanish.

How to Apply

When applying to Alexander College, you may wish to contact us directly and speak with an Enrolment Advisor. Your Enrolment Advisor will provide answers to your questions and guide you through the application process.

Programs at Alexander College are considered to have open enrolment and applications are normally accepted until programs are full. Space permitting, new applications may be accepted for up to one week after classes begin. Some courses can fill quickly, and we encourage new students to submit applications as soon as possible in order to have the greatest course selection.

Applications may be made in person at either campus, or sent by mail:

Burnaby Campus Vancouver Campus
Office of the Registrar
Alexander College – Burnaby Campus
101-4603 Kingsway
Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada
V5H 4M4
Office of the Registrar
Alexander College – Vancouver Campus
100-602 West Hastings Street
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
V6B 1P2

Designated Learning Institution Number (DLI#)

To apply for (or extend) a study permit on or after June 1, 2014, you will need a Letter of Acceptance (LOA) or Confirmation of Enrolment letter (COE) from a designated learning institution. You must include the Designated Learning Institution number (DLI #) on your application.

Note: DLI numbers begin with the letter ‘O’ and can be found on your Alexander College LOA or COE from June 1 onward.

Alexander College’s DLI# is O19347185182

For more information about these new regulations, or to view Citizenship and Immigration Canada’s (CIC) list of Designated Learning Institutions, visit


Important Dates and Deadlines

Important Dates and Deadlines

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Documentation Requirements

Document Checklist

□ Application for Admission form*

□ Application fee of $200*

□ Academic Transcripts*

High School Applicants

□  Senior high school transcript(s) showing the most recent two years of secondary education (normally grades 11-12, or equivalent)

□  Certificate of graduation, or equivalent


Post-Secondary Applicants

□  Post-secondary transcript(s) showing a minimum of 9 credits, or three graded courses, taken at an accredited post-secondary institution

□  Documentation of English language proficiency (if an accepted equivalent is not included on the transcript

Supplemental Documentation

□  Passport photocopy*

□  Canadian citizenship document, PR card, study permit, or other document which authorizes study in Canada*

□  Medical insurance document


Items marked with an asterisk (*) are required to be considered for admission.

Items in italics may be submitted at a later date, but must be submitted prior to course registration.


Exceptions for Applicants from Outside of Canada (overseas applicants)

Applicants with no previous study history in Canada are exempt from the requirement to provide the following documents at the time of admission:

  • Admission with Unofficial documentation form – not required
  • Canadian citizenship document, PR card, study permit, or other document which authorizes study in Canada – not required at the time of admission, but must be submitted prior to course registration.


Application Procedure – International Students

  1. Submit the application form, application fee, academic and supporting documentation
  2. Wait for Admissions to review your application
    • Admissions decisions are normally made within 1-3 business days. If your application is incomplete, you may be asked to submit alternate documents at this time. If your application is approved, you will receive a congratulatory Welcome Letter and an information package which includes information on AC Online, course registration, important dates, staff contacts, and campus maps.
  3. If you are an international student, pay the tuition deposit and receive a Letter of Acceptance (LOA)
    • Along with your Welcome Letter, you will also receive an invoice and instructions for payment of the tuition deposit. You may also request banking information if you intend to submit the tuition deposit by wire transfer. If you choose wire transfer, please also be sure to factor bank processing times into your timeline. When your tuition deposit has been receive, you will be issued an official letter of acceptance (LOA) in order to apply for a study permit and entry visa, if applicable.
  4. Apply for a study permit and travel visa, if applicable
    • Students who are not Canadian citizens or Permanent residents are classified as International students and require a valid study permit to study at a Canadian post-secondary institution.For detailed instructions on obtaining an initial study permit, visit:


.On arrival in Canada

  1. If you have not already done so, submit your study permit and medical insurance to Admissions.
    • If you do not yet have medical insurance, Admissions will assist you to sign up
  2. Make an appointment to see an Academic Advisor, who will help you to create a study plan
  3. Using your new AC Online account, update your profile information and register for classes
  4. Prepare for the first day of classes
    1. Print your class schedule from AC Online
    2. Visit the Library to have your photo taken for a student ID card
    3. Purchase textbooks and supplies from the Bookstore