How to Apply – International Students

Each new student is assigned an Enrolment Officer at the application phase of their studies. Enrolment Officers 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 Officers 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

Visit Important Dates page


Documentation Requirements

Document Checklist

□ Application for Admission form

□ Application fee of $150

□ Official high school transcript, in English, or with an official or notarized English translation, which shows the results for the last three years of high school. Students still in Grade 12 may apply before graduation, and once graduated are required to submit a final official transcript before course registration.

□ Official high school graduation certificate, in English, or with an official or notarized English translation.

□ English test results (TOEFL, IELTS, or equivalent) if applicable.

□ All  post-secondary transcripts, if applicable.

*All documents above may be submitted in copy form at the time of application, however a Registrar hold will be applied to the student file until required official documentation has been presented to Admissions. Students are strongly encouraged to submit their official documents on application.

Additional Required Documents **All items below are photocopied to the student file.

□ Passport photo and info page

□ Study permit / student visa / PR card / Canadian citizenship

□ Medical insurance coverage


Application Procedure – International Students

Submit the application form and fee

  • Application form
  • Application fee of $150.00

Submit academic transcripts

Academic Requirement:

Direct from High School (not completed ANY post-secondary studies)

  • Photocopy or official high school transcript or marks card showing the equivalent of grades 11 and 12. If this transcript or marks card is not in English or French, it must also be accompanied by a certified translation.
  • Photocopy or official high school graduation certificate (not required if graduation status is printed on the academic transcript), or equivalent. If this certificate is not in English or French, it must also be accompanied by a certified translation.

University Transfer

  • Photocopy or official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended




English Requirement:

  • Photocopy or original valid English test results: TOEFL, IELTS, LPI, O/A/AS-Levels, or equivalent.



ICES logo

International Credential Evaluation Service

Alexander College accepts credential evaluation reports from International Credential Evaluation Service (ICES), operating within British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT).

Credential evaluation reports are not mandatory and are not used in place of transcripts, graduation certificates, or translations, but rather serve as an accompaniment that is intended to assist Admissions officers with the assessment process. Reports include supplemental information about a student’s academic history, including language of instruction, length of study, and equivalency of the credential in the Canadian context.

In the rare event that an international transcript is rejected or returned by Alexander College admissions due to unclear or missing information, an accompanying ICES Report can be used to fill in the needed information.

For more information about ICES credential evaluation services, please visit

Submit supplemental documents

  • Photocopy of valid passport or citizenship card
  • Photocopy of valid medical insurance (care card)
  • Photocopy of valid study permit, if applicable.

Await admissions decision

Wait for an admissions decision, which will be 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.

Pay the tuition deposit and receive a Letter of Acceptance

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.

Apply for 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

Create a study plan

Make an appointment with an Academic Advisor. The Academic Advisor will listen to your needs and academic goals and help you to create an appropriate study plan.

Using your new AC Online account, update your profile information and register for classes

Verify the information in your personal Profile. Update if necessary.
Register for courses. Instructions are available in your Welcome Package, or online at

Prepare for the first day of classes

Print your class schedule from AC Online.
Visit the Library to have your photo taken. Get a student ID card.
Purchase textbooks and supplies.