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. Connect with a Loyalist College International Agent Partner.
2. Direct application – student
International applicant will now apply directly to Loyalist College’s via 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
For live program availability please click here.
Direct application steps:
STEP 1 – Create an account
STEP 2 – Pick the program(s) and upload documents
Applicants can select program(s) they are interested in applying to at Loyalist College on the IAS portal. Our team will require the following documents to complete the review.
- 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 and Submit the application
Once the applicant has paid the $110 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 to maintain admission.
- 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. The application may be closed to allow future applications.
STEP 4 – Download LOA
Applicants can now download their LOA form the IAS portal
Note: Applicants will need to download their LOA to support their VISA application.
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. Payment receipt will be issues within 3-4 Business days of receiving the fund.
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 – 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 click Visa-received to trigger pre-registration on the IAS portal. Once pre-registered, information regarding registration and myLoyalist portal access will be shared. Applicants should refer to the College’s key dates when making travel arrangements.
STEP 7: Apply to Residence
Applicants may wish to consider applying to Residence at this time.
All deferral request must be requested on the IAS portal. Deferrals are granted according to availability and Loyalist College cannot guarantee approval. There is a one deferral request only allowed for each application. We recommend that applicant withdraw and request deferrals on the IAS portal as soon as they are able and that they follow deadlines outlined in our academic calendar.
For more information on our refund policy, please visit our refund web page.
Loyalist College does not permit campus transfers.
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 applicant 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.
For live availability please refer to our program search page.
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:
- Scanned original, secondary school graduation transcripts.
- Scanned original, university/post secondary graduation transcripts (for post-grad).
- Certified translation if applicable. All documents must be in English.
- English proficiency test results.
Our admissions team might request backlog certificate as well as experience/work related document for any gap in study.
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|
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: Personal Support Worker
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 Student Fees*
Loyalist College recognizes that these are difficult times and we will work with students to resolve issues that are beyond their control on a case-by-case basis.
Future tuition payments will be required to be paid by Flywire account (from within Canada) or Canadian bank transfer. Cash or credit card payments will not be permitted. International students are required to pay the following fees for the first year of their full-time post-secondary program. All fees are in Canadian funds. A minimum payment of one semester ($8,868) is required prior to the start of classes; however, students are encouraged to pay the entire academic year in one transfer.
Instructions for within Canada payment – Flywire Payments – Canadian
Fees charged for full- and part-time credit programs are established by the Ministry of Colleges and Universities and can be changed without advance notice. The fees indicated here are those in place for the 2022 – 2023 academic year.
International (Belleville Campus)
Applicants who applied for a student visa may pay the following fees for regular full-time post-secondary programs (two semesters per year). Fees related to programs that are less than or greater than two semesters will be adjusted accordingly. Please note that a minimum payment equivalent to one semester is required prior to the start of classes. However, we encourage students to pay for the entire academic year in one transfer.
Year One** – Two Semesters
Year One** – Two Semesters
Year One** – One Semester
|Year Two – Two Semesters||
Year Three – Two Semesters
|Full-Time Ancillary Fees*||$1,308||$1,308||$654||$1,308||$1,308|
Health Insurance for one calendar year (mandatory)
For a list of the many services, activities and items included within the ancillary fees, and the related policies, view the 2023-2024 Ancillary Fee Schedules for full-time students.
*Fees are subject to change.
**Please note: Once finalized, tuition and ancillary fees for years two and three of a program will be reflected on a student’s myFees page in the myLoyalist portal.
No additional taxes.
The following programs require additional program supplies that will need to be purchased upon arrival:
- Architectural Technician
- Carpentry and Renovation
- Custom Border Services
- Child and Youth Care
- Computer Systems Technician
- Early Childhood Education
- Electrical Engineering Technician
- Esthetics and Spa Management
- Fitness and Health Promotion
- Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning
- Pre-service Fire Fighter
- Radiation Safety
First-year students: All semester fees are payable no later than the deadline date listed on your invoice provided at the time of receiving an offer.
Returning students: All semester fees for returning students are payable no later than the following dates except when otherwise advised by the Registrar’s Office:
- Fall: August 1
- Winter: December 1
- Spring: April 1
If a student does not pay their fees before the deadline stated above, a $250 late fee charge will be applied to their student account.
Other fees are included below for consideration when securing loans.
Requirements depend on program. Students will be able to purchase some required items at our on-campus bookstore.
Consideration should be given to the cost of living for the duration of your program in addition to any breaks in the program (e.g. summer) if you are staying in Canada. Living expenses are approximate.
This estimate is only a guideline and does not include any money for returning home or visiting other parts of Canada. This estimate will permit an adequate but far from luxurious standards of living. Your first month will be expensive because of settling-in costs such as paying an extra month’s rent as a damage deposit, purchasing warm clothing, textbooks and supplies.