Thank you for your interest in Prairie College

We are pleased to accept applications from learners all over the world. As an Admissions team we are proud to offer you personal service throughout the Admissions process. 

STEP ONE: Pick your Program

Prairie has a variety of 1, 2 and 4 year programs to choose from. If you are unsure what program you would like to apply to, take time to browse our program list.

If you are interested in a Post Grad Work Permit, please refer to the Government of Canada website for details on which of our programs qualify.

Please note that full time studies is a minimum of 12 credits per semester. 

STEP TWO: Application for Admission

Please submit the following items to be considered for acceptance to Prairie College. 

  • Online Application – Start the Online application HERE.
  • Application Fee – Applicants must submit a $100CAD fee through Flywire. This fee is non-refundable.
  • Transcripts from all previous educational institutions. Please submit official copies of all of your high school and post secondary transcripts.
    • Transcripts are only considered official when received directly from the administering institution (school or government).
    • If your transcripts are not in English, please submit a notarized translation along with the official transcript. 
    • Students can submit WAEC scores in lieu of high school transcripts.
  • Reference: Please have a Christian friend over the age of 21 fill in the online reference. You will enter their email address in the online application. (Those applying for the Youth or Pastoral program are required to submit two references).
  • Testimony: Please provide 300-500 words in English to tell us how you became a Christian, how God is presently working in your life and why you want to attend the program you have chosen. Please write this in the online application.
  • English Language Proficiency (ELP): Every International student needs to submit proof of meeting our ELP requirement. See options below.
  • Additional Items: 
    • Practical Nurse, Music, and Digital Media programs require additional items. See the individual program pages for details. 
    • If a student is a homebased learner and has completed non-standardized curriculum, they will need to submit an additional item. See more info in Admissions – Steps to Apply.

 

ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY

The following tests are accepted as proof of English Proficiency: 

  • Duolingo English Test with a minimum score of 120
  • International English Language Testing Service (IELTS) exam with an overall bandwidth of 6.5 with no score lower than 6.0. 
  • The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a minimum score of 90 on the internet based test with a minimum score of 21 points in each section. 
  • Cambridge C1 Advanced or Cambridge C2 Proficiency with a score of at least 180. 

If an International Student has done previous education in English they can fulfill ELP requirement with one of the following: 

  • Three years of full-time secondary education where English was the language of Instruction. 
  • Three years of post-secondary education at an approved post-secondary institution, where English was the language of instruction.
STEP THREE: Acceptance

Once all items in step two are submitted, your application will be reviewed for acceptance. You will likely receive your admissions decision within 1-2 weeks of your application being complete.

STEP FOUR: Apply for your Study Permit

Once you have been accepted we will send you all required admissions documents to apply for your study permit. 

The Admissions office at Prairie College is not able to provide assistance with your study permit process. Please refer to Government of Canada website for all information.

STEP FIVE: Prepare to move to Canada

After you have received your study permit, you can prepare to move to Prairie College. The Admissions team will arrange an airport shuttle from the Calgary (YYC) airport on the days leading up to Orientation.

After arriving in Canada, you may want to work while you are a student. Please view the Government of Canada website for more information about this. 

International Student Finances

Our International student fees are available online HERE. To apply for Scholarships and Bursaries please visit our fees and financial aid website. 

Please note the required payments after you have been accepted: 

  • Tuition Deposit: Upon acceptance to Prairie College you will submit a $250CAD tuition deposit. This deposit is non-refundable and should be paid through flywire. This deposit holds your seat in your program and allows the admissions staff to enroll you in classes.
  • Tuition Downpayment: Prior to beginning classes or moving into dorms students must have a $12,000CAD account balance. This should be paid in advance through flywire.

Important Dates

Application Deadlines: 

  • For Fall Semester (September Start): Application must be received by June 1st.

  • For Winter Semester (January Start): Application must be received by October 1st.


Orientation

All new students should plan to attend New Student Orientation. Orientation is typically the last week of August for the Fall semester and first week of January for the winter semester. Your admissions counsellor will inform you of the exact date for your entry term.

International
Admissions Procedures

Our admissions team can provide basic support and direct you to consulting services if you have detailed questions about the immigration process.

Application Timeline

If you are a citizen of a country other than the United States or Canada, you should begin the application process several months before the semester you plan to enroll in. We suggest the following dates for application: before June 1 for the Fall Semester and before October 1 for the Winter Semester.

Application Fees

All international students must submit an application fee of $100 before an application will be reviewed. 

Student Services & Fees

All student services are available to international students on the same basis as for Canadian students. 

If you’d like to contact someone in person, please call 1.800.661.2425, or email admissions@prairie.edu.

Basic Entrance Requirements for International Students

1. A spiritual reference (a pastor, spiritual mentor, or mature Christian friend 21 years of age or older) must be submitted as a part of the application. These can be completed directly on the international application form.

2. Academic transcripts must also be submitted to provide a record of any previous secondary (high school) or post-secondary studies. International student transcripts will be evaluated on an individual basis to determine equivalency to the Alberta High School requirements.

As a part of the international application process, we must receive official documents before an admission decision can be made. Please note that in order for transcripts to be considered Official, original hard copies must be sent directly from the administering institution or government in a sealed envelope. Copies sent personally by the applicant are considered Unofficial.

3. International students must submit proof of English proficiency by completing one of the following:

  •  The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a minimum score of 90 on the internet based test with a minimum score
    of 21 points in each section.
  • The academic level International English Language Testing Service (IELTS) exam with an overall band score of 6.5, with no band
    scores less than 6.0.
  • Cambridge C1 Advanced (Certificate in Advanced English) or Cambridge C2 Proficiency (Certificate of Proficiency in English)
    with a score of at least 180.
  • Duolingo English Test with a minimum score of 120.


Acceptance & Immigration Information

1. Once we have received your completed application, the Admissions Committee will review your file and notify you of their decision. This usually takes 1-2 weeks from the day your application was completed.

2. If you are accepted, you will need to obtain a study permit (student visa) from a Canadian Consulate or Embassy. In order to do this you will need the following:

  • Proof of citizenship: Passport
  • Proof of sufficient funds for one year. Proof of funds can be demonstrated by a bank cheque [not a personal cheque] or statement, Prairie College account receipt, or a letter from your sponsor on official letterhead stationery.
  • Proof of return transportation: Canadian officials may require that you have proof of return transportation to your home country upon completion of your studies.
 

Please note that application to Prairie does not guarantee acceptance, nor does admission to Prairie guarantee that a student visa will be approved by Immigration Canada.

Health Insurance

All international students are required to have health coverage. In accordance with the Canada Health Act, Alberta has a publicly administered and funded health care system that guarantees Albertans receive universal access to medically necessary hospital and health care services. All International students who have obtained a student visa for longer than one year will have access to this free Alberta Health Care Service and will register during Orientation Week. All international students who have a student visa for less than one year will need to purchase health insurance. For more information, contact Student Financial Services or visit the link to Alberta Health listed below.

Important Links

Canadian Consulate

Immigration Canada

Alberta Health

Canada & United States Application

Fall 2024 (September start), Winter 2025 (January start), and Online Education (start anytime) applications are open. 

International Student Application

Prairie welcomes applications from individuals all around the world! To begin the International Student Application please click the link below. 

Master's Application

If you are applying for the Master of Leadership in Global Christian Education and need more information visit the program page. 

Information Request

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Here are key opportunities you can partner with Prairie

We have launched our Campaign for Greater Impact to provide students with the very best learning opportunities and campus facilities for the decades ahead. 

In Phase One of this Campaign, we plan to invest in much-needed campus renewal, including: upgraded Infrastructure, a new Student Residence, Cafeteria, Worship Auditorium, and expanded Aviation Training Centre. A modern campus requires an investment that is bold, and even expensive, but each Campaign Project is strategic, and designed to enhance Prairie’s campus and student life experience.

Expansion of Prairie Aviation Training Centre

This expansion of PATC’s facility is a key project of Prairie’s Campaign for Greater Impact. It will increase the College’s capacity to train a new generation of Christian aviators to serve God in missions, and also address the growing need for trained pilots in the commercial aviation sector.

Scholarships & Education Fund

Invest in the next generation of missional professionals. Each year Prairie College distributes over $500,000 in scholarships and bursaries to students. We are grateful for each gift that reduces the burden of students’ tuition and allows students to fulfill their God-given professions.

Prison Bible Encounter Program

Encourage inmates in five institutions across Alberta to discover or reconnect with Jesus Christ. This fund assists the students studying the Certificate in Bible program with scholarships, resources for classes, and instruction. 

General Ministries

Prairie College is educating students to pursue a Biblical foundation for life and career.  Your contribution to this fund assists in minimizing the College’s general operating expenses.  

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