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Last Updated on October 27, 2021 by Omotomiwa Lydia

Bow Valley College is a center of progressive learning in Alberta since its establishment, 1965. The Bow Valley College is an affiliate with the Alberta Rural Development Network and Colleges and Institutes Canada. Moreover, the faculty at Bow Valley College is highly experienced in terms of teaching and industrial knowledge. Further, the college arranges visits of industry experts and eminent scholars to deliver special lectures.

The college offers year-round career programs which include business, creative technologies, community studies, health and wellness, careers in immigrant advancement, intercultural studies, continuing education, academic upgrading, English language learning, dual credit program, and open studies. Moreover, the college offers specialized services and career services that help newcomers to Canada.

Bow Valley College opens admissions in Fall, Spring, and Summer and programs start in September and January while certificate programs start in May. The acceptance rate for Bow Valley College is 37%. College receives applications from many countries and the admission can get very competitive.


Application PortalOnline
Application Fee (non-refundable)Domestic: 65 CAD International: 130 CAD
Domestic-75 CAD International: 140 CAD
Mode of PaymentVisa, MasterCard, Debit, Cash, Personal Cheque, Money Order, Certified Cheque
Academic CalendarSemester-based
Intake SeasonFall, Winter, Spring
Financial AidLoan, Grants, Scholarship, Bursaries

Bow Valley College Admission Deadlines

At Bow Valley College, the application for admission opens 13 months before the program start date. International students applying to Bow Valley College should note the following deadlines:

SemesterApplication deadline for ELL and PostSecondary programs and valid study permitLast day to submit proof of study permit approval/ rejection of ELL and postsecondary programsInternational Application close date
Spring Semester
(May 5, 2021 – August 24, 2021)
March 4, 2021April 2, 2021April 2, 2021
Fall Semester
(September 1, 2021 – December 21, 2021)
July 5, 2021July 30, 2021July 30, 2021
Winter term 2022
(January 10, 2022 – April 28, 2022)
October 29, 2021November 26, 2021November 26, 2021

Applicants are required to apply as early as possible as the applications may be closed for the programs before the deadline if the capacity is been reached.

Bow Valley College International Student Admissions

Students from all over the world seek admission at Bow Valley College. Students from 148 countries with 98 different languages have been studied in the college. Before starting the application, the applicant should check whether seats are available for the program for which they are applying. The students are required to apply 12 months before the start dates of the studies.

Application Portal: Online

Application Fee: 130 CAD

The application fee for Bow Valley College Admission will be increased to 140 CAD from August 4, 2020.

Admission Requirement:

Applicants are required to submit the following supporting documents along with the application

  • Official high school transcripts
  • Official translations
  • Proof of English language proficiency

Students are needed to submit the documents via email to [email protected] including their Alberta Student Number-ASN in the subject line.

Bow Valley College requires additional country-specific documents with the application form.

Some of the popular South-Asian countries with admission requirements are listed below:

CountryDocuments required
High SchoolPost-Secondary
IndiaExamination certificates and transcripts from State Boards, All India Boards;
Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS), Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE), and Punjab School Education Board (PSEB).
For university/college education: Final or provisional degree certificates issued by the degree-awarding institution i.e. Bachelors, Masters. Each year’s statement of marks or academic transcript enlisting all the subjects;
For Technical Education, Nursing & Midwifery: Diploma certificate and statement of marks.
NepalSecondary School Leaving Certificate, Higher Secondary or Intermediate (10+2) Certificate, Proficiency CertificateCertificate of Graduation such as Bachelor’s, Masters, Diploma, Postgraduate Diploma, and/or Doctorate. Academic Transcripts
Sri LankaGeneral Certificate of Secondary Education O Level and General Certificate of Secondary Education A Level issued by Department of Exams or UK examining body.Academic Transcripts showing units/credits and grades obtained.
BangladeshSecondary School Certificate, Higher Secondary Certificate, Certificate of Education, Diploma or Senior Certificate in Nursing and Midwifery awarded by the Bangladesh Nurses Council.For university/ college education: Final or provisional degree certificates issued by the degree-awarding institution that is Bachelors, Masters. Each year’s statement of marks or academic transcript enlisting all the subjects.
PakistanSecondary School Certificate, Higher Secondary School Certificate, Intermediate Examination Certificate from Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education, and Inter Board Committee of Chairman.Bachelor of Science in Technology, Diploma of Associate Engineering, and other diplomas except for Vocational/G-II / GIII and Other Vocational Training Diplomas or Certificates.

Note: All the documents should be in scanned PDF format along with official English translations. For high school, documents have to be scanned 2-sided and in full color.

English Proficiency Test Score for International Students

As the courses at Bow Valley College are taught in Canadian English, the English Proficiency Language test score is required in order to meet the requirements for admission.

TestMinimum test scores

Note: If the above-mentioned test scores are not available, applicants can submit documents of Successful completion of an Alberta Education English Language Arts course or transcripts which mention the completion of 1 or 3 years of full-time secondary education where instructions were given in English.

Validity for test scores is of 2 years from the day of the test

As the IELTS testing centers all over the world are closed temporarily due to the COVID-19 outbreak, Bow Valley College will be accepting Duolingo Language Test Scores for the intake of Spring 2021, Fall 2021, and Winter 2022.

Student Visa Process for International Students

After a letter of acceptance is received by the student, they can apply for a study visa at their nearest Canadian Embassy or Consulate.

Requirements for Canadian Visa:

  • Fee payment including application processing fee and other applicable fees such as biometric fee in an acceptable form.
  • Photocopy of the information page of a valid passport or travel document which includes passport number, issuance and expiry date, and photo, name, place of birth and date.
  • Two photos
  • Letter of acceptance
  • Proof of financial support
  • If married, proof of Marriage License/ Certificate

Bow Valley College Diploma and Certificate Admissions

Given below are the requirements required for the various diploma and certificate admission.

Where to apply: Online application

Application Fee: 65 CAD

Academic Requirements:

  • Three years of full-time secondary education or completion of one year of full-time post-secondary education at a school where English was the language of instruction can waive ELP requirement
  • Transcripts of High school courses
  • English test scores

Here are specific academic requirements for some of the popular programs offered by Bow Valley College

ProgramAdmission RequirementGED scoreEnglish ProficiencyTotal Fees (CAD)
Diploma in Business AdministrationMinimum 65% in Grade 12 English and maths/ Satisfactory Results in BVC Admissions testCompetitive score in General Education Development(GED)Required31,500
Diploma in Information Technology SystemsMinimum 65% in Grade 12 English and maths/ Satisfactory Results in BVC Admissions testSuccessful completion of GED with Minimum 520 in writing Skills, maths and interpreting literature and artRequired41,535
Diploma in Software DevelopmentMinimum 65% in Grade 12 English and maths/ Satisfactory Results in BVC Admissions testSuccessful completion of GED with Minimum 520 in writing Skills, maths and interpreting literature and artRequired36,952
Digital Design DiplomaMinimum of 65% in English 30-2 or equivalent/ competitive score in BVCSuccessful completion of the General Education Development test (GED) with a standard score of 520 in Language Arts: Reading and WritingRequired47,084
Diploma in Child and Youth CareMinimum of 65% in English 30-2 or equivalent/Competitive result in BVC admission testSuccessful completion of the General Educational Development (GED) test with a standard score of 520 in Language Arts: Reading and WritingRequired39,138
Diploma in Disability studiesCompetitive score in BVC/ Minimum 65% in English 30-2 or equivalentMinimum 520 in writing skills and interpreting literature and artRequired28,866

Post Diploma Admissions

Some of the major post-diploma courses offered by Bow Valley College and their entry requirements are given below:

CoursesAcademic RequirementsEnglish ProficiencyTuition Fees (in CAD)
Post Diploma in human and health service managementDiploma or degree in health or human servicesRequired15,776
Post Diploma in Digital MarketingCandidates must have completed a degree or diploma courseRequired18,357
Post Diploma in Software DevelopmentCompletion of degree or diploma in related field and minimum 65% in maths or equivalent with relevant work experience in a technical fieldRequired19,721
Post Diploma in Cyber SecurityCompletion of a post-secondary diploma or degree in information technologies, computer engineering, software development, management information systems, or equivalentRequired33,786

Learning at Bow Valley College offers great teaching experience with industry knowledge, with the expert faculty members. Many of the certificate and diploma programs offered by Bow Valley College include work experience. That gives the advantage to get hands-on experience before you graduate. In the current COVID 19 situation, Bow Valley College will continue to deliver courses online for the Fall term. Online classes are equipped with BVC Technology Support, D2L Brightspace orientation video, and D2L Brightspace resources.