International Students

International Students

Thank you for choosing Northern! We are thrilled you’d like to pursue your studies with us.

Here you will find more information on programs, how to apply, and what to expect for your studies at Northern College.

Winter 2023 Registration, Withdrawal/Refund Policies & Q&AWinter 2023 International Students Travel GuidanceInternational Student Insurance Notification

How to Apply

Apply through OCAS International.

A non-refundable application fee of $100 will apply.

Submit the following documents with your OCAS application:

  • Official transcripts for any education completed (or in-progress) outside and/or in Canada.
  • An official copy of your valid passport and study permit (if you already have these documents).
  • Proof of English Proficiency test result from IELTS (academic), TOEFL or PTE required by the specific program.

Note: Documents submitted to OCAS for education completed outside of Canada must be notarized copies. A certified English translation must be accompanied if the original documents are not in English.

If you have any questions about applying, please contact

Apply on OCAS

Accepting Your Offer

Offer of Admission letters are sent directly to accepted students through international Application Service of Ontario College Admission System (where you submitted your application). Please ensure you acceptance of the offer letter and pay your deposit within the deadline on your offer letter to ensure the further process of your registration.

Tuition Fees and Registration deadlines and Tuition Fees information can be found on your Offer of Admission letter under the Fee Structure section for first payment due information.

International Assessments

Admission to a Post-Secondary Diploma or Certificate Program
To be eligible you must possess the equivalent of an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) and required courses as noted on specific program pages.


  • Upper Secondary School Certificate with a minimum grade of 6.5 in relevant subjects
  • English Proficiency requirements as outlined below.
  • Students must submit scanned copies of the original certified secondary school transcripts for diploma programs and college or university transcripts for postgraduate programs.
  • All documents must be accompanied by a notarized English translation.
International Credential Assessments

An Assessment Report is required, describing your level of education completed internationally for Comparable Canadian Standards. Northern College would prefer ICAS Assessment Reports as all levels of education – secondary, post-secondary and technical – can be assessed. Northern College will recognize and accept Assessment Reports from the following Service Providers:

English as a Second Language – Proficiency Tests

Proficiency Tests for International applicants for whom English is a second language must demonstrate proficiency in both spoken and written English by taking the following:

International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
IELTs Academic – Issued with past 2 years

Certificate and Diploma programs: Overall IELTS score of 6.0 with no individual Band score under 6.0; however, we will accept one band at 5.5.

Be advised that the following programs require: Overall IELTS score of 6.5 with no individual Band score under 6.0

Post-Graduate or Degree programs: Overall IELTS score of 6.5 with no individual Band score under 6.0
Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic

  • Diploma or Certificate programs: 58+
  • Post-Graduate Certificate or Diploma programs: 60+
  • Advanced Standings: 60+

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
A score of 550 paper and 213 computer-based; 79-IBT.

For additional details see: Test of English as a Foreign Language

English Language Proficiency Programs at Northern College

Our English Language Proficiency programs include English As A Second Language (ESL) and English Academic Program (GAS EAP) for international students.

Scholarships, Bursaries and Awards

Investing in you and your future to support your education financially is an important step to your success! Northern College has one of the highest number of scholarships, bursaries and awards per student in the province.


15 awards of $500

This award intends to recognize students for their academic excellence and positive contributions to their program.


15 awards of $500

This award intends to recognize students that demonstrate leadership qualities through their involvement on and off campus and their ability to guide and inspire others.

Role Model

15 awards of $500

This award intends to honour international students for demonstrating the important qualities of a role model.

Entrance Award

25 awards of $500

This award intends to recognize students for having chosen to pursue their post-secondary education in a northern community.

Traveling to Canada

Please connect with the International Department at for the most up-to-date information about traveling to Canada for your studies.

Information regarding travel procedures, policies, and required documents for coming to Northern College for your studies during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic can be found a COVID-19 Information for International Students.


The closest airport to all our campuses is in Timmins, Ontario.

Flights from Toronto to the Timmins Victor M. Power Airport (YTS) is 1 hour and 20 minutes in duration.

Student at our Timmins Campus can use ground transportation from the airport to the campus in South Porcupine, which is approximately 20 minutes (24 km) from the airport.

Students at our Haileybury Campus or Kirkland Lake Campus can use ground transportation from the Timmins Airport to continue travel.

Timmins to Kirkland Lake is 2 hours (155 km).
Timmins to Haileybury is approximately 2.5 hours (230 km).

Ground Transportation from Toronto

Haileybury is 5 hours 44 minutes (540 km) [Google Map]
Kirkland Lake is 6 hours and 15 minutes (600 km) [Google Map]
Timmins is 7 hours 32 minutes (700 km) [Google Map]

Province of Ontario Map

Welcome to Northern

At the beginning of each intake, new students can join orientation with Student Services, as well as with your program to learn about all the supports available and what you can expect from your academic studies.

We’ve also prepared videos to help you get acquainted with all the services and resources available in the community.


Pures College in Toronto

Northern College has established a collaboration with Pures College of Technology in order to provide high-quality education and exemplary services to overseas students in Toronto. Students enrolled in Northern College programs at the Pures Toronto location receive full credit from Northern College, and are granted a Northern College diploma upon meeting their graduation requirements. Students taking a Northern College program at Pures have the opportunity to acquire a high-quality education along with practical skills enhancement. Staff and faculty provide a welcoming environment for international students, offering excellent student services to ensure that students have a great learning experience. By living in Toronto, international students are able to access significant employment opportunities and community support services

Learn More are

Chongqing Industry Polytechnic, Mechanical Engineering Technician Business Accounting

Henan Institute of Economics and Trade, Business Marketing

Hunan Industry Polytechnic, Mechanical Engineering Technician

Jiangxi College of Applied Technology, Construction Engineering Technician

Shanxi Engineering Vocational College, Construction Engineering Technician and Mechanical Engineering Technician

Guangxi International Business Vocational College, Business Accounting

Xinxiang University, Business Accounting

Student & Graduate Testimonials

Gurpreet Kaur - Computer Engineering Student

I tried to find the best college for further study so that I could make my future bright. I checked reviews and I saw that this college is very helpful to international students. All my teachers are very polite. They know that English is not our first language – that’s why they always review the material more than once and take the time to make sure we understand. I like everything about my college as all my teachers are the best. I love the way they teach.

With the help of my teachers, I get good marks. Moreover, the College is located in a very peaceful and safe area. I want to let everyone know that Northern College is one the best colleges in Canada. As an international student, my advice to every student is that if you want to learn from the best teachers, then definitely join our college.

Kamaljeet Kaur Brar - Environmental Technician Student

I won an International scholarship with Northern College and want to thank the donors and the Northern College Student Association for selecting me for this bursary. I have received my scholarship of $500 dollars. Thank you very much for it. In this pandemic, this money is going to help me a lot in my studies and my daily life. I am very glad and thankful, and you can see this on my face with a big smile. I am in the Environmental Technician program; I am going to graduate this December.

I am hoping that after my graduation, I can find a good job in this field and make my college and my family proud. This award has given me more enthusiasm to work hard in future. I would love to thank you again. I feel so grateful to receive this award.

Maninderjit Kaur - Business Graduate

I came to Canada and to Northern College in January of 2018. Everything was new for me here, especially in Northern Ontario. I don’t know how to express how much Northern College and the Northern community has given to me. I’ve learned so much from my professors, Deans, my employers, and from everyone!

I’ve grown so much, achieved what I never thought I would and I am on my way to achieving so much more. I am developing a strong character and loving it!

One of the things I like most is that people are so welcoming here. Once you get used to living in the North, you will never regret coming up here.

I work for Northern College now, and help other students like me feel welcome here!

Don’t miss a chance to come here, accept challenges, and win your game. We are all here to support you.

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