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.
Admission requirements, including English proficiency, and other important information for each program can be found on specific program pages.
When you are ready to apply, go to OCAS International to submit your documentation for us to review your application.
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 email@example.com.
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 accept your offer and pay your deposit within the deadline to ensure the further process of your registration.
Registration deadlines and tuition information can be found on your Offer of Admission letter under the Fee Structure section for first payment due information.
Learn more about the programs available for international students and familiarize yourself with the admissions requirements.
To be eligible for admission to a Post-Secondary Diploma or Certificate Program 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.
English Proficiency Requirments
English 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
- Practical Nursing
- Medical Laboratory Technician
- Instrumentation and Control Engineering Technician
- Environmental Technician
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. Please note that the ESL and GAS EAP program are not available to students from India.
Students from the following countries and meeting the criteria are exempt from English Proficiency admission requirements:
Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cameroon (with GCE O and A level English courses), Canada, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Fiji, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, Grenada, Guyana, Ireland (English curriculum), Jamaica, Kenya, Mauritius (with GCE O and A-level English courses), New Zealand, Nigeria, Philippines (MOI*), Republic of Rwanda (MOI*), Saint Kitts & Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Singapore, Sierra Leone, South Africa (English curriculum), Tanzania, Trinidad & Tobago, Turks and Caicos, Uganda, United Kingdom, United States of America, Zambia, Zimbabwe
*MOI means the “Medium of Instruction”. International students from countries with (MOI*) are required to provide an official MOI letter from their senior high schools and/or post-secondary institutions to prove English was the medium of instructions when they their courses in school.
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: