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International Admission Requirements

Admission to the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degree programs is granted on a 'first-qualified, first-admitted' basis.

For a more detailed description and full explanation Concordia's admission requirements, policies, and procedures, refer to section 3.0 of the Academic Calendar

 

 

Steps for International Admissions

Get Ready to Apply

Before applying to Concordia, please look over our program selection and check the admissions deadlines for international applications. Apply early as official transcript requests and study permit applications take time to process.

To apply online, go to applyalberta.ca. The application will not be sent to Concordia until the application fee is paid.

Check the English Language Requirements

Because English is the principal language of instruction at Concordia, all applicants to any program or course of study whose first language is not English must fulfill the English Language Requirement regardless of citizenship or country of origin. Please check the English Language Requirements and be sure to take the necessary steps toward fulfilling them.

Submit your Documents

Please be advised that you generally need to submit the following documents in order to complete your application:

Pay the Pre-registration Deposit

Once all documents have been submitted and evaluated, Concordia notifies applicants in writing of their admissibility. Successful applicants will need to provide a $2,500 pre-registration deposit to accept the offer of admission and hold their position in the program. The deposit is applied to your tuition fees once you begin your studies.

Apply for a Study Permit

When the pre-registration deposit has been received in full, Concordia issues a letter of acceptance for Citizenship and Immigration Canada. The letter is normally submitted with the Offer of Admission letter to the Canadian Consulate in the applicant’s home country to obtain a study permit, also known as a student visa or student authorization. To be eligible for a study permit, you must be registered for full-time studies.

Set up your Medical Insurance

All international students are required to have medical insurance while studying at Concordia. This coverage is provided automatically by STUDENTGUARD medical insurance. Students can opt out of this coverage after providing proof that they have coverage from another insurance provider. Be sure to contact Student Life and Learning once you've confirmed your flights to set up your insurance.

Plan your Finances

The tuition fees for Fall 2012 and Winter 2013 are due on September 5, 2012 and January 7, 2013, respectively. The approximate cost for international students taking five courses is $5,878 CDN per semester. This amount covers tuition, international student fees, and mandatory fees. It does not include books, lab fees, or course-specific charges.

Get Ready to Move to your New Home

Moving to a new country can be a daunting task and you'll be very busy once you get here. You'll need to find a place to live, learn how to get around the city, decide what to pack, and a lot more.

We want to help! Please look through the International Student Guide 2012-2013 to get our advice on settling into your new home.

 

Arts, Science, and Management

High School Admission

International applicants must present the five program-specific subjects for their program of study and the appropriate secondary school qualifications to enter any program at Concordia. Please check the following qualifications by country, and contact us if your country is not listed.

View country specific credential list.

To be admissible into Arts, applicants must normally present passing grades and a minimum admission average of 60% from a combination of the five following Grade 12 courses:

  1. English Language Arts
  2. Three subjects from History, Languages other than English, Fine Arts, and/or Sciences. A maximum of two Fine Arts courses may be presented for admission; the subjects must be from different subject areas.
  3. One subject from History, Languages other than English, Fine Arts, Sciences, and/or Other subjects

Please consult the following document to see which classes meet these guidelines:

Grade 12 Subject Classification

To be admissible into Science, applicants must normally present passing grades and a minimum admission average of 60% from a combination of the five following Grade 12 courses:

  1. English Language Arts
  2. Mathematics (Algebra)
  3. Two of Biology, Chemistry, or Physics
  4. One subject from History, Languages other than English, Fine Arts, Sciences, and/or Other subjects

Please consult the following document to see which classes meet these guidelines:

Grade 12 Subject Classification

To be admissible into Management, applicants must normally present passing grades and a minimum admission average of 65% from a combination of the five following Grade 12 courses:

  1. English Language Arts
  2. Mathematics (Algebra)
  3. Two subjects from History, Languages other than English, Fine Arts, and Sciences. A maximum of one Fine Arts course may be presented for admission.
  4. One subject from History, Languages other than English, Fine Arts, Sciences, and/or Other subjects

Please consult the following document to see which classes meet these guidelines:

Grade 12 Subject Classification

Jump Start (Gr.11)

Why you should get a Jump Start on university!

Students in Grade 11 who want to enter Arts, Science, or Management at Concordia can apply to our Jump Start program.

Students admitted through Jump Start will receive advanced registration priority for Fall 2014-2015, have access to an advisor for early advising, and be assigned a student ambassador buddy.

From January 1 to June 15, 2013, students in Grade 11 can apply to enter an undergraduate program in September 2014.

Application forms for Jump Start will be available in late 2012.

Applicants should present an admission average of 65% from a combination of the five Grade 11 courses listed below and should be on track to take the Grade 12 sequel courses:

  1. English Language Arts
  2. Three subjects from History, Languages other than English, Fine Arts, and/or Sciences. A maximum of two Fine Arts courses may be presented for admission; the subjects must be from different subject areas.
  3. One subject from History, Languages other than English, Fine Arts, Sciences, and/or Other subjects

Please consult the following document to see which classes meet these guidelines:

Grade 12 Subject Classification

Applicants should present an admission average of 65% from a combination of the five Grade 11 courses listed below and should be on track to take the Grade 12 sequel courses:

  1. English Language Arts
  2. Mathematics (Algebra)
  3. Two of Biology, Chemistry, or Physics
  4. One subject from History, Languages other than English, Fine Arts, Sciences, and/or Other subjects

Please consult the following document to see which classes meet these guidelines:

Grade 12 Subject Classification

Applicants should present an admission average of 72% from a combination of the five Grade 11 courses listed below and should be on track to take the Grade 12 sequel courses:

  1. English Language Arts
  2. Mathematics (Algebra)
  3. Two subjects from History, Languages other than English, Fine Arts, and Sciences. A maximum of one Fine Arts course may be presented for admission.
  4. One subject from History, Languages other than English, Fine Arts, Sciences, and/or Other subjects

Please consult the following document to see which classes meet these guidelines:

Grade 12 Subject Classification

International Baccalaureate & Advanced Placement

Concordia recognizes coursework completed in the International Baccalaureate (IB) or Advanced Placement (AP) programs. When an applicant presents both a high school Grade 12 subject and the corresponding IB/AP course for admission, the higher grade will be used in the admission average calculation.

Grade Equivalency
IB Grade Grade 12 Mark AP Grade Grade 12 Mark
7 98% 5 96%
6 90% 4 86%
5 82% 3 76%
4 73% 2 65%
3 55% 1 < 65%
2 45%
1 < 45%

Applicants may be eligible to receive transfer credit for IB courses with grades above 5 and AP courses with grades above 4. Please see the Academic Calendar for a list of approved courses.

American High School Equivalents

Applicants educated in the United States of America must normally present a Grade 12 diploma, the appropriate admission average, and course equivalents to Alberta Education Grade 12 subject requirements for their chosen program.

Please consult the program requirements under High School Admission and refer to Grade 12 Subject Classification to compare course equivalencies.

British Education System

Applicants educated in a country that follows the British Education System must present a combination of five program-specific subjects selected from the the General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) and General Certificate of Education Advanced Level (A-Level):

General

  • General Certificate of Secondary Education (GSCE)
  • International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE)

Advanced

  • General Certificate of Education Advanced Level (A level)
  • General Certificate of Education Advanced Supplementary Level (AS level).

Admission is based on the completion of required GCSE or IGCSE subjects with a minimum grade of C in each subject and the required A or AS level subjects (final or predicated result).

Admission to Arts requires at least two passes at the A or AS level, normally English and one additional subject.

Admission to Science requires three passes at the A or AS level, normally English, Mathematics (Algebra), and Science (Biology, Chemistry, or Physics).

Admission to Management requires three passes at the A or AS level, normally English, Mathematics (Algebra), and one additional subject.

Transfer Student Admission

Applicants to Arts or Science who have previously enrolled in a recognized post-secondary institution are granted regular admission if they present an admission grade point average (AGPA) of at least 2.0 (converted to Concordia's 4-point scale) using their most recently attempted 24 credits.

Applicants presenting an AGPA of less than 2.0 may still be admissible into Arts or Science under academic probation and reduced course loads.

Applicants with fewer than 24 transferable credits will be assessed using regular high school qualifications or a combination of the high school and post-secondary coursework. A performance assessment of their AGPA will be done to determine if they receive regular or probationary admission.

An admission decision cannot be made until Concordia completes a transfer credit assessment of the applicant's record. Transfer students must submit official transcripts from their previous post-secondary institutions. Transcripts must include a marking scale as well as list all final grades and current course registration

Applicants to Management who have previously enrolled in a recognized post-secondary institution are granted regular admission if they present an admission grade point average (AGPA) of at least 2.3 (converted to Concordia’s 4-point scale) using their most recently attempted 24 credits, and have credit for Grade 12 Mathematics or an equivalent.

Graduates of recognized diploma or applied degree programs in business or related areas with a grade point average of 2.3 in the final year of their program are admissible into Management and may receive a block transfer of up to 60 credits toward their program.

Applicants with fewer than 24 transferable credits will be assessed using regular high school qualifications or a combination of the high school and post-secondary coursework. A performance assessment of the AGPA will be calculated to determine if regular or probationary admission is granted.

An admission decision cannot be made until Concordia completes a transfer credit assessment of the applicant's record. Transfer students must submit official transcripts from their previous post-secondary institutions. Transcripts must include a marking scale as well as list all final grades and current course registration

Admission into the four-year Psychology (Applied Emphasis) program is only available to students entering their third year of study. International applicants will likely need to apply to the three-year Arts program first in order to complete the admission requirements for the four-year program.

Admission into the program is competitive; meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission.

To apply for the four-year program, applicants must present the following requirements:

  1. An admission grade point average of at least 2.3 (4-point scale) or equivalent on the most recently attempted 24 credits.
  2. A minimum of 48 university-level credits applicable to their degree including these specific requirements:
    • Credit in the following Concordia courses or their equivalent: PSY 104, PSY 105, PSY 211, PSY 233, and PSY 339
    • One of Biology 30 or PSY 275 or equivalent
    • Three credits of senior-level Psychology
  3. A Statement of Intent.
  4. A Volunteer/Work Experience Record.
  5. Three confidential assessment forms with at least one assessment coming from an academic who can comment on the applicant’s scholarly ability.
  6. A security clearance (required only after being accepted into the program).
  7. All applicants must demonstrate fulfillment of Concordia’s English Language Requirement.

Following initial review of the application, qualified applicants will be asked to complete an interview.

 

After Degree Programs

Education

Admission into the program is limited to 70 students; meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee admission.

Applications are encouraged from those individuals who have had direct experience with children in formal and informal settings and who possess a bachelor's degree, preferrably in liberal arts or science.

To be considered for admission, applicants must present the following requirements:

  1. A three- or four-year bachelor's degree from a recognized university or college.
  2. An admission grade point average of at least 2.3 (4-point scale) or equivalent on the most recently attempted 30 credits.
  3. Successful completion of 12 credits as follows:
    • 3 credits in English language/ literature
    • 9 credits from at least two of the following areas of study: archeology, anthropology, classics, computing science, economics, fine arts, history, languages other than English, mathematics, philosophy, physical education and sport studies, political sciences, psychology, religious studies, sciences, sociology.
  4. A Philosophy of Teaching Statement outlining the principles that the applicant believes are essential to effective teaching and learning and will guide his or her work as a teacher.
  5. A Volunteer/Work Experience Record.
  6. Two Confidential Assessment Forms. At least one referee should be a former employer or supervisor who can comment on the applicant's suitability to work with children between the ages of 5 and 14 years.
  7. Evidence of proficiency in computer knowledge and use.
  8. Demonstrated fulfilment of the specific English Language Requirements> for Education.

Courses completed in the Spring and Summer sessions immediately preceding the Fall term in which the student enters the program are not normally calculated into the applicant's admission grade point average.

All completed applications are ranked based on the academic record and work experience presented, the quality of the written statement, and the assessment from the referees. Based on this ranking, qualified applicants are then invited for an interview.

The interview is designed to assess applicants' non-academic qualifications, such as their degree of maturity and motivation, initiative, ability to communicate, personal qualities and interests, and overall suitability for the teaching profession.

Following the interviews and the receipt of final academic transcripts, Concordia ranks all applicant profiles again and makes a final admission decisions.

Applicants to the Bachelor of Education (After Degree) program require levels of English Language Proficiency consistent with Alberta Education’s requirements for certification. Applicants who completed their undergraduate degree in a language other than English require an overall score of 98 and the following minimum scores on each component of the TOEFL-iBT: 27 in Speaking, 25 in Writing, 23 in Listening, and 23 in Reading.

Environmental Health

Applications are encouraged from those individuals who possess a bachelor's degree in science. Normally, a four-year degree in biology, chemistry or environmental science is preferred.

Space is limited and admission is competitive; meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee admission.

To be considered for admission, applicants must present the following requirements:

  1. A three- or four-year bachelor's degree in science from a recognized university or college.
  2. An admission grade point average of at least 2.3 (4-point scale) or equivalent on the most recently attempted 30 credits.
  3. Successful completion of 12 senior-level credits as listed below. Applicants with junior-level credits may also be considered.
    • 3 credits in chemistry (analytical chemistry preferred)
    • 3 credits in microbiology (with laboratory hours preferred)
    • 3 credits in human or mammalian physiology
    • 3 credits in statistics
  4. Successful completion of 3 credits of English or Writing.
  5. Evidence of proficiency in computer knowledge and use.
  6. A resume including a statement of career objectives and the names and contact information of two appropriate referees (normally an academic and a professional referee). The resume should highlight employment and volunteer experience relating to environmental, public and community health.
  7. Demonstrated fulfilment of Concordia's English Language Requirement.

Courses completed in the Spring and Summer sessions immediately preceding the Fall term in which the student enters the program are not normally calculated into the applicant's admission grade point average.

Applicants should take care in choosing referees, in writing their resume and Statement of Career Objectives, and in preparing for the interview. An unsatisfactory assessment in any one of these areas could jeopardize their competitiveness in the selection process.

Following the initial review of applications, qualified applicants are invited for interviews. The interview is designed to assess applicants' non-academic qualifications, such as their degree of maturity and motivation, initiative, ability to communicate, personal qualities and interests, and overall suitability for the profession.

Applicants studying in Canada on a study permit (student visa) must normally present a satisfactory score on one of the following approved English language proficiency examinations (taken within the last two years) as described below:

  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) iBT (internet-based test) score of 80 or PBT (paper-based test) score of 550.
  • IELTS (International English Language Testing System). The minimum satisfactory score is 6.0 with no band below 5.5.
  • MELAB (Michigan English Language Assessment Battery). The minimum satisfactory score is 80.
  • CAEL (Canadian Academic English Language Assessment). A minimum overall score of 60 or higher, with scores of at least 50 on each of Listening, Reading, and Speaking and 60 or higher in Writing.

Please note that standardized test results must be issued directly from the testing agency office. Test scores must be valid and verifiable. Photocopies are not acceptable.

 

Official Transcripts

Official transcripts are documents that list the courses studied, grades obtained, standing in class, and any other related academic information. You will need to request your transcripts from the institutions that you attended or from the government ministry in charge of education. These documents should be sent in a sealed envelope directly from this institution or ministry to the Student and Enrolment Services Office at Concordia University College of Alberta.

Official transcripts normally bear the sending institution’s official seal, stamp or imprint, and the original signature of the issuer. Documents such as Statement of Results, Student Copy, Confirmation Copy, facsimiles, or photocopies are not considered official documentation and will not be accepted in lieu of an official transcript. Attested copies of official transcripts are acceptable providing the attested copy is sent from the sending institution and bears the institutions stamp and original signature.

All transcripts and other admissions documents received by the Student and Enrolment Services Office become the property of Concordia University College of Alberta and will not be released or photocopied for the applicant or forwarded to another institution.

 

Transfer Credit Assessment

Concordia may grant transfer credit for courses completed at recognized colleges or universities to ensure that students do not repeat coursework unnecessarily. To evaluate transfer credit for coursework completed outside of Canada, the student typically needs to submit a transcript with a marking scale and detailed course descriptions/syllabi containing the following:

  • topics covered in class
  • the language of instruction
  • the total number of hours per lecture, laboratory, and seminar
  • textbook(s) used
  • qualifications of professor
  • a marking scale including the minimum passing and failing grades

Course descriptions must reflect the course content covered in the year the applicant completed the course. Concordia will accept course outlines sent directly from the student or from the individual post-secondary institution(s). Outlines not in English or French must be translated before being submitted to Concordia.

It is the applicant’s responsibility to provide Concordia with course syllabi. Transfer credit is not automatically granted and must be reviewed by prospective academic departments. Only transferable university-credit courses from accredited institutions (by Canadian standards) will be considered.

 

English Language Requirement

English is the principle language of instruction at Concordia University of Alberta. All applicants to any program or course of study whose first language is not English must demonstrate fulfillment of the English Language Requirement regardless of citizenship or country of origin.

Proficiency Exams

Applicants studying in Canada on a study permit (student visa) must normally present a satisfactory score on one of the following approved English language proficiency examinations (taken within the last two years) as described below:

  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) iBT (internet-based test) score of 80 or PBT (paper-based test) score of 550.
  • IELTS (International English Language Testing System). The minimum satisfactory score is 6.0 with no band below 5.5.
  • MELAB (Michigan English Language Assessment Battery). The minimum satisfactory score is 80.
  • CAEL (Canadian Academic English Language Assessment). A minimum overall score of 60 or higher, with scores of at least 50 on each of Listening, Reading, and Speaking and 60 or higher in Writing.

Please note that standardized test results must be issued directly from the testing agency office. Test scores must be valid and verifiable. Photocopies are not acceptable.

More than three full years of study in Canada

Applicants who have studied for three full years in Canada must present 50% in English 30, English Language Arts 30-1, or approved equivalent. The three years must include Alberta Grade 12 or equivalent and may be a combination of secondary and post-secondary education.

Less than three full years of study in Canada

Applicants who have studied for less than three full years in Canada must present 50% in English 30, English Language Arts 30-1, or equivalent and a minimum TOEFL iBT score of 80 (or PBT score of 550). Applicants who achieve 60% or greater in English 30, English Language Arts 30-1, or approved equivalent may be exempt from providing an English language proficiency exam score.

International Schooling in English

A letter from the school’s principal or Registrar must accompany the application. The letter must state that the medium of instruction for the student's coursework was English and it must clearly state the number of years the student was taught in that language.

  1. Applicants who demonstrate that they have completed their education at a secondary and/or post-secondary institution where English was the principle language of instruction but not the principal language of the country may be exempt from providing an English language proficiency exam score.
  2. Applicants who have an undergraduate or graduate degree from a recognized college or university where English was the primary language of instruction and the principal language of the country meet the English language requirement.

 

Contact

Crystal Hamilton, Admissions Coordinator
Student and Enrolment Services Office
Telephone: +1-780-479-9220
Email: intlstudents@concordia.ab.ca

 


 

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