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Admission requirements are different for each program. We’re here to assist you as you prepare your application with your academic credentials and proof of English language proficiency. International applicants are urged to apply as early as possible to ensure there is sufficient time to obtain a study permit/student visa.

Admission requirements

Diploma and degree programs

  • Secondary or high school transcripts with proof of graduation, subjects taken, and grades received
  • Math and English credits are required at the Grade 12 level
  • Program-specific admissions requirements can be found on your program’s web page

Graduate certificates

  • College or university transcripts with proof of graduation, subjects taken, and grades received
  • Resumé outlining work/volunteer/internship experiences
  • Letter of intent stating reason for applying

Note: some programs may have additional requirements. Please refer to individual programs.

Requirements by county

Please select your country from the drop down menu to see the specific academic credentials we request.

English language proficiency

The language of instruction at Georgian College is English. In addition to the academic admission requirements, all applicants for whom English is not their first language and/or are coming from countries where English is not an official language, must provide proof of language proficiency.

Applicants must meet ONE of the following criteria to meet Georgian’s language proficiency requirements:

  • Must have completed three full years of study at the secondary school (high school) level in English in a country where English is a primary language (four years are required for BScN, Pharmacy Technician and Addictions: Treatment and Prevention. Study must be in Canada only for Pharmacy Technician) OR
  • Must have completed one full year of study in an accredited postsecondary program in English in a country where English is a primary language (not applicable to BScN, Pharmacy Technician and Addictions: Treatment and Prevention) OR
  • Must have an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (or Canadian provincial equivalent) and English credit (Grade 12 U, M or C) issued by a public or Catholic school board (BScN, Pharmacy Technician and Addictions: Treatment and Prevention) OR
  • Provide proof of graduation from one of the authorized Georgian College partner school pathway programs (not applicable to BScN or Pharmacy Technician) OR
  • Must have completed three years of study at a secondary private school in Ontario and received an Ontario Secondary School Diploma and English credit (Grade 12 U, M or C)

Note: International students applying through the SDS Program (Study Direct Stream) from India, China, Vietnam or Philippines should note that the SDS IELTS requirements are 6.0 with no score less than 6.0 in any of the four bands. For programs listing a higher IELTS requirement, the higher score will be required for admissions. Priority for applicants will be given to those who meet SDS requirements.

If an applicant does not meet any of the above criteria, they will be required to submit an acceptable English language proficiency test with the appropriate score. Final admission will not be granted until this requirement has been met. English language tests older than two years will not be considered. Acceptable language tests include, but are not limited to:

Examinations*Diploma/CertificateBScNPharmacy TechnicianDegree StudiesAddictions: Treatment and PreventionGraduate Certificate
TOEFL Internet-based test (IBT)79**8991 (minimum bands of 23 in Speaking, 25 in Writing , 22 in Reading and 21 in Listening)**89N/A**89
TOEFL Paper-based test550580580580N/A580
IELTS Academic only6.07.06.5 (with no band less than 6.0)
YELT 1-51-4N/A1-5N/A1-5
Graduate of Level 8 of Georgian’s GAAS - English for Academic Purposes60% in certificate or completion of level 8 with 70% or higherN/AN/ACompletion of Level 8 with 75% or higherCompletion of Level 8 with 80% or higherCompletion of Level 8 with 80% or higher
Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL)60N/AN/A***60N/A***60
Pearson Test of Academic English (PTE)58N/AN/A61N/A61
Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE)170N/AN/A175N/A175
* Examinations more than two years old are not accepted
** Require minimum bands of 22 in writing and 22 in speaking
*** Minimum bands of 50

Note: Georgian’s Pharmacy Technician program is accredited by the Canadian Council for Accreditation of Pharmacy Programs (CCAPP). CCAPP ensures that all accredited colleges meet the National Association of Pharmacy Regulatory Authorities (NAPRA) language proficiency. For more information, please refer to their web site.

Countries in which English is an official primary language

Applicants who are residents or have studied (in English) in the countries listed below, are not required to present proof of English language proficiency (not applicable to Pharmacy Technician):

AAnguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Australia
BBahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Botswana, British Virgin Islands
CCameroon, Canada, Cayman Islands, Cook Islands
FFalkland Islands, Fiji
GGambia, Ghana, Gibraltar, Grenada, Guyana
KKenya, Kiribati
LLesotho, Liberia
MMalawi, Malta, Mauritius
NNamibia, Nauru, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria
PPapua New Guinea, Philippines
SSt. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Swaziland
TTanzania, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos
UUganda, United Kingdom, United States of America
ZZambia, Zimbabwe

Learn how to apply

1. Apply

  • We encourage applicants to apply as early as possible. The application process can take several months depending on the time of year and number of applicants: If you want to start your studies in September we recommend you apply before May 1; in January, before Oct. 1; in May, before March 1.
  • For highly competitive programs, the deadline is Feb. 1 for all intakes.
  • Applications are accepted year round if space is available.
  • Ensure you include the $100 CAD application fee. We are unable to process applications that do not include the fee.
  • If it has been more than one year since you first applied to Georgian, you must complete a new application form and pay the $100 application fee. You do not need to re-submit academic documents. We will request additional documents if required.
  • Complete the  international student application form(fillable PDF). Open the fillable PDF form and type in required fields (please do not write your application by hand). Save the file as a PDF.
  • Complete the credit card authorization form (fillable PDF). Credit card information must be provided to process the $100 application fee.
  • Email the two completed forms to with all required transcripts and supplemental documents.

2. Provide documentation

  • Original or certified copies of English language proficiency test scores, academic records and any other documentation must be scanned and sent by email along with your application. High resolution scans are required. Original or certified paper copies are not required unless requested as part of the admissions process.
  • Applicants need to show proof of graduation, subjects taken and grades received.
  • Applicants who are not graduating until later in the year should send current transcripts along with mid-term grades.
  • Applicants applying through the Study Direct Stream (SDS) Program from India, China, Vietnam or Philippines should note that the SDS IELTS requirements are 6.0 with no score less than 6.0 in any of the four bands. For programs listing a higher IELTS requirement, the higher score will be required for admissions. Priority will be given to SDS applicants who meet these requirements.
Fill out your application form

Accept your offer

Once we reach an admissions decision, you or your representative will receive an email with an offer of acceptance or a notice of refusal.

After receiving this email, you must pay a non-refundable deposit of $2,500 CAD by the payment deadline in order to confirm your seat in the program.

You will have 21 days to accept your offer by paying the deposit. Once your deposit is received, you will receive a letter of acceptance (needed for study permit application).

Georgian College will email you or your representative the official Letter of Acceptance (LOA) required for a study permit application, including a tuition invoice for year one, along with an official receipt.

Students who receive a conditional acceptance are responsible for submitting the required documentation for a final acceptance to the program before orientation. Original or certified copies of document should be scanned and emailed to

Please note, all letters of acceptance and receipts are emailed as PDF documents.

What’s the deadline?

The deadline to accept your offer is specified in your email for admission details and next steps. Georgian reserves the right to refuse payments received after the deadline.

Can I change my program after I accept?

You can only accept one offer of admission at a time. After you’ve accepted an offer, you can change your decision and accept a different offer – after one business day. This action will cancel the previous acceptance.

What if my offer is expired?

If your offer is expired, you’ll have to contact your admissions officer to find out if there are still seats available in the program. If we don’t have room in the program, ask to be placed on the wait list. Georgian reserves the right to refuse payments received after the deadline.

Apply for study permit/visa

Once you receive the official LOA letter and tuition receipt, you may apply for a student permit/student visa from the Canadian Embassy or consulate.

Some countries require a student permit and a visa.

If your program has a co-op, field placement, field training, industry placement, practicum, clinical placement, practical experience or internship you will need a work permit to complete your program.

View additional information on study permits in Canada.

Note: the application process could take between four to six months

Please email as soon as you receive your study permit/student visa. Remember to include your name, program, student number, and a copy of your study permit approval in your email. If you are experiencing delays with your study permit, it is very important to email us and let us know.

To view the designated learning institute number for Georgian College, visit the Canadian government website for an institution list and further information.

If your study permit application is refused, a full refund will be issued if proof of the refusal is submitted within the first 10 working days of the term.

Learn more about applying for your study permit/visa

Other documentation

Clinical and field placement forms

It is the student’s responsibility to complete and submit all records and documents as requested by the program area. These documents are required prior to the start of registration in order to ensure your placement and to allow participation in clinical and field placement facilities. The college assumes no responsibility for these matters and students should be aware that we are unable to refund tuition in the event that access to a placement is denied. Review the documents by program (primarily for Health, Wellness and Sciences and Human Services).

Environmental programs requirement

The Environmental Technician (ENTN) and Environmental Technology (ENVR) programs strongly suggest that students have their driver’s license prior to co-op work term 1 (the summer between semesters 2 and 3).  For application purposes, having a license prior to applying to co-op work term positions during semester 2 is strongly recommended. Many employers require a full G license and will screen applicants based on this.

Register for courses

  • To register for classes, you must be admitted into a program (final or conditional), have paid your tuition deposit, and sent your approved study permit to
  • Please log in to your Banner account to view your individual registration date and time.
  • Your Banner user name is your nine-digit student number. Your password is your six digit date of birth format YYMMDD.
  • Registration begins about one month before the start of each term.
  • To guarantee a complete timetable, you must register online during your date and time.
  • When the add/drop period opens, registration opens up to all students and there can be difficulty registering.
  • You are strongly encouraged to register prior to your arrival in Canada to maximize course availability.
  • For additional questions on registration please see the register for courses web page.
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Want to learn more about studying at Georgian as an international student?

Georgian Canada

Georgian’s international team is here to help you find a program that is right for you and help you settle in to your new home at one of our seven campuses in Ontario.

Contact information

International Centre
705.728.1968, ext. 1218

All international contact information