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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 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 country

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 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 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.

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Acceptable language tests include, but are not limited to:

ExaminationsDiploma/certificateBScNPharmacy TechnicianDegree studiesAddictions: Treatment and PreventionGraduate certificate
Duolingo Language Test (temporary option)105-110135-140N/A115-120N/A125-130
TOEFL internet-based test (IBT)7989*91 (minimum bands of 23 in Speaking, 25 in Writing , 22 in Reading and 21 in Listening)89*N/A89*
TOEFL paper-based test550580580580N/A580
IELTS Academic only6.07.06.5 (with no band less than 6.0)
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)/CAEL Online60N/AN/A60**N/A60**
Pearson Test of Academic English (PTE)58N/AN/A61N/A61
Cambridge English:
C1 Advanced (CAE)

* Require minimum bands of 22 in writing and 22 in speaking
**Minimum bands of 50

Temporary language testing options

  • IELTS Indicator: Learn more on the IELTS Indicator website. This is a temporary language testing option for fall 2020 through to winter 2022.
  • TOEFL internet-based test (IBT) – Special Home Edition: Learn more on the TOEFL website.
  • Duolingo Language TestLearn more on the Duolingo website. Georgian College reserves the right to add additional testing upon arrival on campus to ensure that learning is supported appropriately. Note that the Student Direct Stream (SDS ) program requires IELTS results. IRCC has not yet clarified if alternate test results will be acceptable under SDS.

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 the NAPRA website.

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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

Apply now

1. Apply

  • We encourage applicants to apply as early as possible.
  • All international student applications must be submitted through the International Application System (IAS), where program availability is located.
  • Applications are accepted year-round, subject to program availability.
  • Please note, due to volume of applications, your program may be available at time of application, but the program may be closed at time of assessment.

2. Provide documentation

  • Original or certified copies of English language proficiency test scores, academic records and any other documentation must be uploaded in IAS. 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 requirement is 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 admission. Priority will be given to SDS applicants who meet these requirements.

Accept your offer

You or your representative will receive an automated email from IAS regarding any further action required or an admission decision.

After receiving this email, accept the offer by following these steps:

  1. Login to the IAS portal
  2. Accept the pre-admissions invoice (this MUST be done before paying the deposit)
  3. Pay the non-refundable deposit of $2,500 CAD by the due date indicated, through Flywire
  4. Upon receipt of your deposit, your official letter of acceptance (LOA) will appear in your IAS portal (providing applicant has met all requirements)

Note: You must pay the deposit by the payment deadline in order to confirm your seat in the program

Defer your program

Eligible international applicants starting their first semester at the college may request a deferral to the same program to the next available intake using the international request for deferral form. Please visit academic regulations for eligibility requirements.

Change your program

Eligible international applicants who are starting their first semester at the college and who have paid the full tuition deposit may request a program change for the current intake or a future intake by submitting the international program change request form. Please view the academic regulations for the full policy on program change.

Expired offers

If your offer is expired, you will 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.

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 requirements

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

Register for courses

Starting in fall 2021, full fees must be paid in order to register for courses.

To be eligible to register for classes, the following conditions must be met.

Winter 2021 and summer 2021 students

Winter 2021 and summer 2021 students become eligible to register when:

  1. you are admitted into a program (final or conditional);
  2. your non-refundable tuition deposit is fully paid; and
  3. proof of your approved study permit is received.

Fall 2021 students and onward

Effective fall 2021 onward, students become eligible to register when:

  1. you are admitted into a program (final or conditional);
  2. your non-refundable tuition deposit is fully paid;
  3. full semester fees are paid; and
  4. proof of your approved study permit is received .

Note, for most fall 2021 applicants, it is strongly recommended that full semester fees are paid and study permit proof is submitted by Aug. 2.

Submit your visa status via email to Include your full name and student ID number in all correspondence.

  • If you meet the conditions above, you will be notified of your individual registration date.
    • This notification is usually sent to you via email about six weeks before the start of classes.
    • After you receive this notification, you can find your registration date and time when you log in to your Banner account.
    • Your Banner username is your nine-digit student number; your password is your six-digit date of birth format YYMMDD.

Important notes

  • Your registration date will occur about one month before the start of each term. This date is important because it is when you are guaranteed a full-time timetable.
  • To guarantee a complete full-time timetable, you must register online during your date and time .
  • When the add/drop period opens, registration opens to all students and there can be difficulty registering into full-time timetables; full-time timetables are not guaranteed.
  • 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.

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 into your new home at one of our seven campuses in Ontario.

Contact information

Segal International Centre
705.728.1968, ext. 1218

All international contact information