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Bow Valley College

Check whether Bow Valley College is right for you as an international student.

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Calgary , Canada
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Study abroad at Bow Valley College

Bow Valley College is a forward-thinking community college located in Calgary, Canada. The college strives to equip tomorrow’s professionals with the skills and experience they need to reach their career goals.

The College offers a selection of certificate, diploma, and post-diploma programs in some of the world’s most in-demand industries. Courses in healthcare, business, and community services are some of the most popular.

Each program has been carefully designed with input from industry partners to ensure you graduate with the qualities employers are looking for. You’ll also benefit from an array of flexible study options, like part-time, online, and evening courses.

Based in one of the world’s most liveable cities, the downtown campus has everything you need for an enjoyable learning experience. As well as high-tech academic equipment and modern classrooms, you can access a medical center, multi-faith space, and lots of extracurricular activities.

Why study at Bow Valley College?

  • Employment prospects

    The College boasts a graduate employability rate of 89%

  • Work experience opportunities

    93% of programs contain a work experience component

  • Awards and scholarships

    The International Education Department awards 22 scholarships and awards annually

Life as an international student

Your success is Bow Valley College’s top priority. Studying abroad can be difficult at first, but with access to the College’s support services, you’ll feel at home in no time.

You’ll be supported by the College’s dedicated team of international advisors from the very beginning of your overseas adventure. They can help with every aspect of student life, from visas to volunteering opportunities.

If you’d like some extra support with your studies, you can contact the academic services team. They provide one-to-one tutoring and writing workshops so that you can excel in the classroom.

The international students’ club is a place where the College’s 2,350 foreign pupils come together to share experiences and meet new people. They arrange loads of fun events and activities throughout the year, including kayaking, bowling, karaoke nights, and trips to nearby cities.

What Bow Valley College says

  • Masoud Paydar

    Masoud Paydar

    Bow Valley College Manager, Global Relationships
    Masoud Paydar says

    Bow Valley College is one of Alberta’s leading educational institutions, delivering quality education and training programs for over 50 years.

    Bow Valley College’s campus is in the heart of Calgary’s vibrant downtown core and one hour away from the majestic Rocky Mountains. Bow Valley College’s programs are designed with our student's success in mind.

    Bow Valley College has many developments demonstrating how we're committed to advancing teaching through the latest technology.

    For example, our Pharmacy Technician’s State-of-the-Art Lab is a realistic community pharmacy, complete with a counter to drop off and pick up prescriptions, and shelves with over-the-counter products.

    Instructors put students through real-life scenarios. Students now can train in a simulated workspace using real medications and technology.

    The College campuses are full of excellent facilities that support learning, such as computer labs, conference halls, studios, and libraries.

    Tools are industry-standard, helping students train for real-world work. The campuses also feature many services that offer students an easy and enjoyable experience.

    The College implements high standards of security procedures to ensure the well-being of our students. Campus Security guards conduct routine floor patrols of all downtown campuses to ensure that students are safe. Campus Security also offers a “CampusAlert” free app for students and a “Safe Walk” whenever needed.

    There are a number of student support initiatives available, including international student orientations, International Students Clubs, International Education Week events, Buddy Program, Learning Navigator program, RISE program, LEAD workshops, and BVC Cares program.

    The Academic Success Centre also provides free writing support, academic tutoring, and sessions about learning strategies and technology.

Student life & facilities

Group of students planning a presentation in a living room
  • Library
    • Individual Study Rooms
    • Computer labs
    • Group Study Rooms
    • Quiet Areas
  • IT Support
    • Loan Laptops
    • Campus Wireless Connectivity
  • Transport
    • Campus Bus Service
    • Bike Rental
    • Car Rental
    • Campus parking
  • Food & Restaurants
    • Bars
    • Restaurants
    • Cafe’s
  • Fitness Centre
    • Machines
    • Fitness Classes
  • Healthcare & Medical
    • Campus Pharmacy
    • Family Planning
    • Counselling & Mental Health Services
    • Campus Doctor
    • Emergency Contraception
  • Clubs & Organisations
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  • Tutoring Support
    • Student Tutoring & Support
    • Academic Tutoring & Support
    • Peer & Buddy Program
  • Praying Rooms
    • Group Praying Rooms

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Fees and funding

Undergraduate tuition - CAD$12,824 - CAD$47,084 per year

Entrance Awards

Average amount - CAD$2,000

You are eligible if you’re an international learner who hasn’t attended Bow Valley College before.

Learner Pathway Awards

Average amount - CAD$2,000

You’re eligible if you:

  • Have successfully completed one or more terms of Bow Valley College's International English Language Learning program
  • Will continue your studies in a Bow Valley College certificate or diploma program Or

You’re an international student who:

  • Has completed one or more courses at a high school in Alberta
  • Will continue your studies in a certificate, diploma or post-diploma program at Bow Valley College

In-Course Awards

Average amount - CAD$2,250

You are eligible if:

  • You are an international learner in a certificate, diploma or post-diploma program at Bow Valley College
  • Has completed a diploma at Bow Valley College and is continuing on to a post-diploma program at Bow Valley College

Internationalization Award of Excellence

Average amount - CAD$2,250

You are eligible if you are a current international learner who has completed at least one term of study within the following programs:

  • English language learning
  • Certificate
  • Diploma
  • Post-diploma
  • Academic upgrading

International Mobility Awards

Average amount - CAD$2,000

  • Open to domestic, international or refugee students.
  • Engages the campus community in enhanced internationalization. This may be through special awareness initiatives, volunteerism and leadership focused on international education and multiculturalism.


Bow Valley College

345 6 Ave SE, Calgary, AB T2G 4V1, Canada

Calgary is one of Canada's largest and most diverse cities, with all the attraction and amenities you could need as an international student.

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