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Portage College offers over 30 certificate & diploma programs, not all programs are available for application through ApplyAlberta at this time.

If the program of your choice is not listed please download the PDF form.

You can also download an International Student application.

Or

Use applyalberta below.

Apply Alberta


Important Note: We cannot process your application until the non-refundable application fee is paid in full. Please see our fee schedule for the current application fee rate. (click here)

Payment can be made using one of the following methods:
In Person: Using Cash, Cheque, Interact, VISA, MasterCard or Money Order at any one of our campuses in Cold Lake, Lac La Biche or St. Paul. For campus information and locations, Click here.
By Phone: Using a VISA or MasterCard Call Toll Free: 1-866-623-5551 extension 5706
By Fax: 780-623-5519
By Mail: Using a Cheque, VISA, MasterCard or Money Order send to:
Admissions Office
Portage College
Box 417
Lac La Biche, AB CANADA T0A2C0

The above paper applications are in PDF format. Get Adobe Acrobat Reader

You will be contacted by mail regarding the status of your application within two weeks of Portage College receiving it. If you do not hear from us, call 1-866-623-5551.

Applicants must be:

1.     At least 17 years of age. Exceptions require a case conference review.
2.    Canadian citizens or a permanent resident (if not, refer to "International Students" information).

A placement assessment may be required.

Other Useful Information

3 Step Process Acceptance Registration Part-time Students Credit Info
Mature Status International Students Transfer Arrangements Transcript Request Things to Consider

 

3 Step Application Process

Step 1
Check your program entrance requirements listed under each specific program. If you are missing one or more courses required for entrance into a program, or if you have the required course but your percentage grade is not high enough, there are upgrading options available. If you have any questions, please contact us at or Toll Free: 1-866-623-5551

Step 2
Apply online at applyalberta or fill in an Application for Admission form, and submit by mail, fax or in person at any of our campuses listed below. In order for us to process your application, we require a non-refundable application fee.

Step 3
If you attended high school or post-secondary in Alberta, transcripts will be sent automatically when you apply online at applyalberta. If you fill out a paper application, you must arrange to have the necessary transcripts sent to Portage College. Applicants who have completed out of province education must contact the appropriate department of education or educational institution to obtain official transcripts. Transcripts must be sent directly from the issuing institution to Portage College. If you are unsure of the agency/department to contact in your province, please call us as we may be able to provide you with contact information. Once submitted, all transcripts become the property of Portage College, and will not be returned to the applicant. You may also asked to provide further documentation depending on the program you are apply to.

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Acceptance
Applicants will be advised of their acceptance by mail. Accepted students will receive an acceptance letter followed by a pre-registration form. The College reserves the right to grant or refuse admission to any individual. Applicants who are not accepted will be notified and referred to a Student Advisor for alternate suggestions or recommendations.

Confirming Your Acceptance - Academics for Careers and Education
Applicants accepted into Academics for Careers and Education programs (Academic Upgrading) must contact the Student Services Centre at 780-623-5580 or toll free 1-866-623-5551 ext. 5580 to confirm their acceptance.

Deposit - Career Programs
Note: Students accepted into Career programs are required to pay a $100 non-refundable tuition deposit within thirty (30) days of the date on the Letter of Acceptance to ensure a space in the program. The balance of the tuition fee is due by registration date.

Registration
Accepted students must report to the College in person on the date and time specified in the pre-registration letter. Unless special arrangements are made in advance, failure to attend on the specified date may result in cancellation of registration/acceptance.

Part-Time Students
Part-time students are welcome to register in individual courses. Credit weightings for each course are outlined in the course description area of this calendar. Part-time applicants will be accepted based on availability of space in the course, approval of the Program Coordinator and payment of fees. Documentation (i.e. transcript or program certificate) and/or placement assessment may be required. Books and supplies are extra. 

Note: Priority is given to full-time students.
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Advanced Credit and Prior Credit
Portage College will consider granting advanced course credit to students who have successfully completed recognized course work at a post-secondary institution, or who can demonstrate learning based on informal educational experiences. Requests for advanced course credit or assessment of prior learning should be made in writing to the Registrar and must be accompanied by official transcripts or appropriate documentation when applying to the College. Fees for this service vary. Please contact the Registrar's Office at 780-623-5580 for more information.

Mature Status
Individuals who lack the required academic background may be granted admission based on mature status. Although some of the entrance requirements may be waived, all mature status applicants are advised to check the entrance requirements of the program of their choice. Admission under this category is not automatic. In all cases, placement assessment with a Student Advisor is required.

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International Students

Overview   International students are considered to be any individuals who are not a Canadian Citizen or a permanent resident (which includes 'landed immigrant').  An international student requires a valid student visa to be enrolled in a program greater than six (6) months.  A letter confirming application or conditional admission (if qualified) will be provided to assist in applying for a student visa.    When you are applying to study in Canada you should consult the Government of Canada's Immigration and Citizenship website.  New rules for prospective international students are now in effect (as of June 1, 2014)  To see the Study in Canada, Government website, Click here

Acceptance Requirements   Applicants must be at least 17 years of age.  Exceptions require a case conference review.

Portage College will evaluate your qualifications to ensure they meet all admissions requirements of your chosen program. Applicants should familiarize themselves with the specific requirements of the particular program for which they are applying.  Refer to "Admissions Requirements" under the specific program section of the College website for details.   English is the language of instruction and communication of the College.  All course work required of the students will be in English, except for other language courses. All applicants will be required to demonstrate proficiency in English before being accepted to programs of study (other than English as a Second Language).  NOTE: The results of the Proficiency Tests listed below must be issued directly from the testing office.  Photocopies will not be accepted.  Test scores must be valid and verifiable.

Demonstration of written English language proficiency may be done by providing to Portage College Registrar's Office any one of the following: 

PROFICIENCY TEST FULL NAME MINIMUM SCORE
TOEFL Test of English as a Foreign Language paper-based........at least 580 OR
computer-based...at least 237 OR
internet-based......at least 86
CAEL Canadian Academic English Language at least 70
IELTS (Academic) International English Language Testing System at least 6.5
with no band less than 5.0
CanTEST Canadian Test of English for Scholars and Trainees at least 4.5
with no part lower than 4
CAE Certification in Advanced English
also known as Cambridge English: Advanced
at least B
CPE Certificate of Proficiency in English
also known as Cambridge English: Proficiency
at least C
MELAB Michigan English Assessment Battery at least 85
PTE (Academic) Pearson Test of English Academic at least 59

In addition, spoken English language proficiency must be demonstrated by one of the following:  

  • Successful completion of two years of full-time study in an English language secondary institution in Canada including the equivalent of English at the Grade 11 and 12 levels, with a grade of at least 50% in each.
  • Successful completion of one full year of course work at a Canadian postsecondary institution where English is the language of instruction.
  • A score of at least 50 on the TSE (Test of Spoken English) or a minimum speaking score of 26 points on the TOEFL iBT.

    REMINDER: The results of all Proficiency Tests must be issued directly from the testing office.
                            Photocopies will not be accepted.  Test scores must be valid and verifiable.


The Process of Applying  
 International students seeking admission to the College should complete and submit the Portage College International Student Application for Admission form or apply online--at the top of this webpage.

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Along with your completed application for admission, you must submit the following:

    International Application Fee of $160 CAD
without this fee, your application cannot be processed
Payment can be made:
In Person:  Using Cash, Cheque, Interact,
VISA, MasterCard or Money Order at any
one of our campuses in Lac La Biche, Cold
Lake or St. Paul.  For campus information
and locations, Click here.
By Phone:  Using a VISA or MasterCard
Call Toll Free:  1-866-623-5551 extension 5706
By Mail:  Using a Cheque, VISA, MasterCard
or Money Order send to:
                Admissions Office
                Portage College
                Box 417
                Lac La Biche, AB CANADA   T0A2C0
  2   A list of ALL high schools and postsecondary
institutions attended (or currently attending)
Include dates attended and
degrees or diplomas earned
  3  A copy of a completed evaluation of your
education relative to the province of Alberta
Evaluations can be obtained by submitting
your Official transcripts from all high schools
and postsecondary institutions attended,
to IQAS.

MAILING ADDRESS:
International Qualification Assessment Service 
9th Floor, 9942 - 108 Street
Edmonton, AB Canada   T5K 2J5

TELEPHONE:  780-427-2655
FAX:               780-422-9734

IQAS must forward your evaluation
directly to the College.

 *Note:  Official Transcripts must bear original, authorized signatures and the stamp or seal of the institution.  If these transcripts are written in a language other than English, the transcript must be translated and properly notarized by a public Notary.

Once you have submitted your request to IQAS for assessment, you should send your completed application, application fee, and your evidence of high school and postsecondary attendance (#1 and #2 above) to:

     Portage College
     Registrar's Office
     Box 417
     Lac La Biche, AB CANADA   T0A2C0
     Attention:  Associate Registrar

International Students requiring more information, please contact:  1-780-623-5605 or email our Associate Registrar.

The following programs are not eligible to receive international students on a study permit as they do not lead to parchment or are considered part-time programs.
1) GED Testing
2) General Studies
3) All programs under the Continuing Education department

Please note a full listing of Portage College programs can be found on our Programs page.

Getting Accepted to the Program   Once we have reviewed your application and required documents you will be issued a conditional acceptance letter. Your acceptance will have a minimum of three conditions:
     1)      Payment of a non-refundable tuition deposit of $500   (See "Fees and Refunds" below)
     2)      Proof of Health Insurance  (see "Health Insurance" below)
     3)      Copy of your student VISA

Fees and Refunds    International students pay a minimum of three times on all tuition. Fees are assessed by semester and are due on registration day.  A non-refundable Tuition Deposit of $500 must be paid over and above the original application fee of $160. This non-refundable Tuition Deposit is required to reserve you a seat in the program and is therefore a condition of acceptance.  A Schedule and Fees link is available--at the top of this webpage.

Tuition refunds:    On Balances paid beyond the non-refundable Tuition Deposit:
          - For a non-registered student (no show) - full refund
          - Within the first 8 days of the start date - full refund
          - Student attends up to 20% of the course or program - 75% refund
          - Student attends over 20% of course or program - no refund
          - Housing refunds are automatically prepared based on checkout information.
               Student receives a refund cheque, together with security deposit and a document explaining
               amounts returned/retained, as stated in our Housing brochure available on our
               Student Accommodations webpage.     

Health Insurance:    *Students are responsible for ensuring they have health care coverage during their stay in Canada.* Proof of health insurance is required at the time of registration and is therefore a condition of acceptance into your program. Health care insurance is critical, because hospital costs are high. International students and their dependants can apply for coverage with the Alberta Health Care Insurance Plan (AHCIP) if they plan to remain in Alberta for 12 months or more. You should apply for AHCIP within 90 days of arrival in Alberta. If you will reside in Alberta for less than 12 months, you will have to arrange your own health coverage.   To view services provided by AHCIP (Alberta Health and Wellness), Click here.  

Our Student Handbook is available on our website.  To conveniently link to the page to view it, Click here.

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Transfer Arrangements
Students wishing to transfer from one Portage College program to another Portage College program, prior to completion of their current program, should contact a Student Advisor or their Program Coordinator.

Students wishing to transfer from Portage College to another college or post-secondary institution, prior to completion of their current program, should contact their Advisor or Career Counsellor at Portage College.

Portage College has formal course transfer arrangements with the following post-secondary institutions within Alberta: Athabasca University, Concordia University College, MacEwan University, Grande Prairie Regional College, Keyano College, The King's University College, Lakeland College, Lethbridge Community College, Medicine Hat College, Mount Royal College, NAIT, Red Deer College, SAIT, University of Alberta, University of Calgary, and University of Lethbridge.

Transfer information for specific programs can be found in the individual program descriptions on this website. Students wishing to register in Year 2 of a transferable program should contact their Program Coordinator and the Registrar prior to completion of Year 1.

For the most up-to-date transfer information, please check the Government of Alberta website at:  http://www.transferalberta.ca

Copies of the Alberta Transfer Guide (a guide to transfer credit at Alberta post-secondary institutions) are available within the program office, the Library, the Registrar's Office or through Portage College's counselling department.

The Alberta Council on Admissions and Transfer publishes the Guide annually, and can be contacted at:

Alberta Council on Admissions and Transfer
11th Floor Commerce Place
10155 – 102 St.
Edmonton, Alberta T5K 2J5


Phone: 780-422-9021, Toll Free: 1-800-232-7215, Fax: 780-427-0423, e-mail: , website: www.acat.gov.ab.ca

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Transcript Document Request
You may be required to send official high school transcripts and if applicable, post-secondary education transcripts. Applicants who have completed out of province education must contact the appropriate department of education or educational institution to obtain official transcripts. Transcripts must be sent directly from the issuing institution to Portage College. If you are unsure of the agency/department to contact in your province, please call us as we may be able to provide you with contact information.

Once submitted, all transcripts become the property of Portage College, and will not be returned to the applicant.

Download the PDF here to request Transcript Documents.

Other Things to Consider
You will need to arrange your; Funding, Student Accommodation (if required) and Childcare Services (if required). Former students applying to return to Portage College must pay all outstanding accounts in full before their application can be processed.
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