Programs Available to International Students

Application & Tuition Deposit Deadline

The application deadlines have been set:

October 15, 2023 deadline for winter term 2024.
February 15, 2024 deadline for spring term 2024.
June 30, 2024 deadline for fall term 2024.

A mandatory $3500.00 (Canadian) tuition deposit is due to secure your place in the program.

Tuition and other fees which are listed on the program pages are due once you have been registered in your program.

You may pay your fees by using PayMyTuition or other payment options.

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Portage College brokers a number of non-credit programs through third party institutions, such as; CodeCore College, CIOT Calgary and Campbell College. To find out more about the non-credit opportunities please visit their websites.

New Course

Practice Preparation for Domestic and Internationally Educated Nurses

Bring your skills to make a difference through person-centered care. Portage College, along with partner post-secondary institutions, offers programs to remove barriers and help internationally trained nurses join Alberta's healthcare workforce.

First offering starts November 1, 2023.

Open Enrolment - Apply Anytime

How to Apply

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Portage College Credit Programs for International Students

Aboriginal Art Certificate - Click link for more information

This program is year 1 of the Artisan Entrepreneurship Diploma

Credential - Certificate

Campus - Lac La Biche

Program Length - 1 Year

Start/End Date - August 24, 2023 - June 21, 2024

Application Dates -

October 15, 2023 deadline for winter term 2024.

February 15, 2024 deadline for spring term 2024.

June 30, 2024 deadline for fall term 2024.

Artisan Entrepreneurship - Click link for more information

The Aboriginal Art Certificate is year 1 of the Artisan Entrepreneurship Diploma

Credential - Diploma

Campus - Lac La Biche

Program Length - 2 Years

Start/End Date - August 24, 2023 - June 7, 2024

Application Dates -

October 15, 2023 deadline for winter term 2024.

February 15, 2024 deadline for spring term 2024.

June 30, 2024 deadline for fall term 2024.

Business Administration Certificate - Click link for more information

This program is year 1 of the following Business Diploma Programs

Credential - Certificate

Campuses - Cold Lake and Lac La Biche

Program Length - 1 Year

Start/End Date - August 28, 2023 - April 26, 2024

Application Dates -

October 15, 2023 deadline for winter term 2024.

February 15, 2024 deadline for spring term 2024.

June 30, 2024 deadline for fall term 2024.

Business Administration Diploma - Accounting - Click link for more information

The Business Administration Certificate is year one of this diploma.

Credential - Diploma

Campuses - Cold Lake and Lac La Biche

Program Length - 2 Years

Start/End Date - August 28, 2023 - April 26, 2024

Application Dates -

October 15, 2023 deadline for winter term 2024.

February 15, 2024 deadline for spring term 2024.

June 30, 2024 deadline for fall term 2024.

Delivery Method - International Student program delivery is on campus only  

Business Administration Diploma - Management - Click link for more information

The Business Administration Certificate is year one of this diploma.

Credential - Diploma

Campuses - Cold Lake and Lac La Biche

Program Length - 2 Years

Start/End Date - August 28, 2023 - April 26, 2024

Application Dates -

October 15, 2023 deadline for winter term 2024.

February 15, 2024 deadline for spring term 2024.

June 30, 2024 deadline for fall term 2024.

Delivery Method - International Student program delivery is on campus only 

Community Social Work Diploma - Click link for more information

This program is a two year diploma program

Credential - Diploma

Campuses - Cold Lake and Lac La Biche

Program Length - 2 Years

Year 1 - Start Date: August 25, 2023 End Date: May 24, 2024

Year 2 - Start Date: August 26, 2024 End Date: May 23, 2025

Application Dates -

October 15, 2023 deadline for winter term 2024.

February 15, 2024 deadline for spring term 2024.

June 30, 2024 deadline for fall term 2024.

Culinary Arts Certificate - Click link for more information

The Professional Cooking Certificate is year one of this diploma.

Credential - Diploma

Campus - St. Paul

Program Length - 2 Years

Start/End Date - August 28, 2023 - April 24, 2024

Application Dates -

October 15, 2023 deadline for winter term 2024.

February 15, 2024 deadline for spring term 2024.

June 30, 2024 deadline for fall term 2024.

Environmental Technologist - Click link for more information

This program is a two year diploma program

Credential - Diploma

Campus - Lac La Biche

Program Length - 2 Years

Year 1 - Start Date: August 28, 2023 End Date: June 21, 2024

Year 2 - Start Date: August 26, 2024 End Date: June 20, 2025

Application Dates -

October 15, 2023 deadline for winter term 2024.

February 15, 2024 deadline for spring term 2024.

June 30, 2024 deadline for fall term 2024.

Fine Arts Certificate  - Click link for more information

Credential - Certificate

Campus - Lac La Biche

Program Length - 1 Year

Start/End Date - August 28, 2023 - April 26, 2024

Application Dates -

October 15, 2023 deadline for winter term 2024.

February 15, 2024 deadline for spring term 2024.

June 30, 2024 deadline for fall term 2024.

Hairstyling Certificate - Click link for more information

Credential - Certificate

Campus - Lac La Biche

Program Length - 1 Year

Start/End Date - August 28, 2023 - April 24, 2024

Application Dates -

October 15, 2023 deadline for winter term 2024.

February 15, 2024 deadline for spring term 2024.

June 30, 2024 deadline for fall term 2024.

Open Studies  - Click link for more information

Credential - Certificate

Campus - Lac La Biche

Program Length - Varies

Start/End Date - Varies

Optimal Application Date - Ask an advisor

Important: Students who have completed their Open Studies courses are NOT eligible for a Post-Graduation Work Permit.

Practical Nurse Diploma - Click link for more information

This program is a two year diploma program

Credential - Diploma

Campuses - Cold Lake, Lac La Biche and St. Paul

Program Length - 2 Years

Year 1 - Start Date: August 25, 2023 End Date: May 24, 2024

Year 2 - Start Date: August 26, 2024 End Date: May 23, 2025

Application Dates -

February 29, 2024 deadline for fall term 2024.

Professional Cooking Certificate - Click link for more information

This program is year 1 of the Culinary Arts Diploma

Credential - Certificate

Campus - St. Paul

Program Length - 1 Year

Start/End Date - August 28, 2023 - June 7, 2024

Application Date -

October 15, 2023 deadline for winter term 2024.

February 15, 2024 deadline for spring term 2024.

June 30, 2024 deadline for fall term 2024.

University Studies Diploma - Click link for more information

Students can select courses to meet their individual needs, bridge into diploma programs at Portage College, or transfer credits to other institutions, including universities.

Course credits are transferable to universities and colleges in Alberta.

Credential - Diploma

Campuses - Cold Lake, Lac La Biche and St. Paul

Program Length - 2 Years

Year 1 - Start Date: August 28, 2023 End Date: April 26, 2024

Year 2 - Start Date: August 26, 2024 End Date: April 25, 2025

Application Date -

October 15, 2023 deadline for winter term 2024.

February 15, 2024 deadline for spring term 2024.

June 30, 2024 deadline for fall term 2024.

University Transfer - Click link for more information

International students are not eligible for a work permit while taking university transfer courses.

Credential - Not Applicable

Campus - Cold Lake, Lac La Biche and St. Paul

Program Length - Varies

Start/End Date - Varies

Optimal Application Date - Ask an Advisor

Important: Students who have completed their Open Studies courses are NOT eligible for a Post-Graduation Work Permit.

We acknowledge that Portage College’s service region is on the traditional lands of First Nation Peoples, the owners of Treaty 6, 8 and 10, which are also homelands to the Métis people. We honour the history and culture of all people who first lived and gathered in these lands.
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