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As an international student, you have to apply first to Lakeland College and then to the Canadian government for a study permit.

It's important to apply and be accepted at Lakeland first, because you'll need an acceptance letter from us in order to apply for your study permit from your nearest Canadian embassy or consulate.

Below, are the basic steps. There will be links to particular pages for more details.

You may also enlist an agent to help you through this process. See our Using an Agent page for more details.

If you need assistance, or have a question, you may email

Please note that the deadline to apply for September intake is July 15. Please apply earlier to ensure the process can be completed.

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You apply online using applyalberta. This is a common application system for anyone applying to a post-secondary institution in Alberta.

Before you start, you will need to have a credit card to pay the application fee.
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There are 2 things you need to send to Lakeland College as soon as you apply:
  1. Proof of your English language proficiency. See the English requirements page for details.
  2. Copies of high school and other transcripts.
These documents can be mailed (which will take longer), or you may scan and then email to or fax 780 853 2955  these documents to Lakeland College.

Admissions staff will review your prior education. We are not able to assess transcripts from all countries. If required, we may ask you to submit your transcripts to an assessment service, International Qualifications Assessment Service (IQAS). This service fairly and equitably compares your education to an Alberta high school education and forwards the results of the evaluation to Lakeland College on your behalf.
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You will be emailed admission letters after you've been accepted in a Lakeland program.

You will receive 2 letters:
  1. A letter addressed to you with information you need to know about your program, what you need to do next, your program's start date and other details. Your admission letter will ask you to provide a tuition deposit to confirm your seat in our program.
  2. A letter addressed to the Canadian High Commission in your country. This is required for your study permit application.

After you submit your tuition deposit you will receive a receipt. You will also need this receipt to complete your study permit application.

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Immigration and Citizenship Canada recommends applying for your study permit at least 4 to 6 months before your classes start.

Check all the details and tips on our applying for a study permit page.
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We recommend that your live on campus in our residence village. When you've been accepted into one of our programs, you will be sent an application form.

For more information, check out the Where to Live section.
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Please note that Lakeland College does not accept the challenging of exams or international transfer credits.

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