How to apply if you're an international student
Whichever program you choose to pursue, there are many benefits to being an international student at ACAD, including a relatively simple application process.
Step 1: Application form, fee and supporting documents (Waitlist now available for late Fall 2017 applications)
Step 2: Portfolio submission
Step 3: Official transcripts and English proficiency documents
What are the academic requirements for international students who want to enrol in ACAD’s Bachelors degree programs?
To attend a Bachelors degree program at ACAD, you must have the equivalent of an Alberta high school diploma, with a minimum average grade of 60% (or equivalent) in your final year of studies.
If you attended high school in a language other than English you’ll also need to meet our English proficiency requirements for undergraduate students.
How do I provide official transcripts?
Contact your appropriate educational agency to request your transcripts be sent to ACAD before February 15. If you’re still attending high school, you’ll need to send us in-progress transcripts. Please remember, all official transcripts must be translated and notarized if not in English.
How can I receive transfer credit?
International transfer applicants seeking credit from international post-secondary institutions must have their transcripts assessed by the International Qualifications Assessment Service (IQAS). Please note the processing time for IQAS assessment could take up to 12 weeks.
Does ACAD accept U.S. student loans?
Yes! ACAD accepts student loans from the Title IV Federal Student Aid Program. To register, fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) student loan application, using ACAD’s institution code: G32983.
Will I receive health and dental benefits?
Yes. International students at ACAD are eligible for government health care, medical prescription coverage and dental benefits. Learn more about your student health and dental benefits.
Can I work while studying at ACAD?
Yes. Full-time students who have valid study permits are eligible to work up to 20 hours per week during regular classes, and full-time during spring, winter, and summer breaks. Find out more about working as an international student while at ACAD.
After graduation, can I stay in Canada?
What is the legal age to be an adult in Alberta?
18 is the legal age of majority in Alberta. This means international students may travel to and live in Alberta without a parent or guardian. The legal age of majority varies throughout Canada by province and territory.