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Niagara College

About Niagara College

Founded in Welland in 1967 and located in the Heart of the Niagara Region – just minutes from one of the world’s most well-known tourism destinations – Niagara College offers more than 130 innovative programs between its state-of-the-art campuses in Welland and Niagara-on-the-Lake. Together its campuses provide unique living laboratories and top notch facilities that deliver hands-on applied learning opportunities, world-class applied research, and smaller class sizes in an intimate and friendly environment.

At Niagara College, more than 9,000 full-time students study in diploma, graduate certificate, apprenticeship and Bachelor’s Degree programs. It also welcomes more than 15,000 Part-Time Studies registrants each year, who study in 600 plus credit, vocational and general interest programs. NC offers programs that provide real-world experience and are taught by passionate faculty committed to student success, resulting in a truly one-of-a-kind educational experience.

A vibrant culture and community are important to students’ academic success. Niagara College has a long history of athletic excellence. NC intercollegiate athletics program has won seven national championships and thirty-five provincial championships. Gymnasiums and Fitness Centres are designed to ensure that all students have the ability to participate in a variety of recreational, fitness, and athletic activities.

The bookstores at the Welland and Niagara-on-the-Lake campuses are open year-round to students and the general public, offering textbooks, supplies, computer accessories, trade and reference books, clothing, gift-ware and more.

The Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus is located between Glendale Avenue and the Queen Elizabeth Way, a transportation corridor that exists between Toronto and the United States and offers daily GO Bus service to Toronto. This 125-acre campus features ecological lagoons, wetland systems, landscaped gardens and a 40-acre on-campus teaching vineyard.

Recognized for its commitment to sustainability and naturalization, the Welland Campus is located in a friendly, residential community in the heart of the Niagara Region. The campus is home to the NC Teaching Hair Salon, the Walker Advanced Manufacturing and Innovation Centre, NC Research and Innovation, a new Green Automotive Technology lab and the Rankin Technology Centre.

Niagara College Rankings

Niagara college ranks no. 1 in top 50 research colleges report

According to webometrics, world ranking: 6413

Niagara College Campus

Niagara College features two modern campuses in the beautiful Niagara Region, Ontario, Canada. With only a 30-minute drive to the Canada-US border, both campuses are known for their warm and supportive culture and commitment to programs that offer real-world experience.

Niagara College Academic Divisions

  • School of Academic, Liberal, and Access Studies(NLC, WC)
  • School of Business and Management(NLC)
  • School of Community Services
  • School of Environment and Horticulture(NLC)
  • School of English Language Studies
  • School of Media
  • School of Technology
  • School of Nursing and Personal Support Worker
  • School of Justice and Fitness
  • Canadian Food and Wine Institute(NLC)
  • School of Part-Time Studies(WC, NLC)
  • School of Trades
  • School of Allied Health
  • School of Hospitality, Tourism, and Sport(NLC)

Niagara College Teaching Quality

The Centre for Academic Excellence works in partnership with the academic departments and service units of Niagara College to enhance educational quality and support innovation in teaching, learning and curriculum through quality assurance processes and the provision of faculty and curriculum development services, programs, resources and research.

Student Teacher Ratio

The student to faculty ratio at the college is 35:1.

Top Programs in the Niagara College

Programs Fees per annum
B.B.A Human Resources $12,113
Diploma in International Business $10,913
Certificate in Art and Design Foundation $10,913
Diploma in Acting for Film and Television $10,913

Advantages of Niagara College

  • Career planning and advisement and employment support
  • Health Services
  • First Nation Student Services
  • Financial Aid and Awards
  • Health, Wellness and Accessibility Services and Centre for Students with Disabilities
  • Co-op Services
  • Counselling
  • Peer tutoring

English Proficiency Requirements

The institute uses English as its primary language of instruction, hence it has strict language requirements for its overseas students, who must also provide the college with valid documentation of their English language proficiency. The tests that are acceptable, together with the matching results, are listed below.

Test Minimum score for certificate and diploma courses Minimum score for degree and graduate courses
TOEFL pBT: 500 cBT: 173 iBT: 79; 20 Writing, 20 Speaking pBT: 550 (TESL: 600) cBT: 213
iBT: 79-80; 22 Writing, 22 Speaking
IELTS (Academic) 6.0 overall with no band lower than 5.5 6.5 overall with no individual band under 5.5
CAEL 60, with no individual band lower than 50 60, with no band below50
EAP Completion of Level 5 EAP program with 70% having no grade under 50% Completion of Level 5 EAP program with 75% and no individual grade under 60%

Niagara College Scholarships & Financial Aid

Every year, the college provides more than 200,000 CAD in scholarships and awards to its international students so they can study in Canada. There are three different sorts of scholarships available for international students:

  • Entrance Grants - Freshmen at Niagara College in Canada are eligible for these scholarships. This scholarship typically awards 2,000 CAD.
  • Current Scholarships - International students are given these scholarships based on their academic achievement, financial need, and volunteerism.
  • International Student Awards - The Niagara College rewards international students who participate in extracurricular activities and show academic excellence with this award.This award does not require an application.From each academic school, one recipient is chosen.

To provide maximum number of students financial relief, Niagara College provides only one scholarship or award per fall or winter session per student.

Famous Alumni’s

  • Edward Burtynsky, photographer
  • Shirley Coppen, politician
  • Dan Dunleavy, sportscaster
  • Christel Haeck, politician
  • Peter Kormos, politician
  • Bernie McNamee, journalist

Application Fees: $100

Application Fees waived for GeeBee Students

English language Requirements: (Only IELTS)

  • Bachelors Degree – IELTS 6.5 overall with no individual band less than 6.0
  • Diploma Programs – IELTS 6.0 with no band less than 6.0
  • Post Graduate Programs – IELTS 6.5 with no band less than 6.0


Effective immediately, Niagara College is temporarily accepting Duolingo English test scores as proof of English language proficiency for NC’s Undergraduate and Graduate admission requirements.

The Duolingo English Test Scores are as follows:

  • Minimum overall accepted score for NC Diploma and Certificate (Undergraduate) programs – Between 105 – 110
  • Minimum overall accepted score for NC Graduate / Degree Programs:
    • Degrees – Between 115 – 120
    • Graduate Certificates – Between 125 – 130

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Niagara college Highlights

Type of College Public
Establishment Year 1967
Type of Campus Urban
Housing Available
Number of Programs 130+
Number of Campuses 2
Full-time Students 12,000+
International Students 4,700+
Intake Seasons Fall, Winter, Spring

Niagara College Average Tuition Fees And Other Expenses

The cost of attendance includes tuition fees, accommodation costs, and other expenses. The tables mentioned below will help international students estimate their cost of living in Canada.

Niagara College Tuition Fee

Program Tuition Fee(per year)
Diploma/Certificate 13,350-14,550 CAD
Undergraduate Degree 14,550 CAD
Graduate 16,550 CAD

The cost of attendance is different for international students studying at Niagara College than the domestic students.


NC provides many housing facilities to their students on both their campuses. Students can also consider renting rooms, houses or sublets along with other students who are looking for housemates.

Category Expense (per year)
Double Occupancy Suite 7,400 CAD
Quad Occupancy Suite 3,840 CAD
Homestay 9,000 CAD

International students also have the following options for stay while they study in Canada:

  • Homestays- International students can reside with a Canadian family once they have received confirmation from them.
  • Landing Pad- Niagara College Landing Pad accommodates International students for 30 days, including two meals per day. 

The college helps the new students with information and ease the adjustment process with the new country.

Other Expenses

Service Fee 632 CAD per term
Medical Insurance 70 CAD per month
Bus fee 192.50 CAD per term
Books and Supplies 2,500 CAD
Personal and Miscellaneous Expenses 2,000-8,000 CAD

A 500 CAD tuition deposit is required of all incoming and renewing students. A spot in the programme must be secured with this deposit. This charge is a component of the tuition fee, lowering the overall amount of tuition due.

Niagara College Admissions Application

Candidates that qualify for early admission are given preference (subject to programme capacity). Those who don't meet the requirements for early admission may still be eligible for admission through the competitive admissions process. The basic requirements, however, do not ensure admittance.

Where to Apply Online Application Portal
Application Fee 100 CAD
Application Deadlines for International Students(Recommended) Spring 2020: October 30, 2020; Fall 2020: February 1, 2020; Winter 2021: June 8, 2020
Documents Required Transcripts, LOR, SOP
English Language Requirement IELTS: Overall 6.5(no band under 5.5)
TOEFL iBT: 79 - 80(minimum 22 in writing and speaking)

Know more about Studying in Canada

Tuition Fees in Canada (1st Year Average) BE / BTech: CA$22,600 | MBA: CA$25,375 | MS: CA$17,225 | BBA: CA$20,560 | MEng: CA$22,225 | BSc: CA$20,745 | MASc: CA$20,375 | MIM: CA$28,900 | MA: CA$12,970 | MFin: CA$32,785 | BHM: CA$20,560 | MEM: CA$17,040
Average Accomodation & Food Costs in Canada CA$8890 Per Year
Entrance Exams in Canada TOEFL: 86 | IELTS: 6.5 | PTE: 60 | GRE: 309 | GMAT: 560 | SAT: 1177
Work and Study in Canada Permitted for 20 hours/week with a valid study permit.
Post Study Work Permit in Canada Up to 3 Years after graduation depending on the course.
Cost of Student Visa in Canada CAD 150
Student Visa in Canada A Canada student permit is a document issued by IRCC (Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada) for international students in Canada. To study in Canada, you will require a student permit, which serves as a student visa.
Intakes in Canada There are Three Intakes in Canada: Fall (September), Winter (January) and Spring (May)
Top Job Sectors in Canada Business Management, Engineering, Economics, Dentisty, Law, Computer Science.
Economy in Canada GDP Growth of 1.9% (2018) 1.5% (2019e), 10th Largest Economy in the World by Nominal

Niagara College Average Tuition Fee Per Year


$ 16,630


$ 14,987

Costs per year

Overall cost of living

$ 9,620

Campus accommodation

$ 4,530

Please note that fees will vary. Always check the exact cost of the program and bear in mind likely additional expenses.