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Algonquin College

About Algonquin College

Algonquin College is one of Canada’s largest colleges with over 300 programs of study and 20,000 full time students. The College proudly nurtures a friendly, student-oriented atmosphere. Students come to Algonquin College from around the world to study English, take second and third year courses within their area of specialization, and to pursue customized skills upgrading and training programs.

International students experience the Canadian approach to an applied education by studying, working and collaborating with Algonquin College students and faculty in learning, teaching and research. Algonquin College is internationally recognized for diverse areas of studies that answer to the needs of today’s employment market. The focus is on applied studies that allows students to gain applied skills as well as practical experience. A student-centric approach helps promotes success through hands-on, experiential teaching, comprehensive resources, diverse support services, and dedicated faculty and staff. Last but not the least, modern facilities and strategic partnerships of the college ensures that the students have access to the quality education and skills training required for a rewarding career.

Located across the river from the French province of Québec Ottawa is a place where students will hear English and French spoken in the streets, and where they can discover Canada’s proud heritage at impressive national sites and famous landmarks. As a multicultural city, Ottawa showcases the best of arts and culture from around the world.

Algoniquin College Rankings

  • Ranking at 37th best academic institute in Canada by survey results of Webometrics, 2019.
  • Honored at #1st position for online enrolments among all Colleges and CEGEPS in Canada, as per National Survey of Online and Digital Learning in Canada, 2018.
  • KPI results of 2019 declared Algonquin College as one of the top Ontario colleges for student satisfaction.

Algoniquin College Campus

Ottawa Campus

Algonquin College’s main campus is located in Ottawa, the nation’s capital – a city that gives a strong sense of history. Here, you’re 15 minutes away from everything. A 361-square-kilometre national park, museums and galleries, Canada’s largest high-tech community, and the Rideau Canal – a World Heritage Site – are all only minutes from Algonquin College’s beautiful campus.

Pembroke Campus

Algonquin College in the Ottawa Valley is located in Pembroke, on the banks of the Ottawa River. Pembroke is a gateway to Algonquin Provincial Park and is surrounded by hundreds of kilometers of natural areas, forests and waterways. Pembroke is home to world-class whitewater rafting, canoeing, kayaking, boating, camping and hiking.

Perth Campus

Algonquin College Heritage Institute’s campus is located just one hour from Ottawa in the historic Town of Perth.  Perth is only minutes away from provincial and municipal parks and the Tay River for summer and winter activities. 

Academic Divisions

Algonquin College in the Ottawa Valley

Faculty of Arts, Media and Design

  • School of Media and Design
  • Career Academic Access Centre
  • General Arts and Science

Faculty of Health, Public Safety and Community Studies

  • School of Health and Community Studies
  • Police and Public Safety Institute

Faculty of Technology and Trades

  • School of Advanced Technology
  • Algonquin Centre for Construction Excellence

Algonquin College Heritage Institute

School of Business

School of Hospitality and Tourism

Centre for Continuing and Online Learning

Teaching Quality

The mission of the TLAG  (Teaching and Learning Advisory Group is to advise Learning and Teaching Services (LTS) and the Chairs’ Council on how to foster teaching excellence by researching and addressing faculty training and professional development needs at Algonquin College.

TLAG was formed in the winter of 2019 as a response to faculty who wanted more input into how teaching is taught at Algonquin and for the Academic Development team who wanted more  input from the academic areas into the direction of teaching at Algonquin College.

The group, comprised of faculty from throughout the college, has met monthly over the winter and spring. The last meeting of the year is in June, and the group is looking forward to reconvening for the 2019-2020 year in September.  Despite being a new group, the members have already planned some exciting initiatives for fall 2019 and beyond to start to gather information on professors’ teaching development needs and more.  In the fall, the group plans to start defining key terms related to teaching, generating enthusiasm for teaching initiatives around the college and addressing more specific teacher training needs (i.e.: online teaching, teaching in diverse classrooms, etc.)

Algoniquin College Highlights:

  • Being the first Canadian College to sign the Talloires Declaration, the institute is highly committed towards a sustainable future and has taken up multiple energy savings contracts in Ottawa to control greenhouse gas product conservation.
  • It has its own Entrepreneurship and Learning Centre to help students develop managerial skills.
  • It has a dedicated Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum-certified building which exhibits a teaching laboratory for best practices in sustainable construction.

Algonquin College Facilities

  • Sports
  • Movie nights
  • Organized club
  • SA Pride Centre
  • Volunteering opportunities

Algonquin College higlight

  • Algonquin College is the first college to sign the Talloires Declaration (declaration for sustainability)
  • It has become one of the Canada’s largest colleges with its 269 programs and three campuses (Ottawa, Pembroke, and Perth)
  • College stands with the mission of transforming hopes and dreams into lifelong success
  • Offers 31 Co-op programs to the students for getting the good employment in future with experience and references 
  • 90% of graduates have jobs within six months of graduation
  • 92% of the employers are satisfied with the quality of graduates hired by them from the college 

Algoniquin College Scholarships/ Financial Aid

  • For international aspirants looking forscholarships to study in Canada, Algonquin College is a great option since the college is renowned for its endless commitment to helping the deserving.
  • The institute provides a various number of studentships as awards for academic and curricular achievers on the basis of their transcripts and personal statement.
Name of Scholarship Type of Scholarship Eligibility
International House Prize Application-based Best all-rounder graduating diploma student on a student visa;
academic achievement and participation in extracurricular activities
International student scholarships and leadership award No application required 6 scholarships to outstanding academic achievers with maximum GPA, per school;
1 to outstanding student leadership
Harry Bloomfield Bursary School of Media and Design: Music Industry Arts Application-based Enrolled in a full-time program at the School of Media and Design; good academy


As part of the Algonquin College Alumni & Friends Network, you have access to an extensive list of benefits and programs that can make your life and career more affordable.

Enjoy a wide range of products, services and memberships, many at savings only available to the Algonquin College Alumni & Friends Network including:

On Campus Discounts

Employment Services

Home & Auto Insurance

Health & Dental Insurance

No-Fee MasterCard

Residence Accommodation Deals

Entrepreneurship Centre

Algonquin College English Language Requirements:

  • Postsecondary Certificate or Diploma Program (1/2/3 years) – Academic IELTS with an overall minimum score of 6.0 (with no single test score below 6.0.
  • Postsecondary Bachelor’s Degree Program (4 years) – Academic IELTS with an overall minimum score of 6.5 (with no single test score below 6.0).
  • Post Graduate Certificate Program (1 year) – Academic IELTS with an overall minimum score of 6.5 (with no single test score below 6.0).

English Proficiency Requirements

Since the primary medium of instruction at the institute is English, international applicants are required to demonstrate their corresponding language proficiency befores seeking successful enrollment at the institute. The minimum required scores that the college requires is as tabulated below.

Level of Program TOEFL(iBT) IELTS PTE Cambridge MELAB
Bachelor’s Degree/ Post Graduate Certificate 88 (no score below 22) 6.5 (no band below 6.0) 60 176 85
3-year Advance Diploma 80 (no score below 20) 6.0 (no band below 5.5) 54 169 77
Postgraduate Certificate 88 6.5 - 70 -

Algonquin College Highlights

College Type Publicly funded
Number of Campuses 3
Annual Endowments 3.7 million CAD
Student Retention Rate 86.3 %
Total number of programs 340
Mode of Programmes Full time, Part time, Online
Work Study Program Yes, for full time programs
Cost of Attendance 2,900 CAD
Financial aid Bursaries, Scholarship, Awards
Language Proficiency IELTS/TOEFL or Algonquin EAP program

Algonquin College Average Tuition Fees And Other Expenses

Tuition & Books (1 Year)  
Includes Tuition, Health Insurance, Upass (bus pass)
and Student Access Fees (8-Month Academic Year)
$16,200 – $22,000
Learning Resources and School Supplies $200 – $1,000
Optional Items  
Gym Membership (On-campus) $300
Clothing $800
Miscellaneous $1,150
Total Optional Items $2,250
Homestay (Fees are for 1 Month)  
Application fee $250
Accommodations & Meals (3 meals/day) $940
Total Homestay $1,190
Residence (8 Months)  
Accommodations $7,720
Meal Plan (Mandatory) $3,350
Total Residence $11,070
Off Campus Housing 1 Month  
2 Bedroom Apartment (estimated cost only) $1,200 – $1,400

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

Algonquin College Average Tuition Fee Per Year


$ 13,800


$ 13,800

Costs per year

Overall cost of living

$ 9,600

Campus accommodation

$ 5,094

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