International Students

International students, we look forward to welcoming you to Durham College (DC)! DC offers an internationalized campus with over 2,200 international students studying at our three locations. As a DC student, you will prepare for your career in our market-driven academic programs while receiving individualized supports to help make your student journey a success.

For more information about applying to DC as an international student, and the programs and services available to you, please visit our website.

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

Have questions about being an international student at DC? We have answers.

What is the application deadline?

Applications are accepted year round. Applications will continue to be processed until programs fill or deadlines to apply for study permits through Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) come into effect for each intake. We encourage students to submit their admission application as early as possible to ensure sufficient processing time.

How do I apply?

Applications can be submitted completely online directly to Durham College. All documents can be scanned and uploaded as a part of your online application. Visit the how to apply section of our website for further information and to begin your application.

What are English Language Proficiency requirements?
English Language Proficiency requirements can be met through a recognized test or by completing an ESL program through a Durham College pathway partner. Applicants from some English-speaking countries may be exempt from English Language Proficiency requirements upon provision of a full transcript. For complete information on this requirement, please visit the English Language Partners schools page.


Applicants may be admitted to Durham College for our undergraduate programs if they have an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD)* or equivalent high school diploma from another country which includes: one senior-level English language credit (from an English speaking country as listed below**), equivalent English Proficiency test results (see chart below), or completion of an English for Academic Purposes (EAP) program through one of our recognized  English Language Partner schools. *Applicants from Canadian curriculum high schools both inside and outside of Canada must complete a minimum of three years high school credits to be considered for exemption from TOEFL/Academic IELTS requirements upon provision of a full transcript. **Applicants with a minimum of three years of high school or post-secondary studies in Canada, Australia, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, New Zealand, Singapore, United States, United Kingdom, Some Caribbean*** and selected other countries (see list below) may be exempted from TOEFL/Academic IELTS requirements upon provision of a full transcript. Exceptions may apply, please contact the International's Education office for full details. ***Excluding international applicants from Cuba, Dominican Republic, Haiti and Puerto Rico.


Please note due to the current coronavirus (COVID-19) global pandemic, Durham College is temporarily accepting the following online English Language Proficiency test for admissions purposes only. All information in this section and which tests are accepted are subject to change without notice. Students can complete the tests online from the safety of their home computer. Duolingo English Test (DET)  Please check English language proficiency requirements for your visa and study permit as required by IRCC for your country with your nearest Canadian Embassy or Visa Application Centre (VAC), as you may still need to write an in-person IELTS or TOEFL test for visa or study permit processing.  For the time being, we will accept official Duolingo English Test results for admissions purposes only for intakes beginning in January 2021, May 2021 and September 2021 unless otherwise noted on the chart below. If IELTS test centres begin to open worldwide, this information may change and Durham College admissions staff will communicate to any students with applications in the system if this occurs. Changes may be made on a country-by-country basis due to the availability of in-person test sites based on COVID-19 cases for individual areas or countries.
  Most one-year certificate programs Most two-year diploma programs Most three-year advanced diploma programs *Grade 12 English (Canada/USA) or equivalent.
  • Senior High School English examination results, for example: 0level, GCE, CSEC (CXC), IGCSE
  • Academic IELTS: 6.0, no band score less than 5.5** Applicants with an Indian or Pakistani passport are required to submit official Academic IELTS test scores with a minimum overall score of 6.0, with no band score below 6.0, as per SDS guidelines. Select programs may require higher scores. TOEFL / PTE / CAEL test scores and English for Academic Purposes (EAP) will not be accepted.
  • IBT TOEFL: 80, with minimum section scores of 20
  • PTE Academic: 53 minimum overall, no section below 49 L,W,S,R
  • CAEL: Overall scores of 60 with no section below 60
  One-year Ontario college graduate certificate and compressed, fast-track programs and the following diploma or degree programs:
  • Behavioural Science - Honours Bachelor
  • Dental Assisting (levels I and II)
  • Dental Reception and Administration
  • Health Care Technology Management - Honours Bachelor
  • Journalism
  • Massage Therapy
  • Music Business Administration/Music Business Management
  • Police Foundations
  • PR and Strategic Communications
  • Social Service Worker
  • Sport Administration/Sport Management
*See Program webpage for Grade 12 English/Senior High School English examination minimum requirements.
  • Academic IELTS: 6.5, no band score less than 6.0
  • IBT TOEFL: 88, with minimum section scores of 22
  • PTE Academic: 60 minimum overall, no section below 57 L,W,S,R
  • CAEL: Overall score of 70, no section below 70
  • DET 110
  • Practical Nursing
  • Communicative Disorders Assistant (graduate certificate)
  *See Program webpage for Grade 12 English/Senior High School English examination minimum requirements for Practical Nursing.
  • Academic IELTS: 7.0, with no band less than 6.5
  • TOEFL: 94, with minimum section scores of 23
  • PTE Academic: Not Applicable
  • CAEL: Not Applicable
    When do I need to pay tuition fees?
    Tuition fee payment deadlines are outlined in the Letter of Acceptance provided to newly admitted students. However, we encourage students to pay their fees as soon as possible because program seats can be filled before the indicated payment deadline. Please visit our financial information page for further details.
    How do I pay the tuition fees?
    Once you have applied to study at Durham College you will have access to your own personalized My Campus student portal which will detail information on payment of fees. Once you have accepted your offer you will automatically be directed to the payment option. Payment can be made online through credit card or wire transfer. Your seat in the program will only be secure once you have confirmed and paid your tuition fees.  Tuition fees can either be paid for the full academic year or by semester.
    How do I get a study permit?
    Once you have received a letter of acceptance you can apply for a study permit at the nearest visa processing office of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to your home country. Visit IRCC’s website to find out how to apply for a study permit.
    Where is DC located?

    With campuses in Oshawa and Whitby, Durham College is situated in the centre of Durham Region, which offers sports, culture, education and music; provides easy access to Canada’s leading business and cultural centre; and enables you to play cricket, ski, snowboard, hike, walk, bike, windsurf, sail, fish and more, all within 30 minutes of campus. Durham College is part of the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), with downtown Toronto (a cultural hot spot) just 45 minutes from our Oshawa campus, providing easy accessibility to a wide variety of extracurricular and cultural experiences. Popular destinations include the CN Tower, the Toronto Zoo, the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Royal Ontario Museum and the Ontario Science Centre. For more information about the region including activities, attractions, cultural groups, international dining and much more, please visit

    Where can I live when attending DC?
    Students have the option to live on- or off-campus during their studies. For students who are interested in living in on-campus residence they can find more information at Students who would prefer to live off-campus will be provided free assistance with finding homestay, off-campus residence or shared housing. A pre-departure e-mail will be sent to students after they have accepted their offer of admission outlining how to arrange for on- and off-campus accommodations.
    Do you provide airport pickup?
    Yes, once you have confirmed your acceptance and paid tuition, you will receive Arrival Services information by email where you can arrange to have someone pick you up from the airport and drive you to Durham College. Make sure to check your email regularly to ensure you are receiving this important information. If you have not received the aforementioned Arrival Services email, you can arrange for Airport Pickup by filling out an online form.


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