Before You Apply

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Before You Apply

We are very happy that you are reviewing Mohawk College’s international student information. An exciting and rewarding experience is waiting for you at Mohawk. As you look through our application process, please remember, we are available to help in any way we can.

What to do first. And second...

If you are considering joining us at Mohawk College, there are a few things we would encourage you to review before applying.

1. What Are Your Education Goals?

Before you apply to college, give some thought to your interests and what is important to you.

  • Is education a pathway to a career for you? See our programs for international students.
  • Do you know what career you would like to pursue? If not, our Career Tools may help.
  • Do you want to continue your education after college?
  • Is it your intention to return home after graduation?
  • Is immigration to Canada a goal?

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Tip: Many students are uncertain of exactly what their career and education goals are. It is still a good idea to start with a plan based on how you feel today. 

2. Contact a Recruiter at Mohawk College

It is our goal to make everything about Mohawk College a great experience – including the application process. Our team of recruiters work with hundreds of students and can help simplify the process for you. Please contact a recruiter.

3. Learn More About Mohawk

Choosing a school is a big decision. Here you’ll find an introduction to our college, our programs, our services and our city - see for yourself what a great opportunity studying at Mohawk can be.

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Tip: Every year, Mohawk welcomes students from as many as 70 (or more) countries around the world. We have great experience as a first-choice education destination.

Mohawk programs for international students

Mohawk services for international students

Information for Parents

4. Understand Admission Requirements

To qualify for admission to Mohawk College programs, there are certain requirements all students must meet.

i) Age Requirement

To apply to Mohawk College, you must be 18 years of age or older before the first day of your first class.

If you will be under 18 years old at the start of your first class, then you must either:

  • come to Canada with a parent or legal guardian or,
  • have a custodian in Canada (living close to Mohawk College). A custodian is a responsible adult (Canadian citizen or a permanent resident) who would be responsible to provide you care and support.

 

For more details, please visit the Citizenship and Immigration Canada website.

ii) English Language Requirement

General English 

Classes at Mohawk are all taught in English. Students whose first language is not English, must prove their ability by completing any of the following:

  • Successful completion of GAS-EAP (478) Program Level 8 with 70%,
  • TOEFL minimum score of 550 (80 Internet based),
  • IELTS Academic with a minimum score of 6.0 overall and with no band less than 5.5, or
  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma & English Credit (Grade 12 U, M or C) issued from an Ontario public school board

 

Advanced English 

Some programs require higher level of English language ability:

  • Successful completion of GAS-EAP (478) Program Level 8 with 90%,
  • TOEFL minimum score of 560 (83 Internet based),
  • IELTS Academic with a minimum score of 6.5 overall with no band less than 6.0, or
  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma & English Credit (Grade 12 U, M or C) issued from a public school board (required scores vary depending on the program.)
  • Some exceptions may apply. Please check admission requirements in each program’s web page.

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Tip: Admission Requirements differ slightly from country to country. If you are unsure of what is required from your county, contact your Mohawk Recruiter for more information.

iii) Academic Requirements

International students applying to Mohawk College must provide proof of their academic standing equivalent to the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (Grade 12 High School). The specific certificate or proof required depends on what country you are applying from. Your Mohawk recruiter can help you understand what documentation we will require from your country.

For some students, it may be necessary to successfully complete one or more upgrading courses at Mohawk College before entering a post-secondary program. Your acceptance letter from Mohawk will list any academic conditions that we may require.

iv) Visas & Permits

Canadian regulations require all international students who would like to study in Canada to apply for a student visa (sometimes called a study permit).

You cannot apply for a student visa until you have your letter of acceptance from Mohawk. The Visa application process takes longer from some countries than from others. We recommend you begin the process as soon as you receive your letter of acceptance Mohawk. You can find Visa Application Information here.

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Tip: The smallest error in your visa application can result in the application being denied. Be sure to review your application carefully.

v) Foreign Credentials Requirements / Advanced Academic Standing

Transfer Credit or Exemptions

If you are transferring from a post-secondary school outside of Canada and wish to use foreign credits or credentials for admission, you must provide an assessment of your documents by a recognized credential assessment service as determined by Mohawk College.

Services We Recognize at This Time Include:

International Credential Assessment and Authentication Services:

Ontario Immigration recognizes the following credentialing services:

 

Recommended for College Entry:

 

Recommended for Entry to College and Employment in Regulated Professions:

 

After having your credentials evaluated by one of the above institutions, please submit your original documents (or verified photocopies) along with the Credential Evaluation Report to the college.

vi) Prior Learning & Assessment Recognition

If you have work experience or education credentials that are not typical, but you feel should be considered in your application, please review Mohawk’s policies on `Prior Learning Assessment & Recognition (PLAR).

5. Read Mohawk's Fees And Payment Information

Fees

Please review the Mohawk College fee information page before applying. You will find information on:

  • Deposit amount required
  • Total fees, which may vary by program
  • Payment due dates so you can plan your finances
 

All Mohawk fees are listed in Canadian dollars (CAD). Please note, fees may be changed without notice.

Payment Methods

Payment from Outside of Canada
To make paying fees from your home as simple as possible, we have partnered with Flywire, an innovative online fee payment service for payment by wire transfer. Learn more about the Flywire payment system.


Payment from Within Canada
Paying fees from within Canada is also simple. You can pay by cheque, money order, bank transfer, or credit card. You will find all the details on our Payments page.

Refunds

Mohawk offers fee payment refunds, less an administration fee, only under certain circumstances.Please review our refund policy for full details.

International Student Financial Assistance
Each year, Mohawk College makes available a number of scholarships and bursaries for international students only. During your application process, please review our Scholarships & Bursaries page for more information and to learn how to apply.

6. Understand Mohawk's Application Process

How to Apply

Mohawk’s Application page has our college application form and detailed instructions on what documents to include with your application, including: the completed, filled in form, passport information, English language qualifications (IELTS, TOEFL), educational transcripts, and deposit payment.

7. Review Mohawk's Offer Statuses

Mohawk will review your application and will respond in one of three ways:

i) Accepted: If you receive an acceptance letter, this means you have been accepted into the program you chose. The next step for you would be to confirm your intention to come to Mohawk with a confirmation letter and first payment.

ii) Accepted with Conditions: If your acceptance letter indicates you are accepted with conditions, it will include a list of one or more conditions that you must meet to earn a seat in your program.

A condition may be as simple as providing additional documentation, or it might be something like needing to upgrade English or math skills. Your letter of acceptance will have all the information.

Please note, your seat in your program is not saved until all conditions have been met, and proof of visa approval has been received by Mohawk.

iii) Program Full: Many of our programs fill quickly, so if you receive a “Program Full” message, unfortunately we will not be able to offer you a seat in the program you have chosen. You can reapply in another program or speak to your Mohawk Recruiter about options.

Information for Parents

Access information for parents of international
students.

Access Information for Parents

We Are Here to Help

Book a Personal Application Consultation
We can answer questions or help with your application
at any point in the process.

Contact a Regional Representative

Journey to Mohawk

See a list of steps in the international student application and acceptance journey.

See Steps in Application Process