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Your journey to Mohawk College and your new life in Canada have many considerations. Before you apply review these helpful resources and supports to ensure you make the right choice for your educational goals.
If you are a parent of an international student please visit our parents’ webpage for more information.
To qualify for admission to Mohawk College programs, there are certain requirements all students must meet.
i) Age Requirement
Effective September 2019 all International students must be at least 17 years of age at the start of classes. All International Students under 18 years of age at the time of study at Mohawk College are required to provide a completed, signed and notarized Custodianship Declaration (IMM 5646) on file with the International team. Students who do not provide proper document will have a hold recorded on their account to prevent registration.
For more information please visit the IRCC website.
ii) English Language Requirement
All applicants are required to submit proof they have successfully completed an Ontario Secondary School Diploma & English Credit (Grade 12 U, M or C), or equivalent, prior to commencing studies. Below is a listing of the acceptable English Language Proficiency tests.
Note: SDS Express Visa Program applicants are required to submit an acceptable IELTS Academic only to be considered for admissions. Other examinations will not be considered.
Alternate English Proficiency Testing Options – All applicants are encouraged to complete the TOEFL iBT Home Edition. This test provides applicants with a secure method of evaluation, from a trusted testing leader in the community, while maintaining continuity amongst institutions. This new TOEFL iBT Home Edition is available worldwide from the student’s home computer.
General Post Secondary Programs^
Post Graduate &
Advanced Post Secondary Programs^
|IELTS||6.0 (no band below 5.5)||6.5 (no band below 6.0)|
(Including CAEL Online)
|50 (no band below 40)||60 (no band below 50)|
|CEFR (C1)||169 (no band below 162)||176 (no band below 169)|
|CLBT||7 (no band below 7)||8 (no band below 8)|
|PTE||50 (no band below 43)||58 (no band below 51)|
|Or successful completion of Mohawk College General Arts & Science – English for Academic Purposes program|
^Refer to the Admissions tab on the Program website for program specific information
|Interim Acceptable Tests|
|**These tests will be accepted on an interim basis through July 2022 starts only. This information is subject to change at the discretion of Mohawk College.|
English Speaking Countries
All applicants are required to submit proof they have successfully completed a senior level English language credit (or equivalent) prior to commencing studies. Applicants may be exempt from submitting external English Proficiency Evaluation (i.e. IELTS, TOEFL etc.) if they meet one of the following requirements:
- Received an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (or Canadian provincial equivalent), studying a minimum of two years of full-time study, and completing a senior level English credit (Grade 12 U, M or C).
- Completed at least one year of full-time post-secondary studies in a Canadian Post Secondary institution with the completion of a College level Communication (or equivalent).
- Completed a minimum of two years of full-time secondary or post-secondary education in a country where English is an official, or the only language of common usage, along with completion of a senior level English credit (or equivalent). Refer to approved listing of English Speaking Countries.
- Successful completion of the Mohawk College EAP program or authorized Mohawk College ESL pathway program.
*At the discretion of the International Operations Support Officer.
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 Market Specialist 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 details on the Visa Application and different Express Visa Programs (SDS) here.
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:
- Telephone: 1-800-321-6021
Recommended for College Entry:
- Comparative Education Service
- University of Toronto
- Telephone : 416-978-2185
Recommended for Entry to College and Employment in Regulated Professions:
- World Education Services (WES)
- Telephone: 416-972-0070
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).
We are proud to support international students from over all over the World. Our dedicated Market Specialists support you based on the country that you come from and are here to answer your questions and support your educational journey. If you are interested in learning more about studying at Mohawk please contact your market specialist.
Our online events offer you a good idea of what Mohawk is all about and introduce you to many members of the Mohawk College community. Please plan to join us for an online introduction to Mohawk College, also known as Webinar Wednesdays, which are scheduled at convenient times throughout the year. Our upcoming events:
Career Supports with our International Career Advisor
Wednesday October 27, 2021 9 - 10 A.M.. EST
Join Hussam Eldib, our International Career Advisor to discuss how to prepare to get your dream job! He will explain the resources available - everything from how to create your resume, preparing for interviews and looking for part-time work while you are studying. Register today
Our new Online Application Service is Live
Wednesday November 3, 2021, 9 - 10 A.M. EST
Join us as we introduce you to the new OCAS online application system! You can apply, check your status, check on your payment and more! We hope to see you!
Learn about the Hamilton Community and the amazing resources available to you!
Wednesday November 10, 2021, 9 - 10 A.M. EST
Join special guest - Jamie Wang .from 'Helping International Students' a local Hamilton organization supporting international students in our community on Wednesday November 19th from 9 - 10 a.m. We know how difficult it is to start a new life in Canada and we have so many people that want to help ensure you are comfortable in your new home. Jamie and his team are her to help you and will share how you can get involved in the Hamilton community with great tips and opportunities for creating your new social network here in Hamilton. You don't want to miss this session. Register today
Pre-Departure Orientation - Part 1 (Arriving Safely & Smartly!)
Wednesday November 17, 2021 9 - 11 A.M. EST
Join the team to get excited about your upcoming journey to Mohawk College and Canada. We are happy to have the arrivals team join us to help walk you through preparing your travel documents as you plan your journey to Canada. This is the first part in our three part Pre-Departure Series. Register today
International & Arrivals Team Drop-In
Wednesday November 24, 2021 9 - 10 A.M. EST
Join us as our International teams come together to answer all of your frequently asked questions about everything you need to know to get prepared to come to Canada. Be sure to ask your questions when you register! This will be a session you won't want to miss! Register today.
Pre-Departure Orientation - Part 2 (Your Transition to Canada)
Wednesday December 1, 2021 9 - 10 A.M. EST
Join the team to get excited about your upcoming journey to Mohawk College and Canada. Learn about the amazing supports, housing, services and more! We want you to feel prepared and ready so don't miss it! Register today
Pre-Departure Orientation - Part 3 (Get Ready to Start)
Wednesday December 8, 2021 9 - 10 A.M. EST
Now you've travelled to Canada and have transitioned to your new life in Canada, now is the time to check-in, register, select your timetable learn about more services you may need, and get ready to start your studies! Register today.
2021 WEBINAR WEDNESDAY'S RECORDINGS:
Topic: Welcome to Hamilton! Learn all about the home Of Mohawk College
Start Time : Mar 24, 2021 08:47 AM
Meeting Recording: Watch the March 24 meeting video
Topic: Program highlights & Career Outcomes - Mohawk International
Start Time : May 26, 2021 08:48 AM
Meeting Recording: Watch the May 26 meeting video
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Topic: Everything you need to know about accommodations in Hamilton
Start Time : Jun 23, 2021 08:47 AM
Meeting Recording: Watch the June 23 meeting video
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Topic: Everything you need to know to prepare to come to Canada (Pre-Departure Part#1)
Start Time : Jul 21, 2021 08:50 AM
Meeting Recording: Watch the July 21 meeting video
Topic: Program Highlights + Mississauga Campus Experience (Mohawk Mississauga)
Start Time : Jul 22, 2021 08:19 AM
Meeting Recording: Watch the July 22 meeting video
Topic: How to Apply to Mohawk College - Winter 2022
Start Time : Aug 4, 2021 08:50 AM
Meeting Recording: Watch the August 4 meeting video
Topic: Your Transition to Canada (Pre-Departure Part #2)
Start Time : Aug 11, 2021 08:43 AM
Meeting Recording: Watch the August 11 meeting video
Topic: Pre Departure Orientation (Mohawk Mississauga)
Start Time : Aug 12, 2021 08:17 AM
Meeting Recording: Watch the August 12 meeting video
Topic: Get ready to Start your Studies!
Start Time: Aug 25, 2021 08:43 AM
Topic: Welcome to your first day of Mohawk College – International Team Drop-In
Start Time: Sep 8, 2021 08:46 AM
Topic: January 2022 - Everything you need to know!
Start Time: Sep 15, 2021 08:48 AM
Topic: January and May Program updates
Start Time: Oct 6, 2021 08:48 AM
Topic: Career Supports & Services
Start Time: Oct 27, 2021 08:40 AM
Topic: Welcome to our new Online Application Services - OCAS
Start Time: Nov 3, 2021 08:45 AM
Topic: Supports and Services in Hamilton for International students with Jamie Wang
Start Time: Nov 10, 2021 08:45 AM
Understand fees and deadlines
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 from Outside of Canada (Flywire)
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.
Payment from Within Canada
Paying fees from within Canada is also simple. You can pay by cheque, money order, bank transfer, or credit card.
Please refer to your admissions documents for additional payment options.
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.
Our suite of mobile apps can help throughout the application and acceptance process.
Download the mandatory Mohawk International app, from iCent App today and have all the information you need at your fingertips!
The iCent App is your complete guide to help you get ready for the transition to Mohawk and Hamilton, and is FREE for new international students at Mohawk College.
Learn about all the next steps after receiving your offer letter, from checklists before leaving your country, key information you need to know before beginning your studies, to the services available and more.
To access the app, please follow these steps:
Enter Canada in the “Institution Country” field
Enter Mohawk College International in the “Institution Name” field
Use your email to register for the app, you will be sent an email with your PIN. Please remember to check your Junk Mail inbox.
Use your PIN to log in the app.
Should you have any questions and/or trouble logging in, write to: support [at] iCentapp.com
Note: Google Android in China: We are aware that there have been some download issues for iCent in mainland China. If you are in China please download below.
Two Dashboards to serve you better - Once your visa has been approved by IRCC, and you have confirmed your intention to study at Mohawk, you will be able to transition from the future student dashboard to the current student dashboard. Please watch your email for details closer to the start of classes.
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