International Applicants

We recommend that international students submit their high school application by May 1st.

As you continue, it may be helpful to note that students who are Canadian citizens, but not permanent residents are still classified as international students.

After being accepted by Briercrest, you will need to apply for a study permit and receive it before September. Late applications to Briercrest may not allow enough time for a study permit to be processed by the Government of Canada. A delayed start date may need to be considered.  Check processing times for study permit applications with the Government of Canada.

A letter of Acceptance for the purpose of obtaining a study permit cannot be released until the application portfolio is complete and reviewed and sufficient funds have been deposited into the applicant's student account.

General Admission Requirements

  • Successful completion of your previous academic level/grade.
  • Commitment to live by biblical standards and according to the rules and guidelines of BCA.
  • You possess goals and desires that match the purpose of the school.
  • Recommendations endorsing Christian character and a growing walk with God (note: these forms are included in the application portfolio).

Financial Requirements

For the study permit application, the Canadian government requires international students to provide a financial guarantee for themselves and all dependents that will be accompanying them to Canada for their first year of study. International students must deposit sufficient funds to cover tuition, living expenses, and other school fees for the student and family for the first year of studies in the applicant's Briercrest student account. For a financial estimate, please contact your Admissions Adviser.

See our Finances area for details on Tuition and Fees, Payment Information and Refunds, and Scholarships.

NOTE: These amounts will be held on deposit at Briercrest until they are needed for their intended purpose. Payment should be made in Canadian funds and is payable only by wire transfer, certified cheque, MasterCard, or VISA. In the event the study permit is denied, the full cost of attendance minus the application processing fee will be refunded.

Language Proficiency

If English is not your first and/or primary language, you will be required to take an English language test and complete an interview as part of the application process. For more information, see ENGLISH+ ESL Placement Exam.

Notification of acceptance

Our Admissions office works hard to process applications quickly. Please note that applications that are received and completed prior to June 15 take up to two weeks to be reviewed by the BCA Admissions committee. Applications that are received after June 15 can take up to one month to be reviewed. We will contact you as soon as an acceptance decision has been made.

Application Process

Step 1: Apply online.

  • Complete the Online Application Form (International students must provide a $150 non-refundable application fee made in Canadian funds).
  • Submit report cards/transcripts, recommendations, and other application-related documents.  These will be sent to the student and guardian/parent after the Online Application form has been submitted.
  • Submit a copy of the photo from the applicant's passport.
  • If applicable, schedule an English exam and interview with our ENGLISH+ International Program Coordinator to evaluate your English proficiency. 

*Faxed or emailed copies of your high school transcripts will not be accepted as official copies.
*Please note that the Admission Office reserves the right to request additional information from any applicant.

Step 2: Finances

Deposit the full amount of your first year’s tuition, fees, and living expenses into your student account. (Not applicable for American students, though proof of funds must be shown at customs/border crossing.)

  • After applying, a cost of attendance letter will be sent to you with the estimated cost for your first year of studies and steps for depositing the required financial guarantee.
  • See Financial Requirements for more information.

Step 3: Documents

Prepare documents for your study permit application

Once accepted, your letter of acceptance and a proof of funds statement will be sent to you electronically and by post. You will need these to apply for your study permit with the Government of Canada.
More about study permits and what’s needed here.

NOTE: You will receive a letter of introduction from the Government of Canada once your application has been approved. Please note that this is NOT your study permit. Study permits are given at customs/borders.