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International Admission

You should begin the process of applying for your study permit as soon as you receive your Letter of Acceptance. For Study Permit processing times by country see the official information on the Citizenship and Immigration Canada website. 

Red Deer College assesses and may recognize your prior learning through the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) process. Once accepted into an RDC program, international applicants with international documents may apply for a Prior Learning Assessment, including transfer credit, by providing course outlines/syllabi (in English).  If course outlines/syllabi are not in English, the applicant must provide translated copies from an approved translation service provider

*You must be accepted into an RDC program before you are able to apply for a Prior Learning Assessment. 

If you would like to change the program you have applied for, please email admissions [at] rdc [dot] ab [dot] ca. The application fee you pay is valid for one academic year (July-June).  

If circumstances arise and you are unable to attend RDC, you can request an admission deferral to a different term in the same academic year. Email the Office of the Registrar at admissions [at] rdc [dot] ab [dot] ca with rationale to request the deferral. You are unable to defer your admission to the next academic year.

You may request verification if the agent you are working with is authorized by RDC by emailing agents [at] rdc [dot] ab [dot] ca.  

If you are working with an Authorized RDC Agent, you may complete a Consent for Authorized Agent form to formally request that the agent be included in all communications from the Office of the Registrar throughout the application and admission process. All Authorized RDC Agents have access to the Consent for Authorized Agent form. If you would like someone other than an Authorized RDC Agent (non-authorized agent, family member, friend) to be included in all communications from the Office of the Registrar, you may complete and submit a Consent to Release Student Personal Information form to admissions [at] rdc [dot] ab [dot] ca

If an international applicant’s study permit is denied by IRCC (Government of Canada), a refund of the tuition fee deposit may be requested by emailing proof of denial to admissions [at] rdc [dot] ab [dot] ca. For a refund to be approved, the applicant must provide an official communication from IRCC confirming the denial. In such instances, a $400 cancellation fee will be charged.  

The amount of time required for RDC to process an international student application depends on many factors such as time of the year and the completeness of the application received. Typically, if a complete international application is received, including all supporting documentation, the application will be processed in 10-12 business days.   

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Mon-Fri 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Main Phone: 403.342.3400
Toll-free: 1.888.732.4630 (in Canada only)
Email: inquire [at] rdc [dot] ab [dot] ca

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