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International Admissions

(This page is part of the official Academic Calendar)

Procedures for applying to Red Deer College (RDC)

1. Complete and submit an online application form and pay the application fee due at the time of application.

International applicants should begin applying at least four (4) to six (6) months in advance of the term in which they wish to commence studies.   As International applications take time to process, applications will be accepted no later than 90 days in advance of the term in which studies commence.

Term Application Deadline Document Deadline
Fall June 15 July 15
Winter September 15 December 1
Spring January 31 March 31
Summer March 30 May 31

Applications are not carried over from one year to the next.   You must submit a new application form along with all other necessary documentation each time you apply for admission to RDC.

2. Ensure you meet RDC's English language proficiency requirements. 

3. Determine whether RDC can assess your international documents and what official documents are required, per this list.  If you have attended secondary or post-secondary education in a country that is not on this list, or if your documents are not in English, you must obtain an Educational Assessment from International Qualifications Assessment Services (IQAS).  

4. Submit your official documents to RDC by the document deadlines per the chart at the top of the page.  This applies to both applicants currently living in Canada as well as those not yet in Canada.  Documents should include:

  • Secondary school transcripts
  • Post-secondary school transcripts
  • Proof of English language proficiency

Unofficial documents, such as scans/emails, faxes or photocopies can be used for conditional admission.

Official documents are required to receive clear admission and to attend classes.  Official documents must be final and sent directly from the issuing institution to the Office of the Registrar at the following address:

Red Deer College
Office of the Registrar
Box 5005
100 College Boulevard
Red Deer, AB T4N 5H5
Applicants will remain pending until all required documentation is received.  

5.  A valid Study Permit must be submitted to the Office of the Registrar on or before the first day of classes.  This includes refugees and protected persons.  For information on Studying in Canada and to apply for a Study Permit, please go to the Citizenship and Immigration Canada website. 

For Study Permit processing times by country see official information on the Citizenship and Immigration Canada website.

Red Deer College is recognized as a Designated Learning Institution by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC).  Students admitted to RDC will need to provide RCD's Designated Learning Institution Number to CIC when applying for their Study Permit.  This number is:  019391056880.  This number will also be noted on admission letters sent to international students.

Students admitted to online programs are not eligible for Study Permits or Post-Graduate Work Permits.
These include:
  • Administrative Professional, Certificate - online
  • Adult and Higher Education Post-Diploma, Certificate
  • Early Learning and Child Care, Certificate or Diploma - online
  • Educational Assistant, Certificate - online
  • eLearning Instructor Post-Diploma, Certificate
  • Health Care Management Post-Diploma Certificate
  • Human Resources Management Graduate Certificate
  • Management Certificate - online
  • Pre Health Sciences, Certificate - online

Students with Study Permits that are admitted to a program that has a practicum or clinical placement in childcare, primary/secondary school teaching, or health service field occupations must complete their Medical Examinations as required by Citizenship and Immigration Canada one month prior to the start of classes.  This includes students in the following programs:

  • Bachelor of Education
  • Bachelor of Science, Nursing
  • Early Learning and Child Care
  • Educational Assistant
  • Medical Lab Assistant
  • Occupational & Physiotherapist Assistant
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Practical Nurse
  • Unit Clerk

For more information on the Medical Examination, please refer to the Citizenship and Immigration Canada website.  


  • View international student tuition and fee estimates.  Please note these are approximate costs only.  Actual tuition and fee amounts will be based on the student's schedule and will vary from student to student.
  • Admitted applicants are responsible for their study permit, travel and financial arrangements.
  • View international student-athlete information here.
  • Applicants with international documents that apply for a Prior Learning Assessment, including transfer credit, must provide course outlines/syllabi (in English) in addition to the official documents mentioned above.  If course outlines/syllabi are not in English, the applicant must provide translated copies from an approved translation service provider.