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Applicant Information:

Most English Language Learning classes will be taught in-person for Fall 2021 except our Online LINC course. For more information about Online LINC visit here.

For information on course delivery for Fall 2021, visit our Program Delivery page before you apply for admission.

Do you want help applying? Call us and talk to a prospective student representative at 403-410-1402.

We can help you understand your choices in applying for admission to English Language Learning (ELL) or Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC).

LINC APPLICATION TUTORIAL

Before You Apply

All Students Need:
LINC Applicants Also Need To Submit:
  • A LINC referral to Bow Valley College*
  • Immigration documents and photo ID (see notes below)
Immigration Category Required Documents
Permanent Resident 1. Government-issued photo identification (i.e. driver's license, etc.);
2. Confirmation of Permanent Residency document (i.e. landing papers)
Convention Refugee/Protected Person 1. Immigration papers;
2. Government-issued photo identification (i.e. driver's license, etc.)

*CLB tests and LINC referrals are available at C-LARC (formerly known as ILVARC).

If you are an Alberta Resident you may be entitled to funding to support your studies.

The Government of Alberta Learner Income Support (formerly "Alberta Works") is a financial support program managed by the Government of Alberta to support Alberta residents access adult education to help them towards more sustainable employment.

Check the Learner Income Support pagefor more information and to see if you are eligible.

How To Apply

Full-Time English Language Learning (ELL) And English For Academic Purposes (EAP)

Canadian citizens can apply for the English Language Learning (ELL) and English for Academic Purposes (EAP) programs. Funding is subject to eligibility requirements.

Application Status
Applications for the Fall 2021 term open are open.

To apply, you will need to:

  • Complete an application through Apply Alberta and pay the non-refundable application fee.
  • Email your Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) test results to registrar@bowvalleycollege.ca. If you don't have CLB results, you will have to complete an English placement test at C-LARC.
  • If you're applying to the English for Academic Purposes program, you'll have to write the EAP placement test at Bow Valley College. We will send you information about testing after you apply.
  • Check the Alberta Works page for more information about the process to apply for Alberta Works funding.

Please note that there are more options for youth between the ages of 18 and 24: Bridge and Youth in Transition programs.

LINC (Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada)

Permanent Residents and Convention Refugees/Protected Persons may be eligible to apply for the Full-time LINC or Part-time LINC programs.

About The LINC Programs
  • A student's class schedule will depend on their English level.
  • Part-time LINC includes classes from CLB 4 to CLB 6. In order to apply for Part-time LINC, students must have minimum benchmarks 3,3,3,3 and must have completed 10 or more years of education in their home country.
  • Full-time LINC applicants must have minimum benchmarks of 3,3,3,2 .
LINC Application Open And Close Dates
Term Term Start & End Dates When To Apply
Spring / Summer 2021
May 5, 2021 - August 24, 2021

Applications for the Spring/Summer 2021 term are now open.

How To Apply For LINC

You will need to email the following documentation to registrar@bowvalleycollege.ca:

  1. A completed application form
  2. Photo ID  -  PR card or driver's license
  3. Your immigration papers  -  Confirmation of Permanent Residence or Refugee Decision Letter
  4. Your recent Canadian Language Benchmarks results

If you studied at another school, you must also bring your LINC certificate.

If you do not have a benchmark test or referral, you will need to get one from C-LARC.

Full-Time English Language Learning (ELL) And English For Academic Purposes (EAP)

Permanent residents and refugees  may also be eligible for Full-time English Language Learning (ELL).

Permanent residents and refugees with CLB benchmarks of 6,6,6,6 or higher may also be eligible for English for Academic Purposes (EAP).

Alberta Works funding is subject to eligibility requirements.  

Application Status
Applications for the Fall 2021 term are now open.

To apply, you will need to:

  • Complete an application through Apply Alberta and pay the non-refundable application fee.
  • Email your Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) test results to registrar@bowvalleycollege.ca. If you don't have CLB results, you will have to complete an English placement test at C-LARC.
  • If you're applying to the English for Academic Purposes program, you'll have to write the EAP placement test at Bow Valley College. We will send you information about testing after you apply.
  • Check the Alberta Works page for more information about the process to apply for Alberta Works funding.

Please note that there are more options for youth between the ages of 18 and 24: Bridge and Youth in Transition programs.

Have Questions?

If you have questions, contact the Welcome Centre.

You can also find information in Spanish, French, Chinese (simplified), Chinese (traditional), Persian, Arabic, or Urdu, on our multi-language website.

Are you an international student who wants to study English? Check out our International ELL program.

In the International ELL program, you'll learn listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. This program is certified by the Languages Canada Quality Assurance Scheme.

Get Help & Get In Touch

Contact the Welcome Centre at the Calgary South Campus to get started. If you need language help, please have a friend or a family member assist you.

Here are some questions we may ask:

  • What is your immigration status?
  • Do you want to attend school full-time or part-time?
  • How many years did you go to school in your home country?
  • What is your work schedule?

Eligibility for programs may depend on your citizenship status.

We can be reached by:

Indigenous students can call 403-476-2256 to speak with the Indigenous Student Recruitment Specialist.

If you require academic accommodations, contact Learner Success Services four months prior to the start of scheduled classes to set-up your academic accommodation plan.

We will make reasonable efforts to provide suitable accommodation, however, there is no guarantee that services will be available and it is possible that your start date may be deferred to provide the accommodation.

While the college attempts to facilitate all accommodation requests, there is a current shortage of sign language interpreters.

If you have questions, check out our frequently asked questions page for more information.


Prospective student contact information

Welcome Centre
South Campus (First Floor)
345 6 Avenue SE, Calgary AB, T2G 4V1
Phone: 403-410-1402 or 866-428-2669
Email: info@bowvalleycollege.ca
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