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The Holland College International Office connects students from around the world with students, staff and programs here at Holland College in Prince Edward Island, Canada. Each year, Holland College welcomes students from all over the world. The International Office is your first point of contact with Holland College, and a constant support while you study at the college. The staff will work with you to ensure that your experience with Holland College is both positive and engaging.

If you require more information or assistance about Holland College or its programs, please contact us at:

Mail: Holland College International Office
140 Weymouth Street, Charlottetown, PE C1A 4Z1
Tel: 902-566-9377
Fax: 902-629-4268
E-mail: international@hollandcollege.com
Web: www.hollandcollege.com

Below you will find answers to some of the questions most commonly asked by prospective international students who are considering studying at Holland College. Please feel free to contact us directly if you are unable to find the information you are looking for.

WHERE IS HOLLAND COLLEGE?

Holland College is in Prince Edward Island, Canada. Prince Edward Island is located off the eastern coast of Canada, close to New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. The Island is known for the vivid colors of its gently rolling landscape and is surrounded by miles of sandy beaches and red sandstone cliffs. The Island is known for its safe environments, hospitality, and inclusive culture, making it just right for touring, vacationing and studying!

WHERE CAN I FIND MORE INFORMATION ABOUT PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND?

For more information about all aspects of our province, please visit the provincial visitor’s guide website at www.gov.pe.ca/visitorsguide.

To learn about our Island climate and weather, please visit https://www.princeedwardisland.ca/en/information/conseil-executif/island-climate.

HOW DO I GET TO HOLLAND COLLEGE?

You can get to Holland College in Prince Edward Island by driving, by rail (with connecting bus service), and by air. The Charlottetown Airport is located just minutes away from the capital city of Charlottetown.

Air Canada: https://www.aircanada.com/ca/en/aco/home.html

WestJet: https://www.westjet.com/en-ca/index

HOW DO I APPLY?

Detailed application information is available on the website. You can apply online! Application forms can also be downloaded from the website. You can fax, mail, or e-mail the completed application form. The non-refundable application fee for international students is $100 (Canadian funds) and is required when you submit your application. Your application will not be processed without this payment.

Here are the options for submitting your application and non-refundable fee of $100 (Canadian funds):

  • You may apply online, and submit support documents at http://www.hollandcollege.com/admissions/
  • You can fax your application, required documents, credit card number, expiration date and name on credit card to the Admissions Office at (902) 629-4239.
  • You can e-mail the application and required documents to international@hollandcollege.com then call in your credit card information to pay your application fee at (902) 629-4217 (Admissions Office).

WHAT ARE THE ENGLISH REQUIREMENTS?

Because English is the language of study at Holland College, all applicants whose first language is not English must provide proof of English proficiency. This requirement can be satisfied with one of the following criteria:

  1. You have studied full-time for at least three years (or equivalent in part-time studies) in a secondary school or university where the language of instruction and examination was English. If this applies to you, please provide verification from your school that the language of instruction and examination was English. (Note: The minimum three-year requirement does not include time enrolled in an ESL program.)
  2. You have achieved the required proficiency in one of the following English language tests:
  • TOEFL manual score of 550
  • TOEFL computerized score of 225
  • TOEFL – Internet based minimum 85
  • Successful completion of ESL Level 8
  • IELTS score of 6.0
  • CAEL (Canadian Academic English Language) minimum score of 60 with
  • minimum score of 50 in each band
  • CanTEST with minimum score of 4.5
  • MELAB (Michigan English Language Battery) minimum score of 80

WHAT ARE SUPPORT DOCUMENTS?

Support documents are items that you would send in as a supplement to your application. In some cases, you are required to have additional documents with your application such as a standard first-aid certificate or medical forms.

Examples of support documents include: resume, letters of reference, cover letter, copies of certifications, transcripts, eye examinations, documented volunteer hours, medical forms, etc. If you get accepted to your program and have not sent the required documents, your letter of acceptance will tell you what is missing from your file. If your application has not yet been processed due to missing documents, you will receive an e-mail from the Registrar’s Office requesting the documents needed. Please make sure you check your program of interest on the website under full-time programs for a listing of required support documents.

As an international student, you are also required to send in a copy of your valid passport, English Proficiency (if required), and study permit.

All documents are required to be translated before admissions will review.

WHAT PERMITS DO I NEED TO STUDY AT HOLLAND COLLEGE?

You will need a Study Permit. A Study Permit may be issued whether or not a student’s studies are on a full-time or part-time basis (i.e., the condition that study permit holders must actively pursue studies does not require them to be enrolled on a full-time basis), as long as they are enrolled at a designated learning institution. However, students must have full-time status in order to work on or off campus. For information about studying in Canada visit: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/study/.

DO I NEED GRADE 12

Requirements vary by program so applicants are encouraged to check the admission requirements, located on the program website, for the program of their choice.

Most programs require applicants to possess grade 12 or equivalent in order to be considered for admission. Programs may also indicate that applicants must have completed specific courses in order to apply.

If I am unable to access high school transcripts, can I still be considered?

If you are 22 years old by the day of registration for your program, and have been out of school for more than one year, you can apply to attend Holland College as a mature student. Applications by mature students are evaluated differently from applicants who have just finished high school.

For more information about this process, please consult the Mature Applicant webpage: http://www.hollandcollege.com/admissions/mature-applicants/.

CAN I APPLY ONLINE NOW AND SEND IN MY SUPPORT DOCUMENTS LATER?

You certainly can. While it is absolutely fine to send documents later, the sooner the better. The Admissions Department must have your high school transcript and any post-secondary transcripts (if applicable) to determine a score for your application. Send your supporting documents by regular post, email, or fax.

The application review date for most programs is the last day of February every year. Some programs are very popular, so improve your chances of getting in by submitting your application and as many of your supporting documents as possible by that date.

WHEN CAN I APPLY?

You can apply now! The initial application review date is February 28th for all programs beginning the following September. You have the best chance of getting in the program if you apply before February 28th. We will still accept applications after that date and you can still get into September programs providing they do not fill after our initial review.

WHAT IS THE COST OF HOLLAND COLLEGE PROGRAMS?

Tuition costs vary depending upon the program and duration. Tuition for full-time programs range from $3,600 to $6,600 per year. All Canadian universities and colleges charge an international student differential fee. At Holland College, this fee is $3,915 per year. For detailed information regarding tuition and fees for a specific program, please visit the page for the program for which you are applying on the website and click on “full breakdown” under “tuition and fees”.

HOW CAN I PAY FOR MY SCHOOL FEES? DO I PAY BEFORE I ARRIVE?

Application and Confirmation Fees

The $100 application fee is non-refundable and must be submitted with the application

When applicants are accepted to a program they must forward, within three weeks from the date of the acceptance letter, a confirmation fee of $500 (CAD) in order to confirm their attendance and hold their seat. The confirmation fee is credited toward tuition costs. Applicants who are unable to obtain a Study Permit from Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) will have 100% of their confirmation fee refunded after they provide Holland College with a copy of the letter of refusal from CIC. Students who obtain a study permit but choose not to attend Holland College will not be refunded their confirmation fee.

Tuition Fees

Certain programs at Holland College are offered on a program year basis, not a semester system.

A full time student is defined as anyone who is taking at least 60% of a full course load for programs offered on a program basis, or a minimum of three courses taken over a full semester for programs offered on a course basis.

For programs offered on a program basis, tuition in full is due from the commencement of the program. For convenience, students are expected to pay sixty percent (60%) of tuition/lab fees on the first day of registration and forty percent (40%) on the first day of the second half of the program. If a student chooses not to return any time after sixty (60) calendar days from the commencement of the program, the student is responsible for the full year program fees.

For programs offered on a course basis, tuition is based on the number of enrolled courses taken each semester and tuition in full is due before the start of each semester. All other fees are due and payable upon program commencement. These include student union dues and other amounts which may be applicable to certain programs.

When a student loan application is in process, an extension for payment of fees may be granted, upon request, by the student for up to four weeks.

All overdue accounts are subject to interest charges and a late payment fee of $50.

Payment Options

International students may pay through StudentPay, available through Western Union, if they do not have a Canadian bank account for online or telephone banking. Holland College does not permit students to make tuition payments using credit cards.

For more information about StudentPay, please visit: http://www.hollandcollege.com/admissions/fee-and-refund-policy-for-full-time-programs/payment-information-for-international-students/.

For more information about online banking, please visit: http://www.hollandcollege.com/admissions/fee-and-refund-policy-for-full-time-programs/online-banking-instructions/.

CAN I GET A LOAN TO PAY FOR MY TUITION?

You must apply through your home country’s loan system, if one is available. Holland College does not provide student loans. For American applicants, Holland College is approved with the US Federal Aid as an eligible foreign school. Our school code is G34203.

ARE THERE SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE?

All students in post-secondary programs are eligible to apply for scholarships, bursaries and awards. Through the generosity of donors, hundreds of students benefit annually through scholarships, bursaries, and awards that collectively exceed $350,000. All awards have application deadlines and some awards are designated to specific programs but many are available to all college students.

For more information, please visit: http://www.hollandcollege.com/alumni-and-friends/student-awards/.

For more information about the International Student Entrance Bursary, please visit: http://www.hollandcollege.com/international-tuition-and-finances/.

CAN I WORK WHILE ATTENDING HOLLAND COLLEGE?

You need a Social Insurance Number (SIN) from Service Canada to work in Canada or to receive benefits and services from government programs.

You must have one of the following conditions or remarks printed on your study permit in order to apply for a SIN for on-campus work:

  • May accept employment on the campus of the institution at which registered in full-time studies
  • May accept employment on or off campus if meeting eligibility criteria as per R186(f), (v) or (w). Must cease working if no longer meeting these criteria

If your study permit does not have one of the above conditions or remarks, you must submit a request for an amendment to your study permit before you can apply for a SIN. There is no fee for this request.

For more information regarding working while attending college, please visit the Citizenship and Immigration Canada website: http://www.cic.gc.ca/EnGLIsh/study/work.asp

CAN I APPLY FOR A POST GRADUATE WORK PERMIT WHEN I FINISH MY PROGRAM? IF SO, FOR HOW LONG?

To work in Canada after you graduate, you must apply for a work permit under the Post-Graduation Work Permit Program (PGWPP). If you want to stay in Canada as a permanent resident after you graduate, there are a number of programs available, each with its own requirements.

The PGWPP allows students who have graduated from a participating Canadian post-secondary institution to gain valuable Canadian work experience. Skilled Canadian work experience gained through the PGWPP helps graduates qualify for permanent residence in Canada through Express Entry.

A work permit under the PGWPP may be issued for the length of the study program, up to a maximum of three years. A post-graduation work permit cannot be valid for longer than the student’s study program, and the study program must be a minimum of eight months in length. For example, if you graduate from a four-year degree program, you could be eligible for a three-year work permit if you meet the criteria. If you graduate from an eight-month certificate program, you would be eligible for a work permit that is valid for no more than eight months.

For more information please visit: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/study/work-postgrad.asp.

WHAT INSURANCE DO I NEED?

All international students must purchase medical insurance for the duration of their study in Canada. Insurance is included in the tuition and fees.

To find out what your Health Insurance covers, please visit: http://www.hcsu.ca/.

DO YOU HAVE MEAL PLANS?

For more information, please visit: https://www.hollandcollege.com/hollpass/meal-plans/.

WHAT KINDS OF ACCOMMODATIONS ARE AVAILABLE?

International students who plan to attend Holland College have a number of accommodation options to choose from:

CAN I TRANSFER HOLLAND COLLEGE CREDITS TO OTHER POST-SECONDARY INSTITUTIONS?

Life-long learning is a priority for students today, and the ability to transfer learning from college to university is a necessity. Holland College has a growing number of articulation agreements and degree pathways between Holland College programs and other post-secondary institutions in a variety of areas. The agreements and pathways for each program can be accessed from the individual program pages, or by searching on the Degree Pathway page.

INTERNATIONAL AMBASSADOR PROGRAM

Are you interested in learning more about the life of an international student at Holland College and/or would you like to participate?

For more information, contact our International Office.

140 Weymouth Street  •  Charlottetown, PE  •  Canada  •  C1A 4Z1  •  info@hollandcollege.com  •  1-800-446-5265