Admissions Policies and Procedures

Program Admission

Refer to Policy E-2.1 Admission

Applicants must be deemed qualified in order to be admitted into a program. Current students receive provisional application status when:

  • enrolled at Camosun College;
  • completing the academic admission requirements to their chosen program and they will complete the necessary course(s) two months prior to the program start;
  • all non-academic admission requirements to the program have been met.

How to Apply

Admission Requirements

For high school graduates 2007 onward, Camosun will not require BC provincial exam grades for courses in which the exams are optional for BC high school graduation. The only BC provincial exam mark Camosun requires for high school graduates from 2007 onwards is English 12, or equivalent. (Homeschooled students can write either the provincial exam for English 12, or English 12 First Peoples (EFP 12), or equivalent, or our English assessment). For all other admission requirements (math, biology, chemistry, physics), the provincial exam mark is optional. We will accept the higher of the exam/final or final grade only. For applicants who have completed the BC Adult Graduation Diploma program, provincial exams are not required.

For high school graduates between 1984-2006, provincial exams are required and will be used for admission and prerequisite requirements.

Baccalaureate and Advanced Placement

Camosun College generally grants credit for International Baccalaureate and Advanced Placement subjects. Official documents outlining the courses and grades completed in these programs must be submitted and are subject to the processes as outlined in the "Assessment of Transfer Credit" section.

Admission Process

Also, see How to apply

Applications are processed in order of receipt and are reviewed to:

  • ensure application fee is paid, if required;
  • ensure applications are complete;
  • determine applicant satisfies the college's Admission Policy; and
  • determine admission requirements have been submitted and have been met.

Completed applications are processed on a first-qualified, first-served basis. Applications with incomplete documentation will become inactive and must be resubmitted if the required documentation is not received within 12 months.

Acceptance of an application does not guarantee admission to a program or course. Seat offers in programs and courses are based on space availability.

Official notification of the status of an application will be mailed within four weeks of receiving the application. Written notification will include any further steps the applicant must complete and the associated deadline(s). It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure deadlines are met.

While Camosun College will make every attempt to provide realistic deadlines, the college cannot accept any responsibility for delays resulting from Canada Post.

For information on International Student Applications, please contact Camosun International.

Student Status

New Students

A new student is one who submits an application and has never attended the college.

Returning Students

A student who has experienced an enrolment break of greater than 12 months (from the month of their last attendance to the month of their return to the college) needs to submit a new application and application fee.

Continuing Students

A continuing student is one who is registered in the current academic year and will continue to take classes in the same program in the next academic year; there is no need to reapply.

Seat Deferral

Applicants with extenuating (medical or compassionate) circumstances who have accepted a seat offer and have paid a deposit may request to defer their acceptance one time to the next available intake. Requests for deferral must be received by email to registration@camosun.ca prior to the start date of the program to be considered. Requests for deferrals after the program start date will not be granted.

Immigration Status

StatusCategory/Tuition
Canadian CitizenResident/Domestic
Permanent ResidentResident/Domestic
Convention Refugee*Resident/Domestic
Refugee ClaimantNon-Resident/International
Permanent Resident ApplicantNon-Resident/International
Study PermitNon-ResidentInternational

*Upon presentation of documentation that confirms the applicant as a "protected person" by the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, applicants with convention refugee status will be assessed for admission and/or tuition and fees in the same manner as a Canadian citizen / permanent resident.

With supporting documentation, Camosun College provides international tuition fee exemptions for the following:

  • A live-in caregiver with a valid work permit
  • A legal dependent of a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada providing that the dependent status is fully documented and has been established a minimum of one year prior to the student's application for exemption.
  • An individual who is in Canada to carry out official duties as a diplomatic or consular officer; or as a representative or official of a country other than Canada, or of the United Nations or any of its agencies, or of any intergovernmental organization in which Canada participates; or as a dependent* or a member of the staff of any such diplomat, consular officer, representative, or official and is able to substantiate with an identity card issued by the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, which gives his/her position, date of issuance, and date of validity.

Changing Your Status

Documentation supporting a status change must be received prior to the start of the semester; all requests received after will be processed for the subsequent term. Acceptable identification/documentation to support a status change:

  • Canadian Birth Certificate
  • Canadian Passport
  • Canadian Permanent Residency Card
  • Certificate of Indian Status Card (issued by DIAND/INAC/AANDC)
  • Confirmation of Permanent Residence (IMM 5292, IMM 5688)
  • Protected Person Status Document (IMM 5292)
  • Record of Landing (IMM 1000)
  • Diplomatic Visa
  • Work Permit (IMM 1442) with accompanying Study Permit (IMM 1442)

Additional Notes:

  • A student may be required to prove their status at any time during their registration at the College. Failure to comply will result in the assessment of international fees.
  • All documents may require additional and matching official photo ID.
  • All documents must be valid during the period of study.
  • The Registrar may require a written and signed declaration/affidavit to support a residency claim.
  • Additional documents may be reviewed and approved by the Registrar on a case by case basis.
  • Submit your documents early to avoid missing any deadlines!