An “International Student” is a foreign national who is authorized to study in Canada under a Study Permit, as defined by the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act and Regulations. A foreign national is a person who is neither a Canadian citizen nor a permanent resident. For more information about studying in Canada as an international student, please refer to the Government of Canada website.

Residents of the Northwest Territories receive first priority for admission into Aurora College programs.

If you are a foreign national who has been living in the Northwest Territories for more than one year, you may be considered for admission for any Aurora College program at the same time as other NWT residents. However, as a foreign national, you will still be required to pay international tuition fees. Please advise us if you are a foreign national who is currently living in the NWT.

Note: Misrepresenting your residency by using an NWT address if you have not lived in the NWT for at least one year may be grounds to disqualify your application.

International Applications for 2024-2025 are now closed. However, if you are currently living in the NWT and have proof of NWT residency, you may stil apply to programs. Contact your local admissions office for more information.

It has come to our attention that there are several videos on social media that contain incorrect information about Aurora College, including misinformaton about financial assistance, programs offered and admissions processes. Please note that we do not offer scholarships or financial aid to international students. Please refer to our website for accurate information.

Aurora College currently only accepts students for September. There is no January or May intake.

To apply for programs:

Contact us if you have further questions at:

  1. Review the program eligibility requirements.  Program eligibility requirements can be found by following the links in the Explore Programs menu at the top of the page.
    1. If you are unsure you meet the eligibility requirements, please contact one of our Admission Offices below. We are happy to explain the admission criteria and possible upgrading options if required.
  2. Gather your documents.  The required documents vary according to the program. Please visit the program page for more information on what you must submit. Some standard documents are:
    1. Transcripts: 
      1. Transcripts must be in English.
      1. Transcripts should be assessed by a Canadian evaluation service for Aurora College to determine if you meet the program entry criteria.  
        1. International Qualifications Assessment Service (IQAS).
        1. World Education Services [They have directions on how to insert their link here:
      1. Send transcript assessments directly to
      1. Aurora College will not consider an application if it cannot determine Canadian equivalencies based on the submission.
    1. Letter of Interest: This explains why you are interested in your chosen program.
    1. Reference Letters: Some programs require a reference letter from a teacher or employer stating why you would be a good candidate for the program you have chosen.
  3. Apply Online.  The Self-Service form is easy to use. 
    • Use the form for your program of interest with “International” in its name. If you do not see an “International” title, then the program no longer accepts international student applications.
    • Complete both pages of the form and ensure that you are using the form dedicated to International Applications.
      • Page 1 is your personal information.  
      • Page 2 requires you to upload your documents, so please have electronic copies ready when you apply.
  4. Wait for an acknowledgment email.  All applications will be acknowledged by email within four business days. If you have not received an acknowledgment, please contact one of our admissions offices so we can verify your contact information.
  5. Apply for Student Housing.
  6. Watch for your program’s decision email.  We review applications as soon as they are complete (all required documents are submitted) so you will know if you have a seat early. You will receive your decision letter in your email.
  7. If you receive a program offer.
    • First, congratulations!  
    • Second, submit your $500 tuition deposit within six weeks of receiving your program offer. This deposit is necessary for Aurora College to hold your seat. It is non-refundable but will be credited towards your first-semester tuition.
    • Tuition deposits can be paid using Pay My Tuition.
    • After you have paid your tuition deposit, Aurora College will send you an official acceptance letter.
  8. Apply for your Student Visa.  Visit the Government of Canada’s site for more information on applying for a study permit.
  9. Wait for your student housing assignment.
    • Aurora College assigns student housing in April. At that time, all accepted students will be notified if they have been given student housing or are waitlisted.
  10. Keep in touch
    • Aurora College will send monthly newsletters to all accepted students, and we will be contacting you about your relocation to the Northwest Territories. Let us know if your email or phone number has changed or if you have not received the updated newsletters.

How to Apply Online

Important Information

For more information on Tuition and Fees, please click here.

Aurora College does not currently have an International Student Office. Please contact with any questions and we will do our best to answer them in a timely manner. Students who are accepted to a program will receive information from their program and the Student Services division to plan for travel to the Northwest Territories.

Aurora College does not offer ESL (English as a Second Language) courses for International Students looking to study abroad.

  • Applications by international students are currently paused.
  • Environment and Natural Resources Technology
  • Business Administration
  • Office Administration
  • General Studies

While all three campuses are accessible by road, the distances between the Northwest Territories and the major ports of entry are large. Most students travel to the Northwest Territories by plane, departing from Edmonton International or Vancouver International airports.

  • All three of Aurora College’s campuses are known for regular winter temperatures of -30°C to -40°C (and colder!!) during the winter months (November – March). It may already be hovering around 0°C when you arrive in September. While this may sound intimidating, all three campus communities offer a rich selection of outdoor winter activities to be enjoyed. It would be best to come prepared with the proper outdoor gear to get the most from your travels North. Being prepared includes having the following winter clothing:
    • Heavy parka
    • Winter boots
    • Mitts
    • Scarf
    • Toque (warm hat)
    • Snow Pants
  • Good quality winter clothing will provide a temperature rating.
  • You can purchase most of these items in the campus communities. However, buying them before you travel North can be more affordable.
  • For more information about winters in the Northwest Territories, visit this website.