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International Students

All Applicants Welcome

We welcome learners from around the world to apply to the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design. We know it can be hard to leave your home country, but you’ll find NBCCD will quickly become your second home. Here, you will experience a small but supportive international student community, and a vibrant arts and culture scene. Our College is in the downtown core of New Brunswick’s capital city, where you’ll find large-scale music and art festivals, extensive walking trails, river-side activities and abundant green spaces.

At our College, you will experience small class sizes and will work with celebrated instructors in fully equipped studios, labs and classrooms. Our programs provide hands-on experiential learning and are made to set you up to succeed at a career in your field. You will be part of a community of no more than 300 students, which gives you the opportunity to receive the one-on-one instruction you so deserve.

Our International Student Coordinator, Trudy Gallagher, is here to help you settle into life in Fredericton and answer any of your questions.

NBCCD offers several programs in art, craft and design. Click on Our Programs to see what we offer.

 

Please note that we are no longer accepting international applications for the 2021-2022 academic year. Interested international applicants can now begin their application for our September 2022 intake.

All the information you'll need

  • Admission requirements

    Your application package (which includes your application form, application fee and documents pertaining to program requirements) should be submitted as early as possible for the following academic year so that you can obtain a study permit.

    You can apply for your study permit as soon as you have received your official acceptance letter from the College. The decision to grant a study permit rests with Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada. For information, visit their website.

    For full details on admission and program requirements, visit our Admission Requirements page.

    Please note that we are no longer accepting international applications for the 2021-2022 academic year. Interested international applicants can now begin their application for our September 2022 intake.

  • How to apply

    Visit the International Student Application Pathway to get a visualized version of the step-by-step instructions.

    1. Complete the International Student Application Form and pay your Application Fee ($100 CAD) when you apply, or within 60 days.
    2. Have your educational institution submit an official transcript of marks to the NBCCD. If you are applying for direct entry into a Diploma program, your transcript must indicate at least one year of post-secondary. Send transcript of marks via email to NBCCD.Admissions@gnb.ca or via fax to 506-457-7352.
    3. If your first language of instruction was not English, then you will need to submit original copies of a notarized translated transcript. Scanned and faxed copies of translated transcripts are not acceptable.
    4. If your language of instruction was not English, or you have not attended an English-speaking educational institution, you will also need proof of English-language competency. Acceptable tests are the following:
      • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) – Academic test: Minimum score of 6.0 with no subject test score less than 5.5
      • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): Internet based test: minimum score of 80 with no subject test less than 18
      • Duolingo English Test: Minimum score of 100 out of 160
      • Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE). Overall Cambridge English Scale score of 169
      • Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL): Minimum score of 60
      • The Canadian Test of English for Scholars and Trainees (CanTEST): Minimum score of 4.5 with no subtest less than 4.0
      • PTE Pearson Test of English (Academic): Minimum score of 65 with no subject test less than 60
    5. Submit your portfolio. Click on the program you’re applying for below and follow the instructions.

    Once your application is complete it will be evaluated. Please contact the Admissions Office if you have any questions.

    (506) 260-6829

    Toll free: 1-855-761-9314

    NBCCD.Admissions@gnb.ca

  • Language requirements

    Any applicants who do not meet the English language competency requirements are required to successfully complete English for Academic Purposes at the University of New Brunswick – Fredericton campus, or equivalent.

    In this pathway program, you will develop the necessary academic English skills in order to succeed in full-time studies in your chosen NBCCD program.

    The pathway is as follows:

    The duration of the pathway is relative to the proficiency level upon entry. Students below 5.5 IELTS (or equivalent) typically require more than one term of study.

    To successfully complete English for Academic Purposes and move on to your full-time NBCCD program of choice, you must maintain a B average in each English term course until completion.

    With an English for Academic Purposes (EAP) focus, these options offer maximum benefit to participants wishing to increase their English proficiency for university study. The Intensive English Term Format and the Intensive English Term Segment can equip you with the English language skills you need. The learning targets will improve your ability to write, read, problem solve, study independently, give presentations, and improve note-taking and critical thinking skills.

    Learn more here.

    NBCCD LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS

    If your first language of instruction was not English, then you will need to submit original copies of a notarized translated transcript. Scanned and faxed copies of translated transcripts are not acceptable.

    If your language of instruction was not English, or you have not attended an English-speaking educational institution, you will also need proof of English-language competency. We can accept any of the following tests:

      • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) – Academic test: Minimum score of 6.0 with no subject test score less than 5.5
      • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): Internet based test: minimum score of 80 with no subject test less than 18
      • Duolingo English Test: Minimum score of 100 out of 160
      • Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE). Overall Cambridge English Scale score of 169
      • Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL): Minimum score of 60
      • The Canadian Test of English for Scholars and Trainees (CanTEST): Minimum score of 4.5 with no subtest less than 4.0
      • PTE Pearson Test of English (Academic): Minimum score of 65 with no subject test less than 60
  • Tuition and fees
    APPLICATION AND TUITION FEES
    Fee Amount
    Application Fee $100 (non-refundable)
    Full-Time Tuition $8,622* per year
    Part-Time Tuition $637 per credit, 50% of course fee to audit.
    Emergency Medical Insurance (guard.me) $600 – Paid within 60 days after you receive an acceptance letter from the College to hold your seat in the program. Emergency medical insurance is required for living in Canada.
    GENERAL FEES
    General Fees Amount
    Student Association $80
    NBCCD SA Transit Pass $155
    Access/Student ID Card $15
    Graduate Services Fee $50 (applies to all graduates)
    NBCCDSA Health Insurance $265
    NBCCDSA Dental Insurance $153
    Technology Fee $300
    STUDIO FEES
    Studio Fees  Amount Amount
    Programs Year 1 Year 2
    Foundation Visual Arts $55 n/a
    Diploma – 3D Digital Design $60 $60
    Diploma – Fashion Design $100 $100
    Diploma – Fine Craft: Ceramics $900 $900
    Diploma – Graphic Design $85 $170
    Diploma – Jewellery/Metal Arts $350 $350
    Diploma – Photography $140 $50
    Diploma – Textile Design $200 $200
    Diploma – Wabanaki Visual Arts $55 $55

    *Advanced Studio Practice: Apply studio fee of specialization
    *Part-time students: Consumable fee vary by course

    When you receive your official acceptance letter from the College, you are required to pay a $700 confirmation fee, a non-refundable payment to hold your seat in the program. This fee is part of your full-time tuition.

    RESIDENTS OF MAINE

    Residents of the state of Maine are eligible for domestic tuition rates while studying at NBCCD.

    Maine applicants may apply to any program open to international applicants, however, applicants to programs that fall under the Maine Community College System and New Brunswick Community College Memorandum of Understanding may apply as a Canadian student and benefit from domestic rates.

    Maine residents must still pay the international student emergency medical insurance (guard.me).

  • Payment timeline and method
    TIME FRAMES FOR PAYMENT
    1. All applicants are required to pay a $100 non-refundable application fee when submitting an application by March 31.
    2. Confirmation and emergency health insurance fees (guard.me, specific to international applicants) must be paid within 60 days of receiving an acceptance letter from NBCCD. Payment of these fees confirm your acceptance and seat at the College. Confirmation fees are non-refundable.
    3. General and studio fees are required no later than the first week of classes.

    Fees are subject to change without notice.

    METHOD OF PAYMENTS


    Tuition and fee payments can be made online at the following link: goo.gl/USKM7a. Confirmation fee and application fee payments can be made online by clicking “Apply Now” at the top of this page. 
    Payments can also be made at any Service New Brunswick Service Centre.  You must show a copy of your tuition and fees invoice and/or your confirmation fee notice statement for payments to be processed.  There is a Service New Brunswick Service Centre at 432 Queen Street, across the street from the Fredericton campus.  Cheques and money orders are to be made payable to: Minister of Finance.

    All requests for Confirmation of Enrolment will be processed 3 – 5 days after registration.

  • Supplies and materials

    Supplies and materials cost approximately $2,000 annually and vary depending on the program. Many of these supplies are available in the College store.

    Laptop Programs

    Students in the Graphic Design and Photography Diploma programs are required to purchase their own laptops. Click on Our Programs at the top of the page to view the specific tech requirements for each Diploma program. 

  • Estimated living expenses

    Living expenses will depend upon individual preference, but here are some estimates of annual costs:

    • Accommodations & Utilities  — $13,200 (based on solo accommodations) to $8,400 (based on shared accommodations)
    • Food and incidentals — $6,000 (or more depending on lifestyle)

    Housing and Accommodation Resources

    NBCCD does not offer on-campus housing. However, we are located in the heart of downtown Fredericton, making it very convenient to find housing and giving you access to many shops, galleries, parks, restaurants and other amenities. Here are some sites and tips to help you secure living arrangements:

    • Kijiji.ca: Try searching “Apartments for rent” in Fredericton. You can make your search more specific by adding in key words like “one bedroom” or “two bedroom.” There are also often ads from other students in Fredericton who are looking for a roommate. If that interests you, try looking for “Room for rent.”
    • Facebook Marketplace: You can search the same suggestions as above, just make sure you set your location to Fredericton, otherwise it will base it on where you’re currently located.

    Students are able to apply to St. Thomas University’s student housing, situated uptown on campus. Learn more here. Please note that during COVID-19 this option will not be available to students.

    If you’re coming to visit Fredericton, or you have a parent, guardian or friend coming to down, check out the links below for places to stay:

  • Interested in finding out more?

    The International Student Coordinator will help the transition to post-secondary go as smoothly as possible. Together with the Student Life Coordinator, they will organize general student and international events throughout the year to help you and all students become part of our community. Contact Trudy Gallagher at 1-877-400-1107 or email, NBCCDRecruiting@gnb.ca if you have any questions.