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International Students

All Applicants Welcome

More and more international students from around the world are choosing NBCCD. Within recent years we have had graduates from Brazil, Cameroon, China, England, Iran, Mexico, South Korea and the Caribbean. Many are starting new careers or fulfilling life-long dreams and ambitions.

At our College you will experience small class sizes with a good student-instructor ratio, and you’ll work with celebrated instructors in fully-equipped studios, labs and classrooms. You will be part of a community of no more than 300 students.

Programs provide hands-on experiential learning and are career-oriented. Instruction is learning-centered to enable each student to develop the skills and habits needed to succeed. There are daily one-on-one discussions with your instructors in class and studio time, but also during potlucks and field trips throughout the academic year.

NBCCD offers a number of programs in art, craft and design. If you haven’t checked what we offer, see the Program Section.

All the information you'll need

  • Admission Requirements

    Now that you’ve discovered NBCCD, we want to make sure we are the right fit for you. Your application form, application fee and documents pertaining to program requirements should be submitted as early as possible for the following academic year. This is necessary to give ample time for us to work together to answer questions and for you to obtain student permits or, in some cases, a student visa.

    It’s a good idea to make sure you are eligible for a study permit before you apply. 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 Citizenship and Immigration Canada. For information, visit their website.

    For full details on Admission Requirements and Program Requirements, visit our Admission Requirements page.

  • How to Apply

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

    1. Complete the International Student Application Form and pay your Application Fee ($100 CAD) by March 31st.
    2. Have your previous educational institutions submit an Official Transcript of Marks to the NBCCD. They can send us scanned or faxed copies of your Official Transcript. If you are applying for direct-entry into a Diploma program, you will need to provide a transcript indicating completion of at least one year of post-secondary education.  Send Transcripts of Marks via email to: nbccd.admissions@gnb.ca
    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. 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
    5. Please submit your portfolio.

    Once requirements are met, your application will be evaluated.

  • Language Requirements

    Any applicant who does not meet the English language competency requirements is recommended to successfully complete the English for Academic Purposes Pathway program at the University of New Brunswick – Fredericton campus.

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

    The pathway is as follows:

    *To successfully complete the English for Academic Purposes Pathway and move onto your full time NBCCD program, you must maintain a B average in each English term course until completion.

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

    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.

    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 $7,588* per year
    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 the State of Maine are eligible for Canadian domestic tuition rates while studying at NBCCD.
    Part-Time Tuition $550 per credit, 50% of course fee to audit.
    Emergency Medical Insurance (Guard Me) $600 (Emergency Medical Insurance is required for living in Canada. It must be paid when you receive your official acceptance letter from the College to hold your seat in the program.)
    GENERAL FEES
    General Fees Amount
    Student Association $80 per year (optional)
    NBCCD SA Transit Pass $150 per year
    Access/Student ID Card $15
    Graduate Services Fee $50 (All students except 1st year diploma students)
    NBCCDSA Health Insurance $260 per year (optional if already covered)
    NBCCDSA Dental Insurance $148 per year (optional if already covered)
    Technology Fee $300 per year
    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 fees varies 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 Canadian 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 Canadian student and benefit from domestic rates.

  • 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.
    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 confirms your acceptance and seat at the College. Confirmation fees are non-refundable.
    3. GENERAL and STUDIO FEES are required the day of registration. If you would like to pay these fees before the day of registration, please contact the Registrar’s Office by email: nbccdregistrar@gnb.ca

    Fees are subject to change without notice.

    METHOD OF PAYMENTS


    Tuition 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 will also be taken at any Service New Brunswick Service Centre.  You must show a copy of your Tuition & 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 St (across the street from the College).  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 and course assignments. Many of these supplies are available in our College store.

    Laptop Programs

    Students in the Graphic Design and Photography Diploma Programs are required to purchase their own laptops. The students should meet with the Program’s Coordinating Instructor to discuss what kind of laptop they will need and the computer specifications to meet program requirements.

  • Estimated Living Expenses

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

    • Accommodations & Utilities  — $13,200 (based on shared accommodations)
    • Food and incidentals — $6,000 (or more depending on lifestyle)
    • Local transportation — $700-900

    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 to help you secure living arrangements:

    Students are able to apply to St. Thomas University’s student housing, situated uptown on campus. Learn more here.

  • Interested in finding out more?

    The Marketing and Recruitment 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: 1-877-400-1107 or email, NBCCDRecruiting@gnb.ca to reach Trudy Gallagher for all your questions.