Information for International Students

Thank you for choosing Northern! We are thrilled you'd like to pursue your studies with us.

Here you will find more information on programs, how to apply, and what to except for your studies at Northern College.

International Admissions

You can discover all the programs available to International Students, as well as admissions requirements by navigating to the programs you are interested in from the list at

If you have any questions about applying, please contact:
P.O. Box 3211, Timmins, ON P4N 8R6

How To Apply

1. Go to Ontario Colleges (OCAS) – International. A non-refundable application fee of $100 will apply.

2. Submit the following documents with your OCAS application:
– Official transcripts for any education completed (or in-progress) outside and/or in Canada.
– Submit an official copy of your valid passport and study permit if you already these documents).
– Proof of English Proficiency test result-IELTS (academic), TOEFL or PTE required by the specific

Note: Documents submitted to OCAS for education completed outside of Canada must be notarized copies. A certified English translation must be accompanied if the original documents are not in English.

Accepting Your Offer

Offer of Admission letters are sent directly to accepted students through international Application Service of Ontario College Admission System (where you submitted your application). Please ensure you acceptance of the offer letter and pay your deposit within the deadline on your offer letter to ensure the further process of your registration.

Tuition Fees and Registration deadlines and Tuition Fees information can be found on your Offer of Admission letter under the Fee Structure section for first payment due information. More details on Tuition and Fees can be found at

Traveling to Canada

Please connect with the International Department at for the most up-to-date information about traveling to Canada for your studies.

Information regarding travel procedures, policies, and required documents for coming to Northern College for your studies during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic can be found at

The closest airport to all our campuses is in Timmins, Ontario.

Flights from Toronto to the Timmins Victor M. Power Airport (YTS) is 1 hour and 20 minutes in duration.

Student at our Timmins Campus can use ground transportation from the airport to the campus in South Porcupine, which is approximately 20 minutes (24 km) from the airport.

Students at our Haileybury Campus or Kirkland Lake Campus can use ground transportation from the Timmins Airport to continue travel.

Timmins to Kirkland Lake is 2 hours (155 km).
Timmins to Haileybury is approximately 2.5 hours (230 km).

Ground Transportation from Toronto
Haileybury is 5 hours 44 minutes (540 km) [Google Map]
Kirkland Lake is 6 hours and 15 minutes (600 km) [Google Map]
Timmins is 7 hours 32 minutes (700 km) [Google Map]

Province of Ontario

Welcome to Northern

Program Delivery Methods
For new intake international students, the international department will send the program delivery information (eg, information on whether your program will by face-to-face on campus, online, or a hybrid combination of both online and in-person) of their first semester through email notifications each semester few weeks prior to the start of the semester.

For returning international students, please visit for the program delivery information.

At the beginning of each intake, new students can join orientation with Student Services, as well as with your Program to learn about all the supports available and what you can expect from your academic studies.

For information on whether your program will by face-to-face on campus, online, or a hybrid combination of both online and in-person, please refer to Program Delivery Methods.

We’ve also prepared videos to help you get acquainted with all the services and resources available in the community.

IT Resources & Services
Northern College requires all students to have their own laptop computer. The College’s “Bring Your Own Device” (BYOD) program is mandatory for all students. For more information, please refer to IT Resources and Services.

Scholarships, Bursaries and Awards

Investing in you and your future to support your education financially is an important step to your success! 

Northern College has one of the highest number of scholarships, bursaries and awards per student in the province. 

Awards for International Student

15 awards of $500

This award intends to recognize students for their academic excellence and positive contributions to their program.

15 awards of $500

This award intends to recognize students that demonstrate leadership qualities through their involvement on and off campus and their ability to guide and inspire others.

15 awards of $500

This award intends to honour international students for demonstrating the important qualities of a role model.

25 awards of $500

This award intends to recognize students for having chosen to pursue their post-secondary education in a northern community.


For more information on Scholarships, Bursaries and Awards, visit


Please ensure your contact information is up-to-date in your Student Portal account so that you receive your graduation documents.

More information regarding graduation documents can be found at

Important Notice: Please do not believe those who guarantee you work in Canada in exchange for buying something from them like life insurance or any other product.

Protect yourself against fraud – TAX, Border, Immigration or Bank phone calls seeking money or information like SIN numbers are all scams.

Please see the below communications and social media channels:
FSRA Warns The Public About Employment Offers Linked To Buying Life Insurance
Facebook: Financial Services

Student & Graduate Testimonials

Gurpreet Kaur
Computer Engineering Student

I tried to find the best college for further study so that I could make my future bright. I checked reviews and I saw that this college is very helpful to international students. All my teachers are very polite. They know that English is not our first language – that’s why they always review the material more than once and take the time to make sure we understand. I like everything about my college as all my teachers are the best. I love the way they teach.

With the help of my teachers, I get good marks. Moreover, the College is located in a very peaceful and safe area.  I want to let everyone know that Northern College is one the best colleges in Canada. As an international student, my advice to every student is that if you want to learn from the best teachers, then definitely join our college.

Kamaljeet Kaur Brar
Environmental Technician Student

I won an International scholarship with Northern College and want to thank the donors and the Northern College Student Association for selecting me for this bursary. I have received my scholarship of $500 dollars. Thank you very much for it. In this pandemic, this money is going to help me a lot in my studies and my daily life. I am very glad and thankful, and you can see this on my face with a big smile. I am in the Environmental Technician program; I am going to graduate this December.

I am hoping that after my graduation, I can find a good job in this field and make my college and my family proud. This award has given me more enthusiasm to work hard in future. I would love to thank you again. I feel so grateful to receive this award.

Maninderjit Kaur
Business Graduate

I came to Canada and to Northern College in January of 2018. Everything was new for me here, especially in Northern Ontario. I don’t know how to express how much Northern College and the Northern community has given to me. I’ve learned so much from my professors, Deans, my employers, and from everyone!

I’ve grown so much, achieved what I never thought I would and I am on my way to achieving so much more. I am developing a strong character and loving it!

One of the things I like most is that people are so welcoming here. Once you get used to living in the North, you will never regret coming up here.

I work for Northern College now, and help other students like me feel welcome here!

Don’t miss a chance to come here, accept challenges, and win your game. We are all here to support you.