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Selkirk College Ranking, Programs, Admission Process & Living Cost

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Selkirk College, established in 1966, is the oldest regional community college located in Kootenays, British Columbia, Canada. The College offers Post-Secondary Certificates, Diplomas and Associate degrees in various programs. It also has a school of University Arts and Sciences which offers over 100 university Arts and Science courses to prepare students for their Bachelor’s degree.

Key features at a glance

  • The oldest community college in British Columbia
  • Ranked 119th among Canadian Universities as per the Webometrics Ranking of World Universities 2018
  • Offers seven co-op eligible programs
  • Runs exchange, international internship, and degree completion programs in partnership with institutions in 7 countries
  • Has 8 campuses and learning centers across the West Kootenay/Boundary region 
  • 90% of students are satisfied with the quality of instruction in their program


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Students intake in numbers

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Choose the right program for yourself

Selkirk College offers Certificates, Diplomas, Degrees, Associate Degrees, University Transfers and post-graduate diplomas to international students in over around 60 programs. School of University Arts and Sciences offers over 100 courses for students to choose from.

The institute offers the following areas of study:   

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Besides the above, international students can choose from the following specific programs:

  • English Language Program
  • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

The areas in University Arts and Sciences are-

  • Science- Biology, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Engineering, Math, Psychology, Computer Science
  • Arts- English, Creative Writing
  • Liberal Arts- Peace Studies, History, Anthropology, Women’s Studies, Law & Justice Studies, etc.

Flexibility to choose the schedule

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Affiliations ensuring the quality of education in Selkirk College

Selkirk College has the following affiliations:

  • ACCC
  • CCAA
  • CBIE
  • CUP

Exploring the beautiful campus of Selkirk College

The College has eight campuses and three learning centres in located in the West Kootenay/Boundary region of British Columbia. These are mentioned below:

  • Castlegar Campus (Main Campus)
  • Tenth Street Campus (Nelson)
  • Victoria Street Campus (Nelson)
  • Silver King Campus (Nelson)
  • Trail Campus
  • Learning Centres
  • Grand Forks Learning Centre
  • Kaslo Learning Centre
  • Nakusp Learning Centre

The campuses are equipped with libraries, cafeterias, daycare for children, dining rooms, research centres, student residences, etc.

All you need to know about the application process

Applications are accepted 12 months preceding the start of most programs. Here are a few common steps that one has to follow to fill in the application form.

  1. Visit the official website of Selkirk College and follow each step
  2. Select the program you want to pursue depending on your interests, eligibility, study plan et al. And check admission requirements.
  3. Take the College Readiness Tool by signing up for it on the website
  4. For applying one can either
    1. Sign up for a new account at EducationPlannerBC at and fill online application OR
    2. Download the application, print and complete the application and submit at one of the campuses
  5. Non-refundable application fee to be paid is CAD $100.
  6. Submit all previous transcripts and letters of reference to the College

Documents required

  • Application
  • Visa
  • Study Permit
  • Transcripts from High School and any post-secondary institutions
  • Interim transcript indicating enrolment in required courses (if you are currently enrolled in High School courses)

What it costs to study in Selkirk College: Program wise basic tuition fee

Candidates will have to show a proof of finance while applying for student visa. The tuition fee charged by Selkirk College vary from course to course. Tuition fee charged from international students for some specific programs is mentioned below:

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Financing your education with the help of scholarships

Selkirk College also provides scholarships, awards and bursaries to international students. These are mentioned below:

  • Entrance scholarships to full-time students
  • Bursaries based on financial need

Students need to submit applications for these awards.

Work While You Study

On Campus

Students can work on campus while studying at the institute through the work-study program. For this, they will have to fulfil the following conditions:

  1. Have a valid study permit
  2. Have a SIN (Social Insurance Number)

Students can work between one to ten hours per week and earn $11.35 per hour.

Off Campus

Students can also work off campus while studying at the institute. They will have to fulfil the following conditions:

  1. Have a valid study permit
  2. Have a co-op work permit (if required)
  3. Currently be enrolled in an academic degree, diploma, or certificate program at Selkirk College (students taking only English as a Second Language courses are not eligible)
  4. Have maintained satisfactory academic standing in your program of study
  5. Studying to obtain a degree, diploma or certificate with duration of at least 6 months
  6. Have a SIN (Social Insurance Number)

Students can work for 20 hours per week during term and full time during scheduled breaks.

How to get a SIN?

SIN is mandatory in order to work on campus or off campus and for tax purposes. It is no way related to a person’s health insurance number. A social number is valid until the end of your stay or a maximum 5 years. You can renew the same if necessary.

One can obtain SIN by going in person to Service Canada office along with the following documents:

  1. Passport
  2. Study permit
  3. Off campus work permit/ co-op/internship program permit.

Work After Graduation

One can work post their graduation after obtaining a work permit. The post-graduation work permit is valid for the same duration as that of the last study program you have completed. Students have to fulfil the following conditions.

  1. Must have been a full-time student in Canada
  2. Completed with a study program with minimum duration of 8 months
  3. Apply for the work permit within 90 days of receiving a document declaring completion of studies.
  4. Must have a valid study permit.

Options for living peacefully in the campus

On campus housing

The College has two of its own residential halls/houses at campuses – Kekuli House at Castlegar and the other at Tenth Street (Nelson). Depending on the room type one might pay between $1520 and $3060 per term.

Depending upon the residence, one can avail the following facilities:

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Off Campus Housing

The College website also has listings for off-campus housing in the Nelson, Trail and Castlegar areas. 

Knowing a few from a wide alumni network

Selkirk College is home to some notable alumni as mentioned below:

  • Kiesa Rae Ellestad professionally known as Kiesza: Singer and multi-instrumentalist
  • Mitch Merrett: Record producer

The institute has an active portal to provide its alumni with various career management services.


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