International Students

Students at Quest University Canada are from all corners of the world. We value the diversity on our campus (about 46% Canadian students, 37% US students, and 17% are students from outside of North America). Our international students come from over 61 different countries.


Quest is the only university in the world that charges exactly the same tuition and fees, and provides exactly the same scholarship and financial aid opportunities for all students, independent of their citizenship or country of origin. This is a sign of our commitment to a globalized society and is a critical component of our dynamic classroom experience.

International students follow the same application procedures as Canadian and US Students. If a student has not been studying the majority of their coursework in English for more than a year, they will need to provide a TOEFL or IELTS document. It is not a requirement for students to submit the SAT or ACT scores, but it is optional if the student feels it improves their application.


English Language Requirements

The substance of Quest courses and the style in which they are taught demands a high degree of proficiency in reading, writing, speaking, and oral comprehension of English.

Applicants whose native language is not English are required to submit the results of a TOEFL (Test of English as Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) taken within the past two years.


Students who achieve at least 580 (paper-based), or 90 (internet-based) with a minimum score of 21 in each of 4 testing sections are encouraged to apply. TOEFL scores must be issued to Quest directly from the Educational Testing Centre. Please ensure that Quest’s institution code 8341 is included on the TOEFL sheet.  Quest accepts either an official paper score report sent directly to the university from the testing centre or electronic submission.


Students who achieve an IELTS score of 6.5 or higher in each of the four areas (reading, speaking, listening, writing), are encouraged to apply.

IELTS scores must be sent to Quest University Canada directly from the test centre. On the IELTS application form you will be asked to specify institutions where you would like the results to be sent to.

Please include the following details:
Quest University Canada, Quest Admissions,
3200 University Blvd., Squamish, BC, Canada, V8B 0N8

Students who have completed schooling in English are exempt from the above English proficiency test requirements. Their transcript must indicate that they have completed at least two years of full-time study at a high school, university or college at which English is the official language of instruction for at least 50% of their course work. Admissions Counsellors reserve the right to request language exam results from any student, even if they meet the above requirements.

If a student has completed an alternative language test or considers his or her English ability sufficient for study at Quest, and has not met the above requirements, he or she should contact their Admissions Counsellor to learn more about their admissibility.


IB/AP Transfer Credits

Students may receive up to 4 blocks of transfer credit for IB or AP coursework.
More details can be found here.



Since tuition fees are the same for all students regardless of where they come from, international students are eligible for all of the Quest scholarships, ranging from $2000- full tuition. Quest Merit- and Need-Based Awards only apply to tuition, and not room, board, medical and other scholastic and personal costs, which are a minimum $12,500 CDN per year. Students applying for a study permit to Canada must demonstrate to the Canadian Embassy their ability to pay all university, living, and travel costs for their time at Quest. Students unable to demonstrate their ability to financially support themselves while studying in Canada will be denied a study permit from the Canadian Embassy.
Please click here to review the cost of attendance at Quest.



After confirming your enrolment into Quest’s academic program, non-Canadian students will need to obtain a study permit in order to study in Canada. All students must visit the Citizenship and Immigration Canada website for more details on how to obtain a study permit.

Study permits for International students may take up to three months to process. However, application procedures vary from country to country. US students have a much simpler study permit application process than students from other countries. US students usually apply for their study permit when they cross the border into Canada. Although US students do not need to apply for their study permit in advance, we suggest that they do so in order to avoid unexpected complications at the border.

As indicated by Citizenship and Immigration Canada, as of June 1, 2014, study permits should authorize the holder to work off-campus for up to 20 hours per week during the academic session and full-time during scheduled breaks without the need to apply for a separate work permit. The conditions relating to your eligibility to work off-campus will be written on your study permit. For more information, visit the Student Portal, Study Permit Application Information for International Students or Citizenship and Immigration Canada.



All non-Canadian students will automatically be registered for medical insurance with Quest, which will start once they arrive in Canada. International students may opt out of the medical insurance if they can demonstrate that they have adequate medical coverage.

About Quest

Quest’s 60-acre campus is located in the coastal mountain community of Squamish, British Columbia, between Vancouver and Whistler.


Consisting of arts, humanities, mathematics, and social, life and natural sciences, the liberal arts and sciences form the basis of a well-rounded education.

Life at Quest

Living in a community is an integral part of the Quest experience. As such, students live on campus for all four years of their undergraduate degree.

If you have questions about the status of your file, contact Admissions at or 604-898-8000.

Quest University Canada is committed to accessibility and equity. Students with protected characteristics are welcome to request reasonable accommodations for the application process, and should speak with their Admissions Counsellor if they wish to do so. Any inquiries regarding accommodations while attending Quest should be directed to Krista Lambie, Director of Student Success, at