International Students

International Students

Quest students come from all over the world. Quest offers international students a welcoming campus community, supportive faculty, and an exceptional education—all while immersed in West Coast Canadian culture.

International students follow the same application procedures as Canadian students, but should refer to the International Admissions Requirements below to determine their country-specific eligibility requirements.

International Student Admissions Requirements

English Language Requirements

The substance and style of Quest courses require a high degree of proficiency in reading, writing, speaking, and oral comprehension of English.

If your native language is not English, you will need to provide the results of a TOEFL (Test of English as Foreign Language), IELTS (International English Language Testing System) or Duolingo Language Test taken within the past two years. Applicants may self-report test scores in the application, but official results will be required before enrollment.

Students who have completed schooling in English or who have other significant English experience will have the opportunity to submit a request to waive the English proficiency test requirements. Your transcript must indicate you 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 your course work. Admissions Counsellors reserve the right to request language exam results from any student, even if they meet the above requirements.


Students who achieve at least 580 (paper-based), or 90 (internet-based) with a minimum score of 21 in each of four testing sections are eligible 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 the official score report sent directly to the university from the testing centre or by electronic submission.


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


Duolingo provides a convenient, fast, and affordable english language testing service for international applicants. Students who receive a score of 110 or higher on the Duolingo language test are encouraged to apply. Applicants should submit their results directly through the online or app-based service

View the English Language Proficiency Testing Exemption Guidelines

Scholarships & Financing

International students are eligible for Quest scholarships and bursaries. Scholarships and bursaries cannot be used to applied to room, board, medical and other personal costs.

Note: students applying for a Study Permit to Canada must demonstrate the ability to fund their tuition costs + $10,000 CAD. Details can be found on the Canadian government website here.

Study Permits

After confirming your enrolment into Quest’s academic program, non-Canadian students must obtain a permit to enter Canada for. Visit the Citizenship and Immigration Canada website for details on how to apply.

Study permits for international students may take up to three months to process. Application procedures vary from country to country. Although US students can apply at the border when crossing into Canada, we encourage them to finalize the process ahead of time to avoid unexpected complications upon arrival.

Study permits also allow you 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. We’ve put together some Study Permit information for you, and you can find detailed info at Citizenship and Immigration Canada.


All non-Canadian students will automatically be registered for medical insurance with Quest, which is effective upon arrival in Canada. International students may opt out if they can demonstrate adequate medical coverage.



Test of English as a Foreign Language


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