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.

No matter your nationality or country of origin, you pay the same tuition and have the same scholarship and bursary opportunities. International students follow the same application procedures as Canadian students.

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) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) taken within the past two years. Applicants may self-report test scores in the application, but official results will be required before enrollment.

Download the English Language Testing exemption guideline here.

Students who have completed schooling in English 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.

If you do not meet these requirements, but have completed an alternative language test or consider your English ability sufficient for study at Quest, contact your Admissions Counsellor.


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.


International students are eligible for all Quest scholarships, which range from $2,000 to full tuition. Scholarships and bursaries only apply to tuition, not room, board, medical and other scholastic and personal costs, which typically run about $14,000 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.

Study Permits

After confirming your enrolment into Quest’s academic program, non-Canadian students must get a permit to study in Canada. 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.

United World College Students

If the UWC experience changed your life, Quest might be the perfect place to continue your intellectual journey!

Quest is already home to dozens of UWC students who looked beyond the traditional US Davis Scholars options for an education that is innovative and unique. Many things about Quest will look familiar to UWC students:

  • Mission-driven pedagogy with an underlying commitment to social change
  • Small class sizes and close interaction with faculty, all on a first-name basis
  • A student population from around the world
  • A supportive live-on-campus community in a gorgeous setting less than an hour from world-class amenities

United World College Scholarship — $10,000

Quest’s UWC Scholarship is automatically awarded to admitted students who graduate from a United World College and opted-in to Financial Aid on their application.

Students who qualify for this scholarship are also encouraged to apply for additional Scholarships and Financial Aid.

Note that total Scholarship and Financial Aid packages covers only up to the full cost of tuition. At a minimum, all students are responsible for the cost of room and board.



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