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 of Quest Blocks 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 for at least one of the following:

TOEFL

must achieve at least 580 (paper-based) or 90 (internet-based) with a score of 21 in each of 4 testing sections (internet-based). Please ensure that Quest’s institution code 8341 is included on the TOEFL sheet.

IELTS

must achieve a score of 6.5 in each of the four areas (reading, speaking, listening, writing), are strongly encouraged to apply.

Cambridge English C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency

(previously the Cambridge Advanced Exam – CAE, and the Cambridge Proficiency Exam – CPE; new): must achieve a minimum overall score of 180.

Students who have completed schooling in English are exempt from English proficiency test requirements. Their transcript must indicate 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.

If a student considers their English ability sufficient for study at Quest, and has not met the above requirements, they may challenge the English requirement by submitting an English Language Proficiency Exemption Request Form through their applicant portal.

More comprehensive English Language Requirements, including country-specific information and requirements, may be found here.

Duolingo

must achieve a minimum score of 110 or higher. Applicants should submit their results directly through the online or app-based service.

Pearson Test of English

must achieve a minimum overall score of 65 with minimum scores of 60 in each section.

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.

Medical

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.

HOW TO APPLY

TOEFL

Test of English as a Foreign Language

TOEFL.ORG

Helpful Tips from the Director of Admissions and Financial Aid

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