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 country-specific eligibility requirements.

International student Admissions Requirements

English language requirements

The content and teaching style of Quest courses demand a high degree of proficiency in reading, writing, speaking, and oral comprehension of English. If your native language is not English, you are required to submit the results for at least one of the following when applying:


Must achieve at least 575 (paper-based) or 90 (internet-based) with a score of no less than 20 in each of the 4 testing sections. Please ensure that Quest’s institution code 8341 is included on the TOEFL sheet.


Must achieve a score of 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in each of the four areas (reading, speaking, listening, writing).

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.


Must achieve a minimum score of 110 or higher. You should submit your results directly through the online or app-based service.

Pearson Test of English

Must achieve a minimum overall score of 60 with minimum scores of 55 in each section.


Students who have completed schooling in English are exempt from 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 with English as the official language of instruction for at least 50% of your course work.

If you consider your English ability sufficient for study at Quest but do not meet the above requirements, you may challenge the English requirement by submitting an English Language Proficiency Exemption Request Form through your applicant portal.

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

Scholarships & financing

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

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

Study permits

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

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

Study permits also allow you to work off-campus for up to 20 hours per week during the academic session, and full-time during scheduled breaks, without needing to apply for a separate work permit. The conditions relating to your off-campus work eligibility 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 insurance

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



Test of English as a Foreign Language


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International student supports

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Quest University Canada is suspending regular academic programming following
completion of the current academic year in April 2023.

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