Future Students

Study in Canada

Medicine Hat College is guided by the philosophy that education and learning is greatly enhanced by an understanding of different cultures, languages and peoples. By incorporating a global focus in its programming the college aims to provide all learners with opportunities to develop the skills and attitudes required to function successfully in a global society, world, and economy. To achieve this understanding the college provides students with opportunities to study abroad and welcomes numerous international students to Medicine Hat each year.

The MHC Advantage

  • Competitive international tuition fees
  • Safe community environment
  • Small class sizes
  • More intimate environment that allows students to transition to Canadian Culture and North American teaching styles
  • Individual attention to help students with banking, medical, transportation, homestay, etc.
  • EAP preparation for transition to diploma and university transfer programs
  • Availability of university transfer options for degree completion
  • Numerous program exit points ( certificate, diploma, applied degree and bachelor’s degree)

1. Apply Now

Medicine Hat College is a Designated Learning Institution (DLI# O18795445892) All academic credit programs, including English for Academic Purposes are designated programs. Apprenticeship, Continuing Studies and Conservatory of Music & Dance programs do not qualify as designated learning programs.

Please review MHC’s programs and admission requirements for each program here and email info@mhc.ab.ca with any questions. Students applying for University Transfer programs must contact info@mhc.ab.ca to arrange to speak to an academic advisor.

Click here for application deadlines.

Apply online at www.applyalberta.ca. A non-refundable application fee of $60 is due at the time of application

2. Provide Required Documentation for Admission

International students that enter credit programs directly must ensure that all documents requested including transcripts from secondary and/or post-secondary school(s), proof of English proficiency, etc are submitted to: Medicine Hat College
Registrar's Office
299 College Drive SE
Medicine Hat, Alberta
Canada  T1A 3Y6

Students are required to submit official transcripts from their high school and any post-secondary school (where applicable). 

The high school transcripts must be ordered from the Department of Education in the province(s)/state where attended. Original transcripts should be issued by the student’s former/current institution directly to MHC. Students should not send their only original documents to MHC, as we cannot return them. Students have found success in taking photocopies of their records to their respective Education Board office to be verified, sealed into an envelope by the Board and then couriered to MHC. Transcripts that are in languages other than English must be sent with an accompanying notarized English translation.

Admission requirements by country:

If you have any questions, please contact College Admissions at info@mhc.ab.ca or 403.502.8982.

3. Meet Admission Registration Deadlines and Requirements

It is critical that you review your acceptance letter and carefully read all email communications from the College to ensure you meet MHC and program admission and registration deadlines and requirements, including for tuition installment payment and providing proof of study permit.

4. Immigration

International students must maintain valid immigration documents to live and study in Canada. MHC’s RISIA and RCIC-certified staff are here to provide information to help you to understand and navigate immigration requirements and regulations as related to your study at MHC. However, you must be aware that it is solely your responsibility, and not that of MHC or MHC’s staff to:

  • Ensure that your immigration and legal documents are current and maintained.
  • Ensure that any documentation submitted for immigration purposes meets requirement as indicated and is accurate and complete.
  • Understand and be compliant with immigration requirements as they pertain to you, recognizing that this information is subject to change and that the most accurate, up-to-date information is found on the Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) website: www.cic.gc.ca; phone 1.888.242.2100.

Immigration advising will be provided by RCIC & RISIA certified staff within the RISIA (Regulated International Student Immigration Advisor) scope of practice. MHC immigration advisors can only provide immigration advice in the areas of Study Permits, Temporary Resident Visas, and how Study Permits relate to other currently available Canadian immigration programs. MHC immigration advisors are not able to not fill out any immigration forms for any student or provide representation in immigration matters to any student.

To make an appointment for immigration advising, please email info@mhc.ab.ca.

5. Student Support Services

MHC provides services designed specifically to assist international students with life both on and off-campus. From pre-arrival to graduation, the programs and services offered will help students to integrate into the community and get involved in campus life. For more information please see here for a description of these services, or contact our international student services specialist at iss@mhc.ab.ca.

Services available include:

  • Pre-arrival preparation and assistance
  • Homestay program and accommodation referrals
  • Pick up at the Medicine Hat Airport
  • Health Insurance
  • New student orientation
  • Cultural activities and field trips
  • Immigration advising

Additional student services at MHC

6. Make Travel Arrangements

We ask you to arrive one week before classes begin so that you may attend orientation sessions, familiarize yourself with your new accommodations, get to know your way around campus and the city, and open a bank account (if necessary).

7. Accomodation Arrangements

Students have three options for accommodation. Please review the options and application requirements (where applicable) and contact iss@mhc.ab.ca with any questions.

8. Understanding Your Health Coverage

Medicine Hat College has mandatory health insurance for all its international students.  The insurance provider is Guard.me . Students are automatically enrolled in Guard.me for semesters they are registered in classes at Medicine Hat College. It is important to confirm your arrival date with the International Education department so that coverage begins when you arrive in Canada.

Students must collect their health insurance card each semester from the International Education office. Please note that coverage does not automatically extend when students are not registered in classes (e.g. spring and summer breaks). Students on semester breaks that plan on staying in Canada are encouraged to visit the International Education office and request an extension of their Guard.me plan. Guard.me is emergency coverage for unexpected sickness or injury and does not apply to pre-existing conditions or elective non-emergency treatments. A complete listing of benefits can be found at www.guard.me. Email iss@mhc.ab.ca with any questions you have.