Updates for International Students - May 11, 2021

Conestoga is proud to deliver high quality post-secondary education and support services to students from across Canada and around the world. The college’s recognized leadership in applied learning and research makes Conestoga a destination of choice for students seeking a quality education as the foundation for future success.

Despite the many challenges and restrictions resulting from the continued COVID-19 pandemic, Conestoga is committed to providing a full range of quality programs and services for students, whether you are studying here in Canada or remotely from your home country.

At this time, we encourage international students to begin their studies from home and refrain from travelling to Canada until conditions improve and international travel restrictions are eased.

The following updates address some of the top questions we’re hearing from international students:

Fees for 2021-2022 Academic Year

Fee and payment information for the academic year beginning in September 2021 is available below. Fees for students enrolled in Conestoga programs in 2021-22 may vary from estimates provided in your Letter of Admission, particularly for students who have deferred entry from previous semesters.

Tuition and fee increases for the upcoming academic year are essential for addressing the rising costs of delivering quality programs and services, whether in person or remotely. This is the first tuition increase for international students since September 2019.

Students who begin their studies remotely from their home countries may be eligible for a $1,000 bursary upon their arrival in Canada to help offset tuition costs. If you have additional fee related questions, please email internationalfees@conestogac.on.ca.

Program Capacity

To ensure that all Conestoga students receive quality learning opportunities and support services, the college maintains a careful balance of enrolment across our program offerings. Our programs are very popular and in high demand. As a result, they fill quickly.

Students should confirm their place in the program early, by providing a copy of your IRCC approval to study. Once programs have reached full capacity, no further registrations can be accepted.

Students who lose program spots as the result of confirmation delays may be offered deferred entry at a later date based on seat availability. Admission inquiries may be directed to internationaladmissions@conestogac.on.ca.

Alternatively, students have the option to withdraw from the program and receive a refund of fees paid to date.

Thank you for your interest in Conestoga: we look forward to assisting you on your journey to career and life success.

2021 - 2022 Academic Year Tuition Fee Schedule

English for Academic Studies (EAS)

Fee (tuition only)
Tuition (4 months)
(Starts Sept/Jan/May)
$5,500
Tuition (2 months)
(Starts Nov/Mar/Jul)                                                               
$2,750

Diploma/Certificate programs (Excluding Practical Nursing Diploma program)

Fee (tuition only)
Tuition (2 terms)
$13,350

Graduate (Post-graduate)

Fee (tuition only)
Tuition (2 terms)
$14,500

Degree programs (Including Practical Nursing Diploma program)

Fee (tuition only)
Tuition (2 terms)
$14,750

Note:

  • The pricing above is for tuition only and does not include compulsory ancillary fees, which are pending approval. The total fee is tuition plus ancillary fees. Please refer to the program page for current fees to estimate the ancillary fees until this information is approved. Compulsory ancillary fees may include: health insurance and prescription drug plan, student activities, graduation fee, athletic services, student ID, etc.
  • All estimated values are listed in Canadian dollars and are subject to change without notice.
2022 - 2023 Academic Year Tuition Fee Schedule

English for Academic Studies (EAS)

Fee (tuition only)
Tuition (4 months)
(Starts Sept/Jan/May)
$5,500
Tuition (2 months)
(Starts Nov/Mar/Jul)
$2,750

Diploma/Certificate programs (Excluding Practical Nursing Diploma program)

Fee (tuition only)
Tuition (2 terms)
$13,750

Graduate (Post-graduate)

Fee (tuition only)
Tuition (2 terms)
$14,935

Degree programs (Including Practical Nursing Diploma program)

Fee (tuition only)
Tuition (2 terms)
$15,192

Note:

  • The pricing above is for tuition only and does not include compulsory ancillary fees, which are pending approval. The total fee is tuition plus ancillary fees. Please refer to the program page for current fees to estimate the ancillary fees until this information is approved. Compulsory ancillary fees may include: health insurance and prescription drug plan, student activities, graduation fee, athletic services, student ID, etc.
  • All estimated values are listed in Canadian dollars and are subject to change without notice.

Payment and Key Dates

Please refer to your Letter of Acceptance for your payment key dates.

Deposit

A $1,500 mandatory, non-refundable tuition deposit is required in order to secure a place in the program.

Should you defer to another available intake, any fees paid will transfer to the new intake, however, deposit payment remains non-refundable if you do not supply proof of a visa refusal. *See refund policy and withdrawals below.

For students who register and attend classes, the tuition deposit is part of the student’s tuition fees and reduces the tuition owed.

Should a student’s visa be refused and International Fees is provided with a copy of the visa rejection letter, tuition will be refunded, less the $200.00 college administrative fee.

Fees

Your deposit is applied to your tuition, however, you are still required to pay the balance of tuition owing by the due dates specified in your Letter of Acceptance.

Key Due Date for payments – when you should pay

Program of Study - Start DateDeposit Due Date - International Students
Fall term
30 days from date of acceptance1
Winter term 30 days from date of acceptance1
Spring term 30 days from date of acceptance1

1 as indicated in the offer letter

Payment Options

Make an international payment to the college

Conestoga College has partnered with three leading international payment processors: Flywire, CIBC International Student Pay and Western Union Global Pay for International Students. These services allow you to make a payment to Conestoga through a wire transfer or credit card payment directly from your home country.

Payments can be made quickly and in your home currency and are typically applied to your student account within five business days of being received by the college.

In addition to Flywire and Western Union, we continue to accept online payments through web banking. We also accept international money orders, bank drafts or certified cheques.

Choose the payment option that works best for you.

Flywire

Conestoga College has partnered with Flywire to provide our international students with a secure payment method that simplifies the payment process. With Flywire, you can pay online from banks and countries around the world, usually in your home currency.

  • Pay with accounts in your home country, in your currency for most countries.
  • Offers payment methods like bank transfer, credit cards and e-payments (Alipay/PayPal) making the process familiar and easy for you.
  • Avoid unnecessary bank fees and receive favorable foreign exchange rates.
  • Track the progress of your payment anytime. Flywire's multilingual customer support is available to help 24x7 using multiple channels.

To begin your payment, visit conestogac.flywire.com and follow the instructions provided.

Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC) International Student Pay

Conestoga College has partnered with CIBC International Student Pay to offer a secure online portal for International Students to make tuition payments in their local currency.

Benefits of the International Student Pay Platform:
  • Security of a Leading Canadian Financial Institution: With CIBC you can trust that your payment will be transferred in a secure and timely manner.
  • Enhanced Student Experience: Easily make payments in your preferred currency through an intuitive online portal.
  • Access to Preferred Foreign Exchange Rates: With CIBC International Student Pay you will have access to the competitive foreign exchange rates CIBC is providing to Conestoga College.
  • Diverse Payment Methods: The following payment methods are currently available through CIBC’s International Student Pay platform: International Bank Wire, ACH Direct Debit for U.S. bank accounts, Visa & MasterCard debit and credit cards, and China UnionPay credit and debit cards.
  • Student Support: CIBC International Student Pay provides customer service support through a dedicated and responsive team.
  • End-to-End Communication: CIBC International Student Pay provides payment status updates and reminders to facilitate timely payment to Conestoga College

Click here to use CIBC International Student Pay.

Western Union Global Pay For International Students

The Western Union's GlobalPay for International Students option allows you to pay the Canadian dollar tuition fees in the currency of your choice.

Note: This is not a payment through Western Union Agent locations (except in the case of some payments from India). You will simply be paying a Western Union Bank account and then Western Union transfers the funds to Conestoga College in Canadian dollars.

How to Make a Payment
  • Visit the Western Union GlobalPay for Students payment page.
  • Provide Student/Payer Information
  • Complete the required fields (Conestoga College student ID number, student's first and last name, email address, etc.) and select Next.
  • Enter the amount you wish to pay in Canadian dollars and select Next.
  • Select the currency that you would like to pay in from the drop down list. You will notice on the right-hand side that you now see the amount you will be paying in the currency selected. Select Next.
  • Select the checkbox if you would like to receive the payment instructions via email.
  • Complete other fields as listed if the payer is not the student then select Next.
  • Review the conditions and select the checkbox, then select Submit.
    NOTE: You may need to temporarily allow pop-ups on your computer in order to view the payment instructions.
  • Print your payment instructions and make the payment. For most countries this will be by wire at your bank.
  • Instruct your bank to wire transfer funds to the Western Union bank account indicated on your payment instructions.
  • The reference number on the payment instructions is very important. It must be included on your payment in order for the funds to be correctly and promptly applied to your student fee account. A reference number should not be used more than once. If you are making a second payment, or have a quote that has expired, please go through Steps 1-3 again to get new payments instructions with a new reference number.
  • The payment must be sent within 72 hours of the quote or Western Union shall use the current exchange rate to convert the currency. The expiry of the quote is indicated on the bottom of the payment instructions that you have printed.
  • While the transfer is in progress, your account will continue to show the outstanding amount.
  • Conestoga College will post the Canadian dollar equivalent to your student account, generally two to five days after your local bank initiates payment.

* If your local currency is not an option available in the system, you will need to choose another currency on the list to arrange your payment, or contact Western Union for more information. The subject line should read ‘Western Union payment issue'. Please indicate what currency you are trying to pay in, or where you are trying to pay from, and what the precise issue is.

** When paying from China or India, you will be given your rate when you process your transfer per the payment instructions.

*** For payments from India, China and South Korea, you will be instructed to pay on a particular website or bank (e.g. ICICI for India)

You may wish to access the following video which explains the Western Union GlobalPay for International Students process.

Should you require assistance using Western Union Global Pay For International Students, please visit their website or contact Western Union by telephone at 1-877-218-8829 or by email.

Web Banking

You may pay your tuition online via Web banking through most Canadian banks. You will be required to set-up Conestoga College as a vendor for payment purposes in order to do so. Your student ID number will be used as your account number to associate your payment to your student account.

You may also visit your local bank branch to initiate your payment.

Canadian Money Order, Bank Draft or Certified Cheque

Remit a Canadian money order, bank draft or certified cheque. Please remember to include your student number on all payments sent to the College.

Payable to 'Conestoga College' at the following address:

International Education Office
Conestoga College
299 Doon Valley Drive
Kitchener, Ontario, N2G 4M4 Canada

Refund Policy & Withdrawals

COVID-19 refund policy: For Level 1 students beginning their studies outside of Canada with confirmation of IRCC student visa application submission

The following refund policy applies to International students (level 1) who are studying online from outside of Canada and who have applied for their student visa before the start of their program.

Fall 2021 term

Students who begin their studies online from outside of Canada for the Fall 2021 term and the final decision from IRCC results in the refusal of their student visa, the following refund policy will apply:

  • Until November 14, 2021: a full refund, minus the CAN $200 administrative fee, will be refunded. A visa refusal letter is required.
    • After November 14, 2021: refund requests must be accompanied by a visa refusal letter dated after November 14, 2021 to be considered.
  • After December 15, 2021: no refund will be granted for the Fall 2021 intake.

March 2021 term

Students who begin their studies online from outside of Canada for the March 2021 term and the final decision from IRCC results in the refusal of their student visa, the following refund policy will apply:

  • Until April 16, 2021 (4 weeks after the start of classes): a full refund, minus the CAN $200 administrative fee, will be refunded.
  • After April 16, 2021: students will receive a refund, less the non-refundable deposit of CAN $1,250.
  • Student visa refusals dated after May 1 and up to May 26 will be considered for a partial refund based on the number of days remaining in the term.
  • After May 26, 2021: no refund will be granted for the March intake. Students will be expected to complete their courses to receive their final grades.

Winter 2021 term

Students who begin their studies online from outside of Canada for the Winter 2021 term and the final decision from IRCC results in the refusal of their student visa, the following refund policy will apply:

  • Until February 12, 2021 (4 weeks after the start of classes): a full refund, minus the CAN $200 administrative fee, will be refunded.
  • After February 12, 2021: students will receive a refund, less the non-refundable deposit of CAN $1,250.
  • Student visa refusals dated after March 1 and up to March 26 will be considered for a partial refund based on the number of days remaining in the term.

If your application for a visa is not refused but you choose to withdraw from the program, the standard International Refund Policy outlined below applies and withdrawal must be made within 10 business days of the beginning of the term for which you have paid fees.

Refund policy: For students who receive an Approval In Principle (AIP) or a Preliminary Eligibility Assessment (PEA) letter to study

Students who begin their studies from outside of Canada, prior to receipt of final visa approval, must provide a copy of their AIP/PEA letter and pay their first term tuition. In situations where a final decision from IRCC results in the denial of a visa, the following refund policy will apply:

March 2021 refund policy for students who receive a visa refusal

  • Up until April 16, 2021 (4 weeks after the start of classes) a full refund, minus the $200 administrative fee, will be provided to students.
  • After April 16, 2021, students will receive a refund, less the non-refundable deposit of $1,250.
  • Student visa refusals dated after May 1 and up to May 26 will be considered for a partial refund.
  • After May 26, 2021, no refund will be granted for the March intake. Students will be expected to complete their courses to receive their final grades.

Any withdrawals received after April 5, 2021, students will be required to submit refund requests for the CSI health plans and CSI legal plan direct to csihealthplan@conestogac.on.ca for this portion of their refund.

Winter 2021 refund policy for students who receive an AIP/PEA letter to study

  • Up until February 12, 2021 (4 weeks after the start of classes) a full refund, minus the $200 administrative fee, will be provided to students.
  • After February 12, 2021, students will receive a refund, less the non-refundable deposit of $1,250.
  • Student visa denials dated after March 1 and up to March 26 will be considered for a partial refund.

Fall 2020 refund policy for students who receive an AIP/PEA letter to study

  • Up until October 9, 2020 (4 weeks after the start of classes), a full refund, minus the $200 administrative fee, will be provided to students.
  • After October 9, 2020, students will receive a refund, less the non-refundable deposit of $1,250.

If your visa is denied and you request a refund as outlined above, you will be required to withdraw from the program and will not be eligible to receive a transcript. Students wishing to re-enter the program in the future will be required to begin the program in Level 1. If your application for a visa is not denied but you choose to withdraw from the program, the standard International Refund Policy outlined below applies and withdrawal must be made within 10 business days of the beginning of the term for which you have paid fees.

Students who have a start date of March 22, 2021

A full refund, less the $200 administrative fee, will be provided to students who begin their studies outside of Canada in the following circumstances:

  • Level 1 students who begin their studies online outside of Canada with confirmation of IRCC student visa application and the final decision from IRCC results in the refusal of their student visa.
  • Level 1 students who begin their studies online outside of Canada, prior to receiving a final visa approval but who have an Approval In Principle (AIP) or a Preliminary Eligibility Assessment (PEA) letter, and the final decision from IRCC results in the refusal of their student visa.

Note:

  1. Students who withdraw after April 5, 2021 will be required to:


  2. After May 26, 2021, no refund will be granted for students who began their studies in March 2021. Students will be expected to complete their courses.
    • **If your visa is denied and you request a refund as outlined above, you will be required to withdraw from the program.

  3. If your application for a visa is not denied, but you choose to withdraw from the program, you must submit a Withdrawal Request Form through the Student Portal and the standard International Student Withdrawal and Refund Procedure applies. Withdrawals must be made within 10 business days of the start of the program for which you have paid fees.
Students who have a start date of May 17, 2021

A full refund, less the $200 administrative fee, will be provided to students who begin their studies outside of Canada in the following circumstances:

  • Level 1 students who begin their studies online outside of Canada, prior to receiving a final visa approval but who have an Approval In Principle (AIP) or a Preliminary Eligibility Assessment (PEA) letter, and the final decision from IRCC results in the refusal of their student visa.

Note:

  1. Students who withdraw after May 31, 2021 will be required to:


  2. After July 5, 2021, no refund will be granted for students who began their studies in May 2021. Students will be expected to complete their courses.
    • **If your visa is denied and you request a refund as outlined above, you will be required to withdraw from the program.

  3. If your application for a visa is not denied, but you choose to withdraw from the program, you must submit a Withdrawal Request Form through the Student Portal and the standard International Student Withdrawal and Refund Procedure applies. Withdrawals must be made within 10 business days of the start of the program for which you have paid fees.

International Refund Policy

Withdrawal within 10 business days of the beginning of a term or the beginning of the period for which the student paid fees in the case of a non-term or continuous intake program of instruction, the student shall receive:

  • a refund of the full tuition and ancillary fees for the term less a $200 administrative fee if withdrawal is made prior to the non-refundable deposit due date.
  • a refund of the full tuition and ancillary fees for the term or program less the non-refundable deposit if withdrawal is made after the deposit due date *or if withdrawal is made after a deferral admission had been given.
  • a refund in full of any tuition and ancillary fees paid in advance for subsequent terms.
  • a refund in full of any fees paid in advance for subsequent terms. This also applies to students who do not register on a term basis.

Should your visa be rejected by the Canadian Embassy, your full tuition will be refunded less the $200 college administration fee.

ALL REFUNDS ARE PAYABLE TO THE STUDENT ONLY. THE COLLEGE WILL NOT ISSUE A REFUND TO A THIRD PARTY.

For refund information, including follow-up and refund processing inquiries, please contact internationalfees@conestogac.on.ca.