Info for Students from the US

Why Study in Canada?

An affordable, international experience that's close to home.

 

When you venture across the border to study in Canada, you're joining thousands of American college students who are seeking an international education that's close to home. Studying in Canada allows you to experience a culture that is distinct from the US, but one that's easy for newcomers to navigate and doesn't require learning a new language. You'll have the chance to live in a unique country renowned for its natural beauty, its emphasis on cultural diversity, and its commitment to all-around politeness. When you graduate, you'll have a valuable degree and a well-rounded perspective on social, political, and cultural issues.

Columbia's location in Abbotsford is great for those who want the amenities of a city but with a small-town feel: it's quaint, friendly, and puts you close to farmland, mountains, rivers, and the ocean. Just five minutes from the border, Abbotsford also gives you easy access to the States. On the Canadian side, you'll enjoy that the world-class West Coast city of Vancouver, BC is within easy driving distance, just one hour away.

 

Read Morgan's Story

Meet Morgan (left)

BA Outdoor Leadership | Class of 2020
Hometown: South Forks, CO

"In January, I abandoned my most sacred comfort zone in the 400-person town called South Fork, Colorado. The next thing I knew it was two long days of driving later and I was leaving the safety of my own country for the very first time. I’ve now had the opportunity to see my comfort zone grow and reshape, molding my dreams and confidence and trust in God right along with it."

 

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Genny A US Student

Meet Genny

Quest | Class of 2017
Hometown: Camano Island, WA

"I decided to attend Columbia after their spring view day. Up in Abbotsford, I was enamored by the people I met and the campus itself. I got to sit in on a class that incorporated our King and the Bible into daily life so seamlessly that I was both marveled and excited. After the necessary paperwork, school started and I set up house in Redekop Hall with a truly amazing roomie. Over two full, beautiful semesters, my adoration grew for all the people I had the privilege of learning with and from.  Whenever my family or friends ask me about school my reply is a tumult of laughter-filled tales from my first year."

Grant B

Meet Grant

BA Worship Arts | Class of 2018
Hometown: Robbinsdale, MN

"I had heard nothing but good feedback from those who attended Columbia and the life-changing and faith-building learning they experienced here. Columbia's tuition was a fraction of what I would pay in the States. That, combined with its great location in beautiful BC made Columbia my top bible college choice, and I have no regrets. My time here has been very transformative. "

 

 

TOP QUESTIONS
Student Visa

Down Arrow How do I obtain a student visa?

It’s actually a very simple process. You can obtain a study permit at a Canadian point of entry such as a border or airport. You can simply do this as you cross to come for orientation and semester start. You don’t even have to do it ahead of time (although that is now possible online if you prefer).

You will need:

  • Acceptance letter from Columbia Bible College (included in your acceptance package
  • Proof of funds (scholarship letters, bank statements, loan documents, etc)
  • Proof of US citizenship (passport) Completed immigration form (included in your acceptance package)
  • $150 Canadian funds or U.S. equivalent (cash, Visa, or Mastercard) for paying the Canadian Immigration Office to process your student authorization documents.

Permits are often given for the entire length of your program, but there are no guarantees. In the case of a one year permit, you simply need to re-apply the following year.

 

Degree

Down Arrow Will my degree be recognized in the US?

Yes! Columbia Bible College is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, and is also a member of the Association for Biblical Higher Education (ABHE). Our alumni have much success in career and graduate studies placements in the US. 

 

Currency

Down Arrow Are your fees listed in Canadian Currency?

Yes. All fees on our website are listed in Canadian dollars. This is good news for US students, as it is a significant financial savings! For example, in May 2017 the exchange is $1.36 CAD to $1.00 USD. If you are looking at $16,000 CND for full time tuition, room & board, it equals $11,760 USD. That’s a savings of $4,240! Exchange rates vary daily, so check www.xe.com for today’s exchange rate.

 

 

 

Fees

Down Arrow Are there additional fees for US students?

No! US students do not pay any international student fees. The combination of no international fees, US exchange rate and already affordable Canadian education makes a Columbia education an excellent value. 

 

Down Arrow What about health insurance?

All international studets are eligible for BC Medical after three months of study. Your application form will be in your acceptance package. You will need to enroll in Guard Me (a travel medical plan) for the three month interim period. Current rates are $303 for certificate students and $453 for diploma/degree students. Your Admission Advisor will help sign you up.

 

Car

Down Arrow Should I bring my car?

You can, but you certainly don’t need one on campus. All necessities are within walking distance from campus. You can usually catch a ride with a friend for excursions. If you choose to bring a vehicle, we have parking on campus for reasonable rates. You don’t need to change license plates, but you will need to fill out a study permit exemption form by contacting ICBC directly.

 

 

Down Arrow Am I able to work while in Canada on a study permit?

With a study permit and a demonstrated need for financial aid, students are able to work on campus. The study permit also allows full-time students to work off-campus, part-time during the school year (max. 20 hours per week) and full-time during summer and breaks. After graduating, students can apply for a three-year work permit. The permit is valid for work anywhere in Canada.

 

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Spouse

Down Arrow What if my spouse intends to work while in Canada?

You will need to request an Employment Authorization application form available from the Canadian Immigration Office in Vancouver (1-888-242-2100). Employment will be granted on three different levels: 1. Open, unlimited (can work anywhere in Canada) 2. Open, limited (can work but only in certain locations ie. on campus) 3. Closed (not allowed to work anywhere in Canada).

 

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Down Arrow What kind of financial aid do US students qualify for?

US full-time students are welcome to apply for Columbia scholarships and bursaries! Columbia also participates in two US student loan programs. Students are eligible to apply for Federal Student Aid Direct Loans (open to BA students only), and Sallie Mae Smart Option Loans. Questions? Contact Laura Abraham, our friendly Financial Aid advisor.