To support prospective students, both locally and globally, Centennial College developed a series of world-class virtual learning experiences that launched in the summer semester. This exciting suite of programs enables students to get a virtual jump-start on their education in Fall 2020.
Start your path to Canada! Students who are unable to travel in the coming months may start their studies online while in their home country. If they obtain a visa, students can continue their next semester at our campuses in Toronto once the borders reopen. Online programs offer flexible delivery options: study 100% online or complete your program on campus when our facilities re-open.
The start date for all full-time programs in Fall 2020 is on September 14.
International students may begin an online program while outside of Canada without a study permit. We still encourage accepted international students to proceed with their next steps as soon as possible: pay tuition and apply for a study permit. Keep in mind; your online semester will only count towards your post-graduation work permit if you are approved for a study permit before you start your program.
Questions about study permit and work permits? Review our Permits and Visas page.
Centennial College is accepting applications and processing offer letters for all programs with a September 2020 start date. To help prevent a potential second wave of COVID-19 impacting Ontario, Centennial College will continue to teach most programs at a distance and online in the fall semester.
Centennial is planning various scenarios to offer courses with significant hands-on activity on our respective campuses, in strict accordance with Public Health protocols. Hybrid programs will include limited on-campus learning experiences in facilities and labs that will be equipped for physical distancing, in combination with courses that can be delivered online or through teaching at a distance.
The college will soon announce hybrid programs being offered in Fall 2020. Since hybrid programs will require some on-campus instruction, accepted international students will need a study permit to enroll.
Centennial College offers flexible solutions for international students to pursue their post-secondary studies. This global health crisis doesn’t have to stop your study abroad plans!
Centennial College is still accepting applications for September 2020 and January 2021 intakes. We are processing offer letters daily for all programs with a Fall 2020 start date. For winter 2021, Centennial will begin issuing letters of offer to international applicants by the end of June 2020.
Apply online. We will be with you every step of the way!
Every semester, the final registration deadline is one week past the start date of classes. The Fall 2020 semester begins on September 14, and the last date to register and enroll is September 21.
If you are an international student, you have a dedicated admissions team member at Centennial that will be happy to help throughout your admissions process. Contact your International Admissions Assistant.
To request a deferred offer letter, contact your international admissions team and include your Centennial ID number with your request. If you applied through an agent, please contact your agent to defer your start date at Centennial College.
International students who pay their first-semester tuition fees will automatically secure a seat in the next intake if they decide to defer. New requests for deferral will be processed up until the deadline to withdraw in the Fall 2020 semester (one week past the September 14 start date).
Centennial College is not yet processing offer letters for January 2021. If you have paid your tuition deposit and requested a deferral, you can expect a deferred offer letter from late-June through July 2020.
The Winter 2021 semester will begin January 18 with fees due November 15, 2020.
Consider the benefits of starting your program online:
- Advance your career online by working towards a valuable Canadian academic credential that is recognized internationally.
- High-Quality Courses: Instructional design and educational technology specialists work closely with our faculty experts to develop online courses that offer learner interaction, practical exercises, simulated lab experiences, individualized attention & faculty-led instruction.
- Engaging Academic Community: build relationships with your classmates in our technology-enabled learning environment. Engage in idea sharing, collaboration, and teamwork through online discussions and group work.
- Virtual Student Services: your online learning toolkit includes extensive library and web-based resources. Access peer tutoring, success advising, or connect with an online learning strategist. Virtual orientations, career counselling, and immigration advising are available to support your goals to study and work in Canada.
- Enhance your resume with digital fluency and learning skills: prepare to become a skilled and confident user of technology in your chosen field.
- Online Flexibility: Conveniently access course materials and lessons on your own time (in your time zone) from the comfort of your home.
- Cost-saving: Save on accommodation and travel in your first semester. International students can save over $6000 CAD in housing and living expenses in the first semester by studying online.
The tuition payment deadline for the fall 2020 semester is extended until Monday, July 6, 2020. Payments will be accepted after the deadline without late charges, until a program becomes full. If your program closes before you secure a seat by paying your first semester’s tuition, applicants will be put on a waiting list. You can also choose to defer your start date until the next available intake for your program.
We recommend that you make your payment as soon as possible. If you are paying from inside of Canada, you can make your fee payment online via your myCentennial student portal, by calling 416-289-5300 or through your Canadian bank. If you are paying from outside of Canada, we recommend our international payment partners. For more information, review our Payment options for international students.
- Click here to review tuition guidelines and fee structure for international students.
- Health insurance will not be paid if the student is not in Canada.
- Some Ancillary fees for services on-campus will not apply, but most services are offered virtually.
The tuition and standard of education are the same for online programs and on-campus programs. In fact, no public college across the Ontario system will reduce tuition for programs offered online during the pandemic. The costs for industry experts as instructors, robust success services, and quality learning environments, whether delivered in-person or online, are similar.
While in-person has many benefits, quality designed online courses carry parallel benefits for learning – and offer some unique advantages (based on a wealth of research). The key is in the power of engagement: (a) the quality and quantity of time students invest in their learning and (b) the quality invested by experts in creating online learning environments, from educational technology to student engagement.
Centennial has made significant investments to ensure high-quality education that meets the needs of industry. Instructional design and educational technology specialists work closely with our faculty experts to develop online courses that offer learner interaction, practical exercises, simulated lab experiences, individualized attention & faculty-led instruction.
The total cost for students is comprised of two components: tuition and fees (ancillary, health insurance, lockers, parking, and program/incidental). Students will not pay for goods or services that they do not have access to, such as facilities that are closed for public safety or services that cannot be offered virtually. As a result, the total cost for learning at a distance will be lower.
The coronavirus pandemic has resulted in widespread English Proficiency test center closures in impacted regions. In response to this, Centennial College is offering new ways for students to meet the English proficiency requirements for their program.
Centennial College's English Assessment Test is accepted as an admissions test for the May 2020 and September 2020 intakes. Students unable to meet regular English proficiency requirements can apply for a conditional offer, and we will provide instructions on how to book your online English Assessment test.
At this time, Assessment testing is suspended. However, Centennial College will also accept IELTS Indicator for summer and fall 2020 applicants.
IELTS Indicator is a valid online test that can be taken from the comfort and safety of your home. The test includes four skills – Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking, and you will receive an indicative score for each. Your performance will be marked by IELTS examiners and you will receive your result within seven days. The Academic test is available for a limited time while IELTS testing is currently suspended due to COVID-19. To book your IELTS Indicator score, please www.ieltsindator.com
Centennial College accepts the following IELTS and IELTS Indicator scores:
|Ontario College Certificate, Ontario College Diploma (2-Year & 3-Year Advanced Diploma)||6.0 with no band score less than 5.5|
|Fast-track Programs and select Ontario College Diploma (2-Year & 3-Year Advanced Diploma)||6.5 with no band score less than 6.0|
|Degree Programs and Ontario College Graduate Certificate||6.5 with no band score less than 6.0|
The Duolingo English Test is an English proficiency test that can be taken online, anytime. No traveling to a test center or appointment needed. The test is taken via a computer with a camera and costs $49 USD. It includes a proficiency score, video interview, and writing sample, which are shared with Centennial College when you send your results. Certified results are available within 48 hours of the test session.
|Centennial Level||Minimum Score|
|Fast Track, Graduate Certificate Programs||125+|
|Certificate, Diploma and Advanced Diploma Programs starting at COMM170||115 -124|
|Certificate, Diploma and Advanced Diploma Programs starting at COMM160||105 -114|
Note: Some programs may require a successful score in the College Language Skills Assessment in addition to a grade 12 English grade or equivalent for admission consideration.
Centennial College students who meet the English proficiency requirements using the Duolingual test will need to take Centennial’s English Skills Assessment (Accuplacer) for placement purposes. A skills assessment for placement purposes may be required by your program for math, science or English.
Online flexibility is one of the advantages of online learning at Centennial College. You will be able to conveniently access course materials and lessons on your own time (in your timezone) from the comfort of your home. Instructional design and educational technology specialists work closely with our expert faculty to develop online courses that incorporate learner interaction, individualized attention, practical exercises, and faculty-led instruction. There will be 24/7 technical support available.
What to expect: online learning that is interactive and engaging!
- High-quality Canadian education that is internationally recognized
- Collaborate and build relationships with faculty and classmates
- Learn hands-on skills online using industry simulation technology
A Program Overview with information on the Course Outlines, Career Opportunities and Admission Requirements is available for all of our programs at Centennial College.
The program outline tab shows all of the courses you will take during each semester, and you can click on each individual course for more information about the curriculum you can expect to cover.
If your next semester or co-op is offered, we encourage you to continue with your studies on the model route for your program. You have invested in a quality education, and if your program is offered, it is because Centennial ensures quality education can be delivered through Teaching at a Distance.
Consider this: there are companies offering virtual co-op and internship opportunities – in Canada and abroad. Depending on your field of study, a virtual work placement may support your goals.
Talk to an Academic Advisor in your program or faculty to discuss your options for taking a gap and returning to studies later. If your program is not offered, there is no need to defer your start date. Your academic school will provide a Semester Recovery Plan that will support you in completing your program.
If you are currently enrolled as an international student, we advise that you connect with your International Student Advisor to discuss the potential implications. Taking an unscheduled break may impact your eligibility for the Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) after studies.
If you take a gap in studies, you are not eligible to work on or off-campus using your study permit during the gap. You also cannot use a co-op work permit, if you have one.
Note: students on a scheduled break are eligible to work if meeting eligibility requirements.
Although this is a difficult time for the world, it’s an exciting time in your life, and we can’t wait for you to start your college journey at Centennial.
Three steps you need to complete to be able to start classes on September 14:
- Pay your tuition in full
- Upload your important admissions and registration documents through myCentennial.
- Build your timetable
Registration instructions will be sent to all new international students through headSTART. Check your preferred email address for more information for new international students.
If you have successfully completed the first two steps, you will receive a confirmation email indicating that you may proceed with the next step of choosing your courses. Please follow the instructions on how to build your timetable and watch the short video tutorial.
Our headSTART pre-arrival program offers a series of virtual orientation events and activities to support incoming students. For more information click here.