Conestoga College


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Medium (150-500K)
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Established in 1967, Conestoga is a leader in polytechnic education, delivering a full range of career-focused education, training and applied research programs to prepare students for success. Today, we have more than 26,000 registered students studying, learning and evolving at our nine campuses and training centres, plus 30,000 continuing education registrations. Our approach to learning is unique: small class sizes and hands-on, project-based learning.


Conestoga is a leader in polytechnic education, (Opens In A New Tab) committed to hands-on, career-focused learning that will prepare you for success in your chosen field.

Conestoga is consistently ranked among the very best of Ontario’s colleges for graduate employment, as well as student, graduate and employer satisfaction.

Conestoga offers more than 230 certificate, diploma, degree and post-graduate programs, many with co-op options for international students.

College Stats

  • 26,000 registered students
  • 150,000+ alumni
  • 230+ full-time programs
  • 87% of 2019-20 graduates employed within 6 months of graduation


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Requirements and Admissions

The following information will help you apply to Conestoga College as an international student. Applications are accepted until program capacity is reached.

Our International Admissions team is available to assist you every step of the way.

In order to be accepted to a Conestoga College program, you must:

  1. Meet the program admission requirements
  2. Provide proof of English proficiency in one of the following ways:


  • 6.0 IELTS Academic (with no band less than 5.5)
  • 80 TOEFL


  • 6.5 IELTS Academic (with no band less than 6.0)
  • 88 TOEFL

Graduate Certificate

  • 6.5 IELTS Academic (with no band less than 6.0)
  • 88 TOEFL
  • Some IT/engineering programs require test scores that may vary

*excluding: Advertising and Marketing Communications, Business – Insurance, Food Processing Technician, Journalism, Massage Therapy, Practical Nursing, and Public Relations diploma programs

**including: Advertising and Marketing Communications, Business – Insurance, Food Processing Technician, Journalism, Practical Nursing, and Public Relations diploma programs

If you do not have the English language skills for direct entry into full-time post-secondary programs, you may choose to enter Conestoga’s English for Academic Studies (EAS) program (Opens In A New Tab).


  • Accounting and related services
  • Business administration, management and operations
  • Carpentry/carpenter
  • Civil engineering
  • Communication and media studies
  • Computer and information sciences and support services, general
  • Computer engineering technologies/technicians
  • Computer programming
  • Computer systems analysis/analyst
  • Computer systems networking and telecommunications
  • Computer/information technology administration and management
  • Construction trades, general
  • Design and applied arts
  • Electrical and power transmission installers
  • Film/video and photographic arts
  • Finance and Financial Management Services
  • Foods, nutrition and related services
  • Heavy/industrial equipment maintenance technologies
  • Human Resources Management and Services
  • International and comparative education
  • International business/trade/commerce
  • Marketing
  • Public relations, advertising and applied communication
  • Teacher education and professional development, specific levels and methods
  • Teaching English or French as a second or foreign language
  • Visual, digital and performing arts, general
  • Woodworking

Student Experience

Prepare for a Life-Changing Experience 🙌

Conestoga College supports you — from application to graduation. It is important to us that you feel supported while you are here. Conestoga College offers several services to help make your transition to studying in Canada a successful one.

Discover the various services Conestoga has to offer to enhance your college journey. From academic and learning support to student support and services, how to get involved in college life, as well as career and employment help — Conestoga has the tools and resources to support your college experience.

Choose Your Adventure

Did you know Conestoga has 10 campuses and training centres (Opens In A New Tab)? Explore some of our main campuses, classrooms and labs by taking a virtual tour (Opens In A New Tab) or sit back and enjoy our campus videos (Opens In A New Tab)!

Scholarships and Bursaries

Financial planning is an integral part of your post-secondary studies. Once you’ve made your decision to attend Conestoga, you have to plan for the financial resources you will need to be successful.

Remember, you are making a valuable investment in your future and Student Financial Services can help you by providing you with options to finance your post-secondary education.

Conestoga College’s Student Financial Services administers over 400 awards, bursaries and scholarships, worth more than $3.8 million, including $1.3 million in donor-funded awards, each year.

To be eligible for many of these awards, students must submit an award application through the Student Portal each term.



There are many housing options for you to choose from depending on your needs and preferences. Be sure to find a place close to your campus and easily accessible by regular and frequent public transit.

On-Campus Residence

On-campus residence facilities are offered to students at our Kitchener – Doon and Cambridge campuses, subject to availability. Students at other campuses must find off-campus or homestay placements. For more details, visit Residence (Opens In A New Tab).

Off-Campus Rentals

Live in the local community with other students as roommates or in your very own apartment!

The most common ways to secure off-campus rentals and find roommates are searching on rental listing websites and networking through local family, friends and current Conestoga College students.


Homestay is a program that matches international students with local host families to live with while studying at Conestoga. For more details, visit Canada Homestay Network (Opens In A New Tab)

Contact Homestay by email:

Housing Tips

Start your search EARLY – as soon as you receive your visa! Search for listings online, connect with other students and contact landlords as soon as possible. Prices go up and availability goes down the closer we get to the first day of classes.

Know the costs – expect to spend approximately $600-$800 per month and expect to pay both first month and last month’s rent upfront.

Avoid scams – don’t send money unless you, or someone you trust, has verified that the landlord and rental unit in person.

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Student Testimonials

Read about the experiences of past international students.

  1. It was the best experience I have had yet in the post-secondary education world.

    Sannah, TEFL Student
  2. I really like how the professors have created a safe space in classes. I feel safe to express my thoughts and share my experience. I am also impressed that everyone respects each other. The professors do so much extra work to teach us and make the classes interesting and engaging.

    Maryana , Startegic Marketing Communications Student

Have questions about admissions?

To learn more about the admissions criteria for each of our programs please contact the admissions office.

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