Niagara College


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Niagara College (NC) is Canada’s leading global college with more than 90 nationalities studying at its campuses. Niagara College has been ranked among the top 10 colleges in Canada for research funding in Research Infosource Inc.’s annual Top 50 Research Colleges report for the past seven years and was ranked number one in 2019, making it a global leader in research and innovation.

Boasting the largest number of Learning Enterprises in the country, NC’s unique learning enterprises include Canada’s first Teaching Winery, Teaching Brewery and Teaching Distillery, as well as the NC Greenhouse, and the Wine Visitor + Education Centre to name a few. 

As a culturally and globally engaged College, NC proudly offers partner delivery locations within Canada and around the world, including the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and in the past, China as well as South Korea.  NC also provides expert training to international institutions, governments and corporations in a variety of fields including technical vocational education, leadership, gender equity, program development, applied research and capacity building.


Since opening its doors in 1967, Niagara College (NC) has grown to become a leader in applied education and training, and has established a reputation as one of the most enterprising colleges in the country.

In the Fall of 2021, more than 9,000 students from over 90 countries studied in 130 diploma, certificate and bachelor degree programs based at specialized campuses in the Niagara region. NC is involved in projects and partnerships around the world. As a culturally and globally engaged College, NC proudly offers partner delivery locations within Canada and around the world, including the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and in the past, China as well as South Korea.

Niagara College is known as a trailblazer in higher education and is the first in Canada to offer programs in Brewmaster and Brewery Operations Management, Artisan Distilling, and Commercial Cannabis Production. It was also the first in Eastern Canada to offer a Commercial Beekeeping program.

A leader in applied research, NC’s Research & Innovation Division supports economic development locally and beyond by providing innovative solutions for small- and medium-sized businesses. With funding support from various regional, provincial and federal agencies, students and graduates are hired to work alongside faculty researchers to help industry partners leap forward in the marketplace. For the past six years, Niagara College has been ranked among the top 10 colleges in Canada for research funding in Research Infosource Inc.’s annual “Top 50 Research Colleges” report.

The Daniel J. Patterson Campus in Niagara-on-the-Lake provides state-of-the-art facilities and ‘living labs’ for environment, horticulture, hospitality and tourism, business, and culinary, wine, beer and spirts programs. Preparing world-ready graduates, NC’s highly experiential and hands-on learning environments include unique learning enterprises, such as Canada’s first Teaching Winery, Teaching Brewery and Teaching Distillery, as well as the Teaching Greenhouse, Culinary Services, and the Wine Visitor + Education Centre. The campus was also the first postsecondary institution in the country to be recognized as a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary.

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Requirements and Admissions

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  1. Discover how Niagara College can help you achieve your dreams: (Opens In A New Tab)
  2. Learn more about the Admission Requirements for your program (*)
  3. Check the Program Availability to start planning your student journey and find out what start dates are available: (Opens In A New Tab)
  4. Find out next steps in the application process by visiting (Opens In A New Tab)
  5. Complete an application online through our online application form at (Opens In A New Tab)
  6. That’s it! Be sure to check the email account you provided for next steps

If you are a Canadian citizen, permanent resident or refugee, click here (Opens In A New Tab) for the domestic application process.

(*) Official, translated high school and/or post-secondary transcripts, proof of graduation and proof of English proficiency will be required.


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  • Applied horticulture/horticultural business services
  • Business administration, management and operations
  • Business, management, marketing and related support services, other
  • Business/commerce, general
  • Civil engineering technology/technician
  • Communication and media studies
  • Computer and information sciences and support services, other
  • Computer engineering technologies/technicians
  • Computer programming
  • Computer systems analysis/analyst
  • Computer systems networking and telecommunications
  • Cosmetology and related personal grooming services
  • Culinary arts and related services
  • Dental support services and allied professions
  • Design and applied arts
  • Electrical and electronic engineering technologies/technicians
  • Film/video and photographic arts
  • Fine arts and art studies
  • Food science and technology
  • Health and medical administrative services
  • Health services/allied health/health sciences, general
  • Hospitality administration/management
  • Human Resources Management and Services
  • International business/trade/commerce
  • Marketing
  • Mechanical engineering
  • Natural resources and conservation, other
  • Pharmacy, pharmaceutical sciences and administration
  • Practical nursing, vocational nursing and nursing assistants
  • Public relations, advertising and applied communication
  • Radio, television and digital communication
  • Rehabilitation and therapeutic professions
  • Visual, digital and performing arts, general

Student Experience

A vibrant culture and community are important to your academic success. Discover the fantastic services that enrich and support student life at Niagara College.

The list below is just a taste of many the opportunities available. To learn more about Niagara College student life, visit our Student Life webpage (Opens In A New Tab).



Scholarships and Bursaries

Niagara College offers many scholarships to eligible international students every year! As of April 2022, this includes 13 entrance scholarships and between 17 to 27 current student scholarships each term.

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Be sure to check out NC Award Finder in case there are other potential scholarships you may be eligible for: (Opens In A New Tab)

Niagara College is grateful for members of the community who have generously donated scholarship funds to assist and celebrate student achievement.


To ensure you have the best possible experience studying and living in Canada, Niagara College offers a variety of housing and settlement services, including sessions focused on pre-departure, settlement, immigration, housing and more!

Whether you choose Residence, Off-Campus Housing, Landing Pad or Homestay, each housing option presents a unique learning opportunity to be introduced to Canadian culture and the Niagara community. When making a decision regarding where you will live, please keep in mind how close the options are to your campus of study.

For those choosing to stay with a host family through NC’s Homestay or Landing Pad option, you will live with local families who provide support and assistance while you adapt to the lifestyle and demands of Canadian student life. Niagara College also offers Residence suites, designed for those who want to experience living among other students in a Niagara College setting. In addition, many great apartments and rooms are available for rent off-campus, within a reasonable travel time from both campuses.

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Student Testimonials

Read about the experiences of past international students.

  1. I was able to work on campus by helping international students with their questions and I did my internship with the college’s organization, NCTakeOff, which assists young entrepreneurs with their business plans. Niagara College is a place that reflects their slogan, Applied Dreams.

    Firas El-Zein, Lebanon, Business - Sales and Marketing
  2. What I loved about the NC community was its openness to diversity, inclusion and support tools for international students. Leaving behind your home country, family and friends is so dramatic. I was waiting for a school that could help me with this transition.

    Paula Natalia Gongora Quintero, Colombia, Business Administration – Human Resources (Co-op)
  3. My English is understood today because I studied in NC’s English for Academic Preparation (EAP) program and now English has become my second language. The EAP program has helped me a lot with my post-secondary studies, with getting a job, and with being able to talk to people here.

    Ingrid Vitalino, Brazil; EAP, Construction Engineering

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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