Northern College


At a Glance

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Urban Centre Size
Small (under 150K)
Number of Students
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Main Campus Region

No matter where you are, or where you want to go, we’re bound to have programming options that suit your individual needs and lifestyle.

With a variety of high quality full-time, part-time, certificate, diploma and apprenticeship programs and hundreds of in-class, web-based and correspondence courses, you are sure to find exactly what you’re looking for. 

With campuses in Haileybury, Kirkland Lake, Moosonee and Timmins, as well as a large number of access centres, Northern offers career-enhancing education wrapped up in a memorable Northern experience. See for yourself!


Northern College is one of 24 publicly funded colleges in Ontario. The college’s catchment area extends across 58,000 square miles or 150,200 square kilometers. More than 65 communities within Northeastern Ontario are served by four campuses located in Timmins (Porcupine), Kirkland Lake, Moosonee and Haileybury.

Annual enrolment is approximately 2,000 full-time students. Including distance learning and part-time students, enrolment exceeds 8,000 students. The total number of international students is about 500-700.

Northern College offers over 75 full-time, part-time, certificate, diploma, apprenticeship, bachelor and post-graduate certificate programs. For international students, we have three intakes each year: September, January and May.

Some of our most popular programs for international students include: Accounting, Marketing, Human Resources, Social Services Worker, Early Childhood Educator, Addiction and Mental Health Worker, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Construction Engineering, Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Welding Engineering, Police Foundations, Paramedic, Practical Nursing, Personal Support Worker, Mining Engineering and Environmental Engineering.

Northern offers support for international students with English as a Second Languages (ESL) and English for Academic Purpose (EAP) programs to help improve your English skills.

Northern College also partners with Northern Ontario Universities to offer multiple degrees to improve and enhance your skills.

Requirements and Admissions

Academic entrance requirements:

English proficiency requirements:

  • We accept valid IELTS (academic), TOEFL, PTE and Duolingo.
  • Most of our diploma and certificate programs require IELTS (academic) overall no less than 6 and one band could 5.5. However, some programs have higher requirements. See specific program requirements. (Opens In A New Tab)


  • Accounting and related services
  • Building/construction finishing, management and inspection
  • Business administration, management and operations
  • Business operations support and assistant services
  • Business, management, marketing and related support services, other
  • Business/commerce, general
  • Business/managerial economics
  • Civil engineering technology/technician
  • Computer engineering technologies/technicians
  • Computer science
  • Construction engineering technology/technician
  • Construction trades, general
  • Electrical and electronic engineering technologies/technicians
  • Electrical and power transmission installers
  • Electrical/electronics maintenance and repair technology
  • Entrepreneurial and small business operations
  • Environmental/environmental health engineering
  • Finance and Financial Management Services
  • General sales, merchandising and related marketing operations
  • Health and medical administrative services
  • Health professions and related clinical sciences, other
  • Health/medical preparatory programs
  • Heating, air conditioning, ventilation and refrigeration maintenance technology/technician
  • Heavy/industrial equipment maintenance technologies
  • Human Resources Management and Services
  • Industrial engineering
  • Industrial production technologies/technicians
  • Marketing
  • Mechanic and repair technologies/technicians, other
  • Mechanical engineering related technologies/technicians
  • Mechanics and repairers, general
  • Mental and social health services and allied professions
  • Mining and mineral engineering
  • Practical nursing, vocational nursing and nursing assistants
  • Second language learning
  • Vehicle maintenance and repair technologies

Student Experience

Northern College is located in Northern Ontario. We are surrounded by hundreds of freshwater lakes and forests. Our communities have an abundance of walking trails and nature.

We have attractions and activities that showcase the animals and locations that demonstrate the best that our area has to offer.

We can help you explore a new sport like skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, swimming, kayaking or birdwatching, as well as community-based events and festivals.

Scholarships and Bursaries

We believe in you!

Over 500 scholarships, bursaries and awards are available to Northern College students annually. Close to 1,000 Northern College students receive scholarships, bursaries and awards every year. We offer specific bursaries for International Students studying at Northern.

$700,000+ is awarded in scholarships, bursaries and awards to Northern College students annually thanks to the generosity of our donors.


Timmins and Haileybury Campuses offer on-site residence. (Opens In A New Tab)

Student services staff or student life coordinators on each campus can also help students find off-campus accommodation. For housing supports and resources, you can also join the Northern College Social Media Groups where community members post their own rental listings.

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Student Testimonials

Read about the experiences of past international students.

  1. I tried to find the best college for further study. I checked reviews and saw that this college is very helpful to international students. All my teachers are very polite. They know that English is not our first language. That’s why they always review the material more than once and take their time.

    Gurpreet Kaur, Computer Engineering Student
  2. I won an International scholarship with Northern College and want to thank the donors and the Northern College Student Association for selecting me for this bursary. I have received my scholarship of $500. Thank you very much for it. I am in the Environmental Technician program.

    Kamaljeet Kaur Brar, Environmental Technician Student
  3. I came to Canada and to Northern College in January of 2018. Everything was new for me here, especially in Northern Ontario. I don’t know how to express how much Northern College and the Northern community has given to me. I’ve learned so much from my professors, Deans, my employers.

    Maninderjit Kaur, Business Graduate

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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