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Selkirk College is a community college in British Columbia, Canada. Founded in 1966, it was the first regional community college in British Columbia.

Inspiring lifelong learning and transforming lives through education and training, it is British Columbia’s oldest regional college and was created through a community referendum.  Serving more than 11,000 full and part time students annually, Selkirk College has campuses and learning centres in seven different communities across the region.

Selkirk College has a total of eight campuses and learning centres across the West Kootenay and Boundary regions: Castlegar and Nelson (three campuses), Trail, Nakusp, Grand Forks, and Kaslo

Selkirk College offers more than 70 academic, career, vocational and technical programs. A learner-centred college, all of the educational experiences and pathways take place in vibrant mountain communities rich in culture and recreation.

Post-Secondary Programs:

•             Overall IELTs score of 6.0 with no band less than 5.5 issued in the past 24 months

Graduate and Post-Graduate Programs:

•             Overall IELTS Score of 6.0 with no band less than 5.5 issued in the past 24 months

Certificates / Advanced Certificates/ Diplomas / Advanced Diplomas/ Degrees / Associate Degrees

Completion of Grade 12 or passing grades in English  and Math 10 for mature students.

50% Academics to be needed in most recent Educational Qualification.

Post-graduate diplomas

Bachelor’s degree from a recognized post secondary institution

Entry requirements for the Associate of Arts:

•             50% minimum in all courses in the 12th to be considered for admission.

•             60% or higher in English in the 12th to be considered for admission.

•             67% or higher in English in the 12th to be exempt from the English up grader.

Entry requirements for the Associate of Science:

•             50% minimum in all courses in the 12th to be considered for admission.

•             60% minimum in any Science/Math courses taken in the 12th to be considered for admission.

•             67% minimum in Chemistry, Biology, and Math in order to be exempt from the Chem/Biol/Math up grader.


Diploma programs:

Digital Arts and New Media  

Music and Technology  

Geographic Information Systems  

Resort and Hotel Management  

Business Administration  

Social Service Worker 

Early Childhood Education 

Rural Pre-Medicine  


Associate Degrees (2 year university transferable):

Science (Chemistry, Biology)   

Engineering (first year only)  

Arts (History, Anthropology, Creative Writing, Elementary Education, English, Psychology)

Undergraduate Degree:

Geographic Information Systems 



Post Graduate Diplomas:

Business Administration 

Hospitality Management  


Gerontological Nursing   


 For some students staying with a Canadian family offers a great way to experience life in this country and improve their English. Other students may prefer to live more independently in the college residences or even find their own off-campus housing.

Homestay: the best choice for new students

  Staying with a Canadian family offers an opportunity to speak English and learn about Canadian family life and culture. All homestay accommodation includes a private room, 3 meals per day, and laundry facilities.

LIVING ON CAMPUS  Residence: a good choice for independent students

Residence provides independent-style living on the Castlegar campus and Nelson's Tenth Street Campus for both Canadian and International students. Meals are not included. 

KEKULI HOUSE RESIDENCE - CASTLEGAR Conveniently located on the Castlegar Campus with spectacular views of the Columbia River Valley, the Kekuli House Residence offers private accommodations for students in single room suites. The residence building also includes common areas with free laundry facilities, television and recreation lounges.

Meals are not provided.  Students are expected to buy their own groceries and cook for themselves.  The cafeteria does serve food that students can purchase during the day, but it is not open in the evenings or on the weekends. - Bedding (bed sheets / bed linen) is available to rent. - Students must provide their own dishes and cooking utensils


 TENTH STREET RESIDENCE – NELSON The recently renovated Tenth Street Residence in Nelson provides housing for students. Accommodations range from single rooms with central amenities to three and five bedroom ‘pods’ complete with kitchen, bathrooms and a living room/ dining room area.

Off Campus: arrange your own accommodation

Students can find their own apartment by searching local newspapers and online classifieds.

Local communities have a variety of apartment and suite accommodation opportunities. Students must make their own arrangements if they wish to live off campus in a private apartment or suite. Apartment: An apartment is a room or suite of rooms located in a building occupied by more than one household. Apartment buildings generally have many apartments.

 Suite: A suite is usually a private living arrangement in a house. Suites are often in the basement, ground floor or top floor. Like an apartment, they have a private living space, kitchen, bathroom and access to the outdoors.

Room: A room is a bedroom in a larger house or apartment shared with other individuals. You generally have your own bedroom and shared kitchen, bathroom and living space with roommates.

All off-campus housing in Canada will have a stove and refrigerator. Some will also include access to shared laundry facilities. Some off-campus housing is “furnished”, this means that it comes with furniture (ie. A bed, chairs, table). The majority of apartments and suites do not come with furniture, and you will need to purchase the basics.


Selkirk College administered scholarships, bursaries and awards are listed below by category.

Entrance Scholarships

Monetary awards for eligible, full-time students entering Selkirk College for the first time who have demonstrated strong academic achievement. Applications are available in the Financial Aid Office or may be downloaded from the website from February 15 - March 31.


Monetary awards for eligible students enrolled in a minimum 60% course load who have demonstrated financial need and who have a minimum grade point average of 2.0. The online bursary applications is available on the website from September 15 - October 31.



Quick Facts

INSTITUTION TYPEPublic Post-Secondary Community College




Tuition & Fees: app. $8,500 per year


Students can expect to budget approximately $1,000 per month for ALL living costs. In addition to your tuition fees, the cost of living will depend on your personal circumstances.



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301 Frank Beinder Way Castlegar, BC V1N 4L3

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