Admission Requirements

Profession of Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour, and evidence of a born-again experience;

Consistency in Christian living and a commitment to spiritual growth;

Graduation from high school (exception: mature individuals (age 25+) who are clearly purposeful toward their training at NBC). Home School students will be asked to demonstrate grade 12 equivalency by providing a transcript which indicates course names, shows credits and grades attained, and names the curriculum that was used.

International Student applications must be postmarked (mailed) by

  1. May 31st for a September start date;
  2. September 30th for a January start date.

International Students whose first language is not English must provide test scores which reveal a college-level competency. Requirements are as follows: A minimum score of IELTS 6.5 or TOEFL 80 (iBT) or TOEFL 213 (computer-based).

International Students who provide transcripts/credentials from previous educational experience must have them translated into English.

Language Proficiency Requirement

Since NBC’s purpose is primarily biblical training and discipleship, it can be understood that teaching English is, at best, a secondary purpose. All international students are required to be full-time students. Students who wish to study at NBC, but who speak English as a second or additional language, will be asked to submit a score from a standard test taken within the 12 months prior to their first day of classes.


A minimum score of IELTS 6.5
TOEFL 80 (iBT)
TOEFL 213 (computer-based)

NBC students are each stretched, but we need to ensure that they are not stretched beyond their limits.  Thus, international students need to be able to communicate well enough in English to complete, learn, and grow through their coursework.  All full-time NBC students are required to carry a full course load, including those hoping to come and improve their English.  For this main reason, Nipawin Bible College must maintain a high enough level of English proficiency among all its students.

Proof of Financial Support

You must prove that you can support yourself, and the family members who come with you, while you are in Canada.

You can prove your funds with:

  1. proof of a Canadian bank account in your name, if you have transferred money to Canada
  2. Guaranteed Investment Certificate (GIC) from a participating Canadian financial institution
  3. proof of a student/education loan from a bank
  4. your bank statements for the past four months
  5. a bank draft that can be converted to Canadian dollars
  6. proof you paid tuition and housing fees
  7. a letter from the person or school giving you money or
  8. proof of funding paid from within Canada, if you have a scholarship or are in a Canadian-funded educational program.
Persons coming to CanadaAmount of funds required per yearAmount of funds required per month
(additional to the tuition)(additional to the tuition)
You (the student)$10,000$833
First family member$4,000$333
Every additional accompanying family member$3,000$255

Foreign Credential Recognition

Should an international student submit any foreign credentials or transcripts to Nipawin Bible College there will be an internal review completed. This review will be done by the Education Administration team which is comprised of the Academic Dean and two current faculty members.

The overriding philosophy will be fairness, clarity and transparency. Factors such as institution, course level, instructor and grade will be considered.

Should the Coordinator not be able to establish the accreditation of the post-secondary institution, an external assessment will be requested. This service is provided through the Government of Saskatchewan’s agreement with IQAS (Edmonton - IQAS will assess transcripts and send NBC a report on the findings. There is no fee to the student.

Call toll-free from the following areas:
Saskatchewan 1-800-999-3965
Hours of operation: 8:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday

If the original transcripts are not in English, NBC will require that they be translated. These should accompany the application package. Any transcripts for evaluation should be sent to Nipawin Bible College c/o Academic Dean.

Revocation Process

In the event that NBC is no longer designated for the International Student Protocol (ISP) there is a formal process that must take place. This is outlined in Appendix A in the handbook (below).


1. Fill out the application form by either doing it on-line, or mail or fax it to NBC.  Be sure to include the following with your application:

a) a $100 non-refundable application fee
b) a recent photo of yourself
c) and your “personal profile” as outlined on the last page of the application form

2. Ask three individuals to complete reference forms and mail them to NBC (see below for more information)

3. Have your previous school(s) send NBC your transcript

Contact the college for further details about being an international student at NBC.

NOTE:  Even with funding in place (according to bank statements) international students may still be denied a student visa by the Canadian government.  To help convince the government you have funds to pay for your education at Nipawin Bible College, NBC will require an international student to make a deposit covering the full tuition amount of a year at NBC prior to issuing an acceptance letter to attend here.  

Once you’ve paid your tuition, Nipawin Bible College can issue your acceptance letter along with additional documentation to show your tuition is paid in full — which will aid you in the Student Visa application.  If the Canadian government still denies your Student Visa then this tuition amount will be re-imbursed fully.  The $100 international student application fee will not be reimbursed.



The reference forms can be found at the end of the application form or they can submit them on-line.

You will need to have three people provide a reference for you: your pastor/youth pastor, a Christian friend, and a teacher or employer. Family members and/or significant others will NOT be accepted as references. 

If they are filling out a paper copy of the reference forms, simply give the forms with a stamped envelope to each of your references and remind them to mail those to the college as soon as possible so that your application processing is not held up. If they are filling the forms on-line, direct them to this site.

Please keep in mind that the application cannot be processed until reference forms are received.

International Student Handbook

Click the button below to download the PDF of our International Student Handbook which will give you more information regarding being an international student while at NBC.