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Many students from around the world choose RAC for their professional training. Students from Europe, Asia, Africa, South America, and the Caribbean have chosen RAC as the college to start their careers. In addition to completing the RAC application, international students - that is, students that are not Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada — have a few additional steps before they can attend a college in Canada. Below is the information you need to know as an international student applying to RAC.

Montreal Entrance Requirements

 

Step 1

You must submit a completed application form, along with the following documents:

  • $50.00 CDN application fee (non refundable)
  • A copy of your birth certificate and if you were born outside of Canada, proof of your legal status in Canada
  • A copy of a government issued identification
  • An official copy of your school transcripts
  • Official copy of high school diploma or complete a Mature Status Form available at RAC's Admissions Office
  • A 500-word summary of your personal, musical, and technical experiences and background, and your reasons for wanting to apply to this program
  • An updated Resume/C.V.
  • Two Reference Letters (from teachers/instructors/employers)

All documents must be in either English or French, or accompanied by a certified translation.

Step 2

One of our Admissions Officers will contact you when your application is received. If your application package is complete, a selection interview and test will be scheduled. Interviews are conducted in person at the RAC college you are applying to, however, if that is not possible due to distance, alternate arrangements may be made.

Step 3

Following your interview, your application will be submitted to the Admissions Committee for consideration. If you are granted acceptance into the program, an acceptance package will be forwarded to you by mail.

Step 4

The Acceptance package will include a confirmation letter and RAC Educational Services Contract that you must sign and return with a deposit to reserve your seat in the program.

In order to apply to RAC in Montreal, Québec students that are neither Canadian citizens nor permanent residents of Canada must obtain a Certificat d'Acceptation du Québec (CAQ) from the Québec government and a Study Permit from Immigration Canada.

Obtaining the Certificat d'Acceptation du Québec takes on average 4-6 weeks therefore, it is strongly recommended that you submit your application to RAC as soon as possible. Remember, you will need an official acceptance letter from RAC before you can apply for the CAQ certificate and Study Permit. You may apply for both simultaneously, but must obtain your CAQ before your Study Permit application can be finalized.

For more information on applying for a Study Permit and CAQ Certificate, please contact:

Citizenship and Immigration Canada (Study Permits)

Ministère des Relations avec les citoyens et de l'Immigration (MRCI) (CAQ Certificate)

Québec law requires U.S. and international students to have medical insurance valid in Québec. Students who have diplomatic status, adequate medical insurance, a Medicare card, or any other valid coverage could be exempt. Proof of medical insurance will be required to obtain an exemption.

 

 

Toronto Entrance Requirements

 

Step 1

You must submit a completed application form, along with the following documents:

 

  • $100 application fee (non refundable)
  • Two Reference Letters (from teachers/instructors/employers)
  • Updated Resume
  • Official school transcripts or GED test results
  • 500-word summary of personal, musical, and technical experiences and background
  • Copy of a government issued photo identification

 

In addition:

  • Game Design applicants must provide their portfolio (three examples of their artwork) and write a 20 minute spatial skills test.
  • Digital Media applicants must write a 12 minute cognitive skills test.

All documents must be in either English or French, or accompanied by a certified translation.

Step 2

An Admissions Officer will contact you when your application is received. If the application package is complete, a selection interview and test will be scheduled. Interviews are conducted in person at the RAC college you are applying to, however, if that is not possible due to distance, alternate arrangements may be made.

Step 3

Following the interview, your application will be submitted to the Admissions Committee for consideration. If you are granted acceptance into the program, an acceptance package will be forwarded to you by mail.

Step 4

The Acceptance package will include a confirmation letter and the RAC Educational Services Contract that you must sign and return with a deposit to reserve your seat in the program.

RAC reserves the right to conduct additional testing in order to properly assess an applicant.

A student who is neither a Canadian citizen nor a permanent resident of Canada as understood by the laws concerning immigration in Canada is considered to be an International Student. In order to pursue an education in Ontario, International Students must obtain a Study Permit.

For more information about applying for a Study Permit, please contact:

Citizenship and Immigration Canada

 

WHY STUDY IN MONTREAL?


A CITY UNLIKE ANYWHERE ELSE IN THE WORLD.

Montreal is the second largest city in Canada and second largest French speaking city in the world. It is a very safe cosmopolitan and multicultural city with a population of 1,700,000. Two thirds are francophone, one-sixth Anglophone and the remainder is made up of mainly Italian, Arabic, Spanish, Creole, Chinese, Greek, Portuguese, Vietnamese. This dynamic mix of cultures leads to some of the best food and restaurants in the world at your fingertips.

A CITY OF STUDENTS

With four universities, seven other degree-awarding educational institutions, and twelve CEGEPS in an 8-kilometer radius, Montreal has the highest concentration of post secondary students of all cities in North America (4,38 students per 100 residents). 25% of all university graduates in North America graduate from Montreal universities. At least 35,000 foreign students live in Montreal at any given moment. Montreal is used to making students feel welcome.

A CITY IN THE HEART OF NORTH AMERICA

Montréal is situated less than one-hour drive from the USA and about an hour and a half flight from Toronto, New York City or Boston. With its multicultural and often bilingual population it is not uncommon to hear people using two or more languages in the same conversation. If you don’t already know how to speak French, it is the perfect opportunity to learn another language.

A DESTINATION THAT IS PLUGGED DIRECTLY INTO THE WORLD OF AUDIO

The abundance of four season festivals in Montreal offers tons of opportunities. The city is home to many internationally recognized live cultural and music festivals (Montreal Jazz Fest, Nuits D’Afrique, Pop Montreal, Montreal Fringe Festival, various Blues festivals, Igloo Fest etc.) as well as one of the world’s largest cultural enterprises, the Cirque du Soleil.

A CITY WITH AN ENTREPRENEURIAL SPIRIT AND OPPORTUNITY

Montreal has a relatively low unemployment rate compared to many other countries in the world and the age demographics tend to favour young professionals with a better chance of employment.

A CITY WITH A LOW COST OF LIVING

Montreal is known for its general low cost of living compared to most major cities. Inexpensive lodgings can be easily found. For example a 2½ (living room/kitchenette, bedroom and bathroom) can cost as low as $500/mth. Being a student town, roommates can be found online costing one as low as $250/mth for a room.

THE POSSIBILITY OF WORK

For foreign students, your Student Visa will allow you to work here to help pay for your studies. Once graduated you can get a Post Diploma Work Permit for one year to allow you time to integrate into the Canadian professional milieu.