Aurora College Admission Requirements, Programs | 2021

This article discusses Aurora College admission requirements as well as other important resources for prospective international students. Aurora College, which used to be known as Arctic College, is located in the Northwest Territories of Canada with campuses in Inuvik, Fort Smith, and Yellowknife.

Aurora College has its learning centers in 23 communities in the Northwest Territories while the head office is located in Fort Smith. Aurora College is a community college and it’s the only post-secondary institution within the Northwest Territories.

The College operates its programs at three campuses, scattered across 21 community learning centers and other community sites in the Northwest Territories.

Aurora College offers post-secondary programs which are community-centered, that are tailored, and accurately reflect the northern culture and the needs of the northern labor market.

College offers several certificates and diploma programs as well as the Bachelor of Education degree program and the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program.

Aurora Learning Community Centers

The Aurora College has its community learning centers in several communities, in the Northwestern region of Canada, Aurora learning centers deliver academic upgraded and community-based courses and programs, based on demand and funding.

Aurora Community learning centers are located in the following:

  • Aklavik,
  • Deline,
  • Fort Good Hope,
  • Fort McPherson,
  • Ulukhaktok,
  • Norman Wells,
  • Tulita,
  • Tuktoyaktuk,
  • Tsiigehtchic,
  • Fort Providence,
  • Fort Resolution,
  • Fort Simpson,
  • Hay River,
  • Lutselk’e,
  • Fort Liard
  • Hay River Reserve,
  • Behchoko,
  • Whatì,
  • Gamèti,
  • Wekweeti,
  • Dettah/N’Dilo.

Aurora International Students

As defined by the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act and Regulations: An “International Student” is a foreign national who is authorized to study in Canada under a Study Permit.

It also defines a foreign national as a person who is neither a Canadian citizen nor a permanent resident of Canada.

Application Portal Online/Offline
Application Fee (international students) 200 CAD
Average SAT Score Not required
Average ACT Score Not required
Mode of Payment Cheque/Money Order/Credit Card/Cash in person
Academic Calendar Semester based
Intake Sessions Fall, Winter, Spring
Work Experience Recommended
Financial Aid Scholarship, Bursaries, and awards & GNWT student financial assistance

Aurora College Admission Requirements For International Students

At the moment Aurora College does not require an application fee from International Students. Nevertheless, if you are offered a seat in an Aurora College program as an international student, you will be required to make a non-refundable deposit of $500 to hold your seat.

Some programs may hold seats for international applications based on previous year trends of enrolment of domestic students. Other programs may only review international applications after all domestic applications have been reviewed.

Should you need more information about any specific program of choice, you can make your inquiry by contacting Aurora College by email at: [email protected] 

As a new International applicant, you will be required to provide results of any English Language proficiency test that you possess at the time of your application.

English Language Proficiency Test Scores

As international students from a non-English speaking country, you are required to submit an English language proficiency test score. In accordance with the minimum scores given below.

Test Minimum Scores Required
IELTS 6.5 bands

• To qualify for admission as an International Student applicant, you must provide sufficient information to the Admissions officer as regards your transcripts and to determine its Canadian equivalencies.

• Unless your Canadian equivalencies is determined to be accurate and equates favorably based on what has been submitted, your application will be rejected.

• You are advised as an International Student to review the program admission requirements to determine your eligibility prior to your applying.

• Your transcripts must be submitted in English.

• Note, It is strongly encouraged that as an applicant, you should have your transcripts interpreted by a recognized Canadian transcript assessment service, such as International Qualifications Assessment Service (IQAS)., if you are a nationality of a non-English speaking country, and where the primary language of education isn’t English.

• Aurora College reserves the right to refuse your application if it is dimmed incomplete and if you are suspected or deemed to have provided false or misleading information in your application.

Aurora Admission Deadlines

Semesters/Sessions Deadlines
Fall February 1
Winter September 1
Spring January 1

International Students Requirements for Student Visa

You will require a student visa to live and study in Canada. The following documents are required for you to obtain a student permit:

  • You must provide an acceptance letter from a designated learning institution.
  • Have a valid passport or travel document.
  • Proof that you are able to support yourself and any family members who come with you to Canada.
  • You will also have to provide your biometrics.

Other Aurora College Admission Requirements

  • Letter of interest: This letter must state the reason for which you are interested in pursuing your particular program.
  • Transcripts: Your high school credits and/or secondary education transcripts are to be sent to the campus to which you are applying.
  • Work experience: This is not mandatory. However, it is advisable to submit a detailed portfolio of work experience. Prior learning or work experience can add up to enhancing your academic credit.
  • Proof of sponsorship: This is very important because you will be responsible for arranging your own funding

Other Supporting Documents: Some programs like Camp Cook and Bachelors of Education require additional information like the Mantoux test, Criminal record, Reference letter(s), etc.

Aurora College Fees

Canadian (Domestic) Students

  • Most full-time post-secondary programs, including Occupations & College Access, University & College Access, most trades and industrial training programs cost – $1,800 per term.
  • Environment & Natural Resources Technology Diploma (ENRTP) – first semester of first-year costs – $2,400
    • $1,060 ENRTP field camp only, for part-time students
  • Heavy Equipment Operator – a 15-week program – cost $2,400.
  • Part-time students (up to two courses per term) – $365 – per course.

Note: Adult Literacy & Basic Education students do not pay tuition fees or student fees. The tuition fees of some programs (especially trades, mining, and industrial training) may be covered by third-party funders. Tuition fees for Continuing Education courses vary.

You will have to check with the Continuing Education offices for specifics as regards your choice of program.

International Students Fees

  • Most full-time post-secondary programs, including Occupations & College Access, University & College Access costs – $5,400 per term.
  • Environment & Natural Resources Technology Diploma (ENRTP) – first semester of first-year – cost $7,200.
    • $3,180 ENRTP field camp only, for part-time students.
  • Heavy Equipment Operator – a 15-week program – $7,200
  • Part-time students (up to two courses per term) – $1,095 – per course.

Student Technology Fees

All students, and in all programs (Except Adult Learning and Basic Education and Community Learning Centre students – pays $100 per term

This cost gives you access to online and computer software tools, including email, Microsoft Office 365 (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.), Microsoft Teams, Grammarly, EBSCO online library search, and more.

Recreation Fee

  • $25 per term – This applies to all campus-based students, and for all programs.

Student Association Fee

  • $25 per term – fall and winter terms, full-term, and for all campus-based students
  • $10 per term – If you are a part-time student, a campus-based student; into short-term trades, apprenticeship, and industrial training students

Miscellaneous Fees

Applying to Aurora in 2021 is a good time for you as an intending international student as most fees are now waived for the current academic year, such waived fee includes the following:

  • Course Extension Fee – waived for 2021-2022 academic year
  • Duplicate Receipts Fee – waived for 2021-2022 academic year
  • Exam Sitting Fee – waived for 2021-2022 academic year
  • Official Transcript Fee – waived for 2021-2022 academic year
  • Prior Learning Assessment Fee – waived for 2021-2022 academic year
  • Supplemental Exam or Assignment Fee – waived for 2021-2022 academic year
  • Transfer Credit Fee – waived for 2021-2022 academic year*

Note: That the institution you may be transferred to may still be charging a transfer credit fee.

  • Duplicate Documents of Recognition – $50 each
  • Exam Invigilation Fee – This is determined by each campus; contact [email protected] (Yellowknife).
  • NSF Cheque Fee – $50 each

For more information on Aurora academic fees for both domestic and international students, please visit the link:

How To Apply for Aurora College

The applications for Aurora College programs can now be completed online.

For any of the programs listed below left, apply online here.

If your desired program is not listed below, you can visit the Explore Programs page and click on the program name for more information and on how to apply.

Should your interest be information about Community-based learning or how to apply to community programs and courses, you may contact your local: Community Learning Centre.

For information or to register for Continuing Education Programs, click here

International Students can click Here for more information.

The listed are programs available for Domestic Canadian students that can be applied online:

  • Adult Literacy and Basic Education
  • Bachelor of Science Nursing
  • Business Administration
  • Early Learning and Child Care
  • Environment and Natural Resources
  • Fundamentals of Carpentry
  • Fundamentals of Electrical
  • Heavy Equipment Operator
  • Licensed Practical Nurses – Bridge program
  • Occupations and College Access Program
  • Office Administration
  • Personal Support Worker
  • Practical Nurse
  • University and College Access Program

Programs available for International Students to apply online:

  • Business Administration
  • Environment & Natural Resources Technology
  • Office Administration

To know more about these programs and their application process and requirements click on the program.

Aurora Scholarship And Bursaries

The Canadian government sponsors an Aboriginal Bursaries Search Tool that lists over 680 scholarships, bursaries, and other incentives offered by governments, universities, and industry to support Aboriginal post-secondary participation.

Aurora College scholarships for First Nations, Inuit, and Métis students include:

  • Gail Marie Jones Scholarship;
  • ATCO Continuous Academic Effort Scholarships;
  • Enbridge Pipelines (NW) Inc. Bursaries;
  • Town of Inuvik Scholarship;
  • Diavik Diamond Mines Inc. Trades and Technology Bursaries;
  • ATCO Developmental Studies Scholarships;
  • ConocoPhillips Scholarship;
  • Aurora Research Institute Awards and Fellowships.

For a comprehensive list and description of scholarships and bursaries at Aurora College please visit the link:

Funding is the most important and fundamental part of any academic pursuit, this, however, often comes in limited supply to the majority of students seeking good and quality education.

Therefore, a wide array of funding opportunities are provided to individuals who choose to study in Canada.

Here, are a few of the most common places you can look in your search for scholarships, bursaries, and awards.

  • NWT Department of Education, Culture, and Employment
  • NWT Student Financial Assistance
  • Indspire
  • Scholarships Canada
  • Government of Canada
  • Campus Guides

Aurora College Student Housing

Student housing at Aurora College offers you a variety of apartment units inclusive of shared accommodation should you intend to cut down on your cost, it also offers dorms, apartments, and row houses.

The types and availability of units vary between campuses. The table below gives an overview.

Type of Unit   Monthly
Monthly Laundry Monthly
4 Month
5 Month
2 Month
Single Student  Unit w/laundry      $350    $20  $370  $1,480  $1,850  $740
Single Student Unit w/o laundry      $350 Coin
$350 $1,400 $1,750 $700
Bachelor Unit w/o laundry      $525 Coin
$525 $2,100 $2,625 $1,050
One Bedroom Unit w/ laundry      $600 $20 $620 $2,480 $3,100 $1,240
One Bedroom Unit w/o laundry      $600 Coin
$600 $2,400 $3,000 $1,200
2 Bedroom Unit w/ laundry      $650 $30 $680 $2,720 $3,400 $1,360
2 Bedroom Unit w/o laundry      $650 Coin
$650 $2,600 $3,250 $1,300
3+ Family Unit w/ laundry      $775 $30 $805 $3,220 $4,025 $1,610
3+ Family Unit w/o laundry      $775 Coin
$775 $3,100 $3,875 $1,550

Your rent can be paid through Aurora College’s Online Portal at

Aurora Campus Houses

  • Aurora Campus (Inuvik)
  • Thebacha Campus (Fort Smith)
  • Yellowknife North Slave Campus