Begin Your Career in Canada With Us
Vicars School is a Designated Learning Institution, approved by the Government of Canada to host students from all over the world. The school meets the highest massage therapy standards in Canada, and our blended learning program is both affordable and convenient.
Choosing to study massage therapy in Canada is a great choice, if you are careful to choose a program that is fully accredited by the Canadian Council for Massage Therapy Accreditation (CMTCA). The national standards for academics and practical training required of CMTCA-accredited schools will prepare you for a career as an effective massage therapist anywhere in the world.
Ready To Study In Canada?
The following documents will tell you everything you need to know about being an international student in Canada.
Click these links to download:
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Student Policy and Procedures Handbook. This is the most important document for all students. It contains information on every part of student life including: admission requirements, privacy policies, dispute resolution, withdrawal information, and more.
- Student Budgeting Guide. This shows current tuition, fees, textbook costs, and estimates of other school expenses.
- Community Resources for International Students. Useful links to government and community information and resources.
Everyone pays the same tuition at Vicars School!
Most Canadian institutions charge more for international students—often much more. But students at Vicars pay the same tuition as Canadian residents: $12,500 for each year of our two-year program, regardless of citizenship status or country of origin. Private colleges like Vicars do not receive any government subsidies, so we don’t see any reason to have a different tuition price for international applicants than we charge Canadian residents.
International students are also eligible for our no-fee, no-interest, tuition payment plan, which makes the program even more affordable.
For more details about the tuition, fees, and other expenses that all students will have, download the Budgeting Guide linked above.
Entrance requirements and transcripts
The entrance requirements for Canadian and international students are the same. We accept students based on an application form, transcripts from previous education, and a personal interview, and we accept only those who we feel will succeed in our program.
Our decisions are never based on gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, or religious beliefs.
Students who are applying from Canada are required to have a high school diploma with Science and English at a senior grade level or equivalent. International applicants will need transcripts to document similar academic achievement from their home country.
Please note that all transcripts must be notarized and translated into English before you send them to us. It’s best to check with one of our admissions advisors for details before submitting your documents.
Our program is delivered in English. All students must be fluent in both oral and written English. If you have completed a high school, college, or university program delivered in English, we will accept your official transcripts from that program as evidence of your English skills. We may require English language testing.
For more information, see our Student Policy and Procedures Handbook linked above.
Getting a Canadian study permit starts with us
If you are not a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident, you will need a valid study permit from the Government of Canada to study in Canada. Your first step is to apply to and be accepted by the school of your choice.
To apply for a study permit, you’ll need a letter from us that confirms you have been accepted into our program. Be sure to leave enough time before the next intake, in March or September of each year. You will need to check us out carefully to make sure our program is right for you, apply, have a virtual or in-person interview, and submit your transcripts and other details.
You may also need a provincial attestation letter (PAL) from Alberta. This is a new requirement, as of 2024, so be sure to check the latest information on how to apply for a PAL in Alberta, and to see if you are on the list of people who do not need one.
More information is available from the Government of Canada here.
Support for international students on campus and in the community
We make it easy for students to talk to us in our small classes, by e-mail, text, in study groups, and in online student forums. While our campuses are small and we do not employ student services professionals, everyone on staff from the front office to the Executive Director is dedicated to your success as a student.
The Registrar’s Office is your contact for personal or financial concerns. Your privacy is carefully protected at all times. If we cannot help you on campus, we will refer you to a wide range of community services in either Calgary or Edmonton.
If you have a complaint or want to appeal a grade or a decision made by the school, we have processes for that.
For more information, see our Community Resources for International Students guide and Student Policy and Procedures Handbook, linked above.
Health care coverage is free for international students
The Alberta Health Care Insurance Plan (AHCIP) covers any international student who has a valid study permit and is living and studying in Alberta for 12 months or longer. You can apply for AHCIP at no cost.
We encourage you to check your eligibility for AHCIP and and apply before arriving in Canada. To be covered by AHCIP, you must apply within 90 days of your moving date. The plan only covers basic health expenses, not dental care or prescriptions, for example, so you may want to look into getting an additional private plan.
For details on the Alberta Health Care Insurance plan and how to apply, click here.
Working while you are a student
Our diploma program is challenging, and it is full-time. Successful students commit to 35 hours a week or more, including classroom sessions, online coursework, and supervised student clinics. We recommend that students be employed no more than a few hours a week during the school year.
Working part time may be possible, depending on the conditions of your study permit and whether you have a Social Insurance Number.
It is your responsibility to ensure that you are following the conditions of your study permit.
More information available from the Government of Canada here.