College of the Rockies, a publicly funded, provincially accredited community college, is located in the southeastern corner of British Columbia, Canada. Surrounded by the Rocky Mountains, the College is in the centre of a world-famous outdoor recreation environment. The region features famous hot springs resorts, beautiful forests and some of Canada’s finest skiing/snowboarding areas. All with no crowds! The College of the Rockies’ main campus is in the city of Cranbrook (population 20,000). This small, safe, affordable and very friendly city is located a one hour drive from the United States border and a three hour drive from scenic Banff. Cranbrook’s airport has daily flights from Vancouver and Calgary via Air Canada.
College of the Rockies Cranbrook Campus is a bright and modern building located beside the community forest and the Cranbrook Golf Club yet still within walking distance of downtown and all major city services. Over 1700 Canadian students and about 90 international students attend College of the Rockies to benefit from small class sizes and a highly qualified teaching staff dedicated to giving each student personal attention.
Facilities and services include:
easy access to computers and free internet - language lab - library - indoor climbing wall - gymnasium - track and field - exercise room - forest trails for hiking and mountain biking - cafeteria - bookstore - on-campus student residence (open to International students all year) – free peer tutors - Recreation Coordinator - International Student Advisor /Homestay Coordinator
Some programs popular with international students:
English Language Training - ESL (4 levels available; students are assessed upon arrival)
University Transfer/Associate Degrees (first and second year of Bachelor’s Degree Program in all fields of study; transfer agreements with all universities in BC)
Business Administration (diploma and certificate with option to transfer to university)
Tourism Management Diploma Program (with option to transfer to university)
Recreation Management Diploma Program (with option to transfer to university)
Adventure Tourism Business Operations (at our Golden Campus, minimum age 19)
Mountain Activities Skills Training (at our Fernie Campus, minimum age 19)
Culinary Arts/Cook Training (10 month program - completion of ESL required if necessary)
Applied Business Technology Certificate Program
Applied Computer Certificate program
Early Childhood Education (10 month certificate)
Criminal Justice (diploma)
College Preparation (high school completion – BC Adult Graduation Diploma)
For a complete listing of programs and courses, please consult our Program Guide on-line at http://www.cotr.bc.ca/programs
-must be 17 years old or older to attend
-conditional acceptances available to some programs for students with first language not English
Transfer to University
College of the Rockies is a community college funded, regulated and accredited by the Government of the Province of British Columbia under the Ministry of Advanced Education. As a member of BC’s public college/university system, most programs and courses offered by College of the Rockies are articulated to follow the same curriculum as other public community colleges, university-colleges and universities in BC, transferring easily to these other institutions. For more information on the BC Transfer System, please visit the BC Transfer Guide website at http://www.bccat.bc.ca/
Students with TOEFL 550 or more (or IELTS 6 or CBT 213 or iBT 80) will receive an unconditional letter of acceptance and may proceed to a full academic load of 5 courses per semester. Students who have completed English 12/90 in Canada or completed our English Language Training program also meet the English requirements for academic programs.
Students with no TOEFL or TOEFL less than 550 will receive a conditional letter of acceptance. Students who are conditionally accepted must take our English Language Assessment when they first arrive. The results of this test will determine if a student must first complete English Language Training or if the student can proceed directly to a full academic load. Students who need English Language Training are allowed to take one to three academic courses per semester with their English, depending on their language level.
English Language Training
The ESL program schedule consists of about 15 to 20 hours per week of classes offered in the mornings and afternoons, five days per week from Monday to Friday. Schedules vary depending on the courses chosen. Courses include grammar/writing/reading, and listening/speaking. Classes are relaxed and teachers encourage student interaction in all classes. There are four levels of courses during the Fall and Winter semesters. During the Fall and Winter semesters, students in the top two levels of the English Language Training program may take up to three academic courses with Canadian students for audit or credit (number of courses allowed depends on level). During the Spring semester, three levels are offered. Students who complete the ESL program may take university level English courses offered at the College and may proceed to high school level English (English 80 and English 90) offered here.
The College of the Rockies has many advantages...
-spectacular mountain setting with skiing and hiking areas nearby
-affordable cost of living and tuition fees
-personal attention from teachers
-small number of International students
-small, safe, clean and friendly city with no crowds!
-modern college facilities within walking distance of mall and downtown
-caring homestay families with only one or two international students per home
-modern on-campus student residence available for international students
-flexible start dates for ESL students
-opportunity to take university and vocational courses while still in ESL
-opportunity to learn English quickly in a mainly English speaking College and community