Welcome to English Language Learning at Bow Valley College

Bow Valley College is the largest provider of English language instruction in Alberta, offering a range of full-time and part-time programs from beginner to advanced levels. Our programs help learners to live, study, and work in Canada.

This website will help you to:

  • find program information
  • learn about a federally funded program called LINC
  • prepare to apply for English language classes at Bow Valley College
  • find answers to frequently asked questions

You can access information in multiple languages: English, French, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Persian and Urdu.

Come visit us to apply today. It’s time to take the next step on your English learning pathway!

Welcome to English Language at Bow Valley College

Why Study English at Bow Valley College?

When you study English at Bow Valley College, you join a community of people from around the world. As the largest language provider in Alberta, we are a recognized leader in English language learning.

Our programs help you develop the language and intercultural skills that you need to achieve your career and education goals in Canada.

Learners choose Bow Valley College because of our well-respected reputation, welcoming community, and our highly qualified instructors and staff.

Bow Valley College is a great place to learn English. Just ask our learners.


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“I was really impressed how much it helped me learn a lot and improve my skills…it was a great investment of time.”
Moe, CRTP learner from Egypt
“When I first came to Canada, I asked my friends where I can study. Everyone told me about Bow Valley College.”
Oksana, Full-time LINC learner from Ukraine
“I believe that Bow Valley College is the right place for any student who really wants to learn English because everybody is kind. Everybody is willing to help.”
Suzy, Full-time ELL learner from Sudan
“For an immigrant like me who just came to Canada, this program helps you move on with your English skills and clarify your pathway.”
Arvin, Youth in Transition LINC learner from Iran

English Language Programs at Bow Valley College

You can scroll down to read information about all of our English language programs. You can also use the filter buttons to read about specific types of programs.

LINC at Bow Valley College

Bow Valley College is proud to offer Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC). LINC is funded by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada and supports adult newcomers who are Permanent Residents or who have Convention Refugee Status.

At Bow Valley College, we offer full-time and part-time LINC classes at all levels, from very basic classes for those who have little or no English skills to advanced classes focused on academic and workplace skills. We also offer LINC Home Study and LINC classes in the region.

How to apply for LINC at Bow Valley College

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada

For more information about LINC, watch this video prepared by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.
Welcome to English Language at Bow Valley College
You can take a practice reading and listening test on the Canadian Language Benchmark Online Self-Assessment website. This test is free and takes about one hour to complete. It is based on the Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLBs) and will help you prepare for your formal assessment.
“Bow Valley College helps newcomers to improve, to integrate to our city and helps people to achieve their career goals.”
Mossaddek, Full-time LINC learner from Algeria
“I enjoy the structure, the people, the environment… I feel like I am breathing without pressure. I am really glad to be here.”
Miriam, Full-time LINC Learner from Peru
“LINC helped me find better job and now I can help my family. I appreciate that.”
Alla, Full-time LINC learner from Iraq
“I really appreciate LINC program because it helped me not only improve my English skills but also understand local culture.”
Anonymous, Bow Valley College LINC learner
“LINC helped me to write in English and to get ready to reach my dream.”
Anonymous, Bow Valley College LINC learner

Prepare to Apply for English Language Programs at Bow Valley College

To apply for ELL programs, you need:

  • an Alberta Student Number
  • an email address
  • a completed Application Form
  • your Permanent Resident Card or other Canadian government issued ID
  • your recent Canadian Language Benchmarks results — if you have never completed a benchmark test, you need to make an appointment for testing at (ILVARC) through Immigrant Services Calgary.

To get started, visit our Student Advising Centre at our South Campus in downtown Calgary and Bow Valley College staff members will help you apply. Our staff can help you to complete application forms and will also discuss entry requirements for the programs you are interested in.

They may ask you the following questions:

  • What is your immigration status?
  • Do you want to come to school full-time or part-time?
  • What is your educational experience outside of Canada?
  • What is your work schedule?

If you need language assistance, please bring a friend or a family member with you to help you discuss the application process with our friendly staff.

Visit or call the Student Advising Centre at our South Campus in downtown Calgary:

For detailed information about the application process, see ELL Program Application Information.

How do you apply for programs at Bow Valley College?
To apply for LINC, you will need to visit the Student Advising Centre at our South Campus in downtown Calgary and attend LINC Application Days. To learn more, see Prepare to Apply for LINC Programs at Bow Valley College.

Contact us at 403-410-1402 or info@bowvalleycollege.ca.

To apply for classes you will need to visit the Student Advising Centre at our South Campus in downtown Calgary. You may be eligible for Alberta Works funding.

Contact us at 403-410-1402 or emailinfo@bowvalleycollege.ca.

To apply for Bridge and Youth in Transition, you will need to visit the Student Advising Centre at our South Campus in downtown Calgary and attend LINC Application Days. To learn more, see Prepare to Apply for LINC Programs at Bow Valley College.

Contact us at 403-410-1402 or emailinfo@bowvalleycollege.ca.

To apply for part-time and online ELL classes you can register in person at the Office of the Registrar. For Part-time Language Skills Courses offered in Calgary, you can register online.

Contact us at 403-410-1402 or email registrar@bowvalleycollege.ca.

To apply for LINC Home Study, contact us at 403-410-3400 or eslswitchboard@bowvalleycollege.ca.
To apply for a program in Banff, Canmore and throughout Southern Alberta, contact us at 403-410-3400 or eslswitchboard@bowvalleycollege.ca.
To apply for International ELL, visit Bow Valley College International Education.

Contact us at 403-410-3476 or international@bowvalleycollege.ca.

Prepare to Apply for LINC Programs at Bow Valley College

Bow Valley College is proud to offer Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC).

LINC is funded by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada and supports adult newcomers who are Permanent Residents or who have Convention Refugee Status. For more information, see LINC at Bow Valley College.

To learn more about our LINC programs and to determine eligibility, contact the Student Advising Centre at our South Campus in downtown Calgary:

We will help you with the LINC application process. Come and visit us, or attend one of our LINC Application Days that we host every January, May and September. For upcoming LINC Application Days, see ELL Program Application Information.

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Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada

To apply for LINC programs, you need:

  • an Alberta Student Number
  • an email address
  • a completed Application Form
  • your Permanent Resident Card or other Canadian government issued ID
  • your recent Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB) results – if you don’t have a completed benchmark test, you need to make an appointment for testing at ILVARC through Immigrant Services Calgary.

To learn more about the LINC application process, see the timeline below.

This timeline explains when you will receive important LINC application information.



  • LINC Application Day

    Bring your Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) results, Permanent Resident Card or other Canadian government issued ID, and your completed Application Form.



  • 3 to 5 Weeks Later

    You will receive a letter telling you if you are registered or on the waiting list.

    If you are on the waiting list, we will tell you your place on the list. For example: 24/45 means that there are 45 people on the waiting list and you are the 24th person on the list.



  • 3 to 5 Weeks Later

    Once you are registered in LINC, you will receive a letter with details of your MyBVC email account. Login to MyBVC to receive important information about your program and schedule.

    If you are on the LINC waiting list, we will contact you when a place becomes available. This could happen between now and the start of the next term. Check your MyBVC account to find out your position on the waitlist.



  • Start of term

    If you are registered in a LINC program, you will start on the first day of class.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Our English language programs have different schedules and different start dates. See English Language Learning at Bow Valley College and select the program you are interested in for specific start dates.

Bow Valley College has three terms per calendar year. Our terms start in January, May and August.

This information can change at any time. To find out if there are places available in our upcoming English language classes, contact us:

Bow Valley College offers a variety of part-time and full-time ELL programs from beginner to advanced levels every term.
You can register for Part-time Language Skills Courses in Calgary online.

For more information, contact:

Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC) is funded by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada and supports adult newcomers who are Permanent Residents or who have Convention Refugee Status.

Learn more about LINC at Bow Valley College.

Once you have applied for an ELL program, we will send you a letter to confirm your application status and provide you with information about your MyBVC account. Please check your MyBVC account regularly for communication from us.

If you have applied for LINC classes, you will receive a letter telling you if you are registered or on the waiting list a few weeks after attending the LINC Application Day. See the LINC Application Process Timeline.

If you need more information, contact us:

Once you are registered in an ELL program, we will send important information to your MyBVC account. Please check your MyBVC account regularly for communications from us.
If you are on the waiting list, you may get a place in the upcoming term. Check your MyBVC account to find out your position on the waitlist. Continue to check your MyBVC account for your place on the waitlist on and after the start date.

If you do not get placed in a class in the term you applied for, you will need to apply again. Learn more about preparing to apply for ELL programs.

If you need more information, contact us:

There are many possible explanations for this. You might be on a waitlist due to the number of people that have applied, program choice or schedule availability. When our classes are full, we place learners on the waiting list. Please check your MyBVC account regularly for updates from us.
You need current Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB) results to apply for LINC classes at Bow Valley College. To book a Canadian Language Benchmark assessment, contact ILVARC – the Immigrant Language and Vocational Assessment Referral Centre through Immigrant Services Calgary.
We are a proud provider of the federally funded language training program called Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC), and provincially funded programs such as Alberta Works.

You may be eligible for full-time financial aid for your program. See Bow Valley College Full-time Financial Aid or contact us:

If you need to change your program, you will need to complete a new Application Form.

Contact us:

There is a YWCA Child Care Centre at our North Campus in downtown Calgary.
Our full-time programs are scheduled anytime between 8am and 5pm. For specific program information, please contact us:

If you become a Canadian citizen while you are taking LINC classes, you must inform us right away. In most cases, you will be allowed to complete your term/course. To continue with your English language studies as a Canadian citizen, you will need to select classes that are not LINC funded. Learners who are interested in applying for full-time ELL may apply for provincial funding.
Our Part-time LINC classes are sponsored by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada. These classes are for adult newcomers who are Permanent Residents or who have Convention Refugee Status. For information about our fee paying classes, see Part-time Language Skills Courses.

Contact Us

If you are not sure which program is right for you and you would like more information, or if you have questions about how to apply, we are here to help. Specially-trained BVC representatives will provide you with program and admission information, and can assist you in completing a BVC application.

Student Advising Centre — Prospective Student Information desk

Phone: 403-410-1402
Email: info@bowvalleycollege.ca

Office: S-1111, 1st Floor South Campus
URL: bowvalleycollege.ca/prospective

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