We prioritize review of applications based on visa timelines for your country of origin. We also take into consideration completeness of your application and availability of seats in your desired program. Admission applications are not reviewed on a first come, first served basis.
You will receive your Seneca Student ID and information about how to set up your Seneca online services about 24 hours after you apply. Use your Seneca ID to follow the status of your application in your Seneca online Student Centre.
Admission decisions such as offer letters and fees statements are sent to you by email to the address provided in your application. If an authorized agent’s details were provided at the time of application, we will send a copy of these documents to their email as well.
Before starting your application, please have all of the necessary documents ready. All documents should be scanned and uploaded during the application process. Applications that are incomplete at the time of receipt may be delayed or denied.
If you have information that you believe will assist our review, send it as an email attachment to International.Documents@senecacollege.ca. Include your name and Seneca ID or your Application Confirmation Number “55-xxxx-xxxxx” in the subject of the email.
Before scanning and submitting any additional documents, please write your Seneca ID or Application Confirmation Number “55-xxxx-xxxxx” or Seneca ID on the top of all documents to make it easier for us to match them with your application.
To hold a place in your program, you will need to pay your fees by the offer expiry date mentioned in the top right corner of your Offer of Admission and on your fees statement.
If you do not pay your fees before the expiry date, your offer will be cancelled. Please do not make a payment before you have received an Offer of Admission.
If you miss your payment date and are still interested in attending your desired program at Seneca, please contact us as soon as possible by sending an email to InternationalAdmissions@senecacollege.ca to see if there are still seats available and to request that your offer be re-activated.
If you choose to pay by wire transfer, please keep in mind that it can take up to eight weeks for the funds to be credited to your account. Please email the proof of wire transfer to International.Documents@senecacollege.ca as notification that the funds have been sent to avoid having your offer expired.
If immigration authorities at a Canadian Embassy or High Commission Office issues you a letter denying the request for a study permit, or you have not received your approval in time to start classes, you must withdraw your application in writing. You may request a refund or to defer your start date to a future term.
You may defer your application to a later start date if you were offered a seat and paid minimum first semester fees for your program by the fees deadline we gave you.
To defer your start date please make a request in writing by the tenth day of scheduled classes by emailing a completed a Request to Defer Admission (Form D) to International.Documents@senecacollege.ca.
Once you have applied to Seneca, you will receive instruction on how to log into your online Seneca Student Centre. You will be able to update your contact information at any time through your online Student Centre. Please visit the Student Centre – Quick Start for detailed instructions on how to use and navigate Seneca Student Centre.
Seneca has many popular and oversubscribed programs. As a result, we may have already filled all of the seats in the program. We encourage you to apply for the next available start date or select a different program that interests you.
To make changes to your application once it has been submitted, please contact us at InternationalAdmissions@senecacollege.ca. Please keep in mind that there is a limit to the number of changes that can be made. Applicants to Seneca are permitted three choices on the online application (English Language Institute (ELI) is counted as one choice). If you fill all three of these choices when you apply, and you have received a decision on one of the choices, you can request that we process one of the other two instead. If you wish to change to a program that was not included in the initial three choices, you must submit a new application, pay the application fee, and the new application will be processed in the order that it is received. All change requests depend on seat availability, and any follow-up applications submitted will not be processed on priority.
You may be exempt if you have completed two full years of full-time study in a school and country where English is the primary language or if you have successfully completed an English preparatory program (English Language Institute) offered at Seneca.
If you apply to a professional program and you do not meet Seneca’s English requirements, you may receive an Offer of Admission to your program that is conditional upon completion of the English Language Institute.
Your package will include two offer letters with a start date and level for the ELI, and a conditional start date for your professional program.
We will use your English test score to place you in the most appropriate ELI level. If you do not have an English score, we will place you in ELI Level 1 and you will complete a placement test when you arrive on campus.
Not all programs are eligible for a conditional offer after completion of ELI. We cannot hold seats for programs that are highly competitive or oversubscribed. And for some graduate certificate programs, ELI will not advance you to a level of proficiency suitable for the program. Refer to the list of programs that are not eligible for a conditional offer.
If you are an applicant and wish to grant permission for another individual (including an agent) to communicate with Seneca regarding your application, a Student Information Release Form must be completed, signed and submitted with your application.
If you wish to change your agent, you will need to cancel your current application and re-apply. Please be advised that any progress made on your current application will be lost, and you will need to start over again. To cancel the application, complete the International Student Application Cancellation Form and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Your new agent will help you re-apply to your program. There will be a $65 CAD application fee and you should resend all of your documents with your new application.