International Students


For International Student applicants applying from outside Canada or the US 

COVID-19 Travel Information

The processing of study permits for students will continue in anticipation of the fall study term. 


Online courses won’t affect your Post-Graduation Work Permit Program (PGWPP) eligibility. If your in-class courses are being moved to an online-only format or if you cannot travel to Canada because of COVID-19, you’re still eligible for the PGWPP.

If you’re an international student who has a valid study permit, or were approved for a study permit on or before March 18, 2020, you’re exempt from the travel restrictions. When you arrive in Canada, your health will be assessed before you leave the port of entry. You must have a plan to quarantine for 14 days when you arrive in Canada. This is mandatory, even if you have no symptoms. You must plan for this if you are travelling to Canada.

Application Deadline

It is recommended that your application to SBC be complete by March 1st for the following September. The entire process could take 6 months to a year to complete, so early application is advised.

Admissions Standards

SBC’s mission is to empower servant leaders to follow Jesus, serve the Church, and engage the world. Applicants for admission to SBC should be professing Christians, willing to grow in discipleship in line with SBC’s mission. Their character and conduct must be compatible with the standards of the college and they must be willing to submit to the college Community Covenant and Guidelines. Applicants should be graduates from an accredited high school or have equivalent standing. International students should submit official transcripts of all previous education. A limited number of mature students who have not completed high school may be accepted. The college reserves the right to stipulate what preliminary entrance tests are required.

Application Procedure

English Language 

We require all applicants whose first language is not English to adequately demonstrate English competency as a part of the application process.

Students may demonstrate competency by submitting scores from Duolingo English Test, IELTS Academic or TOEFL. Another option is to attend Heartland International English School before starting at SBC.

Heartland Pathways Agreement

SBC will accept graduates of Heartland International English School as follows: Graduates of the Advanced 3 Program with a minimum overall score of 80% will be deemed to have satisfied the English Language Proficiency requirements for entry to all designated programs that require an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 6.5 or equivalent. With this acceptance, a graduate of Advanced 3 will not be required to produce for SBC, any additional English language proficiency test scores.

Heartland offers English as a Second Language (ESL) programs to suit English learner needs from beginner to advanced levels. All courses have optimized classes for maximum student participation. Their programs start EVERY MONDAY.

Ask your SBC Admissions Counselor for more information.

Duolingo English Test

SBC requires a minimum Duolingo English Test score of 110. The Duolingo English Test is an online English proficiency test that can be taken online, on-demand, in under an hour for only $49. The test is taken via a computer with a camera and includes a proficiency score, video interview, and writing sample which are shared with Steinbach Bible College when you send your results. Certified results are available within 48 hours of the test session.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) 

SBC requires an overall band score of a 6.5 or higher on the IELTS Academic Test. SBC only accepts IELTS Academic Test results delivered to our Electronic Download account by the IELTS test center. No paper Test Report Forms will be accepted. An institution code for IELTS is NOT required. Please contact the test center directly where you took the IELTS test and request that your test scores be sent to the following E-Download account using the IELTS system. All IELTS test centers worldwide are able to send scores electronically to our institution. You must provide the following information to the test center where you took the test when requesting your scores:
  • E-Download Account Name: Steinbach Bible College
  • Address: 50 PTH 12N, Steinbach, MB, Canada, R5G 1T4

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) 

Please allow a minimum of three months for the TOEFL process. Code number 8854 has been assigned to Steinbach Bible College. Acceptable TOEFL scores are:
  • Internet based: 79-80
  • Computer-based: 213
  • Paper-based: 550


Solicit financial, moral, and spiritual support from home church and/or family.

SBC Application

Make application to SBC. Include TOEFL or IELTS scores, $150 application fee (CDN), $300 (CAD) non-refundable Confirmation of Enrollment Deposit, 2 references, 1 headshot photo, official transcripts, medical information, and housing application form.

Pay Application Fees
  • $150 International Student Application Fee (non-refundable)
  • $300 Confirmation of Enrollment Deposit (non-refundable)
  • Total is $450. Payment Form.
At this point, SBC will process the application and contact the student regarding acceptance.

Next Steps

  1. Upon official acceptance to SBC, apply to Canadian Immigration and Citizenship for a Study Permit. They recommend allowing at least 6 months to plan and prepare for your move.
  2. After you have received your Study Permit, please notify us and we will send you further information about registering for classes and tuition payment deadlines.
  3. Register for classes for your specific program. We will email you the registration form.
  4. After you register for classes, we will purchase International student medical insurance for you through Guard.Me. You will need to choose the insurance coverage start and end dates in the registration form we will send you. The cost of this coverage is approximately $1.65 per day per person (so a stay of 365 days would cost $602.25) per person.
The school year runs from September to April with entry dates in September and January. There are no classes in the summer.

Financial Details

See the Finance page for pricing.

Full payment of Tuition & Fees (and Room & Board if applicable) must be paid prior to the start of classes each semester.

All amounts are in Canadian funds. For information on how to make payment, contact the SBC Finance Office.

Tuition & Dorm Costs 2020-2021SemesterYear










*Tuition includes 16 credit hours and service learning each semester, text books and printing fee.

Room & Board 2020-2021SemesterYear

Dorm Room & Board



If you aren’t planning to stay in Dorm, we also offer SBC On Campus Housing.

Rent prices range from $575 to $1,000 monthly.

Virtual Campus Visit

Get to know us from your home! As an international student, you don’t have the opportunity to come to our campus for a tour. Join us for one of our Virtual Campus Visits hosted throughout the year. Speak with the Admissions Counsellour, hear from other students, be introduced to staff and faculty, and take a peak at our campus from where you are!



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