International Students


For International Student applicants applying from outside Canada or the USA 

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 Deadline

International students should complete their application to SBC early – 6 months before start date in September. Study permit and full tuition/fees must be in by August 1 for a September start.

Application Procedure

SBC Application

  • English Language scores (if applicable)
  • $500 (CDN) International Student Application Fee (non-refundable) – Pay Here.
  • 2 references
  • 1 headshot photo
  • Official transcripts
  • Medical information
  • Housing (or dorm) application form

At this point, SBC will process the application and contact the student regarding acceptance.

NOTE – It is not necessary for the student to engage the services of a recruiter in order to apply for admission to a program.

Next Steps

    1. Study Permit ** – Apply to Canadian Immigration and Citizenship for a Study Permit. Approved Study Permit must be submitted no later than August 1 for a September start.
    2. Payment – Full tuition and fees for semester 1 must be paid by August 1, along with approved Study Permit. Any refunds will be deposited directly to the bank that issued the payment, minus 5%.
    3. Register – Class registration will occur as soon as you submit your study permit. It is best to do so in July-early August in order to receive your textbooks on time. You will receive further instructions when you submit your study permit.
    4. Medical Insurance – 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. There are no classes in the summer.

** Study Permit Updates with Immigration Canada – Review Government of Canada for the latest requirements for your study permit. https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/study-canada.html

On December 1, 2023, a new version of the study permit form became available. If you’re applying through the IRCC secure account, this version must be used to submit study permit applications starting on this date. Applications submitted on or after December 1, 2023, that use the old version of the form, will not be accepted.

Please note as of January 1, 2024, all study permits applicants will be required to show proof of funding:

  • $20,635 of living expenses, tuition and fees (see prices below), plus travel costs to and from Canada

Tuition Refund Policy

After classes begin each semester:

  • Students have two weeks to withdraw from a class for a full 100% tuition refund.
  • Students have four weeks to withdraw from a class for a partial 60% tuition refund.

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

International Student 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.

2024-2025 Tuition

Per Sem.Per Year
Service Learning$166$332
Insurance with Guard.Me$301.13$602.25

*$332 per credit hour. The Per Semester price is based on 16 credit hours. The Per Year price based on 32 credit hours.

Residence Room & Board

Per Sem.Per Year

*Based on double occupancy prices. Single occupancy price is $930/year more than posted price.

Pricing is for 4 months (semester) or 8 months (year).

Dorm accommodations are available to singles and students under the age of 30.

Campus Housing is available for married students and over the age of 30. Rent prices range from $575 to $1,000 monthly.

User Fees

Printer Fees


Administration Fee (eg. exam change, course extension, etc.)


Grad Fee


Books (approximate per semester)




Athletics as determined by involvement


Fitness Room


Lab & Retreat Fees as determined by course enrollment


Student Success Center


Transcript Fee


Campus Housing

1, 2 & 3 Bedroom Bungalow Suites

1 & 2 Bedroom Apartments

(Includes Utilities and Internet Lite WiFi)
See Campus Housing for full pricing details.

Refundable Deposits

Dorm Room Damage Deposit


Please note, all fees and financial aid are subject to change.

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