International Students

International Students

We welcome international students to the Registered Massage Therapy Diploma program at Langara College. International applicants should apply with as much notice as possible in order for visas to be processed.  We are accepting international applications for 2021.

  • January 4, 2021 is the deadline to start May 2021.

For information regarding student visas and immigration, please contact the International Education department at Langara. 

Download the application form to begin your application.


International tuition (including USA) is $39,072 CDN for the two-year program.* Tuition is paid in six installments, one per term. A non-transferable deposit that includes the first semester tuition $4,952 CDN and the International Supplemental fee for Year 1 of the RMT program of $4,680.00 CDN is required before the Letter of Acceptance is issued. The deposit may be refunded only if your student visa is denied by Immigration Canada. International students pay th International Supplemental in Year 1 (Semester 1) and again in Year 2 (Semester 4).


Estimated additional costs:

  • Books: approx $3,500
  • Supplies: $1,300
  • Langara Student Union fees (vary each term - approx $1,300/year) provide unlimited U-Pass (transit pass), extended-medical and dental benefits. Students must have basic MSP (health) coverage.

Admission Requirements

Admission requirements for international students vary slightly.  Details of requirements are included below: 

Successful completion of high school, with preference given to applicants who have post-secondary education including successful completion of Anatomy and Physiology course from a recognized university or college. Langara makes acceptance decisions based on competitve entry.

1. Transcripts. Applicants must submit official educational documents to support program application. If the transcripts are originally in a language other than English, an official, literal word-for word English translation must be submitted in addition to the original transcript. Students must also include a copy of their high shool and college/university Diploma or Certificate.

2. Completion of a 2-day Introduction to Massage course or similar. The preferred course is Langara’s course,  we also accept courses from other RMT schools with similar hours (at least 12 hours long). Provide documentation of successful completion. International applicants who are not in Canada please seek out an introductory course in a hands-on treatment modality similar to RMT. Examples may include: Oil massage, Thai massage, Shiatsu, or Acupressure massage. Provide documentation of successful completion.

3. Visit to an RMT form completed by both the applicant and a Registered Massage Therapist, including essay component. Or, if applicants are outside of Canada, they can complete the Visit to a Wellness Practitioner form.  This form must be completed by both the applicant and the Therapist, including the essay component.

4. RMT Program Admission Essay Questions. Students must complete the RMT Program admission essay questions. Please answer each questions completely and professionally in paragraph format. Please use 5-8 pages to complete the questions, and answer all sub-sections of each question RMT Program Admission Essay Questions.

5. Professional Reference Letter. Provide a reference from someone who has known you for at least 5 years, and is not a family member. For consistency, a professional is anyone who has a university or college degree. The reference must outline the context of the relationship and must be able to attest to personal characteristics of perseverance and ability to deal with stressful situations.

6. English Proficiency. Students must demonstrate English-language proficiency with one of the following:

  • TOEFL Paper Delivered Test with a total score of 92 or higher, and a minimum of 22 in Listening, 22 in Reading, and 22 in Writing
  • TOEFL (Internet-based) with a total score of 92 or higher and a minimum of 22 in Listening, 22 in Reading, 22 in Speaking, and 22 in Writing
  • IELTS Academic 7.0 with no band less than 6.5
  • CAEL 70 overall with essay 65
  • LPI (Language Proficiency Index) Level 5, essay 26
  • IB English A1 or A2 (HL or SL) with a score of 4
  • Advanced Placement
    • English Language & Composition with score of 3
    • English Literature & Composition with score of 3
  • Successful completion of LEAP Level 8
  • Successful completion of B.C. Grade 12 English, Communications 12, Englsih Studies 12, or Literary Studies 12, or equivalent with a grade of 70%
  • Successful completion of post-secondary English or Communications course for which Langara awards transfer credit

7. Study Permit (if applicable). International students applying from overseas are advised to check with the Canadian Embassy in their country as to the processing time for a Study Permit (formerly known as Student Authorization/Visa).


International students transferring from a "private" RMT Program (ie: all non-degree granting BC Registered Massage Therapy programs) will NOT be eligible for the Canada Immigration 3-year post-graduation work permit. International students who wish to be eligible for this post-grad work permit must complete the entire program of studies at Langara to comply with the 2-year full-time study requirement.

After successful applicants have received an acceptance letter to the RMT Program, they will need to complete two additional requirements 40 days before the beginning of class:

1.   Completion of a two-day First-Aid course that includes CPR Level C with AED. CMTBC approved course providers include: Canadian Red Cross, Canadian Ski Patrol, Heart and Stroke Foundation, Lifesaving Society or St John Ambulance. Your certificate must be valid for three years from the date of your acceptance letter.

2.   Criminal record check performed through the Ministry of Justice in Victoria, BC. Criminal record checks from local police departments or RCMP offices are not accepted. Your Criminal Record Check must be valid for at least three years from the date of your acceptance letter. Additonal record check from home country may be required depending on length of residency in Canada prior to start of the RMT program.

  • Complete the record check online via the BC Government website. Please contact the admission coordinator for the Langara CS program code.
  • Some students are requested by the Ministry to complete a paper application. This is usually due to similarity to another applicant, either through name or birthdate. If this is the case, please contact the Continuing Studies Registration Office at 604.323.5322 to have them witness your signature and confirm your photo ID and address.