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.

Application packages must be complete, and must include all required documents in order to be processed. Application package submission deadlines for international students are 8 months prior to the program start date because of the long wait times for international study permits. Deadlines are as follows: 

Intake Application Deadline
September  January 11th
January  May 1st
May September 1st

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

Download the International student application form to begin your application.


International tuition (including USA) is $42,055 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 $5,051 CDN; the International Supplemental fee for Year 1 of $4,581.00 CDN; and LSU fees are 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.

Application 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 competitive 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 on-line course, we also accept courses from other RMT schools with similar hours (at least 12 hours long). 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 question completely & professionally in paragraph format, and answer all sub-sections of each question. Please use 5-8 pages to complete the questions 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 iBT or iBT Home edition 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 minimum written score of 65
  • LPI (Language Proficiency Index) Level 5, minimum written score of 26
  • Successful completion of LEAP Level 8
  • Successful completion of B.C. Grade 12 English, Communications 12, English 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).

After the Letter of Acceptance is issued to an accepted student, the RMT Program requires documentation of the study permit application within 15 working days (this does not mean final approval). This document must be sent to the Program Coordinator.


International students who plan to apply for a 3-year Post Graduate Work Permit (PGWP), must complete the entire 2-year RMT program at Langara to comply with the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada 2-year full-time study requirement.

AFTER successful applicants have received an Official Letter of Acceptance to the RMT Program, they must complete two additional requirements after they have arrived in BC, and before the beginning of class. Do not complete these requirements before receiving your Letter of Acceptance.

1.    Completion of a two-day First-Aid course that includes CPR Level C with AED. CMTBC has approved course providers

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.