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Blanche Macdonald
Blanche Macdonald Centre

International Students

Welcome to Blanche Macdonald Centre
Studying in Canada - Student Visa Information
General Admission Requirements
Program Registration Process
About Vancouver
Homestays & Accommodations
Medical Health Insurance
Medical Attention
Important Phone Numbers
Public Holidays & Important Dates
Frequently Asked Questions

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Welcome to the Blanche Macdonald Centre!

Blanche Macdonald Beauty School for International Students

Since 1960, we have been dedicated to providing quality education in a supportive and creative environment. Our commitment to excellence is reflected in our many professional associations with such organizations as the Private Career Training Institutions Agency (PCTIA) and the BC Career Colleges Association (BCCCA). We have also successfully passed a rigorous government accreditation process that ensures a superior education and a safe and well-organized administrative support network. The Blanche Macdonald Centre is fully bonded and licensed by the government of British Columbia.

The Blanche Macdonald Centre has two locations in Vancouver. The original campus is approximately 30,000 square feet and is situated in an award-winning, architecturally spectacular mall at City Square. This Uptown Campus houses the departments of Professional Makeup Artistry, Esthetics/Spa Therapy and Nail Technology, and administrative offices.

The second location, the Downtown Campus, features a new multi-million dollar building that houses the Fashion Design and Fashion Merchandising faculties as well as the Pro Hair, Professional Hairstyling program. Spanning approximately 18,000 square feet, this new downtown location is in the heart of Vancouver's elite retail row, on Robson Street.

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Studying in Canada - Study Visa Information

STUDY PERMIT

According to the information provided on the Citizenship and Immigration Canada's website (www.cic.gc.ca), to be eligible to study in Canada:

You must have been accepted by a school, college, university or other educational institution in Canada.

You must prove that you have enough money to pay for your:
- tuition fees
- living expenses for yourself and any family members who come with you to Canada and
- return transportation for yourself and any family members who come with you to Canada.

You must be a law-abiding citizen with no criminal record and not be a risk to the security of Canada. You may have to provide a police certificate.

You must be in good health and willing to complete a medical examination, if necessary.

You must satisfy an immigration officer that you will leave Canada when you have completed your studies.

If you are planning to study in a short-term course or program in Canada that lasts six months or less, you do not need a study permit. You must complete the course or program within the period authorized for your stay in Canada. Even if you do not need a study permit, it is a good idea to apply for a permit before you come to Canada. If you decide that you want to continue your studies in another program after you complete your short-term course or program, you must apply through a Canadian visa office outside Canada for a study permit if you do not already have one.

Don't know if you will need a Student Visa? Review Student Visa Requirement.

For more information about studying in Canada, please visit http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/study/index.asp and http://www.studying-in-canada.org/


STUDY PERMIT APPLICATION PROCESS

According to the information provided on the Citizenship and Immigration Canada's website (www.cic.gc.ca), there are ten steps to apply for a study permit:

Step 1. Check the application processing times.
Step 2. Obtain and print the application.
Step 3. Determine where you will submit your application.
Step 4. Collect the documents you need to apply.
Step 5. If studying in Quebec, check the provincial guidelines.
Step 6. Complete your application for a study permit.
Step 7. Pay the correct processing fee.
Step 8. Check your application.
Step 9. Submit the application form.
Step 10. Supply additional information or documents.

For more information about how to apply for a study permit, visit www.cic.gc.ca/english/study/study-how.asp


For any questions about studying at the Blanche Macdonald Centre as an International student,
please contact your Admissions Director at 604.685.0347 or 604.685.0337 or Canadian Immigration Services on 1.888.242.2100.


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General Admission Requirements

All applicants must have successfully completed High School or an acceptable equivalent or be at least 19 years of age.

All applicants must submit a completed Application form to the school.

All applicants must demonstrate an aptitude for and strong interest in their chosen subject area.

A personal interview with an Admissions Director is also required. For applicants who live out of town or out of the country, these Admission interviews can be conducted over the phone.

All International Applicants must exhibit written and conversational English skills that meet the Blanche Macdonald Centre program requirements and will allow them to graduate successfully. Total fluency is not required. However, International Applicants may be required to complete of an internal English Assessment Test before they are accepted onto their chosen program.

All Applicants must meet the above criteria, pay their Tuition deposits in full and sign their Official Enrollment Agreements before they are considered officially enrolled in a program.

Any Letters of Acceptance for Funding or Immigration purposes are issued once the above criteria have been met.

Click here for more details about Admissions to Blanche Macdonald Diploma Programs.


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Program Registration Process

   
STEP 1 Please select the program you would like to enroll in.
STEP 2 Fill out an application form
STEP 3 The College will contact you for a personal interview or a phone interview.
STEP 4 The College will review the results of your application and interview and determine if you are accepted.
STEP 5 If your Registration is approved, a tuition deposit is required to secure your seat. Please refer to the International Tuition Schedule for payment plans.
STEP 6 When your Enrollment is successful, you will receive the College's notification of acceptance and an Official Letter of Acceptance.
STEP 7 Arrange any necessary Student Visas, BC Medical Insurance, Housing and Financial needs.
STEP 8 
The College will contact you for confirmation of your start date.
STEP 9 Start your Program at the Blanche Macdonald Centre!


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About Vancouver

Critics agree. Vancouver is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Known as the Jewel of the Pacific Rim, Vancouver is a city that is vivid and vibrant, a multicultural hub that has international sophistication, rich cultural resources and breathtaking scenery. Set against the spectacular landscape of snow-capped mountains, primitive rainforests, and the Pacific Ocean, Vancouver’s natural splendour will dazzle and engage you.

So will the people you meet. Vancouver is a safe, friendly city, where cultures and cuisines exchange ideas and influences.

The cosmopolitan city centre, home of both Blanche Macdonald Centre campuses, is perfect for exploring on foot or by bike. Vancouver’s temperate climate, with mild winters unlike the rest of Canada, ensures its streets and cafes are always bustling. Vancouver is a city brimming with cultural events, world class shopping, gourmet restaurants with an endless array of international cuisines and a vibrant nightlife.

With miles of pristine public walkways, beautiful beaches that hug the coastline, and numerous bike paths and hiking trails, Vancouver’s outdoor activities are endless. The international ski resort of Whistler is easily reachable within a two-hour drive and the provincial capital Victoria, with its touches of British Colonial Architecture, is a simple ferry ride away.

Hundreds of movie and television productions have been filmed in and around Vancouver. The city has a well-deserved reputation as Hollywood North, with local film production revenues exceeding over a billion dollars annually. After even a brief visit to Vancouver, you’ll understand why the entertainment industry can’t stay away.

Vancouver is a wonderful place to visit. It’s an even better place to live.

For more information about Vancouver, please visit About Vancouver under Student Resources on our website.


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Homestays & Accommodations

Blanche Macdonald Centre has a relationship with several Homestay programs and can refer international students to find accommodation services that suit their needs. If an international student requires accommodation arrangements while enrolled at the Blanche Macdonald Centre, please ensure that their need is identified to a school director. Our Program Associates will be happy to assist International students in finding accommodations during their stay in Vancouver. Often International students can be matched with one another or with Canadian students who are also seeking accommodations. Two or more students will often rent an apartment together for the duration of their programs. There are also other options available to international students, such as renting a furnished or unfurnished suite. 

IMPORTANT DISCLAIMER: The information provided is provided for general information and is subject to change without notice. Every effort has been made to provide accurate and complete information however Pacifique Riche Enterprises Ltd. (doing business as Blanche Macdonald Centre (BMC) makes no warranty or representation as to the accuracy of the information provided. Some of the information provided may have been provided by independent third parties and should not be assumed to be approved or endorsed by BMC. BMC expressly disclaims all and any liability to anyone who acts in reliance on the information provided, whether the direct recipient of such information or not. Before acting in reliance on any information provided, you are strongly advised to contact BMC or such other person, organization or legal entity as you consider necessary or advisable to confirm that any information you are relying upon is current and accurate. BMC will not be responsible for any loss or damage arising to you as a result of any actions taken by you in reliance on the information contained herein or for any errors or omissions."


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Medical Insurance

It is strongly recommended to apply for the Medical Services Plan (MSP) as soon as you arrive in Vancouver. If you do not have insurance, it is your responsibility to pay the entire cost of all medical attention you receive.  This includes any consultations with health care providers (Specialists, Doctors, Nurses), hospital visits, emergency attention, ambulance services, and any other health related service you may require.

The MSP Insurance is the basic form of medical coverage available.

1. It costs C$54.00 per month for a single applicant
2. It is available to you if you have a valid Study Permit issued for six or more months.
3. It covers hospitalization and most physicians' services and referrals.
4. It does not cover prescription medication, eyeglasses, and dental care.
5. New residents who are applying for MSP will be subject to a 90 day waiting period.


To register for the Medical Services Plan (MSP)


Visit www.health.gov.bc.ca/msp/forms.html and fill in the electronic form or click here to download the application form.

Fill out the application form and send the application, and a photocopy of your Study Permit, to:

Medical Services Plan
PO Box 9035 Stn Prov Govt
Victoria, British Columbia
V8W 9E3

To learn more about MSP, please visit www.health.gov.bc.ca/msp/infoben/

Care Card

You will receive a British Columbia Care Card in the mail when you register with MSP.  There will be a registration number embossed on the Care Card which is used to determine the status of your insurance.

Your Care Card will have the same expiry date as your Study Permit.  Each time you receive a new Study permit, you will need to extend your MSP coverage.  If you do not pay your monthly fee, you do not have insurance. It is important to carry your Care Card at all times as it must be presented to health care officials at the time that you are receiving care.


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Health Clinics & Hospitals


Vancouver Costal Health - provides a full range of health care services ranging from hospital treatment to community-based residential, home health, mental health and public health services.

Vancouver Travel Clinic - provides services for pre-travel needs and specializing in Travel medications.

Nearest hospital to Blanche Macdonald Centre:

Vancouver General Hospital
855 West 12th Avenue
Vancouver, BC, V5Z 1M9
T. 604.875.4111

Besides public hospitals there is also the Urgent Care Centre that provides treatment for urgent  but  non-life-threatening  conditions.  Treatment for things such as cuts needing stitches, minor burns, sprains or rashes would fall into this category.  Urgent Care Centre is not for emergency care.  

UBC Hospital Urgent Care Centre
2211 Westbrook Mall
Vancouver, BC
Phone #:  604.822.7222

Hours:  Daily, 8 am to 10 pm
No appointment necessary


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Important Phone Numbers

Ambulance, Fire, Police - 911

BC Ferries - 250.386.3431

BC Rail - 604.984.5246

Canada Customs - 604.666.0545

Crisis Line - 604.872.3311 (this is a 24 hour emergency line)

Immigration Canada - 1.888.242.2100

Road Reports - 1.900.451.4997

S.A.F.E.R - 604.879.9251 (confidential line for depression, suicide)

TransLink Information (public transit) - 604.953.3333

Violence Against Woman Crisis Line - 604.255.6344

Weather Report - 604.664.9010

Woman's Crisis Line - 604.872.8212

 

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Public Holidays & Important Dates

The Blanche Macdonald Centre is closed for all Statutory Holidays. There is a scheduled two week Christmas break. Dates will vary according to each program. Please check with the Registrar or your Program Director for the specific Christmas holiday dates.

 Holiday   2013  2014 
2015
 New Year's Day  Jan. 1   Jan. 1   Jan. 1 
 Family Day  Feb. 11  Feb. 10  Feb. 16
 Good Friday  March 29  April 18  April 3
 Victoria Day  May 20  May 19  May 18
 Canada Day  July 1  July 1  July 1
 BC Day  Aug. 5  Aug. 4  Aug. 3
 Labour Day  Sept. 2  Sept. 1  Sept. 7
 Thanksgiving Day  Oct. 14  Oct. 13  Oct. 12
 Remembrance Day  Nov. 11  Nov. 11  Nov. 11
 Christmas  Dec. 25  Dec. 25  Dec. 25
 

Frequently Asked Questions


What is Blanche Macdonald’s definition of an international student?


International students are those who do not have Canadian citizenship or permanent residence status in Canada. These students would be authorized for study in Canada by holding a valid Study Permit.

What programs does the Blanche Macdonald Centre offer?


Global Makeup Artistry (approx. 11 months)
International Makeup Studio Artistry (6 months)
Freelance Makeup Artistry (approx. 6.5 months)
Fashion Merchandising (1 year, 4 semesters)
Fashion Design (1 year, 4 semesters)
Pro Hair - Professional Hairstyling (approx. 11 - 12 months)
Esthetics / Spa Therapy (approx. 12 months)
Professional Nail Technology (approx. 6.5 months)

What are the admission requirements?

Applicants to the college must be a High School graduate or a minimum of 19 years of age or older. All Applicants must demonstrate a strong interest and aptitude for their areas of study. It is essential that students who are applying to Esthetics/Spa, Makeup and Nail programs be comfortable with having and receiving services, that they are in generally good health and are not taking any medications that may conflict with treatment objectives, have good depth perception, normal color vision and sufficient manual dexterity.

What is the difference between the International Diploma Programs and Advanced studies?

Our international programs are six months in length and designed for students with basic “English conversation skills”. Most of the work in the program is practical. Students will strengthen their English language skills while training for careers in the makeup, fashion, hair and beauty industries.

In our advanced, 12 month programs, students experience a combination of written and practical training. Classroom sessions are intensive and students must be comfortable completing written tests and assignments in addition to extensive practical work.

Are there extra curricular activities for international students?

International students are encouraged to participate in local industry events such as fashion shows and theatre productions during the evenings and on weekends. For those interested students, a practicum is arranged.

Is the college accessible by transit?

Yes. Both the Uptown and Downtown campuses are located on major bus routes. Vancouver has an excellent transit system. International students will feel comfortable traveling by bus, skytrain or seabus to the campus each day. Click here for more information on transportation to the Blanche Macdonald Centre.

Are there any homestays or accommodation for international students?

The Blanche Macdonald Centre has a relationship with several Homestay programs and can refer international students to find accommodation services that suit their needs. If an international student requires accommodation arrangements while enrolled at the Blanche Macdonald Centre, please ensure that their need is identified to a school director. Our Program Associates will be happy to assist International students in finding accommodations during their stay in Vancouver. Often International students can be matched with one another or with Canadian students who are also seeking accommodations. Two or more students will often rent an apartment together for the duration of their programs. There are also other options available to international students, such as renting a furnished or unfurnished suite. 


What is the percentage of international students and nationality breakdown?

Blanche Macdonald attracts students from every continent. Students travel from Mexico, Korea, Taiwan, Japan, UK and the USA to experience our Makeup, Fashion, Esthetics and Hair School Programs. Each class has a mix of students from around the world.


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