International Students

Welcome to Blanche Macdonald, an internationally recognized college for the creative and applied arts. Since 1960, the Blanche Macdonald Centre has been dedicated to providing world-class education in a supportive and creative environment. Our Diploma Programs in Makeup, Fashion, Hair and Esthetics consistently produce industry professionals who are rising to the top of their fields.

Each year we graduate more than 1000 students from our three campuses in Vancouver, Canada. Whether you hope to become a Makeup Artist, a Fashion Marketing Professional, a Fashion Designer, a Hair Professional or a Spa Therapist, our innovative Diploma Programs can open the door to successful careers in Canada and beyond. Learn from leading experts in one of the world’s most livable cities, and experience life in Canada as we prepare you to launch your career.

Our United Nations

As a student here you will gain more than an education. You will become part of a global family. We will welcome you with open arms and offer our support, advice and assistance as you settle into life in Vancouver. Moving to a new country is a huge step. But you don’t have to take it alone. Join our international community united in a passion for the creative arts. Join the Blanche Macdonald Family.

Our Diploma Programs have a proven history of turning students into full-time creative and business Professionals. Under the mentorship of our award-winning faculty you will develop extensive knowledge and technical ability while gaining the outstanding communication and self-marketing skills needed for a successful career.

Upon graduation you will earn a Canadian Diploma, and be equipped with the knowledge and skills to begin your career in North America, Europe, Asia and beyond.

International Students can choose between two types of Programs:

Domestic Programs
Study our regular award-winning curricula in a mixed class of Canadian and International Students.

International Programs
Featuring the same world-­class curricula and exceptional instructors as our regular Programs, these programs have one important difference: they have been specially designed for International Students who wish to improve their written and verbal English. They are attended primarily by other International Students.

Put your knowledge to practice and get a head-start in the industry! Co-op Education is an experience-based approach to work-integrated learning. Our Co-op Program will place you in a professional role in a real life workplace, such as a retail environment, office, agency or salon. You will earn academic credit as you gain real professional experience in the industry and solidify your skills and knowledge.

Co-op Students have a great professional advantage. By gaining real-life experience before they graduate, Co-op Students are incredibly desirable employees, prepared for a professional setting and ready to make a seamless transition from school to work. And with our extensive network of partnerships in the fashion and beauty industries, we are able to connect our Co-op Students with incredible opportunities. Many of these Co-op work experiences lead to further opportunities, important industry connections and even full-time employment.

Our International Students have the unique opportunity to expand on their studies by adding on a Co-op Work Experience segment, allowing them to spend up to two full years in Canada. Study with us for one year and then work in Canada for one year in your area of study.

We offer a two-year Full-time Co-op Diploma program in our Global Makeup Artistry, International Makeup Artistry, Fashion Marketing, Fashion Design, Esthetics and Pro Hair programs. Our Career Directors will work closely with Co-op students right from the beginning of their study period through to their Co-op program to coordinate work experience and volunteer opportunities (both paid and unpaid).

Students will require a Canadian Co-op work permit. For information on upcoming Co-op program start dates, please contact a Blanche Macdonald Admissions Director.

The college reserves the right to change course offerings, course content, kit contents, facilities, faculty, tuition fees, and course schedules without notice.

The Blanche Macdonald Centre is a fully accredited College established since 1960. We are a Designated Learning Institution with Citizenship and Immigration Canada and hold the Designation Certificate with British Columbia’s Education Quality Assurance (EQA). Each year over 1000 students graduate from our exceptional programs in Makeup Artistry, Fashion Marketing, Fashion Design, Hairstyling, Esthetics and Pro Nails, taught across three campuses in Vancouver, Canada.

Career Services

The booming Fashion and Beauty industries offer infinite options for rewarding, creative and flexible careers. The skills that you develop here can be transferred anywhere in the world – so there's no limit to where you can go. Our comprehensive, cutting edge programs will prepare you to enter the industry poised for success, and our full-time Career Services Team will help you find your perfect career fit.

Working around the clock, our Career Directors will connect you with volunteer, internship and employment opportunities. They will assist you in building your network and boosting your confidence. That guidance is good for life – beginning on your very first day and continuing throughout the evolution of your career.

Graduate Success & Stories

With over a thousand students enrolling in our Programs each year, Blanche Macdonald has become a dynamic global community. Our International students import a vibrant collection of new customs, insights and inspiration that colour our world in exciting new ways. The leap from their home countries to our corner of Canada comes with big change, courage and incredible journeys.

Our International Graduates have launched exciting careers in the global Makeup, Fashion, Esthetics and Hair industries, creating a network of success stories that stretches across Canada and far beyond. Speaking in the international language of passion, we sit down with our global talent to talk the dreams that brought them here, the challenges they overcame, and all about the power of being an artistic representative in a new country. Meet the International stars that have joined us from around the globe in our UN storytelling!

Top 3 Reasons

Interactive Education

At Blanche Macdonald we believe that education should be collaborative, interactive and industry relevant. You'll work with fellow students in a series of hands-on projects and experiences. We'll immerse you in real-life environments, from behind-the-scenes retail and special events to live demos and advanced training with international experts. You'll take part in professional photo shoots for your own Portfolio, produced to a high industry standard and ready to be brought to job interviews and professional events.

Award-Winning Faculty

Our innovative Programs are taught by expert instructors who bring their experience directly to our classrooms. Their work has appeared in major publications, productions and on runways around the world. You may be learning from Emmy Award winning Makeup Artists, international Fashion professionals, renowned Fashion Designers, acclaimed Stylists, successful Salon and Spa owners, leading business executives and ambitious entrepreneurs. Together they provide an unparalleled education in every aspect of the Fashion and Beauty Industries.

Global Reputation, Global Network

Established since 1960, the Blanche Macdonald has a reputation for world-class education. We've been at the leading edge in the fashion and beauty industries for over five decades, developing a powerful global network of relationships that connects us – and our students – to major players in the field. As part of the Blanche Macdonald family, you have access to our unique network. This reputation is upheld by our fearless commitment to excellence, our progressive approach to education, and our fierce dedication to giving our students the exceptional experience they deserve.

General Admission Requirements

To meet our admission requirements, all applicants must:

  • Have successfully completed High School or an acceptable equivalent, or be at least 19 years of age.
  • Submit a completed Application form to the school.
  • Demonstrate an aptitude for and strong interest in their chosen subject area.
  • Attend a personal interview with an Admissions Director. For applicants who live out of town or out of the country, these Admission interviews can be conducted over the phone.
  • Exhibit written and conversational English skills that meet the Blanche Macdonald Centre program requirements (see more under "Language Requirements").

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.

English Language Requirements

All programs are conducted in English. Successful applicants must be able to communicate effectively in English. Total fluency in English may not be required, however applicants must exhibit written and spoken English skills that will allow them to understand course material, complete assignments and exams, and graduate successfully.

International Applicants may be required to complete of an internal English Assessment Test before they are accepted onto their chosen program.

Program Registration Process

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

Applying for a study permit is the responsibility of the Student. In this section we have outlined some general information regarding applying for a Study Permit in Canada. However, please note that these are general guidelines, and it is best that the student contacts Citizenship and Immigration Canada for the most up to date information.

According to Citizenship and Immigration Canada, to be eligible to study in Canada, you must:

  • Have been accepted by a school, college, university or other educational institution in Canada.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Be in good health and willing to complete a medical examination, if necessary.
  • Satisfy an immigration officer that you will leave Canada when you have completed your studies.

To learn more please visit the Citizenship and Immigration website.

Applying For Your Study Permit

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. However 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.

Not sure if you will need a Student Visa? Review this Student Visa Requirement.

To learn more please visit the Citizenship and Immigration and Studying in Canada websites.

Study Permit Application Process

According to Citizenship and Immigration Canada, there are ten steps to apply for a study permit:

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

For more information about how to apply for a study permit, visit the Citizenship and Immigration Canada website here.

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 call Canadian Immigration Services on 1.888.242.2100.

The Blanche Macdonald Centre is a Designated Learning Institution with Citizenship and Immigration Canada. A DLI is a school approved by a provincial or territorial government to host international students. Our DLI Number is O19257719332.

Our College holds a Designation Certificate with British Columbia's Education Quality Assurance (EQA), issued by the provincial government of British Columbia, Canada, under the authority of the Ministry of Advanced Education, Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB).

The EQA designation is Canada's first and only provincial brand of quality for post-secondary education. It indicates that a post-secondary institution meets or exceeds the provincial government's quality education standards. The Blanche Macdonald Centre's EQA designation is recognized globally as a symbol of quality education and consumer protection. Our Designated Learning Institution Number is O19257719332.

We are fully bonded and licensed by the government of British Columbia. We have undergone a rigorous government accreditation process that ensures a superior education and a safe and well-organized administrative support network. We are also associated with a number of professional associations including the BC Career Colleges Association (BCCCA).

The Blanche Macdonald Centre has three locations in central Vancouver:

Uptown

At 30,000 square feet, our Uptown campus is situated in an award-winning, architecturally spectacular City Square shopping centre and houses the departments of Professional Makeup Artistry, Esthetics/Spa Therapy and Nail Technology, a fully equipped Mac Computer Lab and administrative offices.

Downtown

Spanning approximately 18,000 square feet, this multi-million dollar facility on Robson Street is located in the heart of Vancouver's fashion and shopping district. It houses the Fashion Design and Fashion Marketing faculties as well as the Pro Hair Program, with numerous Hair studios and theory rooms, and a 24-station Mac Computer Lab.

Atelier

Education, retail and entertainment converge at this 25,000 square foot state of the art retail, gallery and educational space. Brimming with natural light and polished concrete, our Atelier Campus is a second home to our Professional Makeup and Hairstyling programs as well as our first ever student-operated Hair Salon, Q&A, and our very Pro Beauty Boutique, CurliQue Beauty, providing exclusive beauty, skincare, haircare products, industry seminars and personal consultations. Events including exclusive speakers, expert demos, fashion shows and graduations are held in the soaring atrium overlooking Robson street.

Critics agree. Vancouver is one of the most beautiful - and livable - cities in the world.

Known as the Jewel of the Pacific Rim, Vancouver is a vivid and vibrant city. A multicultural hub with international sophistication, rich cultural resources and breathtaking scenery, Vancouver is safe and friendly. Here, cultures and cuisines exchange ideas and influences against a spectacular backdrop of snow-capped mountains, rainforests and the Pacific Ocean.

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.

The cosmopolitan city centre, home to Blanche Macdonald's three campuses, is perfect for exploring on foot or by bike. 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 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 earned its 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.

Our Program Associates are here to assist International students in finding accommodations during their stay in Vancouver. Read more information about housing in Vancouver in our Student Resources section.

All students at Blanche Macdonald must have BC medical coverage or health insurance.

The BC Medical Services Plan (MSP) is the basic form of medical insurance. MSP hospitalization and most physicians’ services and referrals. It does not cover prescription medication, eyeglasses, and dental care. We strongly recommend applying for the Medical Services Plan (MSP) as soon as you arrive in Vancouver. If you do not have insurance, it will be your responsibility to pay the entire cost of all medical attention you receive.

The MSP is available to all BC Residents for a monthly fee. It is also available to out of province or International Students that have a valid Study Permit issued for six or more months. New residents who are applying for MSP will be subject to a 90 day waiting period.

If you are not already a BC resident, or if you are not already covered by MSP, it is strongly recommended to apply as soon as you arrive in Vancouver.

Applying for the Medical Services Plan (MSP)

Find out how to apply online or download an application form on the BC Government website here.

To learn more about MSP, please visit the MSP info page on the Government of British Columbia website here.

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.

For further information visit the BC Care Card website here.

Clinics & Hospitals

Vancouver Coastal 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.

The nearest hospital to Blanche Macdonald is the Vancouver General Hospital on 12th Avenue. There is also an Urgent Care Centre at UBC Hospital that provides treatment for urgent but non-life-threatening conditions. Note, Urgent Care Centre is not for emergency care.

Vancouver also has many walk-in clinics. For a nominal fee you can visit a doctor without going to a hospital. To find your nearest clinics click here.

Useful Links and Phone Numbers

Healthcare & Emergencies

Emergency Services (Ambulance, Fire, Police) | 911
Crisis Centre | 604.872.3311 (this is a 24 hour emergency line)
S.A.F.E.R | 604.879.9251 (confidential line for depression, suicide)
Violence Against Woman Crisis Line | 604.255.6344 (24 hour and toll free)
Woman's Crisis Line | 604.872.8212

Immigration

Canada Customs | | 604.666.0545
Immigration Canada | 1.888.242.2100

Transportation

BC Ferries | 250.386.3431
TransLink (Public Transit - Buses, SkyTrain, SeaBus, etc) | 604.953.3333

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. For a list of statutory holidays click here.

Working In Canada

International Students enrolled in one of our Full-time diploma programs are eligible to work up to 20 hours off-campus while attending their studies at Blanche Macdonald Centre. You will need to hold a valid Study Permit and apply for a Social Insurance Number at Service Canada to work off-campus.

To learn more visit Citizenship and Immigration Canada's Work Off Campus site.

Studying at Blanche Macdonald

 

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?

What are the admission requirements?

To meet our admission requirements, all applicants must:

  • Have successfully completed High School or an acceptable equivalent, or be at least 19 years of age.
  • Submit a completed Application form to the school.
  • Demonstrate an aptitude for and strong interest in their chosen subject area.
  • Attend a personal interview with an Admissions Director. For applicants who live out of town or out of the country, these Admission interviews can be conducted over the phone.
  • Exhibit written and conversational English skills that meet the Blanche Macdonald Centre program requirements (see more under "Language Requirements").

It is also 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 three to 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 can be arranged.

Is the college accessible by transit?

Yes! Both the Uptown and Downtown campuses are located on major bus and SkyTrain 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?

Our Program Associates will be happy to assist International students in finding accommodations during their stay in Vancouver. The Blanche Macdonald Centre has a relationship with several Homestay programs and can refer international students to find accommodation services that suit their needs. 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.

Contact Our International Admissions Team

Please contact our International Admissions Team for more information regarding our admission process or start dates.

Atelier Campus

Jaye Wong Klippenstein, International Marketing Director 
jaye@blanchemacdonald.com

Lina Lee, Associate Director International Department
lina.l@blanchemacdonald.com
Lina is also fluent in Korean.

Suggi Zhou, Coordinator, International Department
suggi.z@blanchemacdonald.com
Suggi is also fluent in Mandarin.

Venus Ko, International Marketing Manager
venus.k@blanchemacdonald.com
Venus is also fluent in Cantonese and Mandarin.

Pag Yang, International Marketing 
pag.y@blanchemacdonald.com
Pag is a graduate of UBC and our Global Makeup Artistry program. She is also fluent in Taiwanese, Mandarin and Japanese. 

Vesna Markov, Office Manager, Atelier Campus
Vesna has lived and worked on several continents and is fluent in Serbian and Mandarin.

By phone: 604.685.5560

City Square Campus

Josephine Lee, Associate Director
josephine@blanchemacdonald.com
Josephine is also fluent in Mandarin and Spanish. 
604.685.0347

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