At ABM College, you will meet many faculty and staff members dedicated to the success of all students, including International Students. There are also numerous services available to support you throughout your academic career on and off the college campus. Familiarize yourself with your new city, the resources available, and remember that academic success is not simply a result of studying hard, but also of a balanced, healthy and organized lifestyle. Take time to build friendships and enjoy your leisure time. Currently only programs at our Calgary campus are eligible for an international study permit; the following is helpful information about the city, our campus and more.
Student Arrival & Orientation
When you arrive at the airport to start your program at ABM College, if you request it, a member of our team will provide a reception for you at the airport. To get acquainted with the campus and your program, every new student is required to attend a full day student orientation where our team will ensure you are ready to start your program studies.
Working While Studying
As an international student, if you meet the eligibility requirements, you may be able to work on or off campus without a work permit for:
- 20 hours or less per week during regular academic session (part time)
- More than 20 hours per week during regularly scheduled breaks from academic session (full time)
International students enrolled in the following programs are not eligible to work with a study permit:
- Language programs (such as English or French as a Second Language) at designated institutions
- Academic upgrading coursework (such as secondary education equivalency)
- Coursework that does not lead to a certificate, diploma or degree
- Academic, vocational or professional training program that leads to a degree, diploma or certificate, and that is less than 6 months in duration
Post Graduate Work Permit
Students of private career colleges are not automatically eligible for a post graduate work permit. Refer to the Government of Canada's eligibility requirements for more information.
Getting Around Calgary
Almost all neighbourhoods in Calgary have a community association, where you can become involved in various activities and events. They can help you meet new people and learn what life is like in your new community.
City of Calgary Map
Important Local Phone Numbers
|311||For City of Calgary information or to request a service within city limits:|
· Report concerns such as excessive snow or ice on roadways, back lanes, or sidewalks.
· Report non-working streetlamps
· Noise complaints
311 offers language translation services for more than 200 languages, if you state the name of your language in English a translator will be provided.
|211||For information about community or social resources available in Calgary. This includes financial, social, food and mental health support. Free and confidential translation services are available.|
|811||For physical or mental information and advice provided by a registered nurse. The nurse will be able to diagnose your illness, but will tell you if you should seek medical treatment or try treatment at home. Translation services are available.|
Places of Worship
ABM College welcomes students of any religious background or affiliation.
There are a wide variety of religious organizations in Calgary; these are some of them near the ABM College Campus: