FAQ – Spanish

The Cornerstone International Community College of Canada is situated in the vibrant city of Vancouver, British Columbia, on the West Coast of Canada. It has three campuses located in the heart of Vancouver.

Cornerstone College, a private institution with a 40-year legacy in the education industry, has references available on two informative websites: 

  1. The first resource is the official website of the federal government, which compiles a list of colleges and universities across Canada where registered individuals can obtain a student permit. To locate Cornerstone International Community College of Canada (CICCC), follow these steps:
  • Visit the federal government’s website.
  • Navigate to the drop-down menu and select British Columbia.
  • Enter «Cornerstone» in the search bar to find CICCC’s Designated Learning Institution (DLI) number. 
  1. The second resource is provided by the government of the province of British Columbia, offering additional information and resources related to Cornerstone College.

Cornerstone College provides a diverse range of educational opportunities with ten diploma program options, including: 

  1. Hospitality Management
  2. Customer Relations
  3. International Business Management
  4. Digital Marketing
  5. Advanced Digital Marketing
  6. UI/UX Design 
  7. Advanced UI/UX Design 
  8. Web Development
  9. Network and System Solutions
  10. Data Science.

In addition to these diploma programs, Cornerstone College offers four types of English as a Second Language courses and four industry certificate opportunities.

Yes! At Cornerstone College, students have the opportunity to work while studying, but this option is specifically available during co-op programs. It’s important to note that English classes in Canada offered by the college do not grant the possibility of a work permit. Work-study options are primarily associated with co-op programs, providing students with valuable practical experience alongside their academic pursuits

The registration process at Cornerstone College is a straightforward procedure:

Program or Course Selection: Begin by choosing your desired program or course.

Online Application: Complete the online application form to officially apply for the selected program.

English Proficiency Assessment: Your English proficiency will be assessed to ensure you meet the admission requirements.

Acceptance Confirmation: Upon acceptance into the program, you will receive both an invoice and a formal letter of acceptance.

Visa Application: With the letter of acceptance, initiate the second step by applying for a student and/or work permit at the nearest Canadian Embassy.

While the college is not directly responsible for the study permit application process, we are committed to assisting you. We provide guidance on various aspects of the application, including Permit Types, Procedural Steps, Official Information Sources, and Legal Representation.

Cornerstone College is dedicated to providing comprehensive support to students during their co-op period and job search. The assistance includes:

Resume and Cover Letter Support: We help students craft Canadian resumes and effective cover letters tailored to local standards.

Communication with Employers: Facilitating communication between students and potential employers to enhance networking and job prospects.

Job Application Process: Guiding students through the job application process, offering insights and tips for successful applications.

Workshops: Conducting workshops on crucial aspects of the job search, including job interviews, effective job search strategies, and understanding Canadian work culture.

Job Bank Management: The college manages an updated job bank, providing a platform that connects students with potential employers, thereby increasing opportunities for employment.

The average salary for co-op work experiences at Cornerstone College varies based on factors such as the company, job type, and the individual’s education and work background. Typically, salaries are influenced by the level of experience, with more experienced individuals often earning higher incomes.

According to Glassdoor.ca, the average co-op student salary in Canada is CAD 78,458.00 per year or  CAD 40.24 per hour. Entry-level positions start at CAD 43,412.00 per year, while most experienced workers make up to CAD 140,486.00 per year. 

The minimum enrollment age for English Courses at Cornerstone is 16, while for Diploma Programs, the minimum age is 18. Importantly, there is no upper age limit for any of our educational opportunities. At Cornerstone College, we welcome individuals of all ages who are eager to learn.

Beyond the tuition and application fees, it’s important for students to be aware of additional expenses, including: 

  • Accommodation: Costs vary based on your chosen option. Explore suggestions on our website under Your Stay.
  • Health Insurance: Approximately CAD 186.00 for three months (based on 31 days/month) with a daily rate of CAD 2.00. Further details can be found in the «Health Insurance Information» section.
  • Province’s Health Insurance: CAD 75.00 per month, applicable for those staying in British Columbia for over six months.
  • Transportation: Monthly passes start at CAD 105.00, with costs increasing for more distant accommodations.
  • Utilities: Generally included in rent; however, expect an additional cost of around CAD 400.00 per month for meals if not provided.
  • Spouses and Children: For students with families, costs vary.

It’s essential to note that including family members in your study permit application requires demonstrating additional savings to the Canadian government. Furthermore, spousal permit eligibility is typically only granted by institutions capable of awarding degrees (Bachelor’s, Master’s, or Doctorate).

 

Feel free to reach out if you have more questions or need further assistance!

In the event that the Canadian government rejects your study permit application, you can consider the following steps:

Review and Improve Application: Take the time to carefully review the rejection letter provided by the government, as it explains the reasons for the denial. Use this information to identify and address any issues in your application.

Reapplication: You have the option to reapply for the study permit after addressing the concerns outlined in the rejection letter. If necessary, Cornerstone College can provide you with an updated acceptance letter to support your reapplication.

Refund Request: If you choose not to reapply or encounter circumstances that warrant a refund, you can submit a refund request. It’s important to note that applicants typically lose the application fee and may be subject to a CAD 80.00 administrative fee. Refunds are processed within approximately 30 days once the calculation is confirmed.

After completing your studies at Cornerstone, several scenarios may unfold:

  1. Pursue Higher Education: Some students choose to enroll in other schools or universities to obtain a Master’s or Bachelor’s degree. It is often recommended to consider public institutions, as they may have more accessible pathways for students already residing in Canada.
  2. Employment and Immigration Support: Another path involves finding employment with a company or employer willing to support you in your immigration application with the Canadian government. Securing a job offer can be a crucial step in the process.
  3. Return to Home Country: Alternatively, some students may decide to return to their country of origin after completing their studies.

Each student’s journey is unique, and the choice depends on individual goals, career aspirations, and personal circumstances.

Becoming a Permanent Resident of Canada involves a comprehensive process, and while academic programs can be a part of your journey, they do not guarantee Permanent Residency. The process generally includes specific immigration programs designed for this purpose.

For the most accurate and up-to-date information on immigration programs and requirements, it is recommended to explore the government website for Immigration and Citizenship. The website provides detailed and current information on various pathways to Permanent Residency.

We recommend contacting the School Board of your children’s level of education in advance as each board stablishes their own criteria. However, generally speaking they ask for:

  • Parent(s) having a study/work permit for at least one year of duration.
  • Parent(s) having a part-time or full-time job.

Also, you must check start date and other requirements pertinent to the intended public school for your child(en).

Note you can read more about this on this link:

https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/education-training/k-12/administration/legislation-policy/public-schools/eligibility-of-students-for-operating-grant-funding

The minimum wage in the Province of British Columbia is CAD 16.75 per hour.

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