International Students

International students and workers are part of the day-to-day fabric of Banff. We’re proud to welcome dozens of young international students to Banff every year.

International Students enrolled in our programs are eligible for a Student Work Visa. This visa allows you to fulfill your paid work component of the program while also being eligible to work an additional 20 hours a week off-campus. No Working Holiday Visa required.

Graduates of this program are NOT eligible for a post-graduate work permit.

International Student Handbook
International students are welcome to review our International Student Handbook and reach out to admissions regarding supports located in Banff.

Download the international student handbook

Application Status

Winter skills instructor internship program


4 Weeks Instructor Clinic


12 Week CSIA/CASI Level 1 & 2 Instructor Program


Mountaineering Adventure Skills Program


Whitewater Canoe/Raft Guide School


Outdoor adventure guide diploma


Contact Administration

International Student Supports

The Town of Banff is an incredibly vibrant and inclusive community. One of Banff’s greatest strengths is the international presence of new Canadians and temporary workers who make Banff home. At Timberline we take great pride in supporting our international students as they make Banff their new home for study and work. To that end, Timberline provides adequate, comfortable accommodation for 100% of our domestic and foreign students. Upon arrival to Canada Timberline staff greet all international students at Calgary International Airport, support them in setting up Canadian bank accounts, healthcare and social insurance numbers. Throughout their studies international students have access to ongoing mental health supports and career guidance.

Learning Spaces

Students have a blend of classroom based and practical learning in the mountains. Indoor training typically takes place at 333 Banff Ave, Banff, AB or 100 Norquay Road, Banff, AB. Outdoor training takes place at a variety of locations in Banff National Park, Kananaskis Provincial Park, Jasper National Park and Kootenay National Park.


All of our students live in fully furnished housing where they are able to practice healthy independent living with their peers from all over Canada and abroad.


Banff is a very progressive, open and welcoming space. There are frequent events and volunteer opportunities for students.


Banff has a main hospital, 7-day a week walk-in doctor’s office, pharmacies and several physiotherapy practices.

Ongoing support

We have great mental health and career guidance supports at Timberline Academy for young people making the transition to a new community and culture.

Social Life

Banff has a vibrant nightlife with great bars, restaurants and pubs. There is also a strong arts and music culture in the community. The legal drinking age is 18 years old in the province of Alberta.

Everything you need to know as an international student is in our handbook

Download the international student handbook

Want to learn more about our international student programs?

We look forward to speaking with you

Contact Us!