Seneca college
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Brief Introduction

Seneca College of Applied Arts and Technology is a multiple-campus public college. Situated  in the Greater Toronto Area of Ontario, Canada, the college offers full-time and part-time baccalaureate, diploma, certificate and graduate programs. Seneca houses five main campuses and a total of 10 campuses. Each campus boasts of its academic specialties.

Newnham Campus - The campus provides full-time programs in Business, Applied Arts, Applied Science and Engineering Technology.

York Campus - This Toronto campus houses schools in Creative Arts and Animation, Media, Biological Sciences & Applied Chemistry, English & Liberal Studies and Information & Communications Technology.

King Campus - The campus offers programs in applied arts and health sciences.

Markham Campus - The campus houses full- and part-time programs in business, marketing and tourism, and also the college's departments of Finance, Human Resources, and Information Technology Services. The Confucius Institute is also located here. 

Peterborough Campus - Seneca's Peterborough campus is a world-class campus which houses students from the School of Aviation. The Honours Bachelor of Aviation Technology (two to four years) and the Airline Pilot Flight Operations programs are taught at this campus.
The main faculties in Seneca are Applied Arts & Health Sciences, Applied Science & Engineering Technology, Business, and Communication, Art & Design.


Seneca gives you on-campus and off-campus residential options. 

Seneca College currently offers residence at both the Newnham Campus and the King Campus. The King Campus residence has the capacity of hosting around 233 students. The residences at Newnham and King Campus are apartment-styled and are safe, homely and comfortable. Seneca's apartment-style residence buildings at Newnham and King campuses are accessible and fully equipped with all amenities.

Off-Campus - You can choose between the following two off-campus accommodation options – Homestay and Room in a House. Depending on your meal requirements, you may pick either of the accommodation options. The Homestay program gets international students in touch with people in the community who are willing to offer homestay options to international students attending Seneca. These homes provide a safe and home and may include different meal options. The cost for homestay is $1000 CAD per month. Room in a House is similar to the Homestay program, and in this option, students stay with a local family. However, this option does not include meals which means you need to take care of your own meals. The cost of a room in a house is $700 CAD per month.


Seneca offers 10 renewable entrance scholarships of merit ($1,000 each) for international students. Students who have attained a minimum GPA of 80 percent in Grade 12 or equivalent before attending Seneca can apply for the appropriate scholarship upon the commencement of the program.
On-campus Jobs
You can finance your studies by working at part-time jobs on campus at Seneca. If you’re enrolled full time for the term and prove your financial need on your Work-Study application, you may qualify for the Work-Study program.

Jobs and Placements 

The Student Work Placement Program (SWPP) is a Work- Integrated Learning (WIL) funding opportunity provided by the Government of Canada and is administered by Employment and Social Development Canada. This program gives paid work placement opportunities to post-secondary students.
As per the official website, the graduate employment KPI of Seneca College was reported to be 81.7% in 2017-2018.


The infrastructure of the college is impressive in terms of its research capacity. Some of the centres and labs are: 

  • Seneca’s Centre for Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship (CITE)
  • Mechatronics Lab
  • Motors and Process Control Lab
  • Applied Research, Innovation and Entrepreneurship (ARIE) centre.
  • Centre for Research in Student Mobility 

Supporting students’ education in the college are Seneca’s libraries located in King, Markham, Newnham and Seneca@York campuses. The library houses an extensive range of print, electronic and multimedia resources including books, journals, magazines, DVDs, videos and slides. There are more than 100 electronic databases of journal and magazine articles which help students to access information for their research assignments. 

Getting to Seneca College

The nearest city is Toronto. You can get to Seneca College by Metro – Take a train from Queen Station to Finch and then get off at Finch Avenue east and walk to Seneca. The time taken to reach the college will be 45 minutes. You could also pick up a taxi or Uber. It will be a 20-km drive and take 15 mins.

Faculty of Applied Arts & Health Sciences

The departments under this faculty are the School of Community Services; School of Early Childhood Education; School of Health Sciences; School of Nursing; School of Public Safety; School of Recreation & Environmental Studies

1. School of Community Services

The programs develop the skills required to address the needs of individuals, groups and families. Students will get insights into the physical, cognitive, social, and emotional needs of others and how to work with that facing poverty, homelessness, immigration and addictions. The school provides diploma and certificate courses in Social Service worker to international students. 

2. School of Early Childhood Education

The 50-year old school provides programs offering theory and practical applications to understand and guide child development. The certificate and diploma courses are offered in Early Childhood Education.

3. School of Nursing

The school provides certificate and diploma courses in Personal Support Worker.

4. School of Health Sciences

The college’s health science programs prepare you for careers in the fields of healthcare and animal health industries. Each of the programs provide students with  in-depth theory, practical training and real-world experience. The curriculum is taught by industry professionals. By the end of the program, you will have achieved the skills and knowledge needed to improve the health and lives of the others. 

5. School of Public Safety

The school helps you prepare for an exciting profession where you can help people and work for the prosperity of networks and communities.  The School offers you a host of highly regarded programs that will pave the way for you in careers within community services, law enforcement, public safety, or behavioural psychology. 

6. School of Recreation and Environmental Studies 

The school offers programs which help people and communities reach their maximum potential. On offer are innovative programs that will prepare you for professional  careers in the fields of recreational services, fitness leadership, or environmental landscaping. You will acquire the necessary skills and first-hand experience working across Seneca’s 700-acre King Campus and by taking part in field placements or Work-Integrated Learning activities. By the end of the program, you will have gained enough skills to support others in building a healthy and sustainable environment. 

Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering Technology

The departments here are the School of Aviation; School of Biological Sciences & Applied Chemistry; School of Electronics & Mechanical Engineering Technology; School of Environmental & Civil Engineering; Technology; School of Fire Protection Engineering Technology; School of Information & Communications Technology.

1. School of Biological Sciences & Applied Chemistry

This college has provided training in chemical, pharmaceutical, and biological sciences for more than 35 years. Graduates from this school can be found all over the world. Our trained  faculty consults advisory committees who are leaders in biotechnology, chemical technology, and pharmaceutical industries.

The schools provide diploma and certificate courses open for International Students in the following areas:Biotechnology, Chemical Engineering Technology, Chemical Laboratory Technician. 

2. School of Electronics & Mechanical Engineering Technology

Is working in the advanced manufacturing industry your career goal? Are you interested in Mechatronics? Then this is the right school for you. The schools provide diploma and certificate courses open for International Students in the following areas: Building Systems Engineering Technician, Computer Engineering Technology, Computer Networking and Technical Support, Computer Programming and Analysis, Computer Systems Technology, Electromechanical Engineering Technology, Electronics Engineering Technician, Electronics Engineering Technology, Mechanical Engineering Technology - Building Sciences. 

3. School of Environmental & Civil Engineering Technology

Through Seneca's Environmental and Civil Engineering Technology programs,  students can figure out how to plan and come up with creative solutions to human difficulties at home and around the globe. Students in the school will get to work with industry experts, utilize front line innovation and increase functional experience through work-incorporated learning openings. With scholastic acknowledgement from Seneca, you'll be on the way to success in this unique field. The schools provide diploma and certificate courses open for International Students in the following areas: Civil Engineering Technician, Civil Engineering Technology.

4. School of Fire Protection Engineering Technology

The Fire Protection programs offered in Seneca are considered to the top-of-the-line programs offered anywhere in North America. The programs teach you the best skills necessary not only in fire suppression but also in prevention. The schools provide diploma and certificate courses open for International Students in the following areas: Fire Protection Engineering Technician and Fire Protection Engineering Technology. 

5. School of Information & Communications Technology

Want to be a leader in the digital world and a driver of new technology? Regardless of whether you are programming, designing secure systems or driving business tech developments, Seneca's Information and Communications Technology projects will assist you. The most extensive suite of projects, master personnel, industry organizations and state-of-the-art labs provide you with avenues which go past simply learning.

The industry partners of this school are - Chemical Institute of Canada (CIC) through the Canadian Society for Chemical Technology (CSCT); Clinical Research Association of Canada (CRAC); Network of Networks (N2); Consortium of Academic Programs in Clinical Research (CoAPCR); Association of Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP); Canadian Association of Professional Regulatory Affairs (CAPRA); Pharmaceutical Sciences Group (PSG); Society of Cosmetic Chemists; Royal Society of Chemistry[ BioTalent Canada; Life Sciences Ontario
The schools provide diploma and certificate courses open for International Students in the following areas: Project Management - Information Technology.

6. School of Aviation 

Seneca boasts of being one of Canada’s premier aviation schools and a national leader in aviation education. It is well-known for the superlative quality of its graduates and faculty and strong industry partnerships. These programs will give you the skills necessary to build careers in flight, airline operations, safety management or quality assurance.

Faculty of Communication, Art & Design.

This Department consists of the School of Arts & Science;  School of Creative Arts & Animation;  School of Fashion; and the School of Media.

1. School of Arts & Science

The schools provide diploma and certificate courses open for International Students in the following areas: General Arts King, General Arts - English for Academic Purposes.

2. School of Creative Arts & Animation

The school and their courses help awaken the creative juices in you. It hones your skills and makes you industry-ready to take up any challenges in the digital art world. The schools provide diploma and certificate courses open for International Students in the following areas: 3D Animation, Art Fundamentals, Arts and Science, Game Art and Animation, Graphic Design, Illustration, Interactive Media Design, Photography, Visual Effects for Film and Television. 

3. School of Fashion

If you know that you have the creativity but you need that extra professional skill to help you get an edge and succeed in the challenging world of  Fashion, then  this is the School for you. You will get to experience real-world scenarios by working in fashion houses and taking part in shows. Added to that, you will be able to make use of the Seneca Fashion Resource Centre to further your skills even more. The diploma and certificate courses open for International Students are in the following areas: Cosmetic Techniques and Management, Esthetician, Esthetics and Spa Therapies, Fashion Arts, Fashion Studies.

4. School of Media

Story-telling is considered one of the hottest new careers all over the world. If you are inclined to be a teller of stories whether through digitally, word, dance, or drama, head on over to the School of Media and explore what it can offer you. The schools provide diploma and certificate courses open for International Students in the following areas: Broadcasting - Television, Government Relations, Journalism, Public Relations - Corporate Communications.

Seneca Business

One of Canada’s largest business schools, Seneca Business, offers courses in practically all the areas of business.
This department has the:

1. School of Accounting & Financial Services

If there is any institute in Ontario which can offer you the maximum number of courses in Accounting and Chartered Professional Accountants (CPA) having the most number of recognitions, then it is Seneca. The college boasts of a strength of more than 2200 students who take up degree and graduate certificates. You could take up careers in film and television, non-profit organizations, consumer products, education, information technology, among many others after passing out from this school.

2. School of English & Liberal Studies

The English and Liberal Studies courses are critical in developing critical thinking, interpersonal skills and communication in any university in the world, and it is no different in Seneca. The general education and liberal studies framework guides the breadth requirements for graduation in your program. It responds to mandates of the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, the Postsecondary Education Quality Assessment Board, as well as the Conference Board of Canada.

3. School of Hospitality & Tourism

Does the exotic world of tourism and hospitality entice you? Do you want to travel the world pursuing a career you love? Then think no further. For over 35 years, Seneca has produced graduates who are found in all the four corners of the world - working in hotels, airlines or cruise ships. 

  •  School of International Business & Management; 
  • School of Leadership & Human Resources
  •  School of Legal, Public & Office Administration
  •  School of Marketing
Annual fees for Indians $15,998
Annual off-campus living $3,200
Source : GyanDhan's analysis & university's website as of year 2018

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