International students can enter Canadian community college diploma programs in applied business technology directly from high school. Students must apply using the using the post-secondary application service of the province, if relevant, or directly to the institute.

Community colleges generally offer open admission in which students are admitted on a first-come first-served basis. However, admission to most community college applied business technology programs also requires international students to submit proof of completion of a secondary school diploma or equivalent along with acceptable performance in required subjects such as English and math. In selecting applicants, the business school or program department may also ask an applicant to write a personal essay, take an admissions test, complete a questionnaire, or demonstrate his or her skills and aptitudes for the program.

Career colleges differ from community colleges in that some offer continuous enrolment with programs starting every month; others operate on a more traditional semester system with a fall and/ or winter intake. Many career colleges in Canada therefore have no cut-off dates for admission and instead process applications all year round. Others have specific deadlines after which applications are no longer considered. Both community colleges and career colleges with internal scholarships and bursaries may encourage early application in order to qualify for these awards and financial assistance. At this level as well, application consists of an official application form (usually downloaded), a fee, transcripts, and any of the additional requirements mentioned above.