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toronto acupuncture training collegeWelcoming Information for International Students

Eight Branches Academy of Eastern Medicine is a private learning institution designated by the Canadian government to host international students.

All students interested in enrolling are asked to submit an application form.

International students accepted by Eight Branches and wishing to enroll in programs of over 6 months should be aware of the latest Canadian regulations for obtaining a study permit. The reference source of information is Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) – which offers services online and is responsible for admitting foreign students, visitors and immigrants.

After receiving your acceptance package from Eight Branches you may apply for your study permit through the Immigration Canada website:

Usual requirements include: proof of identity; a medical examination; proof of financial support (money to cover tuition fees, return transportation to country of origin and $10,000 to cover living expenses in Canada for one year).

Admission interviews

Admission interviews can be conducted over the telephone and other arrangements can be made to accommodate the needs of students living abroad. Interviews are scheduled after all materials have been received and evaluated by Eight Branches. An acceptance letter with the Designated Learning Institution number will be issued by Eight Branches to include with the visa application form.

Language Requirement

English proficiency will be assessed during the interview process. Additional proof of English writing and reading skills may be requested at a later date if necessary.

Proficiency in English is important to successfully participate in theory classes as well as to perform adequately at the teaching clinic where students take charge of patients and dispense treatment.

Working in Canada

Students with a valid study permit are permitted to work off campus up to 20 hours per week.  Graduates of Eight Branches are eligible to write board regulatory licensing exams with the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of Ontario.  For more information on working as a TCM Practitioner or Acupuncturist in Ontario please visit:

Location & Environment

Eight Branches is easily accessible by public transport. We are located within walking distance from Downtown Toronto, Museums and Cultural Centres; Chinatown, as well as the Nordheimer Ravine, a spacious natural park in the middle of the city.

Housing Accommodations

Eight Branches can provide information on Housing options upon request. Please contact the administrative office for more detailed information. For housing accommodation near Eight Branches we recommend visiting: