U.S. Admission Requirements and General Admissions Policy

Admissions requirements

Applicants must have a high school diploma or equivalent to be admitted onto GIA courses and programmes. On Campus and Lab class applicants must be at least 18 years of age prior to attending orientation and any class. GIA accepts Distance Education eLearning applications from individuals who are at least 16 years of age and have a high school diploma or the equivalent. Applications from applicants younger than 18 must be signed by a parent or legal guardian and must include a letter of approval from a parent or guardian. GIA does not accept applications from individuals younger than 16.

Applicants who have been convicted of a felony must also submit the following documents to be reviewed by the Admissions Committee:

  • A detailed explanation of the circumstances surrounding the felony and how a GIA education will support the applicant’s career goals
  • A copy of court documents stating the judgment, sentence, disposition and any terms of parole or probation
  • At least one character reference letter from a non-relative written on appropriate letterhead

General admissions policy

It is GIA’s policy not to engage in discrimination against or harassment of any student enrolled in, or seeking enrolment in GIA on the basis of race, colour, national origin, ethnicity, religion, gender, age, disability, medical condition, pregnancy status, marital status, sexual orientation, veteran status, gender identity, caste, union membership, political affiliation, physical appearance, HIV status, or any other classification protected by applicable local, state or federal laws. All students have the rights and privileges to participate in programmes and activities generally accorded or made available to students of the school. GIA reserves the right to deny an application and cancel an enrolment at any time.