Columbia College is a liberal arts college offering first- and second-year university level courses that can lead to a Columbia College Associate Degree and are fully transferable to local universities. Columbia College also offers High School programs, including a BC Ministry of Education Certified Senior Secondary Program and an accredited English as a Secondary Language Program in its English Language Centre.
The College is situated in Vancouver, British Columbia, on Canada's west coast. It is conveniently located in a brand new modern education facility near downtown, close to public transit, shops, restaurants, and theatres.
General Admission Requirements (All Students)
To be admissible to an academic Program (University Transfer or High School Program) at the College, applicants must:
- Meet the College's requirements for the program to which they are applying,
- Demonstrate English ability, and
- Be at least 15 years of age when starting at the College
Applicants who do not meet the minimum English language requirements may register in a program combining academic studies with non-credit coursework in English or in the College's English for Academic Purposes Program.
English Language Requirements
Academic Program (University transfer/Associate Degree or High School Program
- There is no minimum English level required for admission to an academic program, however, all new students must demonstrate their ability in English before they register and start classes.
- Students with a lower level of English will be scheduled for non-credit English classes before or during their academic studies at the College.
Demonstrating English ability
One of the following can be used to demonstrate your English ability:
- Write the Columbia College Language and Writing Assessment (LWA) on arrival at the College, before registering in classes
- A-C- grade in Communications 12 for enrolment in Writing 099 or a C grade for enrolment in English 100
- 50% with a provincial exam in English 12 for enrolment in English 100 or 67% with a provincial exam for enrolment in English 101
- 55% without a provincial exam in English 12 for enrolment in English 100 or 70% with a provincial exam for enrolment in English 101
- Minimum required scores in a first-year English course taken at another BC university or college
- A minimum score on the IELTS, CAEL, LPI, LWA, MELAB, TOEFL CBT, TOEFL PBT, TOEFL iBT. Students with a lower level of English will have to enroll in non-credit English courses.
Verify language requirements with the institution directly
Note for Fall 2020:
The College accepts Duoling English Test for September 2020 intake. Please visit the institution website for details.
BC Secondary School (or equivalent)
Information for BC Secondary School graduates planning to enter the University Transfer Program can be found here.
Information for Out-of-Province Secondary School graduates planning to enter the University Transfer Program can be found here.
Out-of-Province Transfer Student
For General Admission requirements to Columbia College check here.
If you are at least 19 years old it may be possible to complete Columbia's Adult Secondary Graduation Diploma. Graduates then enter the University Transfer Program at Columbia before proceeding to university.
University Transfer Program
- Applicants must have high school graduation (or the equivalent of British Columbia Grade 12 graduation) with a satisfactory (minimum C grade) average on academic Grade 12 subjects.
- Additional information for International Students planning to enter the University Transfer Program can be found here.
University Foundation Program
- Applicants must complete the equivalent of British Columbia Grade 10 or 11 courses with a satisfactory average on academic subjects. Additional information for international students planning to enter the University Foundation Program can be found here.
Other Student (including Special Consideration)
If you have any questions about Admissions, including special consideration, please contact the Admissions team:
Phone: +1 604 683 8360
How to Apply
There are four steps to the application process:
Step 1: Apply in person or online
Step 2: Pay the application fee and submit the required documents
Step 3: Pay the tuition deposit
Step 4: Apply for a study permit
For details of the application process, including information on where to submit an application, deadlines, application and tuition fees, please click here.