English-language preparation and UBC’s Conditional Admission Program

English-language preparation and UBC’s Conditional Admission Program

Undergraduate students

If you have a strong record of academic achievement but do not yet meet UBC’s English-language requirement, you may be eligible for the Conditional Admission Program (CAP), which offers English-language preparation leading to undergraduate degree programs.

If you are admitted into CAP, you will be accepted into your chosen undergraduate program on the condition that you successfully complete the UBC Continuing Studies English Language Institute Intensive English Program (IEP), which provides full-time English-language training in either:

  • 8-week accelerated sessions scheduled to start in July and finish at the end of August (only open to CAP students)
  • 16-week sessions scheduled to start in January, May, or September (open to both CAP and other students)

Once you have successfully completed the IEP, you can transition into your degree program.

Graduate students

The Faculty of Graduate Studies may extend conditional offers of admission to highly qualified graduate applicants who do not quite meet the minimum UBC English-language proficiency requirement.

A conditional admission allows you to obtain study permits (if necessary) and begin your English-language studies in the UBC Continuing Studies English Language Institute (ELI). Upon successful completion of the prescribed terms of study in the ELI, you will proceed directly into your graduate degree program.

First round offers of admissions to UBC

First round offers of admissions to UBC

UBC will give first round offers of admission to a limited number of highly competitive high school students who follow the Canadian curriculum. These students can expect to hear from UBC as early as late January. Here is what you need to know:

Which session do first round offers of admission apply to?

UBC will offer first round offers of admission for the 2018 Summer Session and 2018 Winter Session.

What must students do to be considered for first round offers of admission?

First round offers of admission will be offered to a small number of students. To be considered, students must:

  • Apply by December 1, 2017
  • Submit all completed final grades in the academic profile section of the UBC online application
  • Have very competitive grades and competitive personal profile scores
  • Meet all the admission requirements

Students will not be refused based on Grade 11-level grades presented in their application. Students who are not offered a first round offer of admission will automatically be evaluated again in March through the regular admissions process.

Students who are not offered a first round offer of admission in late January/mid-February will not be disadvantaged in any way in terms of their chances of getting in to UBC.

When will first round offers of admission decisions be made?

First round offers of admission to UBC will commence in late January and continue until mid-February. Applicants who are not offered a first round offer of admission will be re-evaluated once February–March grades are available. 

What are students’ next steps after receiving a first round offer of admission?

Students who receive a first round offer of admission:

  • All students have to maintain their academic standing in order to keep their offer of admission.
  • Spring 2018: UBC will verify interim grades.
  • July 2018: UBC will verify all final grades.

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Course-selection tips for Grade 11/junior students

Course-selection tips for Grade 11/junior students

It’s time to start planning which Grade 12/senior-level courses to take if you’re going to apply to attend UBC in September 2018. In today’s post, we’ve got some tips that you can start doing this September to help you prepare for next fall.

Choosing Grade 12/senior-level courses

Choose courses that meet:
• Your high school graduation requirements.
• UBC’s general admission requirements.
• UBC’s program-specific requirements (for Canadian students and international students). At UBC, you apply to a first-choice and a second-choice program, so make sure that your courses meet the requirements of both of these programs.

If you haven’t yet decided which UBC program you want to study, don’t worry! Just make sure that at minimum, you meet UBC’s general admission requirements. Every UBC program has specific requirements beyond the general admission requirements, but some programs have fewer than others.

Please note: Online/distributed-learning courses must be completed by February 1 in order for those grades to be used as part of your admissions average.

Make sure you will meet UBC’s English language requirement

Since English is the primary language of instruction at UBC, you will need to meet UBC’s English Language Admission Standard.

Start thinking about your Personal Profile

UBC will evaluate your application based on a combination of your academics and your Personal Profile. Your Personal Profile will highlight your experiences outside the classroom, your ambition, leadership, and preparedness for university. Learn more about the Personal Profile and start thinking about what you are learning – and want to learn – from your non-academic experiences in the coming year.

Do your best

More students apply to UBC than we can admit, so getting into UBC is – and will be – a competitive process. Depending on your high school, your UBC admissions average can be based on a combination of your last two years of high school, so work hard and aim for high grades. If you are a Canadian student, check out our grades required for admissions consideration.

Get the facts

No matter where you are from or which school system you are in, program-specific requirements change from year to year so be sure to refer to the Admissions web page for the most up-to-date information.

BC and Yukon applicants: reporting your English 12 results

BC and Yukon applicants: reporting your English 12 results

During the self-reporting period we receive a number of questions about English 12 and the English 12 Provincial Exam. Here are answers to two of the most common questions we receive.

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