UBC Conditional Admission Program

If you have a strong record of academic achievement but do not yet meet the UBC English language requirement, you may be eligible for the Conditional Admission Program, which offers English language preparation leading to an undergraduate degree program on UBC’s Vancouver campus for bachelor degree programs in all faculties.

In order to be considered as a conditionally admitted student, you must first apply to the UBC degree program and campus of your choice. As a conditionally admitted UBC student, you are accepted into your undergraduate or graduate program on the condition that you develop your academic English to the required standard through successful completion of the UBC English Language Institute’s English for Academic Purposes (EAP) program.

Admission to the Conditional Admission Program

Am I eligible?

Students applying for conditional admission to a UBC undergraduate program must have:

  • a strong academic record (apart from English language scores) and should rank in the top 50% of students admitted into the prior year’s undergraduate program.
  • met the minimum competence score for entry to the Conditional Admission Program. You can view the minimum scores you need on the English Language Proficiency Index webpage (refer to the righthand column).

How do I apply?

  1. Apply to your degree program and campus of choice by January 15 for admission in September of the same year.
  2. Based on your English language test score and academic record, UBC’s admissions professionals will determine if you are a candidate for conditional admission or another one of UBC’s Academic English development programs.

If you require additional time to complete your UBC online application, please contact Undergraduate Admissions in Enrolment Services.

English for Academic Purposes

Once you have been accepted to the Conditional Admission Program, you will be required to register for the English for Academic Purposes program.

The EAP program has two options:

  • 16-week session scheduled to begin in January, May, or August/September
  • 8-week accelerated session scheduled to begin in July

and offers:

  • training in academic English in a university setting
  • 24 hours of classes
  • an English-only policy to help you learn more effectively
  • the confidence of knowing you have been accepted into your program once you pass
  • the ability to apply for a study permit on the basis that you have been conditionally admitted to UBC

Please note that you cannot apply to the Conditional Admission Program through the English Language Institute.

Completing the Conditional Admission Program

For entry into an undergraduate program beginning in September, you must successfully complete English for Academic Purposes by the end of August.

How do I pass English for Academic Purposes?

Conditionally admitted students must complete two courses – Speaking & Listening, and Reading & Writing – at Level 600 and must achieve at least 75% in each course. You may complete these requirements in either an 8-week accelerated session, or a 16-week regular session. However, you have up to 12 months to meet these requirements.

Do I have to meet the Language  Proficiency Index (LPI) requirement?

Meeting the LPI is not a requirement for admission to UBC. However, if you need to take one or more first-year English courses on the Okanagan campus, you must first meet the first-year English prerequisite. First-year English courses on the Vancouver campus do not have any prerequisites.

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