English Language Competence

As English is the language of instruction at the UBC Okanagan campus, all applicants, regardless of citizenship status or country of origin, will be required to demonstrate competence in the English language prior to admission. Competence is expected in all four of the following skills: listening, reading, speaking, and writing.

Applicants may demonstrate English language competence by one of the following:

  • three consecutive years of full-time education in English in Canada. Such education must include BC Grade 12 English or equivalent and can be in a combination of secondary and post-secondary education;
  • four consecutive years of full-time education in English in a country where English is the principal language, as determined by UBC. Such education must include BC Grade 12 English or equivalent and can be in a combination of secondary and post-secondary education. Years completed in a recognized international school, where English is the language of instruction, may be eligible for inclusion in the required years of instruction;
  • three consecutive years of full-time education in English outside of Canada in a school certified by a Canadian province to offer the secondary school curriculum of that province. Such education must include BC Grade 12 English or equivalent;
  • a minimum final English (non-ESL) grade in one of the following:

BC English 12 provincial exam (or equivalent1) 70%
BC English Literature 12 provincial exam (or equivalent1) 70%
IB English A1 or A2 (Standard or Higher) 5
AP English Language and Composition 4
AP English Literature and Composition 4
GCE Advanced-Level English B
1 In an approved school or country where English is the principal language. Grade scale may be adjusted for different grading practices.
  • successful completion of the equivalent of four years of full-time instruction in a school/institution in Canada in which the major language of instruction is other than English, but where the level of English proficiency required is equivalent to that in English-language schools or institutions in Canada. Such education must include the equivalent to BC Grade 12 English and can be a combination of secondary and post-secondary education (this will include applicants from CEGEPs who have completed English as a first language);
  • graduation from a recognized degree program at an accredited university at which English is the primary language of instruction and in a country where English is the principal language, as determined by UBC;
  • successful completion of 6 credits of post-secondary first-year English studies for which UBC grants transfer credit;
  • successful completion of the UBC Okanagan campus English Foundation Program;
  • successful completion of the UBC Vantage College program;
  • the competence standard indicated on one of the tests or programs of English language proficiency as listed in the table English Language Proficiency Tests and Programs that evaluates skills in listening, reading, speaking, and writing.

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