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Applicants to Vantage College

Applicants apply to UBC Vantage College via an online application form. The fundamental principles governing admission to UBC Vantage College are the mandate to diversify the international student population and the capacity of the student to matriculate into a UBC degree program.

All applicants to UBC Vantage College must demonstrate.

  • a minimum level of English proficiency as indicated in the English Language requirement section.
  • a suitable level of academic proficiency in the senior level of secondary school study in their domestic curriculum equivalent to having at least a 70% average in the BC/Yukon Secondary School curriculum.

Further, students applying to the Engineering stream in the Vantage Program must have completed:

  • senior-level Mathematics (Pre-Calculus)
  • senior-level Chemistry
  • senior-level Physics

Further, students applying to the Management stream in the Vantage Program must have completed:

  • senior-level Mathematics (Pre-Calculus)

Further, students applying to the Science stream in the Vantage Program must have completed:

  • senior-level Mathematics (Pre-Calculus), with a minimum grade of 68% (or nearest equivalent on other grading scales)
  • Grade 11 Chemistry and Physics or equivalents to BC/Yukon school curriculum

Due to receipt of more qualified applicants than there are spaces available, a higher admission average may be required. Applicants will be assessed for admission based on the following criteria:

  • academic performance in secondary school
  • secondary school curriculum and coursework
  • level of English language preparation

The UBC Vantage College admissions committee may seek additional information relevant to the applicant’s background such as, for example, an applicant’s personal statement of academic experience and aspirations.

The Principal of UBC Vantage College has the right to make case-by-case admission decisions on behalf of the College. The College reserves the right to determine whether or not a student is eligible for admission.

Many students will be admitted on the basis of interim grades to ensure that offers of admission meet the needs of both the applicant and the university for timely decision-making. Students who are admitted on interim grades and whose final grades drop below the final competitive admission average may be contacted by the College and required to participate in support programs to facilitate academic success or have their offers of admission withdrawn at the discretion of the College.

English Language Requirements

The language of instruction in the UBC Vantage College Program is English. Before being granted admission into the College, applicants must demonstrate a suitable level of English proficiency.

  English Language Qualification Entry Requirements
CAE Certificate in Advanced English CEFR Level B2
CAEL Canadian Academic English Language Assessment Overall 50
With the speaking sub-test 40
CEL UBC Certificate in English Language 400
CELPIP Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program
CELPIT-A (Academic Reading and Writing) 3L
CELL (Listening) 3L
CELTOP (Speaking) 3L
CPE Certificate of Proficiency in English N/A
IELTS International English Language Testing System (Academic) 5.5 overall
Minimum 5.0 Speaking and Listening
Minimum 5.5 in Reading and Writing
MELAB Michigan English Language Assessment Battery 70 final score
PTE Pearson Test of English (Academic) Overall Score: 48
Reading: 43
Listening: 43
Writing: 43
Speaking: 43
TOEFL Test of English as a Foreign Language
Either the Paper-based test 50
With the TWE (Test of Written English) 3.0
Or the Internet-based test Overall Score: 70
Reading: 16
Listening: 16
Writing: 16
Speaking: 16
ELS EAP ELS Educational Services - English for Academic Purposes EAP Level 112

Academic Requirements

Applicants to the UBC Vantage College Program must be graduates of a secondary school system that comprises 12 years of primary and secondary study or the equivalent. Where the school system comprises 11 years of study, curricula will be reviewed and students may be eligible at the discretion of UBC Vantage College. The admission average is calculated on academic courses and/or exams completed at the senior level of study. These courses and/or exams are selected by the UBC Vantage College admissions office.

Calculation of Admission Average for Applicants to UBC Vantage College from BC/Yukon Secondary School Curriculum

Specific Program Requirements for Applicants Following the BC/Yukon Secondary School Curriculum

Below are the required courses used in the calculation of the admission average for specific UBC Vantage College program streams for applicants from the BC/Yukon Secondary School Curriculum, as well as courses that are required but are not necessarily used in the calculation of the admission average:

Faculty/School Average Calculated on the Following Required Courses or IB/AP Equivalents Courses Required for Admission but not Required to be Included in the Calculation of the Average
Vantage College - Arts Stream Four approved examinable Grade 12 courses English 12
English 11
Language 11
One of Principles of Mathematics 11, Pre-Calculus 11, or Foundations of Mathematics 12
Science 11
Social Studies 11
Vantage College - Management Stream English 12
One of Principles of Mathematics 12 or Pre-Calculus 12
Three other approved examinable Grade 12 courses
English 12
English 11
Language 11
One of Principles of Mathematics 11, Pre-Calculus 11, or Foundations of Mathematics 12
Science 11
Social Studies 11
Vantage College - Engineering Stream English 12
Chemistry 12
Principles of Mathematics 12 or Pre-Calculus 12
Physics 12
One other approved examinable Grade 12 course
English 12
English 11
Language 11
Chemistry 11
One of Principles of Mathematics 11, Pre-Calculus 11, or Foundations of Mathematics 12
Physics 11
Social Studies 11
Vantage College - Science Stream One of Principles of Mathematics 12 or Pre-Calculus 12 (minimum 67% grade)
Three other approved examinable Grade 12 courses, including at least one of Biology 12, Chemistry 12, Geology 12 or Physics 12
English 12
English 11
Language 11
Chemistry and Physics 11
One of Principles of Mathematics 11, Pre-Calculus 11, or Foundations of Mathematics 12
Social Studies 11

Transfer Credit

Transfer credit is not applicable towards the Vantage College program.

Appeals on Admission Decisions

Please refer to the Admission Appeals information.

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