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Admission Requirements for University Canada West

University Admission Requirements for University Canada West
Admission requirements for universities in Canada

University Canada West welcomes prospective students from across the world to apply to our undergraduate and graduate programs. We are looking for motivated, forward-thinking students who want to excel in their education and succeed in their future employment. The university offers a diverse community with students and faculty from various backgrounds and countries. Our school focuses on providing students with academic support and an active social community in order to create a stimulating learning experience in all aspects of student life. 

Our Admissions section contains information about the University's application process and requirements, financial aid and awards, transfer credit, Prior Learning Assessment, and the student experience.

University Canada West Policies and Requirements
UCW Policies & Requirements

University Canada West welcomes applications from Canadian and International Students. All new students must apply and receive confirmation of admission before registering in courses.

The contents of this Calendar, including all policies, procedure and fees herein described, are subject to change from time to time. Notice is not required for a new policy to take effect; however, University Canada West (University Canada West) will make reasonable attempts to notify students promptly of any significant policy changes through the Web site, e-mail distribution or other methods deemed appropriate by the (University Canada West) administration. For greater certainty, University Canada West reserves the right to make additions, deletions, substitutions, changes or modifications to its policies, practices, procedures, tuition fees, course availability, delivery mode, schedules or program requirements at any time without prior notice.

The publication of information in the Calendar does not oblige the University to the delivery of particular courses, programs, services, or facilities as listed herein. Furthermore, as an organization committed to continuous improvement and review, change is a part of who we are as an institution. Possible changes may include changes to courses, programs, admissions and graduation requirements, curricula, course content or titles, etc.

Students are responsible for informing themselves of the Student Conduct Policy and of the University’s procedures and policies and the specific requirements of the courses and degrees sought.

The University reserves the right, at its sole discretion, at any time, to cancel classes and courses without notice if enrolments are insufficient for a good student learning experience.
The university specifically reserves the right to use its discretion without interference, in admitting individuals to its courses and programs.

NOTE: EVERY STUDENT ACCEPTED FOR REGISTRATION WITH UNIVERSITY CANADA WEST (University Canada West) IS DEEMED TO HAVE AGREED TO BE BOUND BY THE REGULATIONS AND POLICIES HEREIN.

For more information about specific admission requirements, choose from the links below.

Undergraduate Program Requirements:

University Admission Requirements

Students must have a minimum average of 65% to be considered for admission to first year at the university.

This average is calculated based on the British Columbia grade for English 12 (or equivalent) and the best three additional academic Grade 12 subjects. Students must also have scored 65% or better in Principles of Mathematics 11.

Students who do not have the minimum admission requirements, or are denied permission to register or re-register, but can prove extenuating circumstances, may ask to have the application reviewed. Requests for Review, outlining the extenuating circumstances, should be sent to the registrar.

B.C. Approved Grade 11 and 12 Courses

  •     Applications of Mathematics
  •     Arabic
  •     B.C. First Nations Studies
  •     Biology
  •     Calculus
  •     Chemistry
  •     Comparative Civilizations
  •     Drama: Film & Television
  •     English
  •     English Literature
  •     First Nations Language (any one of several B.C. First Nations languages)
  •     French
  •     Geometry
  •     Geography
  •     Geology
  •     German
  •     History
  •     Information Technology
  •     Italian
  •     Japanese
  •     Latin
  •     Law
  •     Mandarin
  •     Punjabi
  •     Principles of Mathematics
  •     Physics
  •     Russian
  •     Spanish
  •     Technical and Professional Communications
  •     Theater Production
  •     Writing

Advanced Placement courses also acceptable for admission to University Canada West:

  •     English Literature
  •     Calculus AB and BC
  •     Physics B and C
  •     Chemistry
  •     Computer Science C
  •     Comparative Government & Politics
  •     Human Geography
  •     Environmental Science
  •     Psychology
  •     International baccalaureate courses (excluding art and music)

Grade twelve courses not acceptable as a basis for admission to the university (they provide little preparation for our solid foundation courses):

  •     Art 12
  •     Band 12
  •     Construction 12
  •     Career preparation courses (CAPP)


Mature Student Admission

Applications can be made under mature student status. To qualify as a mature student, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  •     Have been out of school for at least two years
  •     Be 21 years of age, on or before the first day of classes
  •     Have demonstrated that they have the potential for success through academic, professional or volunteer activities and other accomplishments.

Each applicant is reviewed individually. Each student admitted to the university as a Mature Student must achieve a minimum 60% overall average in their first term before they will be permitted to register for the second term.

Mature students must submit:

  •     A copy of their official high school transcript sent directly from the school. An official transcript is one that is sent directly from one institution to another. The university cannot use unofficial transcripts to process an application.

  •     Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions (colleges, universities, or vocational schools) the student has attended.

  •     A detailed chronological résumé.

  •     A letter of intent that clearly explains why the applicant is applying as a mature student and outlines the student's academic intentions. This letter should provide background information and describe any personal qualities the student feels would contribute to academic success at the university.

  •     A $150 application fee.


Admissions Policy for Students Not Possessing an Official Transcript of Marks

We recognize that those individuals who have followed a non-traditional route for education may possess the capabilities and competencies required to enter post-secondary programs. As such, we recognize the need to provide admission opportunities that are as fair and equitable for these learners as are those that pertain to applicants who have completed a basic education through regular schooling. Applicants not possessing an official High School Transcript of Marks or who have not obtained credentials from another post-secondary institution must:
1. Submit an Application
2. Submit an Application Fee
3. And either:

    i. submit your Student Score Report from the College Board SAT Reasoning Test or

    ii. submit a Student Portfolio (see below for specifics), and be interviewed by the Dean

University Canada West will determine if the applicant meets competence equivalencies and is to be admitted to the program of choice.

The Student Portfolio should contain the following elements:

    1.A description of the Grades 10, 11, and 12 curriculum used in any home-schooling program including a list of textbooks used and courses completed.
    2.Samples of academic work such as book reports or essays in English literature, science laboratory reports, research on topics of interest, examinations, etc.
    3.A student letter of intent or resumé that outlines the student's:
    i. educational goals
    ii. career aspirations
    iii. personal interests
    iv. relevant extra-curricular activities, including visual and performing arts, athletics, and community service as they pertain to university preparation.
    4.A parent's written recommendation commenting on the student's academic achievement and participation in and contribution to activities beyond the home.
    5.A letter of recommendation from an impartial source indicating the applicant's academic readiness for a university-level program of study.
    6.Any additional material the applicant believes would assist the Registrar in making his/her decision.

Graduate Program Requirements:

University admission requirements for graduates

To be considered for admission to a University Canada West graduate program, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  •     Undergraduate degree from a recognized university with a B average or better in the last year of the program.
  •     Work experience, managing people or projects.
  •     Official post secondary transcripts from all institutions attended must be submitted.

International Applicants

Official transcripts must be sent to University Canada West. Official transcripts are those that have been sent from the institution directly to the university. Official transcripts must also be sent to the International Credential Evaluation Service (ICES) or World Evaluation Service (WES) Canada for evaluation and validation.

Because this is a necessary step for all International Students prior to formal admission to the university, applicants should apply to ICES or WES as soon as possible. There will be a Document Evaluation Fee.

For information regarding fees and the evaluation process see the ICES website or visit the WES website.
English Language Requirements for International Students


English is the language of instruction at University Canada West. If a student's first language is not English, they will be asked to submit one of the following:

  1.     English 12 or equivalent from a Canadian Secondary School, with a grade of 65% or better.
  2.     TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score of at least 575 on the paper-based test; or 213 on the computer-based test; or 86 on the Internet-based test.
  3.     IELTS (International English Language Testing System - Academic Test): 6.5
  4.     TOEIC (Test of English for International English): 750
  5.     LPI (Language Proficiency Index) score of at least 5.


Students with the following scores will be placed in an English for Academic Purposes (EAP) program:

  1.     TOEFL - 443 to 449 paper-based, 127 to 212 computer-based & 43-78 Internet-based
  2.     IELTS - 4.0 to 5.5
  3.     TOEIC - 381 to 749

Applicant Responsibility for Language Scores

Applicants must arrange for the testing agency/institution to send these scores directly to the Registrar at University Canada West.

Supporting Documents:

University Application Document Enclosures
University Documents needed for univesity application
Required Documents

Before an application can be processed, the Student Enrolment department requires specific documents.
Official Transcripts

An official transcript is one that is sent directly from the issuing institution to University Canada West. It must bear the official seal and/or signature of the issuing institution (or have been produced on the institution's secured paper). Transcripts are deemed official if they are in a sealed envelope that remains free from tampering.
 
Resumé

A resumé or curriculum vitae (CV) is a document containing a summary of relevant job experience and education, describing at least the past five years of employment history and significant community, professional or extracurricular activities. It can include recognitions of achievement such as licenses, publications or awards.
Letter of Intent

A Letter of Intent should discuss the student’s past and present academic and work experience and how it relates to career goals and the specific degree program that he or she is interested in at the university. The letter should be clear about how the intended program of study will further the student’s academic or professional goals. The Letter of Intent should be no more than two pages long.
Language Requirements

All courses are taught in English. To succeed, students must have a sufficiently strong knowledge of English. If English is not a student’s first language, the University requires proof that students will be able to understand and learn while enrolled in a degree program.

The tests listed below measure the ability of non-native speakers of English to use and understand North American English as it is spoken, written and heard in college and university settings. They measure English language proficiency in reading, listening and writing. In areas where access to computer-based testing is limited, students may take paper-based versions of the tests.

English Proficiency Tests and Required Results

  •     TOEFL required score: 575 paper-based, 233 computer-based or 90-91 Internet-based
  •     CanTEST required score: 4.5 in reading and listening, 4.0 in writing
  •     Carleton English Language Test required score: 60 overall, with 60 in writing proficiency
  •     Michigan English Language Assessment Battery required score: 82
  •     International English Language Testing Service (IELTS) required score: 6.5 overall with no score less than 6.0
  •     York English Language Test required score: 5
  •     LPI required score: 5 or better

     

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