International Admissions

International Applicants

The University of Northern British Columbia welcomes applications for admission from qualified students from other countries. Completed, appropriate secondary qualifications from other countries will be considered for High School admission, and study at recognized universities and colleges will be considered for Transfer admission.

International Students are welcome to consider a Co-operative Education option of their program (see Programs—Co-operative Education).

International applicants must be in good academic standing and be able to demonstrate an acceptable level of proficiency in English. Applicants whose first language is not English should refer to the section English Language Requirements.

Each international application will be reviewed on its own merits. Please refer to information on admission application deadlines

Admission with a General Certificate of Education (or Equivalent)
Students applying  for admission from a GCE system (or equivalent) must present a minimum of two Advanced (A) level subjects and three Ordinary (O) level subjects, and have an overall grade point average of C in order to be considered for admission.  All A-level subjects presented for admission must have a grade of at least C.  Students may substitute two Advanced-Subsidiary (AS) level subjects for one A-level subject.
Students who present A-level subjects with grades of at least "C" may receive up to six credit hours of transfer credit for each course.
Students who have completed a General Certificate of Education at the Ordinary Level (O level) are not considered eligible for admission to first year at the University of Northern British Columbia.

English Language Requirements

English is the primary language of instruction and communication at UNBC. Consequently, it is expected that an applicant be able to demonstrate an acceptable level of proficiency in the use of English in order to receive and participate in classroom instruction and discussion as well as to complete written assignments.

Applicants whose first language is not English, regardless of citizenship or country of origin, must submit evidence of English language proficiency prior to admission. French-speaking Canadians and Canadian First Nations language speakers are exempted from this requirement. Students who completed five consecutive years of instruction and examination entirely in the English language immediately before admission are exempted from this requirement.

Acceptable evidence of English language proficiency may be any one of the following:
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score of 88 or higher in the internet-based test, with not less than 20 in each of the Reading, Listening, Writing or Speaking components. Score of at least 230 in the computer-based test or at least 570 in the paper-based test. UNBC's institutional TOEFL code is 0320.
  • IELTS (International English Language Testing System) score of at least 6.5 overall, with not less than 6.0 in any of the four modules.
  • LPI (Language Proficiency Index) score of at least 5.
  • A final grade of 2.00 (C) or better in the UNBC English Language Studies 50 Component 1 and 2.
  • A final grade of 70% or better in English 12 from the British Columbia secondary system.
  • A final grade of 75% (B) or better in a University Transferable English course.
  • A final grade of 4 or better in Advanced Placement (AP) English Language and Composition or AP English Literature and Composition.
  • A final grade of 5 or better in International Baccalaureate (IB) English A1 or A2 (higher or subsidiary level).
  • CELPIP Academic Test score of 4H or higher in each of the Reading, Listening, Writing, and Speaking components.
  • CAEL (Canadian Academic English Language) Assessment score of at least 70.
  • University of Cambridge ESOL grade B on the Certificate of Advanced English (CAE).
  • Comparable results in any other internationally-recognized English Language Assessment test considered as equivalent to TOEFL or IELTS.
For the Northern Collaborative Baccalaureate Nursing Program (NCBNP), the following are required for admission:
•    fulfillment of the BC Secondary School English 12 requirement (67%), or equivalent, and
•    either an IELTS (International English Language Testing System), or a CELBAN (Canadian English Language Assessment for Nurses) with current, valid results and scores as set by CRNBC for the year of admission.

In order to be considered valid, these scores must be sent directly from the testing agency/institution to the Office of the Registrar.