UNBC Conditional Acceptance

Conditional acceptance is a type of admission offered by UNBC to students who have met the academic conditions for acceptance to an undergraduate program, but do not possess the English proficiency requirement. Conditional acceptance is offered to those ELS students who apply for an undergraduate program.

Enter UNBC through E​LS

ELS is a great way to begin your academic journey at UNBC. Students who complete the ELS program will have met the English language proficiency requirements for admission to UNBC's undergraduate degree programs.

When applying to ELS you can also apply to one of UNBC's undergraduate degree programs and then receive conditional acceptance. This means that once you have completed ELS you can immediately begin studying at UNBC.

What does it mean to receive a conditional acceptance?

If a student meets all of the academic requirements and prerequisites for admission to an undergraduate degree program as outlined by UNBC Registrar's Office except for the English language proficiency requirement, then a dual UNBC/ELS conditional acceptance may be offered. The student will then be offered an official acceptance letter for the English Language Studies program and a conditional letter of acceptance into an undergraduate degree program.

What are the English proficiency requirements for admission to my undergraduate program?

Acceptable evidence of English Language proficiency may be any ONE of the following:

  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score of 90 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 or at least 570 in the paper based test. UNBC’s institutional TOEFL code is 0320.
  • IELTS (International English Language Testing System) Academic score of at least 6.5 overall, with not less than 6.0 in any of the four modules.
  • A final grade of 2.00 (C) or better in the UNBC English Language Studies 50 and English Language Studies 170. A final grade of 2.00 (C) or better in an articulated BCCAT EAP 4 program. 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.
  • Completion of two full years of full time degree level studies or equivalent at a recognized institution where English is the language of instruction.
  • A final grade of 2 or better in Advance Placement (AP) English Literature & Composition or AP Literature & Composition.
  • A final grade of 3 or better in International Baccalaureate (IB) English A1 or A2 (higher or subsidiary level).
  • MELAB score of 80, with a minimum 3 on the Speaking Rating Scale.
  • CELPIP Academic Test score of 4H or higher in each of the Reading, Listening, Writing, and Speaking components
  • CAEL (Canadian Academic English Language) or the CAEL CE Assessment score of at least 70, with no subtest below 60.
  • A grade of B or better on Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE).
  • PTE (Pearson Test of English - Academic): 65 overall score, with 60 reading, 60 writing, 60 listening, and 60 speaking.

For the Northern Collaborative Baccalaureate Nursing Program (NCBNP), the following are required for admission:

  • Fulfillment of the BC Secondary School English 12 requirement (70%), and
  • Either an IELTS (International English Language Testing System) Academic, or a CELBAN (Canadian English Language Assessment for Nurses) with current, valid results and scores as set by CRNBC for the year of admission.

Can I also get a conditional acceptance to a graduate program?

Presently UNBC does not offer conditional acceptance to graduate programs. Please email gradunbc4u@unbc.ca for more information.