Admission to IGSPP is very competitive. Applicants are recommended to have the minimum qualifications listed in the following table. However, keep in mind that these are the minimum requirements and students with stronger results will have an advantage when seeking graduate study admission.
In most cases, it is preferable for students to have a four year Bachelor’s degree. We also consider the quality of the undergraduate university, the degree obtained and its relationship to the intended graduate degree the student is seeking , the courses taken during undergraduate study and the grade average achieved.
For IGSPP-Regular Stream we aim for a B+ level (approximately a 75% grade average). For IGSPP-Credit Stream we recommend a slightly higher grade average (around 80%).
Completion of IGSPP does not guarantee admission to graduate programs at UBC or any other post-secondary institution. Admission to these programs is controlled by that institution's policies and admission standards.
The table in Academic Requirements section below is not complete and we can provide specific details for any country upon request.
|Afghanistan||Four-year Bachelor’s degree with a minimum grade average of 70%|
|Australia||Four-year Bachelor's degree, Upper Second Division, with a minimum grade point average of 70% or 5.5 on a 7-point scale|
|Bangladesh||Four-year Bachelor's or Master's degree, Upper Second Class Division with a minimum grade point average of 55%.|
|China||Four-year Bachelor's degree, with a minimum grade point average of 75%|
|Cyprus||Four-year Bachelor's degree, with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 based on a 4.0 point system or an average grade of B|
|Hong Kong||Four-year Bachelor's degree, Second Class Upper Division|
|India||Four-year Bachelor's degree or Master's degree preferred, Upper Second Class Division with a minimum grade point average of 55%. Academically strong applicants with three-year Bachelor's degrees will be considered on an individual basis.|
|Iran||Four-year Bachelor's degree (Karshenasi/Licence), with a minimum grade point average of 15/20/Good/B|
|Ireland||Bachelor's degree, at least three years of study, Second Class Honours, Grade 1 (2.1)|
|Israel||Bachelor's degree with at least three years of study, with a minimum grade point average of 75% (Good, Second Class Standing, B-)|
|Ivory Coast||Four-year baccalaureate degree or an equivalent degree from a recognized institution in a relevant subject with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 based on a 4.0 point system over the final two years of full-time study; Maitrise: 14/20; or “Bien”|
|Japan||Four-year Bachelor's degree, with a minimum grade point average of 75%|
|Kenya||Four-year Bachelor's degree, Second Class Honours, Upper Division (60% or GPA 3.0)|
|Lebanon||Bachelor's degree (Licence) with at least four years of study; approximate average 70%/Good, but assessment may be adjusted to reflect individual universities' grading scales|
|Mexico||Licentiatura/Licenciado or Titulo (four years of study), with a minimum grade point average of 8 out of 10 or “Bien.”|
|Mongolia||Four-year Bachelor's or Master's degree, with a minimum grade point average of 3 out of 4 or 4 out of 5|
|Nepal||Four-year Bachelor's degree, Second Division, with a minimum grade point average of 50%|
|New Zealand||Bachelor's degree, High Second standing, with a minimum grade point average of B+, 75% or 7/9|
|Nigeria||Four-year Bachelor's degree, Second Class Honours, Lower Division, with a minimum grade point average of 55% or 3.0 out of 5.0|
|Pakistan||Four-year Bachelor's degree; Upper Division II, 55% or higher|
|Russian Federation||Four-year Bachelor's degree (Bakalavr or Diploma Specialist), with a minimum grade point average of 4 out of 5 (Good or 80%)|
|Saudi Arabia||Four-year Bachelor's degree with a minimum grade point average of 75% or Good|
|Singapore||Four-year Bachelor's degree with a minimum grade point average of Second Class Honours, Upper Division, 4 out of 5|
|South Korea||Four-year Bachelor's degree with a minimum grade point average of 3.3 out of 4.5|
|Syria||Four-year Bachelor's degree with a minimum grade point average of 70% or Very Good|
|Taiwan||Four-year Bachelor's degree with a minimum grade point average of 75%|
|Thailand||Bachelor's degree with a minimum grade point average of 3 out of 4|
|Turkey||Four-year Bachelor's degree or Lisans Diplomasi with a minimum grade point average of 70%|
|Uganda||Four-year Bachelor's degree, Honours Class II, Division I with a minimum grade point average of 60%|
|United Arab Emirates||Four-year Bachelor's degree, 3.0 on a 4-point scale|
|United Kingdom (or British curriculum in other countries)||Three or four-year Bachelor's degree, Second Class Honours, Upper Division (may vary by institution), with a minimum grade point average of approximately 60%|
|Vietnam||Four-year Bachelor's degree (Bang Cu nhan, Bang Tot nghiep Dai hoc or Bang Tot nghiep Dai hoc) with a minimum grade point average of 70%|
Advanced English Language Fluency → Admission to the Academic-Training Term
Applicants from a university outside Canada in which English is not the primary language of instruction must present proof of English fluency prior to being accepted to IGSPP to be granted admission to the academic-training/credit term. This fluency can be demonstrated through one of the following English Language Proficiency test scores*:
IELTS (Academic, NOT general) – overall band score of 6.5 with a minimum score of 6.0 in each component
TOEFL – IBT 80 (no sub-score lower than 19) for IGSPP-Regular Stream
TOEFL – IBT 90 (Reading 22, Listening 22, Writing 21, Speaking 21) for IGSPP-Credit Stream
Another recognized test with equivalent results (contact our office for details).
Intermediate English Language Fluency → Admission to the Language-Training Term(s)
Admission to IGSPP may be offered to students with intermediate English language fluency (a minimum of IELTS 5.5, TOEFL IBT 70, or equivalent*). These students are offered admission to the language-training/non-credit terms(s) of IGSPP. This requires students to attend English language courses at the UBC Continuing Studies English Language Institute.
*Test scores must be within 24 months prior to program application. Please inquire about alternate tests and interviews that may be available. IGSPP will also consider students with IELTS 5.0 (or equivalent) if their academic grades are above the minimum requirement.
See Dates and Fees for further details on program fees and due dates.
You must submit a $200 non-refundable application fee when applying to the program. UBC Continuing Studies then reviews your application and sends you an Admission Confirmation Letter if you are accepted into the program. You confirm your offer of admission by paying the program deposit, which is only refundable if you are unable to obtain a Study Permit, if needed.
Once the program deposit is paid, we will send you an official Letter of Acceptance. Using this letter, you are able to request a Study Permit, if needed, from the Canadian Embassy, Consulate or High Commission in your region.
Students who are eligible for sponsorship/scholarship programs from their home countries to pay for their program fees are required to provide a written financial guarantee from the sponsoring organization at least one month before the program start date.
The balance of your tuition is due 30 days before the program start date. This payment confirms your enrollment. Failure to pay the balance of program tuition fees no later than 30 days before the program start date may result, at the discretion of UBC Continuing Studies, in a $1,000 CAD late payment surcharge or deferral to the next available program start date.
If a student fails to make any payments, UBC Continuing Studies may consider that the student has withdrawn from the program and inform Immigration Canada of this withdrawal (if applicable).
Denial of Study Permit
If the Canadian Embassy, Consulate or High Commission denies your Study Permit (Visa), UBC Continuing Studies will refund any fees paid, less the application fee, if both of the following two conditions are met:
Withdrawal and Refunds
Students withdrawing from the program must advise UBC Continuing Studies in writing in order to receive a partial refund (if applicable) of any fees paid. Please note that the application fee is non-refundable and that the program deposit is only refundable when a student is denied a Study Permit. Refunds of tuition and some fees are limited as outlined below:
|Withdrawal Schedule||Potential Refund|
|one week before the program start date or session start date||100% of the balance of fees1|
|up to and including the second Friday after the program start date or session start date||70% of the balance of fees1 for the current session and 100% of the balance of fees1 for any subsequent sessions|
|after the second Friday after the program start date or session start date||0% of the balance of fees1 for the current session and 100% of the balance of fees1 for any subsequent sessions|
|in cases where the Study Permit is denied||100% of any fees paid less the application fee|
1The balance of fees is the tuition paid minus the program deposit(s) ($600 for the non-credit/language training term and $7,000 for the credit term/academic training term). Refunds for credit cards payments will be credited to the issuing card. Otherwise, a bank draft or cheque will be issued by the University of British Columbia. Refunds normally take four to six weeks to process. Refunds are non-transferable. Where appropriate, a student's parents may be notified before refunds will apply. Refunds are processed at the end of the applicable term.
You may request a deferral to another program start date by submitting a deferral request in writing to UBC Continuing Studies. Students accepted into the program may be automatically deferred to the next available program intake, if they have not confirmed their enrollment by paying the tuition balance 30 days before the program start date.
Deferral, by request or automatic, will be offered one time to each student. In special circumstances, additional deferrals may be offered at the discretion of UBC Continuing Studies. All students who defer to a later program with higher tuition and fees are required to pay the corresponding tuition and fees.
Students are expected to be present for the first day of their program. Students unable to arrive on time must obtain permission from UBC Continuing Studies prior to the program start date or session start date. Permission will not be granted for students to arrive later than the first Thursday after the program start date or session start date. A student who arrives after these dates, or is late without permission, may lose his/her place in the program.
Change in English Language Fluency
Students whose English language fluency improves after submitting their program application but before the Program Start Date are encouraged to provide UBC Continuing Studies with an update including documented evidence of these changes. If this new information is received up to one month prior to the Program Start Date, the student’s status may be upgraded and the original conditions may be adjusted.
Program Cancellation or Postponement
If UBC Continuing Studies cancels or postpones a program, applicants will be encouraged to attend the program at a later date. If this is not convenient to the student, UBC Continuing Studies will refund any of the program fees that have been paid to UBC Continuing Studies less the application fee.
Please note that the above registration policies are subject to change and this website is updated regularly; students should refer to the original correspondence with UBC Continuing Studies for the policies that apply to them.
Thank you for your interest in the International Graduate Study Preparation Program (IGSPP). We recommend that you apply to the program as early as possible as the process to get your Study Permit (Visa) for Canada may take considerable time.
Before you apply, please ensure you have read and understand the IGSPP Program Details and Program Application information on this website.
When you are ready to apply, complete the online IGSPP Application Form.
As part of the IGSPP Application Form, there are questions about your preferred program start dates and about you as a student, such as your status in Canada, your level of English language proficiency, and where you have studied before. Please feel free to email us if you have questions when you are completing the form.
For Additional Assistance
Applicants from China: Additional help is available from our authorized agent. Please send an email to Mr. Cai for more information.
Applicants from Pakistan: Additional help is available from our authorized agent. Please send an email to Mr. Waqar Ahmad Jan for more information.
Send us copies of the following application documents (provide a copy of each document in its original language and a second copy of each document translated into English):
After submitting the online application form, you will receive an email from us with further instructions. Please follow the instructions and email us the application documents listed above as attachments (scanned copies in one file in pdf format).
You can also send the documents to us by mail or fax.
Attention: IGSPP Admissions
International Preparatory Programs
The University of British Columbia
410-5950 University Boulevard
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z3
Attention: IGSPP Admissions
After we receive your application form, application documents and $200 CAD non-refundable application fee, we will review your credentials and evaluate your admissibility. In most cases you will receive a written response from us approximately one week after we have received all of your documents.
If your application is successful, you will be sent an Admission Confirmation Letter. This letter is usually sent by email to the address provided on your Application Form and provides information on the IGSPP and the non-refundable program tuition deposit.
Sign your Admission Confirmation Letter and send it back to us with your non-refundable program tuition deposit. When we receive your signed letter and program tuition deposit, an official Letter of Acceptance will be issued to you. You can use this Letter of Acceptance to request a Study Permit (visa) from the Canadian embassy or consulate in your area.
You must confirm your enrollment with us no later than 30 days before the program start date. Confirmation of enrollment includes:
Failure to pay the balance of program tuition fees no later than 30 days before the program start date may result, at the discretion of UBC Continuing Studies, in a $1,000 CAD late payment surcharge or deferral to the next available program start date.
If an applicant fails to make any payments, UBC Continuing Studies will consider the applicant to have withdrawn from the program and will inform Immigration Canada of this withdrawal.
Tuition and fees may be paid by the following methods:
IGSPP welcomes applications from students who are eligible for sponsorship/scholarship programs from their home countries to pay for their program fees. After you have been admitted to the program, a written financial guarantee from the sponsoring organization will be required at least one month before the program start date.