Admission to the International Undergraduate Study Preparation Program is very competitive. Applicants must demonstrate the following minimum qualifications:
Proof of graduation from secondary school is required. Special consideration may be made for students who have not yet graduated on a case-by-case basis based on interim grades.
Preference is given to students with the minimum average grades listed below by country. Students whose circumstances may require special consideration (e.g., International Baccalaureate programs, previous college or university study, etc.) are assessed individually. Minimum average grades are subject to change.
|Australia||High school certificate (e.g. SACE, WACE), average 'high achievement'|
|Bahrain||Tawjahiya (General Secondary School Certificate) with grades equivalent to B+ average or higher|
|Bangladesh||Higher Secondary Certificate, 70% grade average or higher|
|Brazil||Certificado de Ensiño Médio; with grades equivalent to B+ average or higher|
|Canada||High School Diploma, 78%|
|Chile||Licencia de Educación Media with grades equivalent to B+ average or higher (around 5 on a 7 point scale)|
|China||upper Middle School Graduation Certificate, 85%|
|Colombia||Completion of Bachillerato with 80% average|
|Hong Kong||2 A Levels or 4 A/S levels (or combination), B average|
|India||All-India Senior School Certificate or Higher Secondary School Certificate or Indian School Certificate, 70%|
|Indonesia||Surat Tanda Tamat Belajar Sekolah Menengah Unum Tingkat Atas (STTB:SMA) (High School Diploma) and EBTANAS results with a minimum average of 7.5|
|International Baccalaureate (IB)||successful completion of diploma with a minimum of 24 points with at least 3 Higher Level (HL) subjects|
|Iran||Diploma Metevaseth / National High School Diploma (after 12 years) or Pre-University Certificate (minimum of 15 out of 20)|
|Iraq||Sixth Form Baccalaureat|
|Japan||Kotogakko Sotsugyo Shomeisho (Upper Secondary School Leaving Certificate), 4 out of 5 (80%) or 8 out of 10 (80%)|
|Kazakhstan||Svidetel'stvo/o Srednem Obrazovanii and above average results on the Unified National Test|
|Kenya||Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education; 3 A Levels / 6 AS Levels (or combination), B average|
|Korea||Korean Senior Secondary School Certificate of Graduation 80% average (average ranking of 3)|
|Libya||General Secondary Certificate with grades equivalent to B+ average or higher|
|Macau||University of Macao's Pre-university Program; Minimum GPA of 80%|
|Malaysia||STPM - Sijil Tinggi Pelajaran Malaysia (Malaysian Higher School Certificate Examination), B average, or MICSS United Examination Certificate, B3 average|
|Mexico||Bachillerato (Baccalaureate) and/or Certificado de Estudios (Certificate of Study), 80%|
|Mongolia||Certificate of Complete Secondary Education, 80%|
|Nepal||Higher Secondary Certificate, 60% average|
|New Zealand||National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA), Level 3 with an average grade of Achievement with Merit|
|Nigeria||Senior Secondary School Certificate / West African Senior School Certificate, B3 or 65%|
|Pakistan||Intermediate Certificate or Higher Secondary School Certificate, minimum average of C|
|Philippines||High School Diploma with B+ average or second year standing in appropriate academic subjects at a recognized university|
|Qatar||Al-Thanawaya Al-Amah (General Secondary Certificate Examination) with grades equivalent to B+ average or higher|
|Russia||Certificate of Secondary Complete General Education (ATTESTAT) with 3.5 out of 4 average|
|Saudi Arabia||Tawjihiyah (General Secondary Education Certificate), 80% or Very Good|
|Senegal||Bachelier de l'Enseignement du Second Degre / Baccalaureat|
|Singapore||Singapore-Cambridge General Certificate of Education with at least two subjects at the 'Advanced' or H2 Level; The remaining three subjects may be from the 'Ordinary' or H1 Level|
|Sri Lanka||Sri Lanka General Certificate of Education with at least 3 A Levels / 6 AS Levels (or combination), B average|
|Taiwan||High School Leaving Certificate with grades equivalent to B+ average or higher|
|Thailand||Mathayom 6 (M6) (Certificate of Secondary Education), 3 out of 4|
|Turkey||Lise Diplomasi (High School Diploma), with grades equivalent to B+ average or higher (approximately 3.5 out of 5)|
|Uganda||Advanced Certificate of Education - Standing in at least 5 subject areas, including English, with at least 3 A-Levels|
|Ukraine||Atestat pro Povnu Zagal’nu Sersdniu Osvitu (Certificate of Complete General Secondary Education) with a minimum GPA of 4 on a 5 point scale (Good) or 8 on 12 point scale|
|United Arab Emirates||Tawjihiyya (Secondary School Certificate) with grades equivalent to B+ average or higher (about 75% on a 50% pass scale)|
|United Kingdom (or British curriculum in other countries)||3 A Levels / 6 AS Levels (or combination), B average|
|Vietnam||Diploma of General Education with grades equivalent to B+ average (approximately 7.5 average) or higher|
|Other countries and other curriculums||Please contact UBC Continuing Studies, International Preparatory Programs, applications will be considered individually|
Advanced English Language Fluency → Admission to the Credit Term
Applicants from a school outside Canada in which English is not the primary language of instruction must present proof of English fluency prior to being accepted to IUSPP to be granted admission to the term that includes credit study. 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 90 (Reading-22; Listening-22; Writing-21; Speaking-21) or 570 for the paper-based test
Another recognized test with equivalent results (contact our office for details)
Note: Students who do not provide proof of English language fluency at the time of application, but provide such proof up to one month prior to the program start date, may be eligible to proceed directly to the credit term, at the discretion of UBC Continuing Studies.
Intermediate English Language Fluency → Admission to the Non-Credit Terms
Admission to one or more IUSPP non-credit terms may be offered to students with intermediate English language fluency (a minimum of IELTS 5.5, TOEFL IBT 70, or equivalent*).
*Test scores must be within 24 months prior to program application. IUSPP will also consider students with IELTS 5.0 (or equivalent) if their academic grades are above the minimum requirements.
Some other ways to meet the English language requirements for IUSPP include:
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, 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 term and $7,000 for the credit 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 will 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.
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 IUSPP Program Details and Program Application information on this website.
When you are ready to apply, complete the online IUSPP Application Form.
As part of the IUSPP 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.
Tuition and fees may be paid by the following methods:
IUSPP 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.