English-language pathways at UBC

English-language pathways at UBC

If you’ve achieved outstanding academic results but haven’t met UBC’s English language requirements, UBC offers a number of programs to help.

There are multiple pathways available if you are accepted to study here but require additional support to improve your English.


Conditional Admission Program

The Conditional Admission Program (CAP) offers English-language preparation before you are admitted to your undergraduate degree at UBC Vancouver.

If you are selected for CAP, you will be accepted into your chosen degree program on the condition you successfully complete the UBC Extended Learning English Language Institute English for Academic Purposes Program (EAP). The course provides full-time English-language training through either:

  • An 8-week accelerated session scheduled to start in July and finish at the end of August (only open to CAP students)
  • A 16-week session scheduled to start in January, May, or August/September (open to both CAP and other students)

Once you have successfully completed the EAP, you can transition into your degree program.

The application deadline for CAP is January 15, 2022 for studies beginning in September of 2022.


Vantage One

UBC’s Vantage One programs offer an 11-month timetable for first-year international students. In these specially-designed pathways, you will receive English language instruction in your first-year degree courses to prepare you for success during the remainder of your Bachelor’s degree.

As part of Vantage One, you can study towards the  Bachelor of Science or the Bachelor of Applied Science. Upon successful completion of your Vantage One program, you will receive full first-year course credit towards your undergraduate degree, and progress into your second year of study.

After you complete the first year of the Bachelor of Science, you will continue your studies at UBC Vancouver. If you study the Bachelor of Applied Science, your choice of major will determine whether you’ll complete your studies at UBC Okanagan or UBC Vancouver.

The application deadline for Vantage One is January 15, 2022 for studies beginning in September of 2022.


English Foundation Program

The English Foundation Program (EFP) is offered at UBC Okanagan. An innovative accredited program, it provides university admission to students who meet all of the academic requirements for a Bachelor’s degree in Arts, Science, Applied Science, Management, Fine Arts, Media Studies, and Human Kinetics, but who do not meet UBC’s English Language Admission Standards.

The EFP combines intensive English language training and academic courses while engaging students in campus life. Its goal is to provide a balanced mix of academics, activities, experiential, and cultural learning on UBC’s Okanagan campus.

UBC applicants are automatically evaluated for the EFP if they meet the university’s admission requirements and have applied to study at UBC Okanagan. The application deadline for the EFP is January 15, 2022 for studies beginning in September of 2022.



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