Future Students

Admission requirements

Canadian citizens and permanent residents (including landed immigrants) are eligible for admission as domestic students. Depending on the program, qualified applicants are admitted in two ways:

  • A first-qualified, first-admitted basis, depending on how early you apply.

  • A competitive basis, according to established program criteria. Students still need to apply by the deadline (early application is recommended).

International applicants are welcome at UFV, too. Visit UFV International or call 604-854-4544 for information about admission. Different fees, timelines, and procedures apply.

Basic requirements

Post-secondary programs at UFV usually require BC high school graduation or equivalent, although some programs may accept mature students (age 19 or older on the first day of classes) who haven’t graduated. Check the Academic Calendar for detailed program requirements.

If you are under 19 and a non-graduate, you may request special admission if you believe you have special circumstances. If you are in the process of completing secondary school and want to take one or two post-secondary courses at the same time, apply for concurrent studies

Program-specific requirements 

Many of our programs have additional entrance requirements, like completion of specific courses with certain grades or averages, written statements or references. See the detailed entrance requirements for your program of choice in the Academic Calendar.

Some programs will also require submission of additional application forms.

If you are applying to a degree program and have already completed a degree, additional requirements apply. Please review the subsequent degree process.

English language requirements 

English is the language of instruction at UFV, so applicants must be able to demonstrate language proficiency. UFV will verify that you meet language proficiency requirements prior to admission.

If you don’t meet our English proficiency levels, there are programs to help upgrade your language skills:

High school equivalents 

We may consider the following as equivalent to a BC high school diploma for admission purposes:

  • International Baccalaureate diploma program

  • Adult Basic Education provincial diploma

  • BC Adult Graduation diploma

  • General Education Diploma (GED)

Students from other provinces

You’re considered to have the equivalent of a BC high school diploma if you graduated from high school in:

  • Yukon, Northwest Territories, Nunavut, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, or Newfoundland

  • Quebec, and have completed one full year at CEGEP

 You can also look up out-of-province equivalents to BC high school courses.

If you don't meet the entrance requirements  

UFV can help you get what you need. Book an appointment with an Academic Advisor to discuss the best way to meet your educational goals. 

Qualifying Studies allow you to upgrade your high school while taking university courses toward a future degree. This is also a great way to explore your options before applying to a specific program. Qualifying Studies students can take up to 30 credits while working on the requirements they need to enter a program.

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