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Admission requirements

Are you a domestic student?

The info on this page applies to you if you will be a domestic student at UFV. You're a domestic applicant if you're a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident/landed immigrant.

International applicants are welcome at UFV, too. Visit UFV International to find out the steps you need to follow.

Three types of requirements

There are three types of requirements that you need for admission at UFV:

  • General requirements
  • English requirements
  • Program requirements

1 - General requirements

  • Most programs at UFV require BC high school graduation or equivalent.
  • If you haven't graduated from high school and you're 19 or older, you may still be accepted as a mature student.

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)

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 see out-of-province equivalents to BC high school courses.

See the Academic Calendar for more details about general requirements.

Learn more about additional admissions categories (for example, special admission, concurrent studies, and more.)

2 - English language requirements 

English is the language of instruction at UFV, so you'll need to show that you have a level of English sufficient to participate and be successful in the learning process.

There are several ways to demonstrate your English skills. It's up to the admissions team to check that you meet the requirements. They'll be in touch if they need information from you.

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

3 - Program-specific requirements

Each program will have its own set of additional entrance requirements. You might need to:

  • complete specific courses
  • achieve certain course grades or averages
  • create a written statement
  • arrange for reference
  • complete volunteer work
  • submit additional application forms

To find out the specific requirements that apply to your situation, go to the Academic Calendar and search for your program of interest under 'Area of Study.'

If you don't meet the entrance requirements

Don't be discouraged! UFV is committed to keeping education accessible to as many people as possible. Please connect with the Future Students team to learn about options that may work for you. 

Other admission options

Qualifying Studies

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. Learn more about Qualifying Studies.

Special admission

If you are under 19 and haven't graduated from high school but believe you have special circumstances, you may request special admission.

Concurrent studies

If you are in secondary school and want to take one or two post-secondary courses, apply for concurrent studies.

Subsequent degree

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

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