UNBC International Viewbook 2016

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International Viewbook

UNBC is a public, primarily undergraduate, research-intensive university authorized under the University Act of British Columbia to offer educational programs that award certificates,

diplomas, bachelors, masters and doctoral degrees. UNBC in 2016 is ranked as the #1 university in Canada in its category by the Maclean’s Magazine University Rankings.

UNBC is an extraordinary place filled with tremendous education opportunities. This International Viewbook provides you with information on programs and various student services. It is designed to show you how attending UNBC can shape your future success. UNBC’s intense focus on academic research combined with our small class sizes means you have the opportunity to interact with faculty on cutting-edge research projects while earning your undergraduate degree. Our students, faculty, staff, and alumni are all making meaningful contributions to society and the communities we serve. We are looking to create the next generation of globally-engaged leaders; are you ready to become one of them? Join us at UNBC – our community will make you feel welcome the moment you set foot on campus, and help you become the leader I know you are.

Daniel Weeks, President and Vice-Chancellor


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Paddle on countless rivers and lakes with your canoe or kayak. Climb the jagged Rocky Mountains. Shift gears and tackle challenging mountain bike trails. Strap on your skis and glide along the best cross-country ski trails in Northern B.C. at Otway Nordic Centre. Those who want more of a test can visit downhill ski resorts just minutes away. No matter your passions, Northern B.C. has

it all – in spring, summer, fall or winter – all within city limits or just a short drive away. From the Rocky Mountains all the way to the coastal rain forest. UNBC has campuses located throughout Northern B.C., and students have access to incredible recreation and natural wilderness, minutes from each campus community. Prince George, where UNBC’s main campus is located, is Northern B.C.’s largest city, home to an amazing variety of cultural and entertainment venues and unique restaurants.


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UNBC is big enough to offer a wide array of courses to suit your interests and meet your academic needs, yet small enough to ensure you have the opportunity to stand out. You can participate in ground-breaking research as early as your first year. We have some of the smallest class sizes in the country. Applied education is the focus of many of our degree programs; you’ll work in regional communities and apply coursework to real scenarios. In addition, students take part in local and international field schools, and travel abroad in our Exchange Programs. Residence UNBC student residences provide a convenient and safe living environment. You’ll have a private, fully furnished bedroom in a small apartment-style unit with a shared bathroom. Wireless internet, utilities, and local phones are included. Laundry facilities,

and common lounges, featuring big-screen TVs, leather couches, and a pool table or table tennis, are just steps away. Food Services There is no shortage of food services available on campus, including a student-run pub, snack outlets, and “grab-and-go” options. The UNBC Dining Hall is terrific, featuring all-you-care-to-eat access. One admission fee and you’re in. In addition, the 7-Day Meal Plan provides students with unlimited access to a variety of healthy and nutritious food options. And let’s face it – coffee is king. Degrees, the student-run coffee shop, has two locations. We also have an on-campus Tim Hortons, and the Central Perc offers gourmet, freshroasted, fair trade organic coffee.

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Average entering grade from high school



Student to faculty ratio.


Days of sunshine per year.


Green is UNBC’s official colour – and way of life. UNBC students operate a compost garden, and buy locally grown food at UNBC’s weekly Farmers’ Market. Since 2011, we’ve been reducing our own carbon footprint with our award-winning Bioenergy plant. It heats the main campus, residence buildings, the campus Child Care Centre and I.K. Barber Enhanced Forestry Lab by using waste from a local sawmill,

and has already reduced the University’s consumption of fossil fuels. We honour our environment with our campus architecture, the focus of our teaching and research, and the initiatives of our staff, faculty, and students. Situated amongst a tremendous natural laboratory, there’s no better place to learn about natural resources, environmental sustainability, and community vitality.


UNBC's award-winning Bioenergy plant. Tied with Harvard for #1 campus sustainability project.


Howl with the Timberwolves The UNBC Timberwolves basketball and soccer teams compete against the top teams in Canada as part of the Canada West conference of Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS). Our varsity athletes are exceptional students and leaders in the classroom too, often taking home Academic All-Star honours as they strive towards earning their degrees.


Prince George boasts impressive sports facilities that hosted the 2015 Canada Winter Games. A four-season climate ensures people can golf, play tennis, speed skate, and snowshoe. Cheer on the Cougars (our WHL team), the Spruce Kings (our BCHL team), go fishing, or float down the Nechako River at least once while you’re here. A Sport Centre for the North The Charles Jago Northern Sport Centre has an elevated track surrounding the facility and FIFAapproved turf in our field house, which makes

it one of the most impressive sport facilities in B.C. You don’t have to be a varsity athlete to play sports at UNBC; the intramural league is vibrant, offering many different sports. Outdoor Activities 24/7/365 For outdoor recreation, Prince George is full of parks and nature trails. In fact, more than 50 km of trails surround campus, and offer some of the best mountain biking and trail running in the city. Winter sport options are plentiful; Nordic skiing is nearby and three ski hills are within 45 minutes of campus.



Bachelor’s Degrees *Honours Offered Arts (BA) Anthropology* Economics English Environmental Studies First Nations Studies General Arts Geography Global and International Studies History* Nature-Based Tourism Management* Northern Studies Political Science Public Administration and Community Development Women’s Studies

Nursing (BScN) Northern Collaborative Baccalaureate Nursing Post-Diploma Baccalaureate Nursing Planning (BPI) First Nations Planning Natural Resources Planning Northern and Rural Community Planning Social Work (BSW) Child Welfare Specialization First Nations Specialization

Master’s Degrees Business Administration (MBA) (MSc) Development Economics (MA)

Commerce (BComm) Accounting* Finance* General Business* Human Resources Management* International Business* Marketing* Education (BEd) Elementary (K-7) Secondary (8-12)

Disability Management (MA) Education (MEd) • Counselling • Multidisciplinary Leadership • Special Education Engineering (MEng) Integrated Wood Design English (MA)

Health Sciences (BHSc) Biomedical Studies* Community and Population Health: Aboriginal and Rural Health* Community and Population Health: Environmental Health* Science (BSc) Biology* Biochemistry and Molecular Biology* Chemistry* Computer Science* Environmental Science* Geography Integrated Science Mathematics* Natural Resources Management • Forest Ecology and Management* • Outdoor Recreation and Conservation* • Wildlife and Fisheries* Physics* Psychology* Applied Science (BASc) Environmental Engineering A UBC/UNBC joint degree

First Nations Studies (MA) Gender Studies (MA) Health Sciences (MSc) History (MA) Interdisciplinary Studies (MA) (MSc) International Studies (MA) • Global Environmental Policy • International Development • Regional Relations Mathematical, Computer, Physical, and Molecular Sciences (MSc) • Biochemistry • Chemistry • Computer Science • Mathematics • Physics Natural Resources and Environmental Studies (MA) • Environmental Studies • Geography • Outdoor Recreation and Tourism Management

Natural Resources and Environmental Studies (MNRES)

Graduate Certificate Leading for Learning

Natural Resources and Environmental Studies (MSc) • Biology • Environmental Science • Forestry • Geography • Outdoor Recreation, Conservation, and Tourism Nursing (MScN) (MScN: FNP) Political Science (MA)

Certificates First Nations Certificate Programs Aboriginal Community Resource Planning Aboriginal/Indigenous Health and Healing First Nations Language First Nations Public Administration General First Nations Studies Métis Studies Nisga’a Studies Traditional Ecological Knowledge

Psychology (MSc) Social Work (MSW)

Nursing Certificate Program Rural Nursing

Doctorate Degrees

Public Administration Certificate Program Public Administration

Health Sciences (PhD) Natural Resources and Environmental Studies (PhD) Psychology (PhD)

Northern Medical Program (MD) A UBC degree delivered in partnership with UNBC

Other Programs Integrated Analytical Skills and Knowledge Program An enhanced first-year program

Social Work Certificate Programs Aboriginal Child and Youth Mental Health Child Welfare

Diplomas Associate of Arts Degree Associate of Science Degree First Nations Diploma Programs Aboriginal/Indigenous Health and Healing First Nations Language and Culture Post-Baccalaureate Diplomas Curriculum and Instructional Studies Montessori Education

Northern Advancement Program Transition year of study for students from rural communities and/or First Nations communities English Language Studies (ELS) Academic English preperation program International Undergraduate Pathways Program (IUPP) First year undergraduate pathway program


Applied Science Offered collaboratively by UNBC and UBC, students benefit from the strengths of both institutions, providing a flexible and distinct educational experience. In their first two years, students develop a foundation in math, biology, chemistry, computer science, physics, and environmental science at UNBC. Students attend UBC in their third and fourth years and gain a hands-on understanding of engineering fundamentals, analysis, and design through courses in civil, chemical, and biological engineering. Students return to UNBC for their final term, where they focus on practical environmental engineering problems.

Arts Students who wish to study the arts at UNBC have a broad range of disciplines from which to choose. Arts students learn critical thinking through engagement and dialogue in the classroom and beyond. Courses are thought-provoking and allow students to study the world, people, cultures, and history. UNBC arts degrees provide the foundation for both careers and further study.

Commerce At UNBC, Commerce students are extremely active in and outside the classroom with their participation in the Commerce Student Society, community-based projects, socials, and the JDC West business competition. Commerce graduates are prepared to work in a wide variety of careers and industries. Commerce students at UNBC study a wide range of business topics and current trends where they develop organizational, problem-solving, and communications skills. Six majors allow students to explore and specialize in the area that interests them most.

Education UNBC’s Education degree is a two-year program taken after a minimum of 90 credit hours (three years of coursework). Students study childhood cognitive, social and academic development, and the latest trends in education. Students pursuing an Education degree learn to teach in K-12 education environments. Practicum placements allow students to observe classrooms and practice their learning in school settings. Elementary education students teach all subjects in the elementary curriculum, while secondary education students teach subjects they are academically prepared to teach.

Environmental Planning The focus of UNBC’s Bachelor of Planning degree is on understanding the relationship between people and the environment and on reducing the environmental impact of human activities. Planners play a vital role in decision-making processes concerning the future of human settlements, resource management, environmental protection, human health and wellbeing, and economic development. The UNBC Student Planners’ Association actively provides networking opportunities, mentorship programs, and social events throughout the year. Environmental Planning is accredited by the Canadian Institute of Planners and the Planning Institute of British Columbia.

Health Sciences Students interested in human health are drawn to this program that combines a variety of disciplines, including life sciences, social sciences, behavioural sciences, ethics, and law. Multiple opportunities exist for students to study with researchers and learn best practices and techniques. Three majors allow students to focus on their specific area of interest. This program prepares students for careers and future studies in several areas such as community health, dentistry, health management and administration, medicine, rehabilitation sciences, and speech pathology.

Nursing Students pursuing the Northern Collaborative Baccalaureate Nursing Degree (BScN) at UNBC can attend one of three UNBC campuses: Prince George, Terrace, or Quesnel. The program is offered collaboratively between UNBC, the College of New Caledonia, and Northwest Community College, and provides entry into the nursing profession. Nursing students learn from experienced teachers, outstanding clinicians, practice leaders, and researchers.

Science Small class sizes and quality teaching allow science students at UNBC to experience hands-on learning, personal attention, and ground-breaking research. Studies in science can lead to further research opportunities, rewarding careers, and professional programs such as medicine, engineering, and pharmacy.

Social Work A Social Work degree at UNBC prepares students to work with individuals, families, groups, and communities. UNBC students study Social Work with a focus on northern and remote areas, First Nations, women, human services, community practice, and research. Exploration of class, gender, and race relations is a major focus within the program. Students are admitted to the program after two years of study in a post-secondary environment. They can specialize and develop their social work skills within an agency or community setting during their practicum. They can also participate in UNBC’s exchange program with Mid Sweden University.

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IASK Integrated Analytical Skills & Knowledge The IASK program is offered jointly by six departments in the College of Arts, Social and Health Sciences to deliver an integrated and interdisciplinary curriculum for first-year students. Students enroll in six integrated courses and progress through the program together in small cohorts. Collaboratively taught by award-winning faculty, IASK courses introduce students to themes, questions, and methods of the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities. We emphasize hands-on experiences and student-driven projects that help students make strong connections among the various courses and bodies of knowledge encountered at the University. From the “Big Questions” such as “What is Knowledge?” and “Who are We?” to the nuts and bolts of university-level research, participants will develop a grounding in scholarship and the best ways to learn, both independently and in collaboration with faculty, support staff, and fellow students.

Contributing Programs • Anthropology • Economics • English • First Nations Studies • International and Global Studies • Political Science • Northern Studies

Northern Medical Program The Northern Medical Program (NMP), housed at UNBC, is part of the Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia. Thirty-two students begin their program at the UBC campus in Vancouver in August and then arrive at UNBC’s Prince George campus in January, where they can complete their education in classes, labs, and clinical settings throughout B.C. They learn best practices of rural and remote medicine from around the world. The NMP utilizes state-of-the-art videoconferencing to broadcast and receive lectures from medical professionals throughout B.C. Faculty and students have access to the newest equipment and laboratories at the state-of-the-art Dr. Donald Rix Northern Health Sciences Centre on campus and the Learning and Development Centre at the University Hospital of Northern B.C. in Prince George.


English Language Studies English Language Studies students are immersed in an academically stimulating environment, which promotes critical thinking all while building their academic speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills. Each of the five levels progressively builds students’ skills. Upon the successful completion of the English Language Studies program, students will have met the English language requirements for entry to UNBC. English Language Studies for Credit Advantage Students who graduate from UNBC ELS start ahead. Why? Because students earn valuable academic credit, which can be counted toward their undergraduate degree.


Academic Credit

English Language Studies 10


English Language Studies 20


English Language Studies 30


English Language Studies 40


English Language Studies 50 / University Bridge Program


Total Credits Awarded


Conditional Acceptance to Undergraduate Studies Conditional acceptance is offered to students who have met the academic requirements to an undergraduate program, but do not meet the English proficiency requirement. Conditional acceptance is only offered to those ELS students who apply for an undergraduate program simultaneously with an English Language Studies application.

Program Admission To help students know what their starting level will be, the following table provides an approximation of how English Language Studies levels compare to IELTS.



English Language Studies 10


English Language Studies 20


English Language Studies 30


English Language Studies 40


English Language Studies 50 / University Bridge Program


All students are required to complete an intake evaluation to best determine their level of English competency before starting the program. Standardized test scores will also be accepted as proof of English Language competency.

Deadline to Apply Students should apply at least 3 months prior to the start of the program. Please visit our website for further details.

Minimum Average to Apply: None

IUPP International Undergraduate Pathways Program IUPP is intended for students who are academically qualified to begin undergraduate studies, but desire to refine their English language skills to excel in a research-intensive university environment. Participation in first year university courses allows students to enhance their critical thinking and independent learning skills, while developing academic reading, writing, listening and speaking skills.

Admission Requirements

Program Features

Deadline to Apply

• Accelerated eight-month program with acceptance into undergraduate programs at UNBC.

Students should apply at least 6 months prior to the start of the program. Please visit our website for further details.

• First-year courses in Business and Introduction to Higher Education

Minimum Average to apply: None

1. Minimum IELTS 5.0, or iBT TOEFL 69, or equivalent. 2. Students must meet the academic admission requirements for the University of Northern British Columbia. Please see the UNBC Undergraduate Calendar for full details.

• 18 academic credits (equal to six academic courses) • Direct entry into undergraduate studies in Arts, Commerce, Planning and select Sciences at UNBC.


Bachelor’s Degree

Admission requirements


BC provincial admission requirements


BC provincial admission requirements

Pre-Calculus 12 recommended for prerequisite purposes

90 credit hours of University course work for Elementary. Four year Bachelor for Secondary or a three year Bachelor’s with a teachable major plus 30 additional credits for Secondary.

Please visit www.unbc.ca/ education for specific information

BC provincial admission requirements including Pre-Calculus 12, two approved Science 12 courses, and Chemistry 11

Physics 12 and Chemistry 12 are highly recommended for prerequisite purposes.

Health Sciences

BC provincial admission requirements + Biology 12 (70% min), Chemistry 11 (70% min), and PreCalculus 11 (70% min)

Applicants to the BioMedical stream are encouraged to take Pre-Calculus 12


BC provincial admission requirements including English 12 or English First Peoples 12 (67% min), Biology 12 (73% min within 5 years prior to the semester of admission to NCBNP), Principles of Math 11 (67% min) or PreCalculus 11 (67% min) or Foundations of Math 11 (67% min), and Chemistry 11 (67% min)

To apply, please contact our partner institutions: Prince Geoge / Quesnel: www.cnc. bc.ca Terrace: www.nwcc. bc.ca

BC provincial admission requirements BC provincial admission requirements


Applied Science (Environmental Engineering)



Social Work

60 credit hours including FNST 100, SOCW 200, SOCW 201, and WMST 100

Recommended courses and/or other details

Deadline *

Minimum average to apply

March 1


March 1


March 15

2.33 GPA Competitive Entry

March 1

75% min Competitive Entry

March 1

70% min Competitive Entry

March 31

67% min Competitive Entry

Pre-Calculus 12 recommended for prerequisite purposes

March 1


Biology 11 or 12, PreCalculus 12, and Physics 12 are recommended for many science degrees

March 1


February 1

2.67 GPA Competitive Entry

* Nursing may have additional English Language requirements.

Must provide references and a statement of intent. Please visit www.unbc. ca/social-work for complete details

*Admission requirements and deadlines are subject to change. Deadlines are often extended. Meeting the minimum entrance average does not guarantee admission to competitive entry programs. Official admission requirements are available online at unbc.ca/calendar

Applicant Type

Academic Requirements

International Curriculum

Twelve years or more of academic preparation and graduation from a recognized senior secondary school or completion of a recognized diploma program.

Offshore (Canadian curriculum schools)

See provincial charts on page 28.

British Curriculum

Students applying for admission from a GCE system (or equivalent) must present a minimum of two Advanced (A) level subjects and three Ordinary (O) level subjects, and have an overall grade point average of C in order to be considered for admission. All A-level subjects presented for admission must have a grade of at least C. Students may substitute two Advanced-Subsidiary (AS) level subjects for one A-level subject. Students who present A-level subjects with grades of at least “C” may receive up to six credit hours of transfer credit for each course. Students who have completed a General Certificate of Education at the Ordinary Level (O level) are not considered eligible for admission to first year at the University of Northern British Columbia.

International Baccalaureate

Students who are awarded an International Baccalaureate Diploma may be awarded up to 30 credit hours of transfer credit upon receipt of the official transcript from the International Baccalaureate headquarters. Students who are awarded the diploma must have an overall standing of four, with no course below a three. Diploma students are required to present three Higher level subjects and three Subsidiary level subjects in order to be eligible for transfer credits. Admissions: BC and Yukon High Schools UNBC Undergraduate Calendar 20162017 Admissions 23 Students who are awarded the International Baccalaureate Certificate must have a grade of four in each Higher level subject to be eligible for individual course transfer credit. Subsidiary level subjects are not eligible for transfer credit on a certificate program. A list of acceptable IB courses is available in the BC Transfer Guide (available online at www.bccat.bc.ca).

American Curriculum (Advanced Placement)

Students who take the College Board Advanced Placement courses in high school may be awarded transfer credit upon receipt of the official exam results from the College Board. UNBC Institution Code 2023 is required when ordering official transcripts. Courses completed with a grade of four or above will be awarded transfer credit. Students who have completed AP courses with a grade of three may be considered for Advanced Standing. Advanced Standing allows a student to register in a higher level course without the required prerequisite. However, as credit is not awarded, advanced standing will not reduce the number of credits that a student must accumulate to obtain a UNBC degree. As a result a student must make up this credit by completing another course to be used towards their degree requirements. A listing of acceptable AP courses for transfer credit is available on the BC Transfer Guide’s website at http://bctransferguide.ca/guides/ap.

Conditional Acceptance to Undergraduate Studies Conditional acceptance is offered to students who have met the academic requirements to an undergraduate program, but do not meet the English proficiency requirement. Conditional acceptance is only offered to those ELS students who apply for an undergraduate program simultaneously with an English Language Studies application.



BC/ Yukon

English Course

English 12 or English First Peoples 12

Three Approved Courses From: Applications of Mathematics, BC First Nations Studies, Biology, Calculus, Chemistry, Comparative Civilizations, Economics, English Literature, Francais, Francais Language Seconde-Immersion, French, German, Geography, Geology, History, Japanese, Latin, Law, Mandarin, Math Foundations, Middle Earth, Physics, Pre-Calculus, Principles of Mathematics, Punjabi, Social Justice, Spanish, Sustainable Resources, Technical and Professional Communications, Writing + 1 additional grade 12 course

Alberta/ NWT/ Nunavut

English Language Arts 30-1

Aboriginal Studies 30, Biology 30, Blackfoot Language & Culture 30, Chemistry 30, Chinese Language & Culture 30, Cree Language & Culture 30, English 35, Experiential Science 30, Français 30-1 or 30-2, French 30, French 31A/B/C, French Language Arts 30-1 or 30-2, German 30/30S, German 31, German Language Arts 30, German Language & Culture 30, Gonawo K’e 35, Inuktitut 35, Inuktitut Studies 35, Italian Language & Culture 30, Japanese Language & Culture 30, Latin 30, Mathematics 30-1, Mathematics 31, Physics 30, Pure Mathematics 30, Science 30, Social Studies 30-1 or 30-2, South Slavey 35, Spanish Language & Culture 30, Ukrainian Language & Culture 30/30S, Ukrainian Language Arts 30. Additional Level 30 or 31 courses needed to graduate. The fifth course subject must be distinct from the other four academic courses (eg., English Language Arts 30-1 and English Language Arts 30-2 cannot both be used).


English A30 and B30

Math A30, or B30, or C30, or Pre-Calculus 30 and at least three additional courses numbered 30 or 30H selected from the following subjects: Biology 30, Calculus 30, Chemistry 30, Computer Science 30, Economics 30, Français A30 or B30, French 30, Geography 30, Geology 30, German 30, History 30, Latin 30, Law 30, Mandarin 30, Mathematics 30, Native Studies 30, Physics 30, Psychology 30, Social Studies 30, Spanish 30, Ukranian 30, Ukranian Language, Arts 30 + additional academic course(s) necessary to graduate



English 40S, one of Comprehensive Focus, Literary Focus, or Transactional Focus

English 4U

Biology 40S, Chemistry 40S, Computer Science 40S, Français 40S, Geography 40S, History 40S, Language 40S, Law 40S, Mathematics 40S, Native Canadian Languages 40S, Physics 40S, Pre Calculus 40S, Social Science 40S/World Issues 40S, Western Civilization 40S + one additional course from above or another area at the 40A (advanced), 40G (general), or 40S (specialized) level and any further work necessary to graduate Four additional Grade 12 4U/UM courses All high school courses applied as prerequisites for UNBC courses must be drawn from the “University” designation. Not more than one course may be drawn from the “Arts” category.


English is the primary language of instruction and communication at UNBC. Consequently, it is expected that an applicant be able to demonstrate an acceptable level of proficiency in the use of English in order to receive and participate in classroom instruction and discussion as well as to complete written assignments. Applicants whose first language is not English, regardless of citizenship or country of origin, must submit evidence of English language proficiency prior to admission. French-speaking Canadians and Canadian First Nations language speakers are exempted from this requirement. Students who completed five consecutive years of instruction and examination entirely in the English language immediately before admission are exempted from this requirement. Acceptable evidence of English language proficiency may be any one of the following: • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score of 88 or higher in the internet-based test, with not less than 20 in each of the Reading, Listening, Writing or Speaking components; Score of at least 230 in the computer based or at least 570 in the paper based test. UNBC’s institutional TOEFL code is 0320. • IELTS (International English Language Testing System) score of at least 6.5 overall, with not less than 6.0 in any of the four modules. • LPI (Language Proficiency Index) score of at least 5. • A final grade of 2.00 (C) or better in the UNBC English Language Studies 50 Component 1 and 2 or completion of IUPP. • A final grade of 70% or better in English 12 from the British Columbia secondary system. • A final grade of 75% (B) or better in a University Transferable English course. • A final grade of 4 or better in Advance Placement (AP) English Literature & Composition or AP Literature & Composition. • A final grade of 5 or better in International Baccalaureate (IB) English A1 or A2 (higher or subsidiary level). • CELPIP Academic Test score of 4H or higher in each of the Reading, Listening, Writing, and Speaking components • CAEL (Canadian Academic English Language) Assessment score of at least 70 • University of Cambridge ESOL grade B on the Certificate of Advance English (CAE). • Comparable results in any other internationally recognized English Language Assessment test considered as equivalent to TOEFL or IELTS. For the Northern Collaborative Baccalaurate Nursing Program (NCBNP), the following are required for admission: • fulfillment of the BC Secondary School English 12 requirement (67%), or equivalent, and • either an IELTS (International English Language Testing System), or a CELBAN (Canadian English Language Assessment for Nurses) with current, valid results and scores as set by CRNBC for the year of admission.

In order to be considered valid, these scores must be sent directly from the testing agency/institution to the Office of the Registrar.

Regular Admission

Conditional Admission


60 – Admission to English Language Studies Level 30

TOEFL with a minimum score of

UNBC’s International Undergraduate Pathways Program

72 – Admission to English Language Studies Level 40

69 overall

79 – Admission to English Language Studies Level 50/170 5.0 - Admission to English Language Studies Level 30

IELTS with a minimum overall band score

of at least 6.5 overall, with not less than 6.0 in any of the four modules.

5.5 - Admission to English Language Studies Level 30

5.0 overall

6.0 - Admission to English Language Studies Level 30

IB Higher Level Grade

A final grade of 5 or better in International Baccalaureate (IB) English A1 or A2 (higher or subsidiary level)

UNBC’s International Undergraduate Pathways Program

Completion of IUPP with a grade of “C,” or better..


Registration in IUPP


Completion of English Language Studies Level 30


1 in every 4 students receive a financial award.

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Current high school students are also eligible to apply for the following Leadership Awards online at unbc.ca/financial-aid by December 15. International Students are also encouraged to apply to UNBC by Dec 15 for these awards and more. Leadership Awards, $3,000 President’s Silver Anniversary Awards for Excellence in Leadership, $6,000

Raven Scholarships, $5,500 UNBC Merit Awards, $2,500

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