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Why choose ISEP?

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Do you want to live and work in Canada? BCIT’s International Student Entry Program (ISEP) can help you reach your professional and educational goals. ISEP develops overall English language and academic skills. It is also a direct pathway to BCIT certificate, diploma, and degree programs. Students can choose ISEP to improve their English and academic skills or ISEP Plus if they want to continue studies in a BCIT program. Students who complete ISEP level 400, 500 or 600 are eligible to transfer into a BCIT program. 
ISEP Overview

ISEP provides training in reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills at all levels of English Proficiency. ISEP focuses on improving ESL students’ language by integrating English skills with business and technical contexts. ISEP also supports academic success by helping with cultural adjustment, studying specific topics, and developing critical skills.
Program Goals

ISEP helps international students succeed in BCIT programs. Attending 25 hours of English classes per week provides ESL students with more English development than TOEFL or IELTS alone. ISEP also develops confidence in English language skills while teaching learners how to succeed in North American post-secondary programs.

Program Entry

Application processing

Ongoing throughout the year.

Apply to program

Submit an application: online or by mail [PDF].

Note: Applicants applying online will need to complete and upload the ISEP Program Declaration [PDF] as part of their online application.

You can check the status of your application online at any time using the Student Information System.

Agents submitting an application for the International Student Entry Program will need to include the following two forms with their online or paper application:

Note: Study Permits are required for international students studying in Canada. Visit the Immigration Canada website for more information.

Students can email their complete application to: isepinfo@bcit.ca. Please include credit card details for processing.


Students can mail their complete application package to:

International Student Entry Program (ISEP)
790 - 555 Seymour Street
Vancouver, BC, Canada V6B 3H6

Scheduled intakes

Application Term Program Start Date Application Deadline Payment Deadline
Fall 2014 Sept 8, 2014 Aug 29, 2014 Sep 2, 2014
Fall 2014 Nov 3, 2014 Oct 24, 2014 Oct 28, 2014
Winter 2015 Jan 12, 2015 Jan 2, 2015 Jan 5, 2015
Winter 2015 Mar 9, 2015 Feb 27, 2015 Mar 2, 2015
Spring/Summer 2015 May 11, 2015 May 1, 2015 May 4, 2015
Spring/Summer 2015 Jul 7, 2015 Jun 26, 2015 Jun 29, 2015


Within 3 weeks of applying to a program, you will be sent a letter in the mail confirming receipt of your application. The letter will identify your student number, BCIT e-mail address and instructions on how to login to your myBCIT account.

All official BCIT correspondence will be sent to your myBCIT account. Check myCommunication often during the application process and throughout your studies at BCIT.

You can expect to receive communication concerning the status of your application within 4 weeks.

Costs & Supplies

Tuition fees

Tuition per level is $2453.00, plus BCIT ID card, student association and building fees

  • Student Association and Capital Levy Fees: $13.43 per course per term
  • Building Fee: up to $61.20 per year (prorated based on number of courses registered)
  • One card fee: 7.50 per year (prorated)

There is an additional $35.00 fee for the ISEP placement test.

Refund policy

Students must submit the requirements as outlined below to the International Student Entry Program at the BCIT Downtown Campus Room 790. The refund deadline date is one week following the program start date.

If you withdraw for any reason, the application fee is non-refundable.

Tuition refunds are issued in accordance with the following policy:

  1. If you are denied a Study Permit by Canadian authorities, you will be refunded 100 percent of your tuition and $1000 commitment fee (minus the application fee) if you submit the required documentation no later than 30 days after the program start date.

    Please submit:

    • the Canadian Embassy document which denies you the permit
    • the completed Withdrawal Form
    • the original Letter of Acceptance
  2. If you withdraw on or before the refund deadline date, you will be refunded 85 percent of your tuition minus the application fee and $1000 commitment fee (if applicable).

    Please submit:

    • the completed Withdrawal Form
    • the original Letter of Acceptance

No refund will be issued after the refund deadline date.


Class hours

Monday - Friday, 8:30 - 5:00

Program matrix

Level 1 (7 weeks) Credits
  ISEP 0111 Speaking 1 0.0
  ISEP 0121 Listening 1 0.0
  ISEP 0131 Reading 1 0.0
  ISEP 0141 Writing 1 0.0
Level 2 (7 weeks) Credits
  ISEP 0211 Speaking 2 0.0
  ISEP 0221 Listening 2 0.0
  ISEP 0231 Reading 2 0.0
  ISEP 0241 Writing 2 0.0
Level 3 (7 weeks) Credits
  ISEP 0311 Speaking 3 0.0
  ISEP 0321 Listening 3 0.0
  ISEP 0331 Reading 3 0.0
  ISEP 0341 Writing 3 0.0
Level 4 (7 weeks) Credits
  ISEP 0411 Speaking 4 0.0
  ISEP 0421 Listening 4 0.0
  ISEP 0431 Reading 4 0.0
  ISEP 0441 Writing 4 0.0
Level 5 (7 weeks) Credits
  ISEP 0511 Speaking 5 0.0
  ISEP 0521 Listening 5 0.0
  ISEP 0531 Reading 5 0.0
  ISEP 0541 Writing 5 0.0
Level 6 (7 weeks) Credits
  ISEP 0611 Speaking 6 0.0
  ISEP 0621 Listening 6 0.0
  ISEP 0631 Reading 6 0.0
  ISEP 0641 Writing 6 0.0

Transfer credit

Do you have credits from another BC/Yukon post-secondary school? Do you want to know if they transfer to courses here at BCIT? Check out BCIT's Transfer Equivalency Database to find out.

Program Details

Additional Information

For more information, please contact International Student Entry Program:

Program length

The program length will vary depending on the student's initial proficiency level, as determined by the ISEP placement test.

Program location

Levels 1 to 6:

Downtown Campus
555 Seymour Street
Vancouver, BC


ISEP Plus applicants have formally declared their intent to continue their studies in a BCIT diploma (or other credential) upon successful completion of the required English level in BCIT's International Student Entry Program (ISEP).

ISEP Plus applicants receive a letter of acceptance which outlines their intended study pathway at BCIT:

  • Acceptance to ISEP
  • Conditional Acceptance to a BCIT follow-up program

Acceptance to the follow-up program is based on the following:

  • Successful completion of the required ISEP level/grade (varies by program)
  • Meeting all of the program entrance requirements
  • Seat availability
  • Valid study permit
  • Department review/competitive entry*
* Some programs have a competitive entry model where the department chooses the best qualified applicants. When a competitive entry program lists minimum and preferred grades, it is strongly recommended that applicants meet the preferred grades in order to be considered competitive. Please refer to the BCIT website to find out if this is applicable for your program.

How does it work?

Once you start ISEP Level 5*, you will have an opportunity to confirm your follow-up program before your application is forwarded to BCIT Admissions. If you meet all of the entrance requirements (as outlined above) except for English, you can receive conditional acceptance to the follow-up program while completing your ISEP studies. To obtain full acceptance, you must successfully complete the required ISEP level/grade prior to the follow-up program start date.

* Automotive Service Technician (AST), Aircraft Maintenance Engineer-Category M (AME-M), Electronics Technician Common Core (ETCC), Technology Entry (TE) and Auto Collision ISEP Plus applications will be transferred for review by BCIT Admissions when the applicant starts ISEP Level 4.

Transcripts and supporting documents

Please review the entrance requirements carefully for your follow-up program on the BCIT website. You must ensure that you submit transcripts or documentation in support of each requirement. For example, some programs require a resume and/or letter of intent in addition to the academic requirements. If you are currently taking an upgrading course other than ISEP, please submit your midterm marks. Until all supporting documents are received (other than ISEP), Admissions will consider your application incomplete. Refer to the BCIT website for information on submitting irreplaceable documents.

What is the advantage?

If you meet the requirements for conditional acceptance (which also includes a successful department review for competitive
programs) into the follow-up program as an ISEP Plus applicant, a seat will be reserved for you while you are completing your
final one or two terms of ISEP.

Maintaining your ISEP Plus Status

Once you receive conditional acceptance to your follow-up program, it is your responsibility to maintain your ISEP Plus status.

  • If you plan to take a break from your ISEP studies for more than one term (7 weeks), you must complete the Intent to Return to ISEP form and submit to the ISEP department before starting your break.
  • If you miss more than one consecutive ISEP term without submitting the Intent to Return to ISEP form, OR, if you do not return to ISEP on the date specified on the Intent to Return to ISEP form, your conditional acceptance to your follow-up program will be cancelled and your application will be withdrawn.

Faculty, Advisors & Staff

Brett Todd Brett Todd
Education: B.A. (UBC); M.A. in Applied Linguistics and TESOL (University of Leicester); CELTA Certificate (Cambridge)
Carolyn Chubb Carolyn Chubb
Education: B.A. (York University); M.A. TESOL (Trinity Western University)    
Dan Nooney Dan Nooney
Education: B.A. (University of California); TESOL Certificate Canada, Japan, California
Elmira Mafi
Program Coordinator, Instructor
Education: B.A. English Literature (University of British Columbia), M.Ed. TESOL (University of Edinburgh, UK)
Juliane de la Campa
Education: BA (University of Victoria), MA in Applied Linguistics (University of Victoria)
Kimberly Thompson Kimberly Thompson
Education: B.A. (Laurentian University); M.Ed. (Sydney University); TESOL Certificate
Lisa Chiu
Education: B.A. Asian Studies; M.Ed. (Simon Fraser University)
Mae Sagar Mae Sagar
Education: B. Comm. (University of British Columbia); M. Ed (Simon Fraser University); CELTA (Cambridge).
Mi-Young Kim
Education: B.A. English (University of Texas at Austin); M.A. TESL (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Ph.D. Language and Literacy Ed (University of British Columbia) - Doctoral candidate
Novi Hamdali
Education: M.A. TESOL (Trinity Western University)
Rebecca Kullman Rebecca Kullman
Instructor, on leave
Education: B.A. (University of Victoria); M.A. (McGill University); B.Ed. (University of British Columbia); TESL (UBC)
Robin Steen
Education: B.A. Linguistics; M.A. English (UBC)
Sheila Mattila
Program Coordinator, Instructor
Education: B.Comm. (University of Calgary); M.Ed. TESOL (Mount Saint Vincent University)
Stanley Reamsbottom Stanley Reamsbottom
Education: B.Sc., M.Sc., B.Ed., Ph.D.
Steve King
Education: B.A. (University of Victoria), M.Ed. (Simon Fraser University)
Winnie Pang Winnie Pang
Education: B. Education (University of British Columbia); M.A. TESOL (Trinity Western University)

Contact Us

ISEP - International Student Entry Program
Phone: 1-604-412-7707
Fax: 1-604-412-7687
Email: isepinfo@bcit.ca

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“ISEP was very intensive but I was impressed with the quality of the program. The instructors were excellent! They gave me a lot of help and pushed me to work hard. The best thing I learned was how to use the grammar in all my skills. I am so glad I joined ISEP and excited to continue my studies in the New Media Design and Web Development program at BCIT!”

Yun Chi (Jamie) 2012 Level 500 ISEP Scholarship winner

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