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Why choose ISEP Plus?

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 follow up program entrance requirements
  • Seat availability
  • Valid study permit
  • Valid medical insurance
  • Department review for competitive entry*
* Some programs are competitive: the department chooses the best qualified applicants after the application deadline date. 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?

To apply to ISEP Plus you must choose a follow up program when you apply. The follow-up program name should be entered on your application to ISEP Plus.

At the start of ISEP Level 4, you will have an opportunity to change your follow-up program if you wish. Details on how to change your selection will be sent to you.

Programs Starting September or January

First Qualified First Accepted Programs:
If you meet all of the entrance requirements required for your program except for English, you may receive conditional acceptance to your follow-up program while completing your ISEP studies. To obtain full acceptance, you must successfully complete the required ISEP level/grade prior by June 30th for programs that start in September and by October 31st for programs starting in January.

Competitive Programs:
All international students who apply to competitive programs must be aware that seats are limited and there is no guarantee of acceptance. It is important that applicants not only meet but exceed the entrance requirements in order to be accepted. Applicants who meet the entrance requirements are reviewed by the department area. The department area selects the best candidates.

Students must be registered in ISEP Level 400 or higher by the January ISEP term to be considered for competitive programs that start in September. For programs that start in January, students must be in Level 400 or higher by June 30th of the previous year. For programs that have neither a September nor a January start date, students must complete the ISEP level/grade required one month prior to the start date of the program.

Computer Systems Technology (CST) and Computer Information Technology (CIT) programs

For CST and CIT programs, students in ISEP must complete level 600 with a minimum of 60% in reading, writing listening, and speaking before the CST/CIT application deadline. All international students who meet the entrance requirements are reviewed by the department area. The department area selects candidates with the highest grades in English and Math for acceptance to CST/CIT.

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. If you are currently taking an upgrading course other than ISEP, please submit your midterm marks. Until you have met all entrance requirements (other than English), Admissions will consider your application incomplete.

What is the advantage?

Once you have completed level 4 of ISEP, your application to the follow up program will be assessed by Admissions. If you meet the entrance requirements for a first qualified, first accepted program except English you will receive a conditional acceptance into the follow-up program. As an ISEP Plus applicant, a seat will be reserved for you while you are completing ISEP.

For competitive programs, if you meet the entrance requirements your application will be forwarded to the department for review while you are completing ISEP. The department makes decisions on all international applications and if they consider your application as competitive, you will receive a conditional acceptance which means a seat will be reserved for you while you are completing ISEP.

Program Entry

Application processing

Ongoing throughout the year.

Entrance requirements

Complete the following for submission with your online application:

  • PDFs of your official transcripts of secondary and post-secondary courses. These transcripts must be official and translated into English by a certified translator.

  • Agents submitting on behalf of an applicant must also submit this form with the online application:

Apply to program

BCIT only accepts complete applications. In order to apply:

  • Include proof of meeting all entrance requirements prior to submission
  • Convert all transcripts and supporting documents to PDF files
  • Have a credit card ready to pay the application fee
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You can check the status of your application online at any time using the Student Information System.

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

Scheduled intakes

Program Start Date Application Deadline Tuition Payment Deadline
Jan 11, 2016 Dec 11, 2015 Dec 11, 2015
Mar 07, 2016 Feb 07, 2016 Feb 07, 2016
May 09, 2016 Apr 09, 2016 Apr 09, 2016
Jul 04, 2016 Jun 04, 2016 Jun 04, 2016
Sep 06, 2016 Aug 06, 2016 Aug 06, 2016
Oct 31, 2016 Oct 01, 2016 Oct 01, 2016
Jan 09, 2017 Dec 09, 2016 Dec 09, 2016
Mar 06, 2017 Feb 06, 2017 Feb 06, 2017
May 08, 2017 Apr 08, 2017 Apr 08, 2017
Jul 04, 2017 Jun 04, 2017 Jun 04, 2017
Sep 05, 2017 Aug 05, 2017 Aug 05, 2017
Oct 30, 2017 Sep 30, 2017 Sep 30, 2017

myCommunication

Within 2 business days of submitting your completed application, BCIT will send a message to your personal e-mail and your myBCIT e-mail address. All correspondence about your application will be posted to your online myCommunication account at my.bcit.ca. We'll send you an email when a new message is posted. It's important to watch for these emails, or regularly check your account online.

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

Costs & Supplies

Tuition fees

For new and returning ISEP students, tuition fees are due 30 days before the start of your ISEP term.

As of September 2016, tuition per level is $2552.00, plus BCIT ID card, student association and building fees

  • Student Association and Capital Levy Fees: $18.70 per course per term
  • Building Fee: up to $63.80 per year (prorated based on number of courses registered)
  • One card fee: $7.50 per year (prorated)

There is an additional $120.00 CAD fee for the ISEP placement test.

Medical Insurance

Medical insurance is mandatory while attending BCIT. Guard Me, our recommended student insurance provider, offers student medical insurance for $180 CAD for three months. When you arrive at ISEP you can apply for the British Columbia Medical Services Plan (MSP). You have to be in the province for three months before you are eligible for MSP.

Refund policy

New ISEP Students

You will receive a 100% refund of tuition fees paid, minus the commitment fee ($1000 CAD for international students; $200 for domestic students), if you withdraw before 4:00 pm on the second day of class.

The application fee and commitment fee are non-refundable. You may transfer the commitment fee to your full-time follow-up program only. The commitment fee is not transferable to Part-time Studies (course-by-course) programs.

You may defer your ISEP start date a maximum of 2 times within a 12 month period of your first application. If you need to defer your start date again after this limit, you will be required to re-apply. Your application fee and commitment fee will not be refunded.

For information on what to do if your study permit application is denied, visit Fees: International Students: Study Permits.

Returning ISEP Students

You will receive an 85% refund of tuition fees paid if you withdraw before 4:00 pm on the second day of class.

If you paid for courses that you passed in a previous term you will receive 100% refund for these courses.

Courses

Class hours

Monday to 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 the 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

Faculty, Advisors & Staff

Amber McLeod
Instructor
Education:  BSc (Okanagan University); MEd (UBCO)
Brett Todd (on leave)
Instructor
Education: B.A. (UBC); M.A. in Applied Linguistics and TESOL (University of Leicester); CELTA Certificate (Cambridge)
Carly Carson (on leave)
Instructor
Education: B.A. Communications and B.A. English Literature (University of Alabama); MSc TESOL (University of Edinburgh); CELTA (Cambridge); TEFL-Qualified (DELTA-equivalent)
Carolyn Chubb Carolyn Shibata
Instructor
Education: B.A. (York University); M.A. TESOL (Trinity Western University)    
Dan Nooney Dan Nooney
Instructor
Education: B.A. (University of California); TESOL Certificate Canada, Japan, California
Elmira Mafi
Instructor
Education: B.A. English Literature (University of British Columbia), M.Ed. TESOL (University of Edinburgh, UK)
James Stevenson
Instructor
Education: B.A. (UBC); M.A. (Dalhousie)
Juliane de la Campa
Instructor
Education: BA (University of Victoria), MA in Applied Linguistics (University of Victoria)
Kimberly Thompson Kimberly Thompson
Instructor
Education: B.A. (Laurentian University); M.Ed. (Sydney University); TESOL Certificate
Krystal Seko
Instructor
Education: BA English Literature (University of Guelph)​; MA TESOL (Trinity Western University); TESL Canada, Standard Three
Lisa Chiu
Instructor
Education: B.A. Asian Studies; M.Ed. (Simon Fraser University)
Mae Sagar Mae Sagar
Instructor
Education: B. Comm. (University of British Columbia); M. Ed (Simon Fraser University); CELTA (Cambridge).
Mi-Young Kim
Instructor
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)
Novi Besant
Instructor
Education: M.A. TESOL (Trinity Western University)
Peter Beresford
Instructor
Education: M.A. TESOL (Dankook University, S. Korea); B. Comm (Royal Roads University); Marketing Dip. (BCIT); TESL Canada Certified, Standard 3
Phil Skipper
Instructor
Education: B.A. Literature (University of British Columbia); Diploma Broadcast Journalism (BCIT); M.A.TESOL (Trinity Western University)
Rebecca Kullman Rebecca Kullman
Instructor
Education: B.A. (University of Victoria); M.A. (McGill University); B.Ed. (University of British Columbia); TESL (UBC)
Robin Steen
Instructor
Education: B.A. Linguistics; M.A. English (UBC)
Sheila Cseszko (on leave)
Instructor
Education: B.Comm. (University of Calgary); M.Ed. TESOL (Mount Saint Vincent University)
Stanley Reamsbottom Stanley Reamsbottom
Instructor
Education: B.Sc., M.Sc., B.Ed., Ph.D.
Steve King
Instructor
Education: B.A. (University of Victoria), M.Ed. (Simon Fraser University)
  Stephen Lobo
Instructor
Education: B. A. Political Science (Simon Fraser University), M. Ed. at Distance (Athabasca University)
Winnie Pang Winnie Pang
Instructor
Education: B. Education (University of British Columbia); M.A. TESOL (Trinity Western University)

Contact Us

ISEP - International Student Entry Program

BCIT Downtown Campus
Room 790 – 555 Seymour Street
Vancouver, British Columbia
V6B 3H6 , Canada

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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